The Summer Cottage
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.

The Summer Cottage Details

TitleThe Summer Cottage
Author
ReleaseApr 16th, 2019
Publisher Graydon House
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary

The Summer Cottage Review

  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Rule#1: Leave Your Troubles at the Door. Rule#3 Nap Often. Rule#13 Everyone Must Be Present for Sunset. A charming story bursting with sunsets and love. Viola Shipman Rights such delightful books filled with engaging characters and good vibes. Stories about The importance of family tradition and friendship. Tales that make you realize we are all forever tied to our loved ones that came before us. Adie Lou has returned to her families summer cottage after divorcing her philandering husband, quitt Rule#1: Leave Your Troubles at the Door. Rule#3 Nap Often. Rule#13 Everyone Must Be Present for Sunset. A charming story bursting with sunsets and love. Viola Shipman Rights such delightful books filled with engaging characters and good vibes. Stories about The importance of family tradition and friendship. Tales that make you realize we are all forever tied to our loved ones that came before us. Adie Lou has returned to her families summer cottage after divorcing her philandering husband, quitting her demanding job, and grieving the loss of her parents. Her plan is to turn the beloved summer cottage into a bed and breakfast, however this is not quite as easy as she thought it would be.(Where are the property brothers when you need them?) The cottage needs a lot of renovation, not to mention part of the property has been declared a historical monument. BUT Adie Lou not deterred! Even after her first weekend of demanding rude guess. Adie Lou decides to focus on the positive and what transpires is a lovely story full of hope and love. Adie Lou was a compelling, likable, and relatable character. I admired her strength and tenacity. I loved watching her navigate her way through the cottage renovations and then navigate her way through love. Very sweet, a little sappy, The romance in this book is sure to make you smile. BUT this book is much more than a romance. It is about figuring out what really makes you happy and the magic of family traditions.🎧🎧🎧 this book is narrated by Tanya Eby who did a stellar job as always! Something I want to give Miss EBy major props for is that she does a remarkable job with male voices. Seriously you forget that it is a female narrating. Another story I felt was enhanced by the listening experience! Rule #14: Shake the Sand from Your Feet, But Never Shake the Memories of Our Summer Cottage. It Is Family! *** huge thank you to Harper audio and Harlequin for my copies of this book ***
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book by Viola Shipman and was super fun to read over Valentine's week!!The Summer Cottage is a touching and moving story about Ade-Lou finding herself after a painful divorce and the death of her parents.Ade-Lou decides to literally quit her job and leave her old life behind traveling to the place she loves the most to her parents summer cottage. The summer cottage is literally falling apart and Ade-Lou is trying to re-build it into a Bed and Breakfast. Along the way, nothing i This was my first book by Viola Shipman and was super fun to read over Valentine's week!!The Summer Cottage is a touching and moving story about Ade-Lou finding herself after a painful divorce and the death of her parents.Ade-Lou decides to literally quit her job and leave her old life behind traveling to the place she loves the most to her parents summer cottage. The summer cottage is literally falling apart and Ade-Lou is trying to re-build it into a Bed and Breakfast. Along the way, nothing is easy and Ade-Lou struggles to put her life back together and the summer cottage.Viola Shipman definitely has many touching moments in this novel and it makes you smile page by page. The only issues I had with this one... was it was a tad overly cheesy for me. I just was rolling my eyes a bit and felt it was a tad bit too cookie/cutter perfect for me.Overall, this is a fun one to cozy up to at the beach and warm your heart!3.5 stars for Summer Cottage.Thank you to Harlequin/Graydon and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication date: 4/23/19Published to Goodreads: 2/15/19
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  • Bkwmlee
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsViola Shipman is actually the pen name for male author Wade Rouse, who writes under his grandmother’s name as a way to honor not just her, but also all of the elders in his family. In addition to the pen name, all his novels are inspired by both of his grandmothers’ heirlooms as well as the lessons they taught him and the lives they led. At its core, his books are all “feel-good” stories that pay homage to family. In his latest novel The Summer Cottage , Shipman finds inspiration in hi 3.5 starsViola Shipman is actually the pen name for male author Wade Rouse, who writes under his grandmother’s name as a way to honor not just her, but also all of the elders in his family. In addition to the pen name, all his novels are inspired by both of his grandmothers’ heirlooms as well as the lessons they taught him and the lives they led. At its core, his books are all “feel-good” stories that pay homage to family. In his latest novel The Summer Cottage , Shipman finds inspiration in his grandparents’ log cabin in Missouri where he spent countless summers, a place where there was “nothing but an outhouse, fishing poles, inner tubes, books and each other.” Despite the cabin’s simplicity, it was a “magical” place where the only rule his grandparents had was “to be happy.” Though the log cabin was eventually sold after his grandparents’ deaths, Shipman later came across a cottage in Michigan that reminded him of that cabin and immediately fell in love with it, which prompted his decision to quit his job and move to Michigan, eventually settling there and becoming a writer.In the book, Shipman expands upon this through the character of Adie Lou Kruger, a 40-something divorced mother whose affection for her parents’ summer cottage – dubbed the Creaky Cottage – draws her back to the happy place of her childhood where she eventually decides to start over and rebuild her life. Armed with plans to convert the dilapidated old cottage into a bed-and-breakfast, Adie Lou encounters one obstacle after another, but through it all, she rediscovers