Spring House
The lives of two women, generations apart, converge in this enthralling novel of love, mystery, memories, and secrets.Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiancé, historian Megan Buchanan is forging ahead on a dream project: to restore to its original glory the landmark hunting lodge her own great-great-grandfather built on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. With the help of her fiancé’s caring best friend, it’s sure to draw much-needed tourist revenue to Cape Hudson, a town rich in southern history.However, it’s Spring House, the caretaker’s cottage on the grounds, that holds the most intriguing history for Megan. In a cache of old letters, she’s drawn into the captivating life of a young woman who embarked on her own dream adventure a century ago. With each one, Megan is swept away into her enthralling world—and all its secrets. But Megan has secrets too.Now, as one woman’s past unfolds in each revealing letter, Megan will discover more about herself and about the emotional tides of family that can be weathered with those you love and trust the most.

Spring House Details

TitleSpring House
Author
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherMontlake Romance
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Spring House Review

  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    I would have loved to have given this book five stars but the now chapters were disproportionate to the historical chapters, there were too many and they were much too long. I much preferred the history of Diane and her story, as you will see in my full review, below.My simple words cannot explain the feeling after reading this story. I call it a story because it was more than just a book. I was so glad I took the time to savour this book and I recommend you do the same...you will not be di I would have loved to have given this book five stars but the now chapters were disproportionate to the historical chapters, there were too many and they were much too long. I much preferred the history of Diane and her story, as you will see in my full review, below.My simple words cannot explain the feeling after reading this story. I call it a story because it was more than just a book. I was so glad I took the time to savour this book and I recommend you do the same...you will not be disappointed. Mary Ellen Taylor's characters are so relatable that they feel like family and you find yourself anxiously turning pages to see how they fare. The author has a great sense of what love does to a person from feeling none, to developing a deep love, how it makes you feel, act and the things you do either unconsciously or purposefully when it affects you. I love that the author has invented an entirely believable and yet incredible story. Yes, the theme has been explored and written about many times, but not quite like this lovely historical fiction version. There's just enough history to whet my mind, just enough southerness to whet my travel-need, and loads of love story to fill my heart.The descriptions put me right into the story, it all felt so real and kept me interested...I want to know more, this book took me away to another time and place. Fans of historical fiction will find themselves wrapped up in this beautifully told story.Thank you NetGalley, Mary Ellen Taylor and Montlake for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#SpringHouse #NetGalley
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  • Marj Ward
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first Mary Ellen Taylor book but not my last. I loved this book. A historical hunting lodge is inherited by the granddaughter Lucy Kincaid and is being restored under the eye of Megan Buchanan. This book has it all - romance, mystery, family history and lots of secrets. A wonderful book. I am now going to read Winter Cottage. Thanks to NetGalley, Montlake Romance and the Author for allowing me to read and review this book.
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  • Virginia Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    In order to really know ourselves, and to enjoy each day and look forward to the future, we must fully embrace the past. This idea is beautifully realized in the intriguing women's fiction tale, "Spring House". Very special storyteller Mary Ellen Taylor brings forward the characters and story line from her previous work, "Winter Cottage", and adds new faces with their own compelling circumstances. Cape Hudson is a quaint old town on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia, an area rich in histor In order to really know ourselves, and to enjoy each day and look forward to the future, we must fully embrace the past. This idea is beautifully realized in the intriguing women's fiction tale, "Spring House". Very special storyteller Mary Ellen Taylor brings forward the characters and story line from her previous work, "Winter Cottage", and adds new faces with their own compelling circumstances. Cape Hudson is a quaint old town on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia, an area rich in history and its own rustic appeal. Megan Buchanan is a historian working there to help restore the "Winter Cottage Estate"--built by her own great-great-grandfather--to its former splendor. Pregnant, and grieving over the loss of her fiance, Megan hopes the work will bring back a sense of order and purpose and help hear clear the way to a happy life with her child. While there is much to be done at the main house, it is the "Spring House", the caretaker's cottage, which opens up an unexpected realm for Megan. Through the discovery of old letters written long ago, Megan comes to know a young woman from another time, a young woman who, like Megan, has secrets to keep. As each letter is read, more and more of the past is revealed, and Megan is drawn deeper into the connection between past and present. When the final truth is told, and all questions are answered, will the families of "Spring House" and "Winter Cottage" truly be home at last? For a real reader's treat, enjoy "Winter Cottage" first, and then quickly follow with "Spring House".Book Copy Gratis Author
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  • Rhonda
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. Winter Cottage was my first Mary Ellen Taylor book and I really enjoyed it. What I liked about Spring House is that while we have Megan's story, we also get to know more about Lucy, Hank and Natasha. Spring House is a good telling of a story within a story. I really liked Megan and her struggle to deal with the death of her ex, being pregnant, and starting a new job. I didn't care for Scott's mother at all. I found her rude, pushy and very judgmental. I liked Rick and h I really liked this book. Winter Cottage was my first Mary Ellen Taylor book and I really enjoyed it. What I liked about Spring House is that while we have Megan's story, we also get to know more about Lucy, Hank and Natasha. Spring House is a good telling of a story within a story. I really liked Megan and her struggle to deal with the death of her ex, being pregnant, and starting a new job. I didn't care for Scott's mother at all. I found her rude, pushy and very judgmental. I liked Rick and hope we will see more of him and Megan. Really good book, I highly recommend it.
