Review: Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage by Sally Smith O’Rourke

Posted December 15, 2012 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Review: Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage by Sally Smith O’Rourke
Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Kensington
Released on October 1, 2008
Pages: 176
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I just knew from the moment I read the forward that this was going to be a very sweet and touching story.  And I was right!  The story originated with the author’s husband who passed on before seeing it in print as it is now.  It is a story told from a unique perspective- the family dog.  Now don’t freak out!  The dog is very literary as it turns out.

The story begins with some snippets from the young puppy’s life before he finally ends up with his master, Robert.  Robert is a solitary soul who tends the Cape Fear Light and living in a simple fishing cottage where he spends his days caring for the cottage and writing his stories.  Robert is a veteran who lost something of himself in the war.  He is lonely, but content to live on the island with just his dog until the fateful day when he rescues a woman from the sea.

Love grows between Robert and Laura.  They initiate the traditions of Christmas in their cottage that will carry them through many years.  Changes come- some happy and some sad, but Christmas still comes to Sea Pines Cottage for the family who lives there.

I just loved the voice of this story.  It was a simple, but touching narrative of a beautiful story that was told over the course of many years.  Love was at the heart of the story.  I can’t help, but wish that this would be turned into one of those lovely special Christmas movies because I found it such a wholesome, good read.

I highly recommend this novella for all the lovers of Holiday Romance and General Fiction stories.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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9 years ago

Aww this sounds so delightful and perfectly for the season. So glad you enjoyed it, adding to my wish list 🙂

Sophia Rose
9 years ago

Hi Kimba!

It is a gentle sweet story. I wouldn’t have thought having a dog for narrator would do it for me, but I liked it.