the joy and strength that the freedom of pursuing her dreams brings. This is the third of Shipman’s books that I’ve read and while I found the story heartfelt and charming, I will admit that I didn’t love this one as much as I did his previous novel The Recipe Box . Perhaps it was because that book had checked all the right boxes for me, from its endearing characters and heartwarming story to its engaging narrative revolving around food and the bonds of family, I had felt a connection to the story almost right off the bat. With this book, I never really connected much with the characters and to be honest, the story felt like it moved a tad bit too slowly at times. I also felt there wasn’t as much emotional depth to the story that his previous novel had and that I’ve come to expect from his works. With that said though, I did love the descriptions of the cottage and its surrounding scenery, which Shipman did a great job of bringing alive for me, almost as though the cottage itself was a character in the story. This is one of the things I actually enjoy most about Shipman’s novels – his way of storytelling that is able to bring the inanimate object at the center of the story to life. Overall, I would say that I liked this book, but didn’t love it. Out of Shipman’s 3 books that I’ve read, The Recipe Box is so far still my favorite. I have yet to read his first novel, The Charm Bracelet , but hope to do so at some point, preferably before his next novel comes out. This is an author I will definitely continue to read, as I appreciate the fact that with his books, I always know what to expect -- a light-hearted, feel-good story that is at times a bit too saccharine and maybe even too simplistic, but a comforting read that celebrates family, love, hope, friendship, and, most important of all, happy memories! With the world we live in currently, sometimes we need books like this to escape into and to remind us (even if only for a brief moment), the important things in life and that it’s possible to find joy even in the small moments.Received ARC from Harlequin / Graydon House Books via NetGalley
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  • Jeanne Adamek
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes a book comes out to a time when the reader is able to appreciate it and what it says. This is one of those books for me. I would have never appreciated and loved reading this story in my 20s, 30s or even parts of my 40s. At those times I needed exciting--something totally different to the life I was living (which was good, just not exciting). A sort of mind vacation.The Summer Cottage took this reader in a slower paced (this is NOT meant negative) showing of letting one dream and act o Sometimes a book comes out to a time when the reader is able to appreciate it and what it says. This is one of those books for me. I would have never appreciated and loved reading this story in my 20´s, 30´s or even parts of my 40´s. At those times I needed exciting--something totally different to the life I was living (which was good, just not exciting). A sort of mind vacation.The Summer Cottage took this reader in a slower paced (this is NOT meant negative) showing of letting one dream and act out in those dreams. While Adie Lou´s dream could never be mine (I´m much too intoverted to want what she wanted), the story held suble hints ( and direct shouts) of letting oneself look back at the things that was so important to the reader´s childhood, the things that we were passionate about, and letting them come to back to our lives-- even when people in our lives do not understand those passions or call them ridiculous.Let´s face it, life is tough--for everyone. This is the whole picture. But who says we have to live the whole picture? Have you ever seen a house that was mostly unremarkable except for maybe one thing? You know, a brightly painted door, or even one window with stained glass in it. The one thing that stands out. That is what I think our passions are. Where we can go to find our calm and our happiness. It stands out. Not everyone will like the colour of the door. Some will find that stained glass old fashioned. But that isn´t important--those features are what stands out.I loved this story. Oh, the very practicable me says the story went down too pat, life doesn´t work that way. The dreamer me says who cares... This time the dreamer me wins!
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  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    January 1, 1970
    The Hope Chest was my first introduction into the wonderful world of author Viola Shipman. The Summer Cottage, the latest is even more lovely and inspiring.Adie Lou Kruger spent her summers as a child at her grandparent's summer home called Creaky Cottage, and then as a married adult with a child and husband at the same cottage when her parents took it over. There were very simple rules which had to be followed while at the cottage such as "Leave your troubles at the door" and my personal favori The Hope Chest was my first introduction into the wonderful world of author Viola Shipman. The Summer Cottage, the latest is even more lovely and inspiring.Adie Lou Kruger spent her summers as a child at her grandparent's summer home called Creaky Cottage, and then as a married adult with a child and husband at the same cottage when her parents took it over. There were very simple rules which had to be followed while at the cottage such as "Leave your troubles at the door" and my personal favorite "Nap often". It was perhaps the best times of her life.But when her parents both die and Adie Lou's marriage fails she believes she should sell the cottage and begin to rebuild her life. Unable to let go of the memories of what the cottage has meant to her throughout her life, she makes a decision which will change her trajectory.She decides to turn the much loved and much run down cottage into a bed-and-breakfast although many people doubt it will be able to succeed. Adie Lou watches as the progress of renovating the cottage. which comes with its own share of problems. begins to inspire her to feel hopeful about her decision as well as feeling empowered despite the harsh realities she encounters along the way.The Summer Cottage is about finding out who you really are, finding love in many different forms, the importance of family of all types and especially the goodwill and tenderness of others.Thank you #NetGalley #Graydon House #The Summer Cottage #Viola Shipman. The book will be out April 22.
