The Summer Cottage

The Summer Cottage

by Viola Shipman

Overview: Adie Lou Kruger’s ex never understood her affection for what her parents called their Cozy Cottage, the charming, ramshackle summer home—complete with its own set of rules for relaxing—that she’s inherited on Lake Michigan. But despite the fact she’s facing a broken marriage and empty nest, and middle age is looming in the distance, memories of happy childhoods on the beach give her reason for hope. She’s determined not to let her husband’s affair with a grad student reduce her to a cliché, or to waste one more minute in a career she doesn’t love, so it becomes clear what Adie Lou must do: rebuild her life and restore her cottage shingle by shingle, on her terms.

But converting the beloved, weather-beaten structure into a bed-and-breakfast isn’t quite the efficient home-reno experience she’s seen on TV. Pushback from Saugatuck’s contentious preservation society, costly surprises and demanding guests were not part of the plan. But as the cottage comes back to life, Adie Lou does, too, finding support in unexpected places and a new love story on the horizon. One cottage rule at a time, Adie Lou reclaims her own strength, history and joy by rediscovering the magic in every sunset and sandcastle.

Martha Lawton (04/21/19): The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman was one of the best books I have read this spring - perhaps for even longer. Each Viola Shipman novel, I have read has been wonderful. What blows my mind about them is Viola Shipman is a pen name for a man! Each of the three books ( I have previously read The Recipe Box and The Hope Chest.) were beautifully written from a woman’s point of view with such feeling and understanding.

Adie Lou Kruger every summer was at the Summer Cottage with her parents and grandparents. They were very important times for her and the fun rules they cottage had were part of the fun. However Adie is all grown up, has a job and a son and her life is about to take a huge turn. She is divorcing her husband (his choice) and has decided to start all over at the Summer Cottage making it a bed and breakfast. There are many challenges ahead of her, especially to get everything done before the season is open. She is determined to succeed, but there is so much to do and it takes so much money.

I loved how the cottage rules are chapter headings. I loved how her son and best friend were such a help to her. I loved her determination and positiveness. I loved how empowered I felt when I finished the novel. I loved how the lake ws woven into the tale. The Summer Cottage is definitely one of the best novels I have read. It is a great read.
Rating: *****


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