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  • Elsie Broadbent
    January 1, 1970
    The follow on book from The Winter Cottage, characters reappear but the story is about Megan Buchanan, heavily pregnant, single, ( having walked away from her fiance 2 weeks before the wedding) who is restoring Spring House for her friend Lucy(Winter Cottage). The story switches between the present and the past and is fascinating. It moves between Cape Hudson and France with ease and you move along with the characters, actually caring about them. It delights me that the acclaimed thriller writer The follow on book from The Winter Cottage, characters reappear but the story is about Megan Buchanan, heavily pregnant, single, ( having walked away from her fiance 2 weeks before the wedding) who is restoring Spring House for her friend Lucy(Winter Cottage). The story switches between the present and the past and is fascinating. It moves between Cape Hudson and France with ease and you move along with the characters, actually caring about them. It delights me that the acclaimed thriller writer Mary Burton can write such cosy, elegant and warm hearted books such as this. I was actually sorry when I finished reading the book, I enjoyed it so much
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  • Jenni Jay
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Winter Cottage I could not wait to read Spring House. The history of these families, so beautifully intertwined, is fascinating. I was hooked from the first chapter. This historical romance is well written and the story captivates you to a point where you can’t put the book down.
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  • Guylou
    January 1, 1970
    Some books thrill you, some books provoke you, and some books charm you. Spring House by Mary Ellen Taylor is in that last category. It was a lovely story about Megan Buchanan who is hired to restore a house owned by her ancestors. During the renovation, she discovers letters and objects that belong to Claire Hedrick. In the early 1900s, Claire was separated from her three sisters and three brothers after their mother passed away and their father could not take care of the seven children. Claire Some books thrill you, some books provoke you, and some books charm you. Spring House by Mary Ellen Taylor is in that last category. It was a lovely story about Megan Buchanan who is hired to restore a house owned by her ancestors. During the renovation, she discovers letters and objects that belong to Claire Hedrick. In the early 1900s, Claire was separated from her three sisters and three brothers after their mother passed away and their father could not take care of the seven children. Claire lived with the LeBlanc family and eventually moved to France where she was no longer heard from. The letters reveal the story of her life and the connection between her and Megan.This book offers a beautiful story that brings together generations. It is a pleasure to read and is perfect for a Summer read.💁🏼‍️ Thank you, Thomas Allen & Sons for sending me a final copy of this lovely book. Spring House by Mary Ellen Taylor is now available at your favourite bookstore.#dogsandbooks #poodles #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #poodletoday #pawsandbooks #petsandbooks #poodlesandbooks #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #book #books #booklover #bookish #bookdragon #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookaddicted #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #springhouse #maryellentaylor #bookreview #bookpublicationday #bookstafolk
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  • Sherri Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiance, historian Megan Buchanan is helping to restore Spring House to it's former glory and hopefully bring in some much needed tourist revenue to Cape Hudson, a town rich in southern history. Let me first say that this story had WAY too many characters. I spent more than half of the book confused trying to keep up with who everyone was and how they related to each other. The story was good, and I found the historical part of the story fascinating. I Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiance, historian Megan Buchanan is helping to restore Spring House to it's former glory and hopefully bring in some much needed tourist revenue to Cape Hudson, a town rich in southern history. Let me first say that this story had WAY too many characters. I spent more than half of the book confused trying to keep up with who everyone was and how they related to each other. The story was good, and I found the historical part of the story fascinating. I just wish the vast number of people mentioned in the book hadn't detracted from my enjoyment of it.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Spring House can be read as a standalone; however, it is truly a continuation of Winter Cottage, with the focus on different characters. Spring House's protagonists are the very pregnant Megan in the present day and Diane (Claire's sister) in the past. Again, the author does a magnificent job of interweaving past and present. I found myself equally enthralled with both storylines. With more of Claire and Diane's siblings to learn about, I'm really hoping there will be more novels based on these Spring House can be read as a standalone; however, it is truly a continuation of Winter Cottage, with the focus on different characters. Spring House's protagonists are the very pregnant Megan in the present day and Diane (Claire's sister) in the past. Again, the author does a magnificent job of interweaving past and present. I found myself equally enthralled with both storylines. With more of Claire and Diane's siblings to learn about, I'm really hoping there will be more novels based on these characters.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    Renovations to the Spring House in the present, take the reader traveling to the past. Our protagonist, Megan has been hired to renovate a property and as she and the owner tackle years of memories, they find out secrets from the families past.This story had the right balance of past and present, mystery, emotion, friendships, and more. A thoughtful and fun read.