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    Viola Shipman’s latest release is out! I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of his books!! First, let’s just say how awesome the cover is! It screams ... summer, relaxation, beauty!!! This is a quick read and I enjoyed it very much. I would love to stay a week or a weekend at The Summer Cottage. Another 5 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ book by this fabulous author!! Viola Shipman’s latest release is out! I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of his books!! First, let’s just say how awesome the cover is! It screams ... summer, relaxation, beauty!!! This is a quick read and I enjoyed it very much. I would love to stay a week or a weekend at The Summer Cottage. Another 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ book by this fabulous author!!
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  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    January 1, 1970
    The Hope Chest was my first introduction into the wonderful world of author Viola Shipman. The Summer Cottage, the latest is even more lovely and inspiring.Adie Lou Kruger spent her summers as a child at her grandparent's summer home called Creaky Cottage, and then as a married adult with a child and husband at the same cottage when her parents took it over. There were very simple rules which had to be followed while at the cottage such as "Leave your troubles at the door" and my personal favori The Hope Chest was my first introduction into the wonderful world of author Viola Shipman. The Summer Cottage, the latest is even more lovely and inspiring.Adie Lou Kruger spent her summers as a child at her grandparent's summer home called Creaky Cottage, and then as a married adult with a child and husband at the same cottage when her parents took it over. There were very simple rules which had to be followed while at the cottage such as "Leave your troubles at the door" and my personal favorite "Nap often". It was perhaps the best times of her life.But when her parents both die and Adie Lou's marriage fails she believes she should sell the cottage and begin to rebuild her life. Unable to let go of the memories of what the cottage has meant to her throughout her life, she makes a decision which will change her trajectory.She decides to turn the much loved and much run down cottage into a bed-and-breakfast although many people doubt it will be able to succeed. Adie Lou watches as the progress of renovating the cottage. which comes with its own share of problems. begins to inspire her to feel hopeful about her decision as well as feeling empowered despite the harsh realities she encounters along the way.The Summer Cottage is about finding out who you really are, finding love in many different forms, the importance of family of all types and especially the goodwill and tenderness of others.Thank you #NetGalley #Graydon House #The Summer Cottage #Viola Shipman. The book will be out April 22.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    A woman's life is on the brink of disaster facing divorce after quitting her job now embarks on a new journey -converting the inherited lakeside home into a bed and breakfast hot spot.This entire story brings me back to the famous verse," I once was lost but now I'm found."It has the emotionally appeal and that summer good feeling that just grips you tight and refuses to let you go.It was a light and refreshing read that develops at the perfect pace under the best circumstances and settings.I do A woman's life is on the brink of disaster facing divorce after quitting her job now embarks on a new journey -converting the inherited lakeside home into a bed and breakfast hot spot.This entire story brings me back to the famous verse," I once was lost but now I'm found."It has the emotionally appeal and that summer good feeling that just grips you tight and refuses to let you go.It was a light and refreshing read that develops at the perfect pace under the best circumstances and settings.I don't think I've ever rated Viola Shipman's ( Pen Name - Wade Rouse) work less than a 5 star and if I did I was probably not feeling well that day.The old world charm, the unconditional family love and unity, the classy art of writing. I can never get enough and hope these works of art never cease to exists.Thank you Viola (Wade) , the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    At first, this seemed like just another chick lit novel- romantic, light and frothy, with easy characters and a simple story line. I'm happy to say that it turned out to be MUCH more than that! The main character, Adie Lou, is renovating her family's very old summer cottage on Lake Michigan, and it turns out to be a bigger project than anyone anticipated. Adie Lou is at a real transition point in her life and as the cottage is renovated and renewed, so is Adie Lou. There is much in this beautifu At first, this seemed like just another chick lit novel- romantic, light and frothy, with easy characters and a simple story line. I'm happy to say that it turned out to be MUCH more than that! The main character, Adie Lou, is renovating her family's very old summer cottage on Lake Michigan, and it turns out to be a bigger project than anyone anticipated. Adie Lou is at a real transition point in her life and as the cottage is renovated and renewed, so is Adie Lou. There is much in this beautiful story about the choices we make, and about letting go of what no longer serves us in order to become more fully who we really are. There is romance, yes, but it is as much about Adie Lou's relationship with herself as it is with a friend from long ago.
