Coral Cottage (Coral Cottage at Summer Beach #1)
A fresh start. A sunny beach town. One summer to rediscover her life. The CORAL COTTAGE is a new beach series set in the beloved village of Summer Beach--from the author of the bestselling SEABREEZE INN beach trilogy.When Marina Moore’s life blows up on national television, she seeks refuge at her grandmother’s beach house called the Coral Cottage. Now in her mid-forties with children in college, Marina is in dire need of her grandmother's gutsy advice to a well-lived life. Marina meets an old friend, Ivy Bay, proprietor of the Seabreeze Inn, who encourages her to share her love of food at the local farmer’s market. Soon Marina’s sister Kai arrives on a summer break from her musical theater troupe. Together, the sisters discover new paths bound to change them forever. If only those changes didn’t require such long leaps of faith.Jack Ventana, a newspaper writer and confirmed bachelor nomad, is on a six-month sabbatical to write his first book. The only company he wants is his inquisitive Labrador Retriever puppy, but when he receives a call from an old colleague, he finds his life altered in ways he never imagined—including the prospect of romance.What began as a short, reclusive holiday is destined to change Marina’s life, especially when Jack’s research uncovers her grandmother Ginger’s hidden past. Join the fun in Summer Beach, where the bonds of friendship and love prove unbreakable.

Coral Cottage (Coral Cottage at Summer Beach #1) Details

TitleCoral Cottage (Coral Cottage at Summer Beach #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 28th, 2020
PublisherSunny Palms Press
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction

Coral Cottage (Coral Cottage at Summer Beach #1) Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun Summer beach read and the funny thing is I was at the beach reading it this past week as well.What I loved about this book is it's real honestly, the characters could be your neighbors or even yourself.I could definitely see these situations happening in real life and the character interaction was so charming.I'd really love to go visit Summer Beach in Ginger's beach house and stay for awhile.The main character has an unfortunate event happen to her and she's publicly humilia This was such a fun Summer beach read and the funny thing is I was at the beach reading it this past week as well.What I loved about this book is it's real honestly, the characters could be your neighbors or even yourself.I could definitely see these situations happening in real life and the character interaction was so charming.I'd really love to go visit Summer Beach in Ginger's beach house and stay for awhile.The main character has an unfortunate event happen to her and she's publicly humiliated.The book has such a positive vibe to it though. We as women take care of others needs all the time and put ourselves last, thinking oh someday we'll get to what makes us happy.Bad luck turns into a positive thing as our main character has a career change she had been thinking of but had put off with the busyness of life.I love seeing strong,positive women. Very uplifting,positive and charming. A fun and entertaining book.Can't wait to read the next in the series!Published July 28th 2020 by Sunny Palms PressI was given a complimentary copy. Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON AUGUST 19.Marina's career was sabotaged, she is now being sued because her former employer says she ruined the TV ratings, and she runs back to her favorite place....Summer Beach.CORAL COTTAGE is charming and cozy and filled with love, family, secrets, and life changes.Ms. Moran's books always brighten my day because of the uplifting story line and the delightful characters.  A lovely, refreshing read.  5/5This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest r FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON AUGUST 19.Marina's career was sabotaged, she is now being sued because her former employer says she ruined the TV ratings, and she runs back to her favorite place....Summer Beach.CORAL COTTAGE is charming and cozy and filled with love, family, secrets, and life changes.Ms. Moran's books always brighten my day because of the uplifting story line and the delightful characters.  A lovely, refreshing read.  5/5This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 StarsWhat a joy to return to Seabreeze Inn and catch up with Ivy, Shelley, and Poppy!This story takes us to another house in SoCal, the Coral Cottage with Ginger, Marina, and Kai. It was a joy to read about Marina and Jack. The characters and story were well developed by Marina coming to terms with her fading career and Jack getting the surprise of his life that uproots everything for him. These two work together and give each other strength through the many hurdles thrown at them.
