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Review: The Summer Cottage

Title: The Summer Cottage

Author: Viola Shipman

Release Date: April 23, 2019

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

My Review: I adored this book. I knew going in that I would enjoy it because I love books about starting over, and the hgtv fanatic in me always enjoys a good home renovation story, but I didn’t know that I would fall in love with both the characters and the cottage itself. This story if full of hope and love and looking forward. Though the character is dealing with a lot of grief, over both the loss of her marriage and the loss of her parents, she doesn’t let it get her down and I found myself rooting for her through the whole story. I really loved this book and I know that a lot of other readers will too! Definitely recommend this one!

*I received this book from Graydon House in exchange for an honest review*

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