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  • Julie Barrett
    January 1, 1970
    The Summer Cottage by Viola ShipmanLove the idea of this book and was very close to doing something similiar when my mother passed away and left her estate to the children. I was 1 of the 5 but others wanted to sell the houses and land.Adie Lou always wanted it to become a quilt retreat where others would go and spend time on the quiet island and learn how to quilt and be taught how to do so-you could live in the houses and be fed. Just sold last house a week ago.Starts out with a woman who's go The Summer Cottage by Viola ShipmanLove the idea of this book and was very close to doing something similiar when my mother passed away and left her estate to the children. I was 1 of the 5 but others wanted to sell the houses and land.Adie Lou always wanted it to become a quilt retreat where others would go and spend time on the quiet island and learn how to quilt and be taught how to do so-you could live in the houses and be fed. Just sold last house a week ago.Starts out with a woman who's going through a divorce, her son is going to her ex's school, tuitiion paid for and she's at lost ends with her job. Cashes in and heads back to the house on the lake where she grew up. She wants to turn int into a B&B but others in town have other ideas.She needs to meet their standard of approval. She then seeks out help from the locals who can do the work she needs done to improve the house/rooms and the boat so she can take guests out on sundown cruises on the lake.Love how she struggles and gets the jobs done! This would make an awesome movie as all the scenes are described in great details.Love the rules of the cabin-priceless! Love hearing what her name means, history of fish cottage.Love how her girlfriend and her son both help with the project-they are so resourceful.Love hearing the story of the author's childhood, very similair to mine during the summer months. Brothers used to work on the ferry-not chain driven-you had to just throw a heavy rope over the piling, LOLLike instructions on how to make a sand castle=so cool! Like this romantic love story intwined with the beach story. Notes from the author at the end.Reader's guide is also enclosed.Received this review copy from HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books (U.S. & Canada) Graydon House Romance, Women's Fiction via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion. #TheSummerCottage #NetGalley
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.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 th I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.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.I absolutely adored "The Recipe Box" so was delighted to see this book available to request: it did not disappoint. It also gave me some serious jonesing for a trip Cape May - off-season ONLY! - so now that is going to happen in April. Shipman is a master of her craft: she takes the most minute detail and makes it interesting to all and this is coming for someone who is NOT sentimental or in love of family traditions of any kind. This is just a lovely read: there is no way to explain it beyond that word: totally readable, totally enjoyable and totally a "best beach read" of Summer 2019!!As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🏖️🏖️🏖️🏖️🏖️
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  • Jody
    January 1, 1970
    The Summer Cottage is about love, family, regrets, and new beginnings. Adie Lou leaves Chicago behind along with her arrogant ex-husband who left her for a younger woman, to flip her family's old cottage into a Bed & Breakfast. Little does Adie Lou know how much it's going to take mentally and physically to make her families creaky cottage into her dream come true. I hope as you read The Summer Cottage it takes you right there with Adie Lou, as it did for me. A wonderful feel good story for The Summer Cottage is about love, family, regrets, and new beginnings. Adie Lou leaves Chicago behind along with her arrogant ex-husband who left her for a younger woman, to flip her family's old cottage into a Bed & Breakfast. Little does Adie Lou know how much it's going to take mentally and physically to make her families creaky cottage into her dream come true. I hope as you read The Summer Cottage it takes you right there with Adie Lou, as it did for me. A wonderful feel good story for this coming summer. I received an ARC of The Summer Cottage from NetGalley and Harlequin - Graydon House Books for an honest review.