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  • Chasidy Kaye Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Montlake Romance for the ARC in exchange of an honest review. Like the main character, I am also a person that loves really old things and my heritage and oftentimes wish I could have lived long ago. I could not stop readingng this book. It was really good from beginning to end and I hope there will be a sequel. I wish my family had letters and antiques leftover from times past. I would love more than anything to have them.
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  • Jani Brooks
    January 1, 1970
    SPRING HOUSE - Mary Ellen TaylorJuly 2019General FictionCape Hudson, Virginia - Early 20th Century, 2018Megan Buchanan has taken an important project on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The hunting lodge, Winter Cottage, was built by her great-great-grandfather in 1901 and had been inherited recently by the grandchild of Samuel Jessop, a merchant seaman. Jessop had been named the unlikely heir when Buchanan died. Now Jessop's granddaughter, Lucy Kincaid owns it and, with the trust left to her, use SPRING HOUSE - Mary Ellen TaylorJuly 2019General FictionCape Hudson, Virginia - Early 20th Century, 2018Megan Buchanan has taken an important project on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The hunting lodge, Winter Cottage, was built by her great-great-grandfather in 1901 and had been inherited recently by the grandchild of Samuel Jessop, a merchant seaman. Jessop had been named the unlikely heir when Buchanan died. Now Jessop's granddaughter, Lucy Kincaid owns it and, with the trust left to her, uses the money to restore the old house and surrounding buildings. Megan is now living in Winter Cottage with Lucy and her young half-sister, Natasha, as they ready the Spring House to live in while Winter Cottage is under reconstruction. To complicate matters, however, Megan is heavily pregnant with her late fiance's baby.Once the Spring House is readied for occupancy, Lucy and Natasha will live there, leaving Winter Cottage empty for restoration, and, eventually, to be an historic local landmark used for weddings. Megan and Lucy begin the arduous task of going through Samual Jessop's cluttered rooms. It seems the old man saved everything. What they find, though, lends mystery to both families.In the early 20th century, the family of merchant seaman Isaac Hedrick buried his wife, Addie, who died giving birth to her seventh child. Isaac makes the decision to send his children into the care of different families and returns to the sea. Claire is sent to the Buchanan family, and twelve-year-old Diane to Madame LeBlanc in Baltimore. Diane's life is upended, but gets worse when Mr. LeBlanc dies and Madame and her houseguest, Pierre, move to France. It is on the ship that Diane discovers that Madame pretends to "hear" the dead, and she convinces several wealthy passengers to pay her to speak to their late relatives. In Paris, life is even worse and Diane begins to fear Pierre.Megan and Lucy find letters between Claire and her sister, Diane, and the mystery deepens about what happened to Diane, and why Samuel kept the letters and other items that make no sense.In the meantime, Megan has to come to grips in dealing with her late fiance's mother who has installed herself nearby to monitor Megan's pregnancy. After her only child, Scott, died, his mother is determined to be a part of her future grandchild's life, despite feeling that Megan was never good enough for Scott. What she doesn't know, is the reason Megan broke off the engagement two weeks before the wedding.There is quite a lot going on in this story. History is Megan's love and discovering so many strange clues from the past sends her on a path to not only uncovering the mysteries, but understanding some of her own feelings. She resists help from others, especially Scott's Marine Corps buddy, Rick, now the Port Hudson sheriff. Scott's mother's interference only makes her more frustrated. The Spring House reveals more and more historical details to Samuel's past. How will Megan piece together all of the data? And how will that affect her own future?SPRING HOUSE is a continuation of WINTER COTTAGE with the same characters. Beautifully written and a very intriguing story line.
