The Summer Cottage

The Summer Cottage

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"Adie Lou Kruger's ex never understood her affection for what her parents called their Cozy 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Graydon House, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781525831522
1525831526
Branch Call Number: FIC SHIPMAN
Characteristics: 397 pages ; 24 cm

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NRBBrady
Sep 03, 2019

This was a very enjoyable summer read, and being Michigan based was a nice bonus. Characters developed nicely, the plot was believable and had a nice flow. I look forward to checking out additional books by this author.

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mjk236sb
Jul 29, 2019

This was another good book by this author. Books and stories that deal with families, history and traditions that take you away from the everyday lives we are in at this time. Warm characters that make you feel that you are part of the story and their lives. A little sappy - maybe but don't we all need a little of that in our lives from time to time. Read this and the others by this author and enjoy and remember someone or some place in your life that was important to you.

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DT_kcls
Jun 22, 2019

Yes, 'The Summer Cottage' is a bit formulaic and predictable. BUT the graceful writing, the beauty of the descriptions and the restraint from anything torrid is what elevates it, and saves it, from the mediocre.

In as much as 'The Summer Cottage' is my first book by Viola Shipman, I don't know if the main character, Adie Lou has been met in previous books, so I don't know whether or not her new age-y stuff is an ongoing trait, but in 'The Summer Cottage' it seems to pop up late in the book. I found the timing of what is supposed to be an old interest very odd, but I can also see why the author needed Adie Lou to need it. Still, it would have been better if we saw her interest early in the book as her character is being developed.

4 Stars for a book I'm glad to have read.

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RosaReads2
Jun 11, 2019

I really enjoyed the story as Adie Lou chooses to transform her family's cottage into a B&B after her divorce is finalized. The travails she experienced as she hired a contractor, continually wrote checks, and dealt with the historical society were some of the best moments in the story. That, and her sweet relationship with her grown son. After completion of the B&B remodel, the momentum of the story slowed and some moments became redundant. I liked Adie Lou's strength of character transformation, but the message got bogged down in that redundancy towards the end and began to feel sappy. Overall, it was enjoyable and the importance of family history and traditions definitely resonated with me.

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