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  • BookGypsy
    January 1, 1970
    From the author of The Charm Bracelet, one of my favorite books. Adie Lou has had enough. She is determined to turn her families run down cottage into a bed and breakfast. She won't let her middle age or her husbands affair with a much younger girl get in the way of things. As the the cottage comes back to life so does Adie Lou. Fantastic story of reinvention, mind, body and spirit.I was given a copy by the publisher for my honest review.Dawnny Ruby-BookGypsyNovels N Latte Blog
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  • Reading Mama
    January 1, 1970
    If you were transported to the setting of your current read, where would you end up? Are there any fictional worlds you wish you could go to?🌺---I read The Summer Cottage over the weekend, and I absolutely loved it! The synopsis is in the comments, and I've included my review below!🌺---The Summer Cottage was my first Viola Shipman novel, but it won't be my last! At first, I thought this was going to be a light, fluffy read. At times, it was, but there was much more to this story. This is a story If you were transported to the setting of your current read, where would you end up? Are there any fictional worlds you wish you could go to?🌺---I read The Summer Cottage over the weekend, and I absolutely loved it! The synopsis is in the comments, and I've included my review below!🌺---The Summer Cottage was my first Viola Shipman novel, but it won't be my last! At first, I thought this was going to be a light, fluffy read. At times, it was, but there was much more to this story. This is a story about love, regret, new beginnings, and having the courage to live the life you were meant to live. The writing is chalked full of inspirational quotes and passages about life. The cottage rules are ones that we could all use in our lives from time to time. (As a SAHM of a 2 year old and 7 month old, I'm all for the "nap often" rule 😉). Adie Lou, the main character, is a strong female lead. When she has to start her life, she embraces it. She is strong and determined to do what needs to get done. She renovates her parents' cottage to be a welcoming B&B. I wish the cottage really existed, because it sounds like the type of place I'd love to go and spend a week with my own family. As Adie Lou rebuilds her parents' cottage and brings it back to life, she too finds herself coming back to life. I felt like I was right there with her as she remodeled and renovated the cottage. So often, we adults lose our sense of fun and adventure. Its easy to get weighed down by the responsibilities of life: jobs, children, spouses, etc. However, the cottage and this story served as a reminder to embrace the little things in life, because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things. The Summer Cottage is out on April 23, and I highly recommend picking it up! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman is a marvelous novel of self-discovery, healing and new beginnings.Following her divorce, Adeleine "Adie Lou" Kruger unexpectedly decides to return to her family's beloved summer cottage in Saugatuck, MI.  With big plans to renovate "Creaky Cottage" in order to turn it into a B&B, the contractor's exorbitant estimate  gives her pause. However, Adie Lou knows she is making the right decision and despite the Historical Society's interference, const 4.5 stars.The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman is a marvelous novel of self-discovery, healing and new beginnings.Following her divorce, Adeleine "Adie Lou" Kruger unexpectedly decides to return to her family's beloved summer cottage in Saugatuck, MI.  With big plans to renovate "Creaky Cottage" in order to turn it into a B&B, the contractor's exorbitant estimate  gives her pause. However, Adie Lou knows she is making the right decision and despite the Historical Society's interference, construction is soon under way.  With her nineteen year old son Evan's encouragement, Adie Lou is soon making surprising discoveries as they begin a social media campaign to garner interest in the upcoming opening.  She also reconnects with old friend, Scott "Scooter" Stevens whose interest in her goes deeper than friendship. Is Adie Lou ready to open her heart the possibility of love? Dare she dream her new business endeavor  will exceed her wildest expectations?Adie Lou's marriage to Nate has been on the rocks for quite some time when they file for divorce. Upon reflection, she realizes that she gave up everything for her soon to be ex, including her identity. At first planning to sell Creaky Cottage, Adie Lou knows she cannot get rid of the place that means so much to her. She also plans to honor her heritage by incorporating the traditions she and Evan hold so dear. While the cottage is under renovation, so is Adie Lou. She is discovering hidden strengths that help her find the self-confidence she needs to succeed in both business and her personal lives.The Summer Cottage is a heartfelt novel that is poignant yet uplifting. Adie Lou is an endearing character whose love of family and its traditions shines brightly throughout the story.  The storyline is engaging with an underlying theme that empowers and celebrates women.  The romantic element is very understated and takes a backseat to Adie Lou's metamorphosis as she sheds her unhappy past and fully embraces her future. Saugatuck serves as a perfect backdrop for this heartwarming story and  Viola Shipman brings Creaky Cottage, the town and its inhabitants vibrantly to life.  I absolutely loved and highly recommend this wonderfully charming novel.