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  • Andrea Stoeckel
    January 1, 1970
    "Jack had never imagined this summer unfolding quite the way it was. And in the recesses of his mind was the notion that nothing would ever be quite the same again."Marina Moore is the meme of the moment as she escapes to her grandmother Ginger's home in Summer Beach to figure out just where she goes from here. Jack Ventana, slightly burned out bachelor is taking a sabbatical from his life as a journalist as he and his new furiend Scout settle into Summer Beach while he works on a book. Then, a "Jack had never imagined this summer unfolding quite the way it was. And in the recesses of his mind was the notion that nothing would ever be quite the same again."Marina Moore is the meme of the moment as she escapes to her grandmother Ginger's home in Summer Beach to figure out just where she goes from here. Jack Ventana, slightly burned out bachelor is taking a sabbatical from his life as a journalist as he and his new furiend Scout settle into Summer Beach while he works on a book. Then, a phone call from an old friend changes everything.Life can change when you go from a job to work at something you're passionate about. Look at the Bay family over at the SeaBreeze Inn. Is this the chance Marina and Kai get to change their futures? And what's all this fuss about Ginger's past? How will Jack's life shake out? And why does Scout dig the way he does?Make another trip to Summer Beach and meet and greet even more residents as Jan Moran shares her passion for life with her readers. Believe me, your life might be changed too. Highly recommended 5/5[disclaimer: I received this book as a gift from the author and I voluntarily read and reviewed it]
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  • SS
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 starsI’m so happy to be back in Summer Beach, and delighted to get to see the characters from that series make appearances. But this is a new series, and I found it and its characters equally enjoyable. You don’t need to have read the earlier Seabreeze Inn series to read this one. It can stand on its own.Marina has just lost her job as a television news anchor in a most unceremonious manner. She’s upset and worried, and decides to head straight from the set to her grandmother’s, Ginger’s, 4 1/2 starsI’m so happy to be back in Summer Beach, and delighted to get to see the characters from that series make appearances. But this is a new series, and I found it and its characters equally enjoyable. You don’t need to have read the earlier Seabreeze Inn series to read this one. It can stand on its own.Marina has just lost her job as a television news anchor in a most unceremonious manner. She’s upset and worried, and decides to head straight from the set to her grandmother’s, Ginger’s, house in Summer Beach, Coral Cottage. It’s named for its coral colored exterior. Her bad luck remains as she finds Ginger away from home, doesn’t have her key, and then sprains her ankle. Luckily, a good neighbor steps in and sends her off to the Seabreeze Inn, where Ivy, Shelly, and Poppy take excellent care of her. While there, she meets Jack, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter. Marina isn’t impressed by his demeanor, and doesn’t yet know his background.Things start to change when he rents Ginger’s guest cottage that lies behind the main house. While Jack tries to come up with a subject for a book he intends to write while on sabbatical, Marina must figure out what to do with her life. She thinks she has a plan, and she begins taking steps to make it a reality. She has to do something to help pay college tuition for her twin children.In the midst of her turmoil, Jack discovers some surprise from his past that will impact on his future. And more surprises come to the forefront about Ginger’s past, and maybe present. And even more when Marina’s sister, Kai, turns up suddenly, recently engaged, but uncertain about whether she should go through with it.Like the Seabreeze Inn books, this book will draw you in and keep you reading. The characters are lovely, and the setting is a delight. I did feel that things developed a bit too quickly and, sometimes, conveniently, but overall, I thought this was an enjoyable and delightful read. It’s perfect for beach reading, or with Coronavirus, backyard reading. It’s light, with just the right amount of seriousness to make it an interesting read.Do know that there is a sad aspect to this book concerning one of the characters having a terminal illness. Nothing bad happens to her in this book, but if you are easily disturbed by such things, just know that it is there.I received an ARC of this book from the author. I thank her for her generosity, but it had no effect on this review. All opinions in this review reflect my true and honest reactions to reading this book.