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  • Kathy Jund
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars Book 2 - Eastern Shore of VirginiaMegan Buchanan has been presented with the restoration project of her life, (two restorations in fact)to be completed in a very short time..she is up to the job..(she knows she is)..well she'd feel more confident if she wasn't eight months pregnant. Soon to be a single mom, and not one to set down roots she faces change at every turn, besides she also wants her hands on a third project in this sea-side village in Cape Hudson which borders the Chesapeake 5 stars Book 2 - Eastern Shore of VirginiaMegan Buchanan has been presented with the restoration project of her life, (two restorations in fact)to be completed in a very short time..she is up to the job..(she knows she is)..well she'd feel more confident if she wasn't eight months pregnant. Soon to be a single mom, and not one to set down roots she faces change at every turn, besides she also wants her hands on a third project in this sea-side village in Cape Hudson which borders the Chesapeake Bay. Fortunately for Megan, her boss is Lucy Kincaid, although the total opposite of Megan, has hired her for the job! Lucy who has become the new caretaker of the historical bay-front structure known as Winter Cottage (and no small cottage, indeed); the side property known as Spring House (smaller in proportion, but really!) is first in task for Megan's grand plan. The properties have passed to Lucy through her grandfather and came with a trust (of epic proportions), to be used only in the renovations of the structures. Keeping to historically correct proportions is sacrosanct to Megan, but Lucy draws the line at least as far as modern plumbing and kitchens are concerned (hot water and updated lighting are a line she will gladly cross). Unfortunately, Spring House is stacked to the rafters with all things paper and otherwise as Lucy's grandfather, a heroic merchant marine of long days past, could not throw anything away, after living decades as a recluse along with his things, Megan is itching to get inside and look for treasure and secrets piece by piece. Lucy, on the other hand, would rather initiate the removal of the chaos she finds inside in a more practical manner, but(small problem) is where to get her hands on a flamethrower. But both women are driven to find the truth about their histories and Spring House will have no choice but give them up.
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  • Connie Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    Megan Buchanan’s fiance, Scott, has recently died in a Marine helicopter accident. They had broken up just weeks before he died and she’s pregnant with his baby. His mother is angry with her blaming her for the accident and does not believe the baby she is carrying is Scott’s. A longtime resident of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Megan's family goes back for many generations. She has recently been hired to oversee the renovation of a historic hunting lodge named Winter Cottage that her own great-grea Megan Buchanan’s fiance, Scott, has recently died in a Marine helicopter accident. They had broken up just weeks before he died and she’s pregnant with his baby. His mother is angry with her blaming her for the accident and does not believe the baby she is carrying is Scott’s. A longtime resident of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Megan's family goes back for many generations. She has recently been hired to oversee the renovation of a historic hunting lodge named Winter Cottage that her own great-great-grandfather had built. Megan even wrote her PhD dissertation on Winter Cottage. The Cottage has recently been passed down to Lucy Kincaid. Lucy had been a bartender and is now very happy to be the owner of the Cottage, and is excited about the renovations. Firstly, they will renovate Spring House, then the Cottage itself. Lucy has hopes of making the Cottage a wedding venue. Her new boyfriend owns a local winery and is a cousin to Megan.The story delves into the history of the house and the people who resided there. It switches back and forth in time as we see what happens to these people and where they end up in life. In addition, we watch Megan as she immerses herself into all of the historical things she finds as they clean out the enormous amount of papers, books, and furniture in Spring House. This is a nice book but the "historical switching” and all of the characters involved became a bit overwhelming. But, I stuck with the book and I’m glad I did. I read the author’s novel, “Winter Cottage,” and found that one to be a bit better than this one.Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Cardmaker
    January 1, 1970
    Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiance, historian Megan Buchanan is forging ahead on a dream project: to restore to its original glory the landmark hunting lodge her own great-great-grandfather built on Virginia's Eastern Shore. With the help of her fiance's caring best friend, it's sure to draw much-needed tourist revenue to Cape Hudson, a town rich in southern history.However, it's Spring House, the caretaker's cottage on the grounds, that holds the most intriguing history for Meg Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiance, historian Megan Buchanan is forging ahead on a dream project: to restore to its original glory the landmark hunting lodge her own great-great-grandfather built on Virginia's Eastern Shore. With the help of her fiance's caring best friend, it's sure to draw much-needed tourist revenue to Cape Hudson, a town rich in southern history.However, it's Spring House, the caretaker's cottage on the grounds, that holds the most intriguing history for Megan. In a cache of old letters, she's drawn into the captivating life of a young woman who embarked on her own dream adventure a century ago. With each one, Megan is swept away into her enthralling world - and all its secrets. But Megan has secrets too.I loved the story but I didn't love the way the author wrote it. Normally, I like going back and forth on timelines but on this one, half the time, I didn't know who she was talking about. I loved that there's a family tree (actually, two of them) at the front of the book but I hated that there are so many recurring characters who aren't on the trees at all. What's up with that?!?So, if you read this book, add in anyone who isn't on the tree because you're going to need it (unless you have a much better memory than I have).Aside from that though, I loved the book. If I hadn't been confused half the time, I would have given it a 5 star rating. It's that good.Edited to add two things: one, I hated Scott's mother; and, two, I've ordered another book by Mary Ellen Taylor. :)