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  • Debi Lantzer
    January 1, 1970
    Author, Viola Shipman is very familiar to me.  In March of 2016, I had the opportunity to read The Charm Bracelet.  Next, I read The Hope Chest in July of 2017.  Finally, I read The Recipe Box in March of 2018.  When I saw The Summer Cottage available to read and review on NetGalley, you can bet I requested it, and fortunate for me, I was approved.This week I am home recovering from a hospitalization involving a subarachnoid hemorrhage.  What that means to me regarding books I've read, is that I Author, Viola Shipman is very familiar to me.  In March of 2016, I had the opportunity to read The Charm Bracelet.  Next, I read The Hope Chest in July of 2017.  Finally, I read The Recipe Box in March of 2018.  When I saw The Summer Cottage available to read and review on NetGalley, you can bet I requested it, and fortunate for me, I was approved.This week I am home recovering from a hospitalization involving a subarachnoid hemorrhage.  What that means to me regarding books I've read, is that I am going through the list and reporting on all the books I read and never reported on.  Today's book is one of those books.The Summer Cottage is a moving story about Adie Lou finding herself after the death of her parents and a painful divorce.  Adie Lou then decides to quit her job and leave her old life behind.  She travels to the place she loves the most  -- her parents' summer cottage -- the Cozy Cottage  that she's inherited on Lake Michigan -- and finds that it is falling apart.  Adie Lou tries to rebuild the cottage into a bed and breakfast.  Along the way, Adie Lou realizes that nothing is easy as she struggles to put her life back together and the summer cottage.As the Cozy Cottage is getting restored and begins to come back to life, Adie Lou finds herself coming back to lie too, finding support in unexpected places. Adie Lou reclaims her own strength, history and joy and rediscovers the magic in every sunset and sandcastle.  There is much in this beautiful story about the choices people make, and about letting go of what no longer serves us so that we can more fully become the people we are meant to be.  The characters are well developed and well written and overall, I enjoyed this book from cover to cover.I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my review.  My views are my own and are in no way influenced by anyone.  Thank you.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    This will be the perfect book to read as Summer 2019 begins. It's about starting over despite adverse circumstances and its about love and family. The setting is beautiful Saugatuck Michigan, one of the resort towns along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline.Adie Lou is facing middle age with her only son in college when her husband decided to leave her for a much younger woman. She decides to leave Chicago and move back to the small lakeshore cabin that her parents owned in Michigan and turn i This will be the perfect book to read as Summer 2019 begins. It's about starting over despite adverse circumstances and its about love and family. The setting is beautiful Saugatuck Michigan, one of the resort towns along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline.Adie Lou is facing middle age with her only son in college when her husband decided to leave her for a much younger woman. She decides to leave Chicago and move back to the small lakeshore cabin that her parents owned in Michigan and turn it into a bed and breakfast. When she starts out, she has no idea of the work and the costs involved. Her belief that her parent's cabin can successfully be turned into a B&B is met by problems all around - from the unexpected repairs to the Historical society of the town who don't want the home modernized. Along the way, Adie Lou has to find inner strength that she didn't know she had, she has to learn to rely on others and to accept the help of her son and her friends to make a success of her plans.Adie Lou was a wonderful character. She loved her cottage and she had strength and determination to make her plans a success. Her goal was to move on with her life and be a success instead of thinking about her husband's betrayal. The other star of this novel was the location - the author described it all so well that you'll feel like you've been to Lake Michigan when you finish it.Thanks to netgalley for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    The Summer Cottage by author Viola Shipman is another tender story about family, love, regrets, and starting over. I loved this story as it seems I love all the previous books such as The Bracelet and the Recipe Box. This story is set in Michigan on the shores of Saugatuck. Adie Lou remembers wonderful summer vacations being at Creaky Cottage with her grandparents and later her parents. After she marries the man she thought was her dream, has a wonderful son who is now college age, she begins to The Summer Cottage by author Viola Shipman is another tender story about family, love, regrets, and starting over. I loved this story as it seems I love all the previous books such as The Bracelet and the Recipe Box. This story is set in Michigan on the shores of Saugatuck. Adie Lou remembers wonderful summer vacations being at Creaky Cottage with her grandparents and later her parents. After she marries the man she thought was her dream, has a wonderful son who is now college age, she begins to find out there is more to life than dreams. Did she leave a part of her true self behind in the years of having a busy career, being a wife and mother? After her parents have passed and her marriage has dissolved into memories, she must make a decision about selling the family cottage or working harder than she ever believed to save Creaky Cottage and starting totally anew. It seems that at each turn a new problem arises.Follow along with Adie Lou as she uses the all-important rules of Creaky Cottage and campers to find her way in a new and lonely path. Oh, but really it is not so lonely, you will love Sonny!Publication Date: April 23, 2019
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Net Galley. The Summer Cottage continues Viola Shipman's style of bringing the reader into her family. If you have ever vacationed in the same town for generations, or purchased a lake home, you know the memories that are built on traditions. In the Summer Cottage the "Rules" become guiding lights for guests as well as the owner's and her family. Attention to details bring you into the cottage and town. I can picture each room, including the rock wall in "Go Rock Hunting" I received an ARC from Net Galley. The Summer Cottage continues Viola Shipman's style of bringing the reader into her family. If you have ever vacationed in the same town for generations, or purchased a lake home, you know the memories that are built on traditions. In the Summer Cottage the "Rules" become guiding lights for guests as well as the owner's and her family. Attention to details bring you into the cottage and town. I can picture each room, including the rock wall in "Go Rock Hunting" room. Family relationships, social media, friendships, and romance develop at a savory pace. I have preordered 4 copies with personalizations. I own all of Viola Shipman's precious books, The Charm. Bracelet, The. Hope Chest, and The Recipe Box. There is a taste of the next novel, Heirloom Garden included. Sounds delicious! Grab a blanket, a glass of wine, some cheese and even a Blue Moon ice cream and slip into a relaxing adventure.