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Table Of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 46
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The Cottage

The Cottage

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Elizabeth Hamilton’s dream of being a prima ballerina in New York has finally come true. Her whole career is at her feet, and nothing will get in her way. She is in love with her completely organized and focused life and doesn’t think she has room—or the need—for anything more.

In contrast, Michael Ryan’s dreams have thus far eluded him, and a lifetime of poor decision-making has taken its toll. He did not grow up in a loving environment and has never allowed himself the luxury of dreaming about a better life. His is a life of chaos, danger, and uncertainty, with little room for hope.

When Elizabeth finds Michael injured on the roadside and takes him to\ the cottage, it changes Elizabeth’s world. How can a prima ballerina find space in her heart for a rough-and-tumble biker with a dark past and even more insidious secrets? But despite her seemingly perfect life, Elizabeth’s past has returned to envelop her. Can she ever know happiness again?

Michael must find the strength and courage to leave his past behind now that Elizabeth has shown him how loved he can truly be. When both their pasts threaten their future, they must rise above everything and anything to fight for their love. Will fate bring Elizabeth and Michael together, or will it lead them to new and different paths?

Elizabeth Hamilton’s dream of being a prima ballerina in New York has finally come true. Her whole career is at her feet, and nothing will get in her way. She is in love with her completely organized and focused life and doesn’t think she has room—or the need—for anything more.

In contrast, Michael Ryan’s dreams have thus far eluded him, and a lifetime of poor decision-making has taken its toll. He did not grow up in a loving environment and has never allowed himself the luxury of dreaming about a better life. His is a life of chaos, danger, and uncertainty, with little room for hope.

When Elizabeth finds Michael injured on the roadside and takes him to\ the cottage, it changes Elizabeth’s world. How can a prima ballerina find space in her heart for a rough-and-tumble biker with a dark past and even more insidious secrets? But despite her seemingly perfect life, Elizabeth’s past has returned to envelop her. Can she ever know happiness again?

Michael must find the strength and courage to leave his past behind now that Elizabeth has shown him how loved he can truly be. When both their pasts threaten their future, they must rise above everything and anything to fight for their love. Will fate bring Elizabeth and Michael together, or will it lead them to new and different paths?

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Publish date: Oct 22, 2013
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How do I classify The Cottage? Is it historical fiction? No. It is about history though and is fiction, maybe. Is it a romance? No, but there is some in it. Is it a mystery? So far, that’s the closest. This book is so unique, it is hard to classify. Basically, I found pleasure in a fiction book by Alan K. Austin, The Cottage.The Cottage is the story of a journalist who finds his typically chaotic life turned upside down when his fiancé disappears. He is questioned and his past resurrects to haunt him. Thinking it could not get worse, he then finds himself months later forced to work on a documentary with a man he despises. The subject? Who was really Shakespeare? What starts off as a boring assignment for Jack Duncan becomes a mystery waiting to be solved. Too bad his past won’t leave him alone. Someone is trying to frame him. Or are they? The truth of Shakespeare concealed? Jack is determined to find out.I got through the first chapter and was a little apprehensive about how good this book was going to be. I was confused. By the end of chapter two I was really getting into the story. The pace picked up. It’s not the kind of story with intense action on every page. It’s more of an intellectual action with some physical thrown in.The entire plot centers around the idea that William Shakespeare might not have been the one to pen the famous plays and sonnets. This is not a new idea. As I read the book, Mr. Austin describes the various camps that argue for the Earl of Oxford, Marlowe, and others as the real Shakespeare. Before picking up this book, I had no interest in digging further into this debate. Now…Mr. Austin writes using the English language better than most writers I have come across. He uses words that will cause most people to use a dictionary while not writing so far above one’s head that you feel like the village idiot. He doesn’t dumb down his book. He brings in humor and other aspects of writing in such a way that you can’t help but be drawn in deeper.I couldn’t help but wonder what was going to happen next. I felt the curiosity Jack did as he examined old cottages and castles. The book subtly drew me in and had me cheering for Jack all the way despite incriminating evidence that said otherwise.There are some F-bombs in this book. They are not heavy, but they are present and scattered throughout the book. There are also minor intimate scenes, but nothing too graphic and nothing more than a few paragraphs. A few editing issues also were found, but nothing that would detract from the reading.What was so great about this book? Mr. Austin sucks you into the plot. Before you know it, you want to know more. Even when the book is over, you want to know more. In addition to using English so well, he wrote a very well developed and intricate plot that continues long past the last lines.Mr. Austin is well-known for his documentaries which gives him the perfect background to write about a journalist creating a documentary on Shakespeare. This book is near to being a non-fiction book as it stemmed from a discovery made by Mr. Austin during a filming of a documentary he was working on.If you are one of those that always questioned Shakespeare’s true identity, you have to read this book. If you like a mystery that prompts you to investigate further on your own, this is the book. It is only 214 pages and sixteen chapters. It read quicker than I had anticipated. This is one I highly recommend.Note: This book was provided to me by the author with no expectation of a positive review.
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