Mar 15, 2019

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman Review

The Summer Cottage
By Viola Shipman
Release Date: April 16th, 2019
Graydon House Books
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

From the bestselling author of The Charm Bracelet and The Recipe Box comes the perfect summer escape about the restorative power of family tradition, small-town community and the feel of sand between your toes.

Adie Lou Kruger’s ex never understood her affection for what her parents called their Creaky Cottage, the charming, ramshackle summer home—complete with its own set of rules for relaxing—that she’s inherited on Lake Michigan. But despite the fact she’s facing a broken marriage and empty nest, and middle age is looming in the distance, memories of happy childhoods on the beach give her reason for hope. She’s determined not to let her husband’s affair with a grad student reduce her to a cliché, or to waste one more minute in a career she doesn’t love, so it becomes clear what Adie Lou must do: rebuild her life and restore her cottage shingle by shingle, on her terms.

But converting the beloved, weather-beaten structure into a bed-and-breakfast isn’t quite the efficient home-reno experience she’s seen on TV. Pushback from Saugatuck’s contentious preservation society, costly surprises, and demanding guests were not part of the plan. But as the cottage comes back to life, Adie Lou does, too, finding support in unexpected places and a new love story on the horizon. One cottage rule at a time, Adie Lou reclaims her own strength, history, and joy by rediscovering the magic in every sunset and sandcastle.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for the honest and unbiased review*

The Summer Cottage was the first Viola Shipman book I have read, but it certainly will not be my last! I really related to Adie Lou's character, and her plight and struggle after being dumped by her husband for a younger woman! and I also applaud her for fighting for her childhood home. The rituals that her parents had started for The Summer Cottage were simply darling! and I could only long for a magical childhood that Adie Lou had!

The whole fighting for what is hers and starting again afresh in her hometown, I also the reconnecting with the past and taking on the town bully aspect! The characters are fantastic, and the story simple, and the small town comes across as a magical place! but really what more do you need for the perfect book.

And by the end of the book, it truly was THE perfect story for me. I love the main premise of finding yourself again after devastation, with offshoots lessons of sticking up for yourself, finding love, finding friends and finding happiness.

The Summer Cottage is a magical read, that will stay in your heart forever! which is why I give it 5 stars!

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