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Megan and Diane, two strong women, born generations apart, but whose lives converge. Megan Buchanan is in Cape Hudson working on the restoration on a landmark building once owned by her great-great -grandfather. Megan will uncover some intriguing history along the way in the form of some letters written between sisters years before, which is discovers during the restoration. She is instantly drawn to the young woman in the letters and how she forged a new life for herself. A This is the story of Megan and Diane, two strong women, born generations apart, but whose lives converge. Megan Buchanan is in Cape Hudson working on the restoration on a landmark building once owned by her great-great -grandfather. Megan will uncover some intriguing history along the way in the form of some letters written between sisters years before, which is discovers during the restoration. She is instantly drawn to the young woman in the letters and how she forged a new life for herself. As she reads more letters, she will learn of a family's secrets and sacrifices made to ensure those secrets remain hidden. Spring House contained the right balance of past and present and the storyline was good. However, I had a hard time keeping the characters straight and who was related to who. Upon further investigation, I realized this is a sequel to Winter Cottage, which could explain why I felt like I was missing something and couldn't keep track of the characters. Although the two stories do contain some of the same characters, it doesn't seem as if they must be read in order, however, it may solve this problem I had. I, also, found the ending extremely rushed. The story was a bit drawn out at times, and the buildup took about 3/4 quarters of the book and then it just ended abruptly. Despite this the book is well written. If you enjoy historical fiction and complex family situations, this is definitely the book for you. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. A special thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the opportunity to review.
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  • Trude
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book!! This is the first book by Mary Ellen Taylor that I have read, but I am a huge fan of her alter ego Mary Burton and her romantic suspense so I was excited to have the chance to read an early copy of this book! Part historical fiction, part contemporary fiction,and part mystery with a touch of romance Spring House is a captivating look at the history of a family. Ms Taylor moves us seamlessly through generations and across two continents. She uses alternating points of v I really loved this book!! This is the first book by Mary Ellen Taylor that I have read, but I am a huge fan of her alter ego Mary Burton and her romantic suspense so I was excited to have the chance to read an early copy of this book! Part historical fiction, part contemporary fiction,and part mystery with a touch of romance Spring House is a captivating look at the history of a family. Ms Taylor moves us seamlessly through generations and across two continents. She uses alternating points of view and times, journal entries written by the mysterious late owner of Spring House and letters between two sisters separated by miles and hard times. The book centers around Megan Buchanan who is still recovering from the death of her former fiance and is very pregnant. Megan is a historian and while restoring Spring House she is drawn into its history. I would love to have the opportunity to explore an old house and uncover it's secrets. I was happy to be able to do this vicariously through Megan. Megan, Rick, Lucy and Hank are all well developed likeable characters that I came to care a great deal for. I highly recommend this book! My thanks to the author for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Pammy
    January 1, 1970
    Ok peeps....SPRING HOUSE is a MUST READ!!!! This book deserves TEN stars on a five star scale. If your looking for the PERFECT beach, summer, lake anytime read, spring house is it!!! Winter Cottage was my first read from Mary Ellen Taylor and I equally LOVED that book too. They do NOT have to be read in order, it’s nice to do so, because you’d learn a lot, but, you won’t be lost reading Spring House first. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! This book is written in the current time and historic. I Ok peeps....SPRING HOUSE is a MUST READ!!!! This book deserves TEN stars on a five star scale. If your looking for the PERFECT beach, summer, lake anytime read, spring house is it!!! Winter Cottage was my first read from Mary Ellen Taylor and I equally LOVED that book too. They do NOT have to be read in order, it’s nice to do so, because you’d learn a lot, but, you won’t be lost reading Spring House first. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! This book is written in the current time and historic. I have never been able to get into historical, but this one is PERFECT!!! I seriously LOVED reading about the history of the town and people that originated years and years ago. Seriously people....if you haven’t read this...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I guarantee you’ll be asking yourself the same thing once you read this. Ok in Winter Cottage we learned quit a bit about Lucy and Natasha. Now in Spring House we learn more about Megan and Rick. Megan loves history and all things that came from Winter Cottage. She, like everyone else is fascinated about the history of this home and the residents that resided back in the EARLY 1900’s. GREAT-GREAT-GREAT READ!!!!
