Jill and Carrie—both married with teenage children—meet one day during Jill’s lunch break at a local park. Soon a friendship is forged. A friendship that deepens with each visit.
Jill’s husband still lives and breathes the coach’s life, a life that leaves him little time to spare for Jill. Left on her own more and more, Jill finds herself searching for the indefinable something that has been missing all her life.
Married to a successful businessman, Carrie Howell retired early from a career in real estate to spend more time with her teenage boys, and to pursue her lone passion—painting. She, too, has felt for some time that something is missing from her world.
The Cottage is the non-traditional, heart-aching story of two women pulled by a force stronger than their marriages, stronger than themselves. The story of Jill and Carrie. Two women. One love.
GCLS Goldie Awards
The Cottage: Finalist, Best Lesbian Dramatic Fiction.
Lambda Book Report
September, 2007: Hankies should be ready when embarking on the exquisite love story of Jill and Carrie as envisioned by Gerri Hill. This is by far Hill's most moving and touching novel in a career that has already impacted readers with her depth and range. If you have not discovered Hill before, I suggest you pick up one of her many wonderful books: Gulf Breeze, for example, is one of my favorites.
Just About Write
December, 2008: Even though the direction of the story becomes clear and the reader prays the inevitable won't happen, Gerri Hill succeeds in packing a painful punch. The Cottage is no doubt emotionally wrenching but one worth the tissues and swollen eyes for the life-affirming lesson it teaches.
December, 2007: The Cottage is a well-told story with a very personal feel to it. It can easily be read in one sitting, but the emotions it brings up will probably linger with the reader for a long time. Hill has proven in previous novels that she can write by the formulas so popular in lesbian fiction. This book proves that she can also move outside of the formula to tell a different kind of tale.