The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri

74%

29 Critic Reviews

A sweetly simple, not exactly unpredictable story with the bone structure of a romance; stronger on atmosphere and charm than events.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Heather Barbieri follows her acclaimed Gaelic-tinged drama The Lace Makers of Glenmara with the resonant tale of a woman who, in the wake of scandal, flees to a remote Maine island to reconnect with her past—and to come to terms with the childhood tragedy that has haunted her for a lifetime.

Set on the rugged New England coast, Barbieri’s The Cottage at Glass Beach strikes the perfect balance between high lit and mainstream women’s fiction, infusing a potent and unforgettable love story with unforgettable characters that will remain with you long after the final chapter. Richly evocative, Barbieri’s narrative of intimacy, struggle, and redemption will call out to readers of Joanne Harris, Alice Hoffman, and other modern masters of drama.

 

About Heather Barbieri

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The author of the novel Snow in July, HeatHer BarBieri has won international prizes for her short fiction. She lives in Seattle with her husband and three children.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Harper. 403 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Cottage at Glass Beach
All: 29 | Positive: 25 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 01 2012

A sweetly simple, not exactly unpredictable story with the bone structure of a romance; stronger on atmosphere and charm than events.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Maggie Harding on Jun 08 2012

She creates a longing in the reader to find that quiet island that would provide a place to rest and regroup, to examine oneself and make good decisions.

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AuthorsDen

Excellent
Reviewed by N Eaton on Jun 12 2012

The author’s writing style is excellent and she does a wonderful job with her descriptions of the sea.

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EssenceArticles

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Eaton on Jun 12 2012

The Cottage at Glass Beach is a read that will make you think. There is depth to the story and it is a read you will thoroughly enjoy and will not want to stop reading...

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Fresh Fiction

Below average
Reviewed by Rachael Dimond on Jun 24 2012

If the characters were at least described so I could picture them, it would have added so much more.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Sheri Newton on Jun 18 2012

The fantasy aspect to the island is one of my favorite parts of the story, and without it - I don't think this would have been such a good book.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen on Jun 14 2012

Heather Barbieri has a lovely writing style, and she perfectly captures what life must be like in a small, idyllic island setting.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Below average
Reviewed by Jenn on May 24 2012

At times I felt there was too much detail, too much information and then there were others I wanted more details.

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S. Krishna's Books

Below average
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jun 08 2012

If you’re a fan of Irish myths and legends, you should definitely pick up this book, but otherwise I’d pass on this one.

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Kritters Ramblings

Good
Reviewed by Kritter on May 25 2012

I loved this book and thought the story had heart and soul, but wasn't too over the top, it was just right.

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Peeking Between the Pages

Good
Reviewed by Darlene on Jun 07 2012

What I love most about her books are the superstitions and myths – that magical quality that is weaved throughout her novels.

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Book'd Out

Below average
Reviewed by Shelleyrae on May 17 2012

Unfortunately, I was left distinctly underwhelmed by this novel, which couldn’t quite resolve into the enchanting read I hoped it would be.

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Bookfan

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Jun 20 2012

I loved the setting, Nora, her daughters, and the people of Burke’s Island. I also loved the fairytale-like tone of the novel...

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Sarah Says Read

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on May 17 2012

I loved reading about the simple life of the people living on Burke’s Island - the neighborliness, the fresh healthy food, the breezes coming in from the sea, the storms, the cottages…

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Amused by Books

Good
Reviewed by Amused on May 22 2012

I love a good beach read as much as the next person...elevated the genre by being not so much a silly page turner as they sometimes can be, as a bit of a mystery and adult heart breaker for me.

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Savvy Verse & Wit

Good
Reviewed by Serena Agusto-Cox on May 21 2012

A perfect summer read about mother-daughter bonds, bonds between sisters, and redemption.

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Cannonball Read IV

Good
Reviewed by Janel on Sep 16 2012

Overall this book is one part romance, one part mystery and one part beach read.

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Life in Review

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Vasquez on Jun 04 2012

It is beautifully written with characters that will steal your heart. The scenery is written so well and described so vividly that I can picture this place in my mind as if I had been there.

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Great Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Great Thoughts on May 02 2012

This book ends realistically- there is grief and hope but the story is not fully resolved...Just like real life!

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Journey of a Bookseller

Good
Reviewed by Jo Ann Hakola on Jun 19 2012

The story is well written, has a bit fantasy in it, and sounds all too like a family facing divorce.

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Book-Views.com

Good
Reviewed by Bestsellersworld.com on Jun 12 2012

What really makes this book interesting is the way the author adds the mystical secrets throughout the pages with a touch of Irish folklore.

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Bookstack

Good
Reviewed by Bookstack on May 29 2012

Although I was in my backyard in Michigan, Barbieri has a gift with description that placed me right on those sandy shores.

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Kristen's Book Nook

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on Sep 03 2012

Heather Barbieri has written an interesting book, showcasing how one woman deals with an embarassing moment and decides to reconnect with her past because of it.

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On The BookShelf

Good
Reviewed by LadyBookBug on Jun 18 2012

Barbieri's description of the beach, the sand and the water, transport the reader to an oasis in the mind.

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My Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Shirley on May 30 2012

The writing, otherwise, has a mystical descriptive quality that captures the nuances of Burke's Island and its residents, rendering it all as mysterious as the finest folklore...

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Hey Lorri

Good
Reviewed by Lorri Jeanne on May 17 2012

This was a very good book! The story was so interesting that I breezed through it within hours.

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Romance Writer's Revenge

Good
Reviewed by MsHellion on May 15 2012

What saves this from being like about fifty other women's fiction novels with similar premises is that this has a lovely layer of Irish folklore, which weaves a sort of compelling charm among the passages.

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Pax Plena!

Good
Reviewed by Pax Plena! on May 24 2012

But for those seeking to get lost this summer and reconsider life's priorities, Barbieri's voice is clear and inviting.

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Bookalicious Babe Book Reviews

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Reviewed by ms. caboo on Apr 15 2012

Enjoyable characters, magical element to the ocean and the island.

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