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    Jan’s books never disappoint me. When I pick one up, I know it will be a fun read with wonderful characters. The women will be intelligent businesswomen and loyal to their families and friends. There will be sweet romances. The perfect beach or weekend read.I always love the characters in Jan’s books and am sad when a series ends. But one of the things I really love with her books is that I do not have to say goodbye to my “new friends”. When I started reading the Seabreeze Inn at Summer beach s Jan’s books never disappoint me. When I pick one up, I know it will be a fun read with wonderful characters. The women will be intelligent businesswomen and loyal to their families and friends. There will be sweet romances. The perfect beach or weekend read.I always love the characters in Jan’s books and am sad when a series ends. But one of the things I really love with her books is that I do not have to say goodbye to my “new friends”. When I started reading the Seabreeze Inn at Summer beach series, I was thrilled when characters from her Love, California series made appearances. And now in her new Coral Cottage at Summer Beach series, I nearly cried when the beloved characters from Seabreeze Inn welcomed the new Coral Cottage characters to Summer Beach. (Note: Each series can be read on their own, but why not read them all for the full “experience”?)It is refreshing to have a series in which not all the central characters are “Barbie doll” types in their 20s. In Coral Cottage, Marina Moore is 40ish while delightful, yet mysterious Ginger is nearly 80. The storyline was engaging and perfectly paced. In the first installment of the series, Marina seeks comfort from her grandmother Ginger after her news anchor career collapses on her. And investigative reporter Jack Ventana has some major changes in his lifestyle so comes to Summer Beach to sort out his life. There are some beautifully written moments of tenderness with Jack at the core. Marina’s sister Kai, an entertainer, seeks solace at Coral Cottage as she reassesses her relationship with a Broadway producer. But her life gets even more complicated when she finds herself attracted to a local contractor. Then there is Scout…I could just see the overeager, overgrown pup with his silly grin and wagging tail. Settle in for an unforgettable summer with your new friends at Summer Beach.I received this book as a gift from the author. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Marina Moore’s news anchor life goes sideways after an on-air ploy to destroy her, so she runs to the only safe place she knows, her grandmother Gingers Coral Cottage tucked on the shore of Summer Beach. Marina with the sound advice of Ginger soon discovers that maybe it is time to reinvent herself and do something she has always loved to do, now that her two children are away at college. Before long Marian’s younger sister Kai comes to visit and together, they decide to embark on a new adventu Marina Moore’s news anchor life goes sideways after an on-air ploy to destroy her, so she runs to the only safe place she knows, her grandmother Gingers Coral Cottage tucked on the shore of Summer Beach. Marina with the sound advice of Ginger soon discovers that maybe it is time to reinvent herself and do something she has always loved to do, now that her two children are away at college. Before long Marian’s younger sister Kai comes to visit and together, they decide to embark on a new adventure, one that may keep Marin in Summer Beach longer than she expected.Jack Ventana is a journalist who needs a break and decides to try his hand at a novel, so he buys a VW van and starts his new adventure along with his new dog Scout in tow. He takes a turn and ends up in Summer Beach and decides this is just the place he needs to be to write his book. Jack ends up renting a small cottage behind Ginger’s home that she rents for the summers. Little did he know, the woman he ran into and seemed to disappear is also living in the main house. When Jack is contacted by a long-lost friend for help, will he also make Summer Beach his home?I absolutely adored this novel by Jan Moran. After reading the first three novels in the Summer Beach series, I was excited for a new addition to the series. This can be read as a stand-a-lone novel, as Ms. Moran does an excellent job of filling in the back stories of the supporting characters, but you will want to go back and read the rest of the books, trust me on this! This is a story of family, friendship, loss and second chances, and you are enraptured right from the first pages. I cannot wait to see how the story evolves in the second book in the series.Thank you so much to the author Jan Moran for an advanced copy of the book to review. It was fabulous! All opinions expressed for this review are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Claudete Takahashi
    January 1, 1970
