Review: The Cottage at Rosella Cove by Sandie Docker

Title: The Cottage at Rosella Cove

Author: Sandie Docker

Publisher: Michael Joseph January 2019

Status: Read March 2019



My Thoughts:

The Cottage at Rosella Cove is the second novel by Australian author, Sandie Docker.

Themes explored through the novel Include friendship, love, loss, grief, betrayal and hope. The story involves three timelines, which Docker handles remarkably well.

In the present, Nicole Miller arrives at Rosella Cove. In exchange for renovating a cottage on the bluff, she has a rent free six month lease during which she hopes to heal her wounds, and reimagine a new future. Despite planning on spending her time in the Cove alone, Nicole is quickly befriended by the community, particularly local family Mandy, Trevor, Jack, and family friend, Danny Temple, who cheerfully offer to help with the renovations. Nicole also strikes up a friendship of sorts with Charlie, widely considered to be a curmudgeonly old hermit, who has his own story to tell.

The near past timeline explains why Nicole felt compelled to flee to Rosella Cove. Docker explores Nicoles experiences thoughtfully, slowly revealing the reason for Nicole’s fragile emotional state.

The distant past, is revealed through a series of letters Nicole discovers hidden behind the fireplace. The letters are all written by the former owner of the cottage, Ivy Wilson, to her husband beginning in 1941, and continue until her death in 1976. These letters reveal the joys and heartbreak of Ivy’s life, and in part, help Nicole come to terms with the direction her own life has taken.

Docker’s Rosella Cove is a small coastal community, not dissimilar from those a stones throw from me. I can easily visualise the cottage, boathouse, and the towns general environs based on the authors descriptions. The inhabitants of the Cove, both in the past and present, are fairly typical of the genre.

I enjoyed The Cottage at Rosella Cove, the story was both sweet and poignant, and has a warm, genuine feel.



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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 11:59:57

    Thanks for including a link to the excerpt. I like small-town reads and this looks interesting.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 12:44:57

    I love stories about healing in a cottage on a bluff. Isolation and cozy spaces can do a lot. So can unexpected friendships. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Kathryn
    Mar 29, 2019 @ 05:36:40

    I read this and while I didn’t review it I think your review is a very good response to this book and so is the rating.

    Liked by 1 person


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