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Four and a half stars: An inspirational feel good read about a woman who finds a new beginning in her family history. Adie Lou is feeling lost. Her marriage is ending, her parents passed on, her son is in college, and she is trapped in a job she doesn’t love. Her soon to be ex husband is pressuring her to sell her family’s beach cottage on Lake Michigan. Creaky Cottage is the place where Adie Lou always remembered being happy. She throws caution to the wind and decides to restart her life. Adie Four and a half stars: An inspirational feel good read about a woman who finds a new beginning in her family history. Adie Lou is feeling lost. Her marriage is ending, her parents passed on, her son is in college, and she is trapped in a job she doesn’t love. Her soon to be ex husband is pressuring her to sell her family’s beach cottage on Lake Michigan. Creaky Cottage is the place where Adie Lou always remembered being happy. She throws caution to the wind and decides to restart her life. Adie moves to Saugatuck, Michigan in the middle of winter in order to begin the lengthy and expensive task of restoring the cottage and turning it into an inn. Along the way, Adie encounters plenty of obstacles, history, old friends and a new beginning. Will she realize her dream?What I Liked:*After reading The Recipe Box last year, I was eager to read more from this author. The Summer Cottage didn’t disappoint. I found this to be a charming pick me up read with a wonderful setting, fantastic characters and plenty of hope and motivation. If you are needing a lovely book for summer reading, or for anytime you need a happy read, this is one to grab. *The highlight for me with this one was the outstanding setting of Saugatuck, Michigan. I adored the small town setting on the shore of Lake Michigan. The author did such a tremendous job with the town, I was ready to pack my backs and head to Michigan. The Creaky Cottage was especially wonderful with all of its history. It was a joy to read about it’s transformation. *This is a chick lit read, but I found it to be so much more than your average chick lit read. I appreciated that this book was about family roots, history and also new beginnings. It was brimming with hope and courage. I loved watching Adie Lou not only transform the cottage but also herself. This was in some ways a tremendous motivational novel. *Adie Lou is a character that many middle aged woman will be able to relate to. Adie spent most of her adult life seeing to other’s needs, so much so that she lost sight of herself and what made her happy. When she returns to her roots, she starts her transformative journey. I loved Adie Lou. I liked her optimism, her spunk and her determination. 8There is a touch of romance in this one. I appreciated that the romance was not the main focus of the story. Instead it is a light side plot. The romance is easy and genuine as it is born from a long time friendship. It fit perfectly with the story. *I liked the way the chapters were all modeled after the rules of the cottage, it added a touch of whimsy to the story. *I appreciated that a couple of the characters did a turn about a surprised me. I especially enjoyed Adie’s stand with the town’s dragon lady, and I loved how it turned out. I also liked the way Adie’s ex husband changed. *The ending was lovely. I loved that it ended on a high note. I also enjoyed reading the author’s note at the end of the story. Definitely read it!And The Not So Much:*Adie discovers a time capsule in the cottage during the restorations. In the capsule is a letter from a young woman in the 19th century. I was excited at first regarding this story line, but then I was disappointed. I was expecting to learn so much more about Sadie, but there is only a tiny snippet about what happened to her. I wish that more of her story was uncovered. To me, this part of the story felt underdeveloped and unfinished. *I know this is chick lit, but I have to be honest there were a few times in the book where I felt like it got a little cheesy.The Summer Cottage is a light, feel good read that will transport you to the shores of Lake Michigan. I loved that this was a story about renovation not only of the cottage but also of the main character. There is plenty to love in this one. It was fluffy and left me smiling. This is the perfect book for summer reading! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. [email protected] Day Ramblings.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    The Summer CottageViola ShipmanThere are very few men authors who can speak to my feminine soul but Wade Rouse aka Viola Shipman is one of them, maybe when he sits down to write a story using his grandmother’s name as his pseudonym a bit of her soul touches him or maybe he’s just one of those men who really get women but whatever it is it works and his latest novel, The Summer Cottage proves it. It’s a tale about love, loss, turning lemons into lemonade and starting over, where the main protagon The Summer CottageViola ShipmanThere are very few men authors who can speak to my feminine soul but Wade Rouse aka Viola Shipman is one of them, maybe when he sits down to write a story using his grandmother’s name as his pseudonym a bit of her soul touches him or maybe he’s just one of those men who really get women but whatever it is it works and his latest novel, The Summer Cottage proves it. It’s a tale about love, loss, turning lemons into lemonade and starting over, where the main protagonist Adie Lou finally comes of age in middle age taking a huge leap of faith. The narrative has a laid back-times gone by feel featuring emotional as well as laugh out loud passages with well developed characters and vivid colorful settings that will bring back memories to all of us who waited for the song of the * “peepers” the first harbinger of Spring and who spent some or all of our summers barefoot, swimsuit clad and full of sand in our own version of Creaky Cottage and the rest of us who wish we had. Fans of Sarah Morgan, Kristin Hannah and Sally Hepworth will eat this read right up.When Adie Lou Clarke’s cheating husband asked for a divorce she decided it was time to totally chuck her old life including her ad exec job (which she hated) and make a new start by turning her family’s rundown generational Lake Michigan summer cottage into a B&B. And although most people think she’s nuts and she’s constantly fighting remodel nightmares and red tape from the town’s historical committee she’s also gotten some much needed support from family, friends and neighbors. So if she doesn’t run out of money, patience and sanity first she just might be an innkeeper by her Memorial Day goal.Memorable Quotes:* “My dad, like so many Michiganders, calls a certain frog that lives in these parts “peepers” for their distinctive call–a single, high-pitched peep…”“We all doubt ourselves, which ultimately paralyzes us from becoming who we want to be.”Emotion is strength, not a weakness. It’s ultimately what makes women better survivors than men.”
