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The Summer Cottage

Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Every now and then a new voice in fiction arrives to completely charm, entertain and remind us what matters. Viola Shipman is that voice and The Summer Cottage is that absolutely irresistible and necessary novel.” (New York Times best-selling author Dorothea Benton Frank) 

From the best-selling 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 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 that 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.

©2019 Viola Shipman (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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I find Viola’s books some of the most heart warming I have ever read. Great message as always.

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Good storyline, overwhelming push of feminism

I like the storyline itself- the characters, the location, what’s going on, moving forward in life. But man, the author is shoving feminism down our throats with this one. I’m a woman, but this was too much for me. Just a little over 3hrs into it and decided return it.

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Great next

The tales of Viola and the sentiment of all of the matriarchal memories of this and The Charm Bracket and The Recipe Box, and the lovely memories of both ladies and gentlemen that define generational connections is both heart rendering as well as inspirational. Keep telling your stories with the voice you need to relay their truths. I’m sighing in a breath that knows your truths are without gender. Thank you.

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I love books about people I could be friends with. Sweet story with so many lessons.

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Sweet Love Story

so nice to listen to a book that you can have on with kids around listening as well . I enjoy the old fashion love stories. Nothing embarrassing here.