Macomber has moved more into women's fiction in recent years, and I do prefer these to her category novels ~ unlike Nora Roberts, whose categories I prefer to her single titles. Don't get me wrong, though, I love them all.
Cottage by the Sea is a wonderful story, with romance, friendships, tragedy, redemption and great characters. I read it over two days and couldn't put it down. Gotta love those books. While Annie and Keaton are the main hero and heroine, the character of Mellie was particularly wonderful, and added nice touches of humour, the more you got to know her.
If you've ever read Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer, possibly my most favourite book ever, then Mellie was reminiscent of Elly Dinsmore.
On that note, my memory is so shocking I had to google Morning Glory to remember what Elly's name was. If you've never read LaVyrle Spencer, then do check out this review of Morning Glory. The reviewer calls it her masterpiece and by George, I completely agree.