The House at Magpie Cove: A gripping and emotional page-turner full of secrets and second chances

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57 reviews

About this ebook

‘I loved this book. Read in a night. Brilliant… A must read. You’ll want to live in the beach house.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The Cornish beach house creaked in the salty sea wind and, from the weathered wooden porch, Mara watched a lone magpie circle above. It was silly to think that it somehow represented her mother’s spirit, but she had the feeling that her mother was with her, somehow. That she still hadn’t moved on: there was something keeping her here. A secret that needed to be told.


When Mara Hughes inherits her late mother’s tumbledown beach house overlooking the bright, sandy sweep of Magpie Cove, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. With her marriage on the rocks and her husband threatening to take the family home, the beach house – with all the bittersweet memories it holds – might be the thing that finally sends Mara’s world crashing down around her. She tells herself she’ll only spend a few days there: sell it and move on to figuring out how to rebuild her life.  


When Mara arrives, the house is in a worse state than she feared – holes in the bedroom ceiling, birds’ nests in the attic and the beautiful, wrap-around porch on the brink of collapse… but she loves it anyway. With all its history it feels like the last link to her late mother and, determined to do whatever it takes to keep it in the family, Mara strikes a deal with local handyman – and town heartthrob – Brian Oakley to save the crumbling cottage from ruin.

But when a box of unopened old letters arrives on her new doorstep – a bequest from her mother’s will – Mara’s resolves to save the beach house will be tested to the limit. Because Mara’s mother’s perfect childhood in Magpie Cove was forever spoiled by one haunting day in July, and the letters contain a secret about her family that Mara can scarcely believe to be true… 


A story of secrets, family and forgiveness, this heartfelt summer read is perfect for fans of Pamela Kelley, The Hideaway and Liz Fenwick.


What readers are saying about The House at Magpie Cove:


Absolutely beautiful and perfect read!!... Completely swept me awaycompelling and addictive, heart-lifting read that kept me turning the pages until late at nightabsolutely fantastic!’ Bookworm86, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Delightful… lots of lovely characters, gorgeous setting… There are plenty of laugh out loud scenarios, a few heartbreaking revelations and lots of love, too, making this a marvellous read to escape into… highly recommend!Splashes into Books


Lovely… This story has all the feels, it was a wonderful escape and a charming read… I absolutely loved this. The well-developed characters felt like old friends, while plot twists and turns kept me completely engrossed in the book… A wonderful story. I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


All the feels, this was a wonderful escape and a charming read… I absolutely loved this… The characters felt like old friends, while the plot twists and turns kept me completely engrossed.’ Page Turners Blog, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Oh my goodness, what a story. I want to visit Magpie Cove and Serafina's Cafe!’ @karen_loves_reading, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ratings and reviews

57 reviews
DJ Sakata
November 8, 2020
This was an engaging, fairly quick, and entertaining read with relevant and relatable issues and knowable characters. There were several periods I wanted to give the main character of Mara a swift kick to dislodge her misplaced noggin from her colon and shake loose a few stagnate brain cells and some self-confidence in the process, but thankfully she saw the light before too much damage was done. The storylines were well constructed and smartly paced. I see this is only the author’s second book and I would never have guessed as the writing style was well developed with a smooth and inviting flow. Well done, Ms. Kerr, I am duly impressed.
J Wright
November 3, 2020
I received an ARC from Bookouture Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review. Mara Hughes finds out her mother left her a beach house and her husband wants a divorce. Her husband wants her to sell the beach house so she can afford a new house because he is keeping theirs. When she gets to the beach house she sees how run down it is, there is a hole in the roof and no one is interested in buying it. Brian Oakley is the local handyman and they strike up a deal to fix it up. Mara's twins love the hole in the roof because they can lay in bed and see the stars but it has to be fixed. A box of unopened letters starts to tell a different story of Mara's mother. At the beginning of the story, Mara's life and the beach house were both in shambles. But as the house begins to get fixed up and the secrets discovered, Mara's life begins to get better. All of a sudden her husband wants her back and it looks like she is going to give up the life she has started to create for her and the twins and go back to the cold, empty marriage she was thrown out of. She discovers more letters, that add to her mother's story plus she surprises me with her thoughts of her husband. This was a wonderfully written book of unraveling secrets, facing the secrets that she learned, and watching her change along the way.
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Annette Johnson
November 3, 2020
This was a nice quick story. Mara and her kids go to the beach house that belonged to her mother. It’s falling down and needs repairs plus her husband wants a divorce. Magpie Cove sounds like a lovey place to visit. Towards the end of the book I did want to shake some sense into Mara. I enjoyed the story. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy

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