I am delighted to be sharing my review for; The Little House by the Sea by Tracy Rees, thank you to Sarah at Bookouture and Netgalley for my ARC copy.

The Little House by the Sea by Tracy Rees

Series; Pennystrand Village #1

Bluebells bob in the salty sea wind and the cottage gate swings open to reveal the inky-blue cove. It’s exactly how Kitty always pictured it… except in her head, she wasn’t standing here alone.

Kitty Roberts spends her days searching for the perfect home for two… until her boyfriend dumps her. Devastated, she flees to a tiny seaside village called Pennystrand, where she spent golden summers as a child before her family fell apart.

At first, Kitty’s dramatic escape proves to be exactly what she needs – golden sunsets over warm, sandy beaches, lovably eccentric new neighbours and even a blush-inducing run-in with Cory Hudson, a floppy-haired local surfer with a heart-stopping smile.

But just as Kitty feels herself beginning to heal, Cory reveals that his time in Pennystrand is nearly up. What’s more, some strange reactions to Kitty in town make her wonder if her connection to this place might go deeper than she thought.

What is this tranquil little village hiding? It seems there’s a secret in Kitty’s past that is about to turn her life on its head once more… Is she ready for the truth? And will it bring her and Cory closer together, or drive them apart?

A page-turning story is full of unexpected twists and turns. It will make you smile, laugh and wish you could visit Pennystrand! Absolutely perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Heidi Swain and Carole Matthews.


I am a big fan of Tracy Rees, true I haven’t read all of her books but the one I have read I absolutely loved so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down with one of her stories again, plus it’s the first book in a brand new series. Win, win!!

The Pennystrand Village series is going to be fabulous judging by this first visit, it’s full of interesting characters who I can’t wait to get to know throughout the series and hopefully more of the villagers will have stories of their own.

The Little House by the Sea is like a box of chocolates, you open it up and see the wonders f dreamy delicious chocolates inside and are excited to dive in and discover the delights within.

Hmmm, went off on a little chocolate fest there, this is what happens when I have a box of Diary milk sitting on the sideboard begging to be opened. Yes, I go a little distracted, LOL!

The story centres around Kitty Wilson, a city gal who is dreaming of another more tranquil life, preferably by the sea. She is an ordinary woman who just wants more, she isn’t sure what kind of more she wants she just knows that her life isn’t set in stone in London and dreams of sea views, quiet coves and idyllic tranquil skies.

Don’t we all!!

Like so many of us, she is one of the many who walks around estate agents looking for the perfect escape, yes I will put my hand to that one too, who doesn’t do the same? Unfortunately, her dead-wood of a boyfriend doesn’t share her dream, she soon dumps her and leaves her heartbroken but opens up an opportunity for her to finally get her dream. She leaves London and her life behind and flees for her childhood safe place, the place she always felt happy and relaxed. She goes ‘home’ to Pennystand village in Wales, where she begins to breathe the sea air and mend her heart, she starts believing that this is what she wants she even has a fleeting romance with a sexy as hell, surfer; Cory.

But, good things don’t last long do they? Cory reveals that he won’t be staying and she starts to feel as though things are being hidden from her, that there is something about Pennystand which is eluding her. There is certainly, more to this sleepy village than meets the eye, secrets are entwined in her very own past, but will she be brave and seek out the truth or will she run?

I won’t say too much about what happens, or about the scenes or even how I all connect within, but it’s emotional and hugely enjoyable watching the story unfold and watching Kitty relax and grow into a warm, engaging and relatable woman.

The Little House by the Sea is beautifully written, and magical and most importantly it will make you smile. Reading this will make you feel happy and content, who cares what is happening in the world when you can escape to the beautiful and magical Welsh coast?


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