Cicada Summer
In this moving, witty novel, author Maureen Leurck explores the intricacies and joys of renovation and rediscovery as one woman s improvement project promises to transform much more than a home . . People keep a house alive, not the other way around. Alex Proctor has seen the truth of this in every empty, rundown property she s bought and renovated since her divorce almost three years ago. She s also experienced the thrill of making each one into a home. Her newest project is a dilapidated, century-old house just a few blocks from Geneva Lake, Wisconsin. Time and neglect, along with rats and raccoons, have ravaged it inside and out. Only Alex can see the beauty of what it once was and might become again. In just a few weeks by the time the cicadas make their scheduled reappearance after seventeen years underground the house should be ready to sell. In the meantime, there are construction disasters, and surprises, to contend with. Amid overgrown grounds and rooms brimming with debris, Alex finds treasures pocket doors, hardwood floors hidden beneath layers of linoleum and grime and carved initials that reveal a long-ago love story involving Alex s elderly neighbor, Elsie, and another cicada summer. At the same time, Alex finds herself searching for a way to reconcile her new life with lingering feelings for her ex-husband. For so long she felt sure that moving on was the only option, but maybe this house, and everything she s learning in it, could give Alex room for a second chance . . .

Cicada Summer Details

TitleCicada Summer
Author
FormatPaperback
ReleaseJul 25th, 2017
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN1496706528
ISBN-139781496706522
Number of pages320 pages
Rating
GenreFiction

Cicada Summer Review

  • Barb Klein
    May 22, 2017
    I think that “Cicada Summer” by Maureen Leurck is a novel about hope, love, perseverance, starting over, and second chances at life. In more ways than one, Ms. Leurck gives the reader a glimpse at obstacles that can be overcome and the endurance to find other ways to succeed.Alex Proctor is a single mom, sharing her daughter with the father, Matt on every other weekend and designated custody days. She is providing for her daughter by renovating old houses into homes anyone would love to live in. I think that “Cicada Summer” by Maureen Leurck is a novel about hope, love, perseverance, starting over, and second chances at life. In more ways than one, Ms. Leurck gives the reader a glimpse at obstacles that can be overcome and the endurance to find other ways to succeed.Alex Proctor is a single mom, sharing her daughter with the father, Matt on every other weekend and designated custody days. She is providing for her daughter by renovating old houses into homes anyone would love to live in. This last home that she purchased has no limit on problems and unseen structural disintegration. I love to watch the reno shows that are so prevalent now and found that this book capitalized on this popular theme of these shows. This house comes alive as we find out more and more about past inhabitants. Can she use this same stubbornness to make her life right again? Can she begin to start a new life without constantly thinking of her ex-husband?Of course, the title has something to do with the theme of the novel. Cicadas lives are in a seventeen year cycle. Every seventeen years cicadas come out of their hibernating grounds, cover the area with their sounds and bodies until they mate, lay the eggs and die. The eggs hatch and the nymphs burrow underground to feed on plant roots. They re-emerge after another seventeen year to start the cycle all over again. I would say that the comparison to Alex’s life is the stubbornness, hope and renewal that the cicada experience brings to the dedication to starting over again.I thought the characters were very real and that Ms. Leurck did a wonderful job of tying up all the threads that ran through the novel. I would recommend this book highly. I received an advanced proof of this novel from NightOwlReviews.com for my honest review.You can read this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-qX. Check out other book reviews at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.
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  • Claire Mc Partlin
    June 21, 2017
    I really enjoyed this book, it was quite laid back, and nearly all about the renovation of an old house, but just had a lovely feeling throughout it all.Alex lives with her young daughter and has been divorced from her husband, Matt, for 4 years but still has lingering feelings for him, even after they divorced because she caught him cheating. After the divorce Alex decided to renovate old houses, her passion, to make ends meet. She still sees quite a bit of Matt in passing as they share custody I really enjoyed this book, it was quite laid back, and nearly all about the renovation of an old house, but just had a lovely feeling throughout it all.Alex lives with her young daughter and has been divorced from her husband, Matt, for 4 years but still has lingering feelings for him, even after they divorced because she caught him cheating. After the divorce Alex decided to renovate old houses, her passion, to make ends meet. She still sees quite a bit of Matt in passing as they share custody of their daughter.The book is mainly about the trials and tribulations of renovating an old house, and poor Alex really did have a lot of hassle with it, but it was so worth it finally. During the course of the renovation she meets and makes friends with her lovely elderly neighbour, Elsie, and finds out more about the house she is renovating and it's previous occupants as Elsie has lived next door all her life. There is also a side story of Elsie trying to find a baby she had given up for adoption when she was very young, which Alex helps her with, which is so lovely.The cicadas of the title weren't in the story very much as such, but were really interesting. They have a seventeen year cycle, so every seventeen years they come out of hibernation, completely cover everything for about six weeks, then hibernate for another seventeen years. Absolutely fascinating little bugs! So the story really revolves around the theme of this and involves the characters of the book going through certain cycles and hard times, but moving on eventually, and coming out the other side stronger and happier.The house was renovated eventually, and sounded absolutely gorgeous, well worth all the trouble it took to get there. I really admire people who make the extra effort to renovate old houses and keep their history and character, instead of going the easier route of just ripping everything out and replacing with new.Lovely story that just flowed really easily and was an absolute pleasure to read.
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  • Monica
    June 27, 2017
    I received a copy as a Goodreads winner, and was very glad to read. The story delivers a great look at endurance and overcoming challenges in a way that I could connect with. A perfect summer read!
  • JoAnn
    July 1, 2017
    I enjoyed this well written book all about second chances. Good plot and great writing.
  • Selena
    April 22, 2017
    Sometimes, life gives you a second chance because just maybe the first time you weren't ready. A beautiful, humorous story of a woman who is renovating an old historic home. She discovers the house has secrets of it's own. This leads her to her 2nd chance of new friends, old loves and happiness.
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