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  • Meagan Bulisco
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Winter Cottage and the historical pieces made me feel happy living in there for the time I read it. Spring House left a little to be desired in the connection department. I felt like Megan should have mourned her losses a bit more and maybe connected to Rick on a deeper level than pure lust. Every time he came around it seemed she was immediately turned on but that’s all there really was to it. Now Gilbert and Dianne’s relationship definitely filled that void. The old fashioned, traditio I loved Winter Cottage and the historical pieces made me feel happy living in there for the time I read it. Spring House left a little to be desired in the connection department. I felt like Megan should have mourned her losses a bit more and maybe connected to Rick on a deeper level than pure lust. Every time he came around it seemed she was immediately turned on but that’s all there really was to it. Now Gilbert and Dianne’s relationship definitely filled that void. The old fashioned, traditional relationship and modesty left you wanting more and their story was one of real love. The only other tip I would add is the genealogy is pretty difficult to follow in your head, especially if you have a gap in between reading the two books as I did. It would be helpful to have a chart or to recap to give a better visual of how people were related. I feel like I had forgotten how some people were connected from the first book and it took away the realization of some extra juicy details in the second. It’s still worth the read if you want to revisit Winter Cottage.
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  • Helen Shipley
    January 1, 1970
    Engaging enoughI enjoyed this and the setting. I liked the interweaving if stories of different generations of people, linked by shared ancestors and shared stories that were waiting to be discovered. I'm fascinated by history and how we and the world have come to be where we are. As an amateur historian genealogist, I identified with the uncovering of the past through a house and it's contents. I think many of us would love to do the same.Being British - a mixture of Welsh, English, Scottish an Engaging enoughI enjoyed this and the setting. I liked the interweaving if stories of different generations of people, linked by shared ancestors and shared stories that were waiting to be discovered. I'm fascinated by history and how we and the world have come to be where we are. As an amateur historian genealogist, I identified with the uncovering of the past through a house and it's contents. I think many of us would love to do the same.Being British - a mixture of Welsh, English, Scottish and Irish (the last yet to be verified), I needed to look up a few things I wasn't certain I understood. Thank goodness for the internet. I no longer have to make do with guessing what I think things are. I live not far from France, as the crow flies, and I've been to Le Have. I've also been lucky enough to go to Virginia a couple of times, though not the Chesapeake coast. I've only flown over that. It's not essential to know places in stories but it can help to feel more connected.The women in this story are fascinating. If they were real I'd rather like to meet them.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Spring House is by Mary Ellen Taylor. This is the sequel to Winter Cottage. The book is excellent. The descriptions of the house and the land make you feel like you are really there. The characters are very realistic and become your friends Samuel Jessup had died. He was the last Jessup son and Adele’s brother-in-law. He had inherited Winter Cottage; but refused to live in it, preferring Spring House instead. Now, it had gone to Lucy Kincaid. Lucy wanted to restore Winter Cottage and Spring Hous Spring House is by Mary Ellen Taylor. This is the sequel to Winter Cottage. The book is excellent. The descriptions of the house and the land make you feel like you are really there. The characters are very realistic and become your friends Samuel Jessup had died. He was the last Jessup son and Adele’s brother-in-law. He had inherited Winter Cottage; but refused to live in it, preferring Spring House instead. Now, it had gone to Lucy Kincaid. Lucy wanted to restore Winter Cottage and Spring House and hired Megan Buchanan to do it. She was going to do Spring House first so she and Lucy could have a place to stay. She was totally intent on doing a fantastic job so that her fledgling interior decorating idea would continue to bring in business. Megan wanted to do the bet job she could so she looked into old material for anything she could learn about the houses so their history would be preserved as much as their walls. It is a make or break job for her. Can she do it?
