Spring House

Narrated by: Shannon McManus
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (760 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 Mary Burton (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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"Winter Cottage" & "Spring House" series

Following from The Winter Cottage more history is revealed about the Hendrick and Jessup and Buchanan families from the early 1900s through to today on the eastern shore of Virginia. Along the way, many loose ends are resolved while love shows its many forms. Although there is a mystery and some danger, this is a soft and fulfilling story of family and enduring love. I really enjoyed these 2 book series. Love historical back and forth stories full of intrigue and hidden secrets weathered in time. The one thing that really bothered me was listening to Spring House after listening to Winter Cottage the voices are very different for the same exact characters? In the 1st book Winter Cottage they have a heavy Southern drawl. In the 2nd book the sequel the Spring House no one has a Southern drawl. BIG OOPS! This may seem insignificant to some, but this is a historical regionally referenced book.... All the charm is lost when listening to it.

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This is a sequel... very confusing!

Right from the get-go, I found myself struggling to keep up with all the names and relationships. Despite all my best efforts to keep it straight, I eventually gave up and just listened, not even attempting to remember who was who, and who married who. I still never quite sorted out who Victoria was, and all the families seemed weirdly incestuous in their own non-blood related way. There was more than one instance where I scratched my head thinking, "Wait... who is that again?" Addy? Arlene? Two different Adeles? Elise? Way too many names that sound similar. And also, "Wait... wouldn't they be related, but they are/were engaged?" Just name after name thrown out there with the author's attempt to explain, but in my mind it was all so jumbled. Maybe it was just me, but I struggled big time. The writing was good and the premise interesting, but there were way, way too may sub-storylines happening that I felt muddied the novel. Megan being pregnant... Lucy and Natasha... Steven Jessup's journal... Diane's life... Megan and Rick... Megan and Helen... the restoration project... the pie catering business... the Jewish/Holocaust connection... Megan's historical projects and "unique" knowledge of antiques... the story of Claire and her early life (who I swore I heard mentioned as "Kathleen" early on in the book). It was just too much. I felt like it was months' worth of soap opera storylines all crammed into one book. The author could have cut out several of them and had a compelling story that flowed much better and offered a clearer picture. Only after I finished the book did I see from the Amazon reviews that this was a sequel to her first book. Maybe reading the first one would have cleared a lot of it up, maybe not. Either way, I wasn't overly impressed. The narrator did a great job, tho.

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Wonderful!

I have “lived” in both Winter House and Spring House with these fascinating women. What a great time it has been. Ms Taylor develops her characters to perfection.

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I loved it

I will have to go back and read winter cottage to get Lucy's backstory. I can't wait .I would love to know how Rick and Megan continue their story.

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wife's book

Didn't listen to it. My wife must have gotten it. She reads doesn't t listen so I don't know it got to my tablet. i wish I could get rid of it.

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Good book,this writer is able to keep my interest. I enjoy 5he way she spins a story. I would recomnend these books

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slow to get going

glad I kept listening. I like all the connections of the characters. may have to listen again toward the end to connect the dots.

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Remarkable story of a family's survival in WW1

I loved this story of a young English woman who was sent away from her family to protect her and the life that she lived in France before and during the war.

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Practically a repeat of Winter Cottage.

Very little new in this book after reading Winter Cottage. Don’t waste your time or money.

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Spring House

I love this author and this book!! Cant wait to listen to another of her stories.