Annie did not believe that she would be able to recover. She went through the worst of all - a family tragedy that shook her whole world. Lost and alone in the world, she runs away to the only place that fills her with joy, the only place that has ever made her happy: the Pacific coast town of Oceanside, where she spent many summer vacations with her family. Slowly, with the waves roaring in the background in front of her small house, Annie begins to collect the pieces. She finds a new job, grows vegetables in the garden, and listens to the stories of the townspeople. On the beach she meets again the tall and handsome Keaton, who remembers Annie from the age of 14, when he saw her once on the beach, and her auburn hair and wide smile captured his heart. Annie finds comfort and security in him, and finds herself increasingly attracted to him. But when she is accepted to study medicine, she finds herself torn between the new journey that awaits her and the warm arms of the man she once had as a home. A House by the Sea is a heartwarming novel about our human ability to recover even after our world crashes, and about the healing powers inherent in true love. Debbie Macomber is one of the most successful American authors in the world. Her books have sold tens of millions of copies so far. A House by the Sea starred for many weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.