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  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    Spring House is a beautiful story as is the cover for the book!The lives of those from the past entwined gorgeously with those of the present, thanks to the lovely writing by the author, Mary Ellen Taylor. Although I haven't read Winter Cottage, the first book in this series, I still really enjoyed reading Spring House. This family mystery was full of great characters, some of whom I loved and others I wanted to hate but they managed to redeem themselves. Nothing was as it appeared and I was kep Spring House is a beautiful story as is the cover for the book!The lives of those from the past entwined gorgeously with those of the present, thanks to the lovely writing by the author, Mary Ellen Taylor. Although I haven't read Winter Cottage, the first book in this series, I still really enjoyed reading Spring House. This family mystery was full of great characters, some of whom I loved and others I wanted to hate but they managed to redeem themselves. Nothing was as it appeared and I was kept on my toes throughout. I loved the writing-style of Mary Ellen Taylor and the way every detail in the novel had been well thought-out and the plot impeccably executed.This was definitely a charming and fulfilling read and very worthy of its five stars!I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Montlake Romance via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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  • Lisa Richardson
    January 1, 1970
    Spring House is Mary Ellen Taylor’s follow up to Winter Cottage and she does a wonderful job moving between generations with both Megan Buchanan’s story in present day Cape Hudson and Diane Hendricks’ story moving between Cape Hudson and France during WWII. Ms Taylor also writes Romantic Suspense/Thrillers with truly evil characters and she throws one into the mix quite well in this story as well as a domineering pseudo mother-in-law….plenty of characters to root for as well as hate in this book Spring House is Mary Ellen Taylor’s follow up to Winter Cottage and she does a wonderful job moving between generations with both Megan Buchanan’s story in present day Cape Hudson and Diane Hendricks’ story moving between Cape Hudson and France during WWII. Ms Taylor also writes Romantic Suspense/Thrillers with truly evil characters and she throws one into the mix quite well in this story as well as a domineering pseudo mother-in-law….plenty of characters to root for as well as hate in this book. It was an in depth look at the trials families went thru during the harsh conditions of pre-WWII as well as during the war both in the US and France. This was also a nice visit with characters from the previous Cape Hudson book, Winter Cottage. I hope Ms. Taylor will be continuing to write for the other characters in Cape Hudson. I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the ARC.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I adored every second of this book. It didn't take me long to feel like I was among friends, helping to restore Spring House, and trying to uncover Diane's story. It was a little bit of everything I love about books. There was a little bit of romance, a little bit of history, and a little bit of intrigue, all wrapped up in a beautifully written story that spanned decades. I get a little nervous when I read books that bounce around from one time period to another. Sometimes, they can get confusin I adored every second of this book. It didn't take me long to feel like I was among friends, helping to restore Spring House, and trying to uncover Diane's story. It was a little bit of everything I love about books. There was a little bit of romance, a little bit of history, and a little bit of intrigue, all wrapped up in a beautifully written story that spanned decades. I get a little nervous when I read books that bounce around from one time period to another. Sometimes, they can get confusing, but that did not happen with Spring House. It actually made it impossible to put the book down. I couldn't wait to see how everything played out, and how everything was connected.This was my first Mary Ellen Taylor book, and I can't wait to go back and read Winter Cottage so I can spend a little more time in this world with these characters. This is a book I will revisit time and time again, and it's a book I will tell all of my friends about.
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  • Dawn Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    Must read thisI read winter cottage in the winter and obsessively checked the release date for this book. I then made myself wait a little longer. When I find books/authors I like to this extent I feel very lucky. So many of the books being put out on shelves and e-readers are just carbon copies of others that I get frustrated. Winter Cottage and Spring House are books that I will own and re-read several times. I'm now anxiously awaiting for the next one. The author has done such a great job ble Must read thisI read winter cottage in the winter and obsessively checked the release date for this book. I then made myself wait a little longer. When I find books/authors I like to this extent I feel very lucky. So many of the books being put out on shelves and e-readers are just carbon copies of others that I get frustrated. Winter Cottage and Spring House are books that I will own and re-read several times. I'm now anxiously awaiting for the next one. The author has done such a great job blending the past and present in these books. I find myself wanting to skip ahead in the book to find out what's going to happen next in the past when she jumps on to the present. And vice versa. Get Winter Cottage and Spring House, take a moment to visit with a few strong women, I don't think you will regret the time spent with them. You may even find yourself rereading them a few times.