    The main characters in this book are all looking for changes in their lives doesn´t matter if they are 30, 40 or 80 and it´s so easy to relate to them cause in real life that how things are as well. We end parts of our lives and have to start over, hopefully being able to do things that we love and not things that we need in order to survive. The location is beautiful and the descriptions are so acurate that you can almost see the see, the cottage and beautiful sunrises and sundowns. It also is The main characters in this book are all looking for changes in their lives doesn´t matter if they are 30, 40 or 80 and it´s so easy to relate to them cause in real life that how things are as well. We end parts of our lives and have to start over, hopefully being able to do things that we love and not things that we need in order to survive. The location is beautiful and the descriptions are so acurate that you can almost see the see, the cottage and beautiful sunrises and sundowns. It also is a huge story about friendship, family, partnerships and obviously love in all its shades and colours. I believe, as with the characters in this book, I also have a spring in my pace after reading this most enjoyable story. Looks of food for thought in my next steps !I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Lisa Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful summer readThis is the first book by Jan Moran I have read and now I will be looking for her earlier books. Loved the story and the cast of characters. I can't wait to read the Coral Cafe and the Seabreeze Inn series.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was sad to put it down when life got in the way of my reading. This is a cozy, sweet novel that I needed right now. An easy and enjoyable read! I highly recommend this book! #coralcottage #janmoranauthor
  • Doni
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a good book!If you loved read the Seabreeze Innseries, you will love this new series!It's a feel-good & moving romance.Marina, was completely humiliated live on air durning the news. She has had enough. Summer Beach & her grandma, Ginger, is what she needs.Jack, is a journalist. He taking a breakfrom his job & traveling the word.It's a summer they both will never forget.Great characters & small town charm make it the perfect summer read.It grabbed me from the very first page!! This is such a good book!If you loved read the Seabreeze Innseries, you will love this new series!It's a feel-good & moving romance.Marina, was completely humiliated live on air durning the news. She has had enough. Summer Beach & her grandma, Ginger, is what she needs.Jack, is a journalist. He taking a breakfrom his job & traveling the word.It's a summer they both will never forget.Great characters & small town charm make it the perfect summer read.It grabbed me from the very first page!!
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    What a great beach community. I want to go visit it and stay for awhile. All the characters were fascinating. Marina is a widow with twins in college. She is at a crossroad in her life. She goes to stay with her grandmother Ginger at Coral Cottage. Loved the comradity of her family and those around her. Jack and his pup Scout rent Ginger's second beach house. Marina and Jack have a good chemistry but she is gun shy due to a bad relationship. Can't wait to read about more of the characters.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the raw honesty of this story. I loved the chemistry. I loved watching these two navigate the world together. This is a story of love, forgiveness, romance, and how secrets have a way of coming out. I loved every second of this sweet, swoon-worthy, small town story. I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Margarita Remigio
    January 1, 1970
    I’m part of Jan Moran’s ARC and was sent this book for an honest review. I enjoyed the story line and the characters in it. This is a book about beginnings and makeovers. About reinventing yourself. Marina and Jack’s life’s have taken a turn which made them stop and consider their options. There is also mysterious Ginger and a whole bunch of characters from the previous Seabreeze series. Nicely written Jan. I like the way your characters develop and how you make your readers care for them.
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    Marian has escaped the city after being humiliated live on TV and having her heart shredded and now she is on her way to Summer Beach to see her grandmother Ginger who always seems to be able to calm her shattered soul with her wisdom only to find that she has gone away for a few days so now she is staying at the Sea Breeze Inn to regroup while waiting for her grandmother to arrive home. Jack is a reporter and he is in Summer Beach to hopefully write a book plus deal with the news that he has be Marian has escaped the city after being humiliated live on TV and having her heart shredded and now she is on her way to Summer Beach to see her grandmother Ginger who always seems to be able to calm her shattered soul with her wisdom only to find that she has gone away for a few days so now she is staying at the Sea Breeze Inn to regroup while waiting for her grandmother to arrive home. Jack is a reporter and he is in Summer Beach to hopefully write a book plus deal with the news that he has been given. Jack has moved around a lot but Summer Beach calms his soul and he wants a place to call home which is something that he has never had but has wanted for a long time. I love this book and series so much as it shows you that life can take you on a different journey if you allow it to and embrace it as Marina and Jack did in this story. There connection was strong but both had obligations that they had to deal with but will this be there time for a chance to be together. Jan Moran is an amazing author and writer and I definitely recommend you read this book, series and other books by her and you will definitely not be disappointed.I Voluntarily Reviewed an ARC Copy of this book.