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book on a Goodreads first reads giveaway.While I thought this was a cute book, I'm sorry to say I don't really think it was my cup of tea.I realize this was supposed to be a feel good story and it is...but at the same time every is just way too perfect.While I thought a lot of the characters were interesting...the problem was everyone is practically perfect in every way. What few flaws people have are quickly explained away with a sob story or excuse. Everyone is always cheerful and s I won this book on a Goodreads first reads giveaway.While I thought this was a cute book, I'm sorry to say I don't really think it was my cup of tea.I realize this was supposed to be a feel good story and it is...but at the same time every is just way too perfect.While I thought a lot of the characters were interesting...the problem was everyone is practically perfect in every way. What few flaws people have are quickly explained away with a sob story or excuse. Everyone is always cheerful and supportive of one another, they never fight or disagree or (it feels) even bother facing reality.Now I don't expect the M/C (Adie Lou) to just wallow away in grief over her failed marriage to her jackwipe husband...it's always refreshing to see books where older women don't just succumb to an empty nest or realizing their marriage is a lie. However, going back to the perfect thing, she was sort of a hollow character. Without fail as soon as she got frustrated it felt like she would turn on the water works. She never raged at her POS ex-husband. Never wavered that maybe this whole thing was a bad idea for more than a sentence before "pshaw-ing" it away...And of course the money, the money she thought didn't have just seems to magically and perfectly resolve itself. I had expected a few more hurtles than what was given in the story, given all the obstacles set against her at the beginning.All in all it was a cute story but nothing life changing or deep.
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  • Linda A.
    January 1, 1970
    Reclaiming Your TruthThis is a beautiful story of a woman who lost her true identity through her marriage, job, and perceived societal expectations. The descriptions of the Lake Michigan bluffs, shoreline, beaches, etc., are breathtaking. My biggest reservation is that the main character was raised by parents who encouraged her individuality. How and why she turned from those life experiences and lessons and loses herself is problematic for me.
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  • Chasidy Kaye Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange of a review.I thought this book was good but not really great. It didnt leave me feeling hopeful about life and love that I get after most books like this. I dont know why I didn't get into this book as much as others the author has written. There was nothing really wrong with the book. I cant really explain it. Maybe just me.
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  • Linda Smatzny
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Adie Lou Kruger and her starting over after divorce. She wants to save her family's summer cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan and in the process saves herself. It is an enjoyable read that makes you feel good. The book was a quick easy read.
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  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    This book just was not for me. It was very uninteresting and very predictable. Adie Lou decides instead of selling the family's beach house that she will turn it into a bed and breakfast. She gets enough money from her divorce to do renovations and turns the cottage into a beautiful place. There are some interesting characters in the book, some historical references, and a lovely dog, Sonny. Not much else to add about this book.
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  • Dottie Legatos
    January 1, 1970
    Heartwarming!
  • Karen Trosterud
    January 1, 1970
    I just absolutely loved this book! I adored the setting on Lake Michigan and the beautiful story it told!!! Highly recommend
  • Adelle Trumpour
    January 1, 1970
    It's nice to take a break from the turmoil in our current times and just do something nice and relaxing. The Summer Cottage was just that break for me. This is a gentle, feel good story about a middle aged woman working on a fresh start, and overcoming the obstacles that seem to be thrown into her path at every turn. I really enjoyed it, and appreciate the early read.
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  • R J Mckay
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.There is so much depth, love and heart in ‘The Summer Cottage’. This beautiful story is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. It is a story of new beginnings and old friends. It showcases the enduring love of family and it reminds everyone to take a chance and to be a ‘risk-taker’. Your heart will be filled with laughter and along the way you will shed a tear or two.
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