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  • Yeni
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book by an amazing author! This book is different from the books that I have read by this author. I have always enjoyed reading her romantic suspense novels. I am so happy that I have tried her other genre. No matter what genre she is writing she does an outstanding job on it. This book has romance and suspense. I enjoyed the main character Megan because she is a woman that is determined to do her job regardless of what has happened in her life. She is willing to do everything she Another great book by an amazing author! This book is different from the books that I have read by this author. I have always enjoyed reading her romantic suspense novels. I am so happy that I have tried her other genre. No matter what genre she is writing she does an outstanding job on it. This book has romance and suspense. I enjoyed the main character Megan because she is a woman that is determined to do her job regardless of what has happened in her life. She is willing to do everything she can for her unborn child and only hopes that she is a good mother. The other characters were just as amazing and only enrich the story. I loved her friends because they are loyal to her and support her in whatever she decides. I can’t wait for the next book. Mary Ellen Taylor never disappoints and leaves you wanting more. Looking forward to the next book!
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this book and part of me truly did. As a former resident of Norfolk, it was incredibly interesting to read a story based In the general vicinity. However, it was difficult to follow who all of the characters were and I frequently felt that I needed to break out a whiteboard to draw a family tree so I could see how everyone was related. It was only after I finished that I realized there was a tree in the front of the book, but it still wasn’t extremely helpful. I honestly feel as I wanted to love this book and part of me truly did. As a former resident of Norfolk, it was incredibly interesting to read a story based In the general vicinity. However, it was difficult to follow who all of the characters were and I frequently felt that I needed to break out a whiteboard to draw a family tree so I could see how everyone was related. It was only after I finished that I realized there was a tree in the front of the book, but it still wasn’t extremely helpful. I honestly feel as though I need to go back and re read it for things that I missed. I will say that I did not put the book down and finished it in two days (a world record with kids running around). If you can keep everything straight, you will enjoy it as well.
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  • Marjorie
    January 1, 1970
    Well thought-out details entwining the life of those in the past with the present through the history of Winter Cottage and Spring House gave me a beautiful novel to read. As restoration is done at Spring House, while residing in the Winter Cottage, treasures once hidden are found in the clutter Samuel Jessup left behind. Letters from the early 1900s from Diane, who was in France, to her sister Claire, who ended up at Cape Hudson, Virginia, help guide historian Megan and her boss and friend, Luc Well thought-out details entwining the life of those in the past with the present through the history of Winter Cottage and Spring House gave me a beautiful novel to read. As restoration is done at Spring House, while residing in the Winter Cottage, treasures once hidden are found in the clutter Samuel Jessup left behind. Letters from the early 1900s from Diane, who was in France, to her sister Claire, who ended up at Cape Hudson, Virginia, help guide historian Megan and her boss and friend, Lucy, toward discovering secrets, the hard war times experienced, heartaches, as well as some parts of their own roots. Samuel Jessup’s journals bridge the gap between the countries through his travels back and forth by sea as a merchant marine. This novel was enlightening, and I thoroughly enjoyed the weaving of lives from the first half of the 20th century with the present. Lucy’s story is written in the first book in this series, Winter Cottage. You may want to read it first, although you do not need to in order to enjoy this wonderful novel. [I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through NetGalley and my opinion is my own.]
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    A first my me from this author and I read it as a standalone! I absolutely loved everything about this book! The characters and story line were captivating from beginning to end! I loved the detail put into each characters story and the rich history in the entire book! I couldn't put it down! The only thing I was sad about was that I didn't get to read the first one, who now I'm definitely going to read! It has a truly surprising ending!! Loved everything about it!! Can't wait to read more from A first my me from this author and I read it as a standalone! I absolutely loved everything about this book! The characters and story line were captivating from beginning to end! I loved the detail put into each characters story and the rich history in the entire book! I couldn't put it down! The only thing I was sad about was that I didn't get to read the first one, who now I'm definitely going to read! It has a truly surprising ending!! Loved everything about it!! Can't wait to read more from this author! Thank you NetGalley and Montlake publishing for my ARC copy in exchange for my honest review!!
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  • Sherri Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiance, historian Megan Buchanan is helping to restore Spring House to it's former glory and hopefully bring in some much needed tourist revenue to Cape Hudson, a town rich in southern history. Let me first say that this story had WAY too many characters. I spent more than half of the book confused trying to keep up with who everyone was and how they related to each other. The story was good, and I found the historical part of the story fascinating. I Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiance, historian Megan Buchanan is helping to restore Spring House to it's former glory and hopefully bring in some much needed tourist revenue to Cape Hudson, a town rich in southern history. Let me first say that this story had WAY too many characters. I spent more than half of the book confused trying to keep up with who everyone was and how they related to each other. The story was good, and I found the historical part of the story fascinating. I just wish the vast number of people mentioned in the book hadn't detracted from my enjoyment of it.
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