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  • Penny Leidecker
    January 1, 1970
    Although this is the first book I’ve read by Jan Moran, it definitely won’t be my last. I loved this story about Marina, a single mom to two college students (twins), who has just lost her job and boyfriend on the same day. She goes to her grandmother’s cottage in Summer Beach, but Ginger isn’t there. She ends up at Seabreeze Inn, where she meets Jack, a journalist taking a break to write a book. I loved all the characters I met while reading this book and I highly recommend this book to everyon Although this is the first book I’ve read by Jan Moran, it definitely won’t be my last. I loved this story about Marina, a single mom to two college students (twins), who has just lost her job and boyfriend on the same day. She goes to her grandmother’s cottage in Summer Beach, but Ginger isn’t there. She ends up at Seabreeze Inn, where she meets Jack, a journalist taking a break to write a book. I loved all the characters I met while reading this book and I highly recommend this book to everyone. I won’t leave any spoilers, but if you love reading about family relationships and friendships, then this will be a great book for you.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Linda Christie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was as enjoyable as the three Seabreeze Inn stories. It was fun to see a few old friends as well as meet a bunch of new ones. Our heroine, Marina, has had a difficult life change so she travels to Summer Beach to visit Ginger, her grandmother.There are a few quirky characters which I quite like. Having folks be too "normal" in fiction can become boring! These folks are certainly not that. I think a couple of small details were obvious as far as the outcome but there are still surprises This book was as enjoyable as the three Seabreeze Inn stories. It was fun to see a few old friends as well as meet a bunch of new ones. Our heroine, Marina, has had a difficult life change so she travels to Summer Beach to visit Ginger, her grandmother.There are a few quirky characters which I quite like. Having folks be too "normal" in fiction can become boring! These folks are certainly not that. I think a couple of small details were obvious as far as the outcome but there are still surprises to be had.I look forward to reading the second which is way too long away!I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    From the author of the bestselling Seabreeze Inn at Summer Beach book series, the Coral Cottage is a new chapter on the sunny coastline.This story is of family, sisters, Grandmother, and friends both old and new and the things that happen to the people there. Once I started reading I was not putting this book down. I would recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • SEng
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Marina and Jack. She is spending time at Coral Cottage, her grandma’s beach house to recoup from a scandal. Jack also finds himself in the sunny coastal town of Summer Beach to write his book. These two are about to find more than they bargained for. I enjoyed this romance as they go through changes in the next chapter of their lives. I received an arc of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    Very entertainingI always enjoy books in series where the primary characters repeat over in each installment. Coral Cottage is charming and uncomplicated. Sometimes when I read I just enjoy a good story about loving families living in charming places and the adventures of their lives. A little romance makes it even more special. This fit that bill for me.
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  • Alison Osinski
    January 1, 1970
    Should have checked with an aquatic consultant1. There’s no such thing as undertow. It’s a misunderstanding of wave action.2. Waterspouts form over water. If they don’t dissipate when they reach land, they are no longer classified as waterspouts because waterspouts only exist over water. They would then be called tornadoes.
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  • Debbie Rozier
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved the vibe and positive spirit of this book. This book celebrates small towns and family. It also celebrates hard work and making the right decisions for yourself. Can’t wait for more books!!
  • Salla Majaniemi
    January 1, 1970
    Sunny and light new seriesVery excited to return to Summer Beach with interesting new characters while also catching up with the old ones. Can’t wait for the next one in the series to find out how Kai’s lovelife turns out!
  • Deemcgdiana
    January 1, 1970
    Relatable. Fun to continue with life at Summer Beach, bringing in more characters and interrelationships across the canvas. Enjoyed this book.
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