The Summer Cottage

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...

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Title:The Summer Cottage
Author:Viola Shipman
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The Summer Cottage Reviews

  • Berit☀️✨

    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

    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!

    *** huge thank you to Harper audio and Harlequin for my copies of this book ***

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Her family's cottage about to be sold?

    Adie Lou couldn’t do it...The Summer Cottage had too many memories.

    Instead of selling the cottage, Adie Lou decided to turn it into a bed and breakfast and a retreat for women.

    We follow Adie Lou as she moves through getting a divorce, struggling with her decision to keep the cottage, having the cottage updated and made into what she wanted, and hoping she can make ends meet.

    THE SUMMER COTTAGE had me in tears at times because of the sad but mostly the happy

    Her family's cottage about to be sold?

    Adie Lou couldn’t do it...The Summer Cottage had too many memories.

    Instead of selling the cottage, Adie Lou decided to turn it into a bed and breakfast and a retreat for women.

    We follow Adie Lou as she moves through getting a divorce, struggling with her decision to keep the cottage, having the cottage updated and made into what she wanted, and hoping she can make ends meet.

    THE SUMMER COTTAGE had me in tears at times because of the sad but mostly the happy things.

    Each section of the book was titled as one of the positive rules of the cottage.

    They were rules that we all should incorporate into our daily lives especially #1 Leave Your Troubles at The Door.

    Viola Shipman has created another beautiful story about family, friendships, and what is important in life. I fell in love with Adie Lou, the cottage, Michigan, and the story line, and I think anyone who reads this book will too.

    Viola Shipman writes so beautifully, with such warmth, and in such detail that you'll clearly see the cottage, the cottage's history, the characters, and even feel the frigid Michigan temperatures.

    The writing and story line made me want to jump into the pages and to be at the cottage so I could be part of the love and warmth the characters had for each other, the cozy feel of the small town, and the love Adie Lou had for THE SUMMER COTTAGE.

    If you need a positive, uplifting read, THE SUMMER COTTAGE should be your next read.

    It is a huge, emotional hug....LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. 5/5

    This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kendall

    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: 4/23/19

    Published to Goodreads: 2/15/19

  • Holly  B

    I enjoyed reading this story and the setting was just the perfect get-away. It is women's fiction/ chick-lit and the author's flowing writing style had me wanting more.

    There is a Creaky Cottage summer home (in need of some renovations) that Adie Lou inherits from her parents. The characters all feel authentic and are well developed. Its about starting fresh, re-connecting with the past, making choices and following your heart. There is plenty of light-hearted humor that made me smile.

    I am alrea

    I enjoyed reading this story and the setting was just the perfect get-away. It is women's fiction/ chick-lit and the author's flowing writing style had me wanting more.

    There is a Creaky Cottage summer home (in need of some renovations) that Adie Lou inherits from her parents. The characters all feel authentic and are well developed. Its about starting fresh, re-connecting with the past, making choices and following your heart. There is plenty of light-hearted humor that made me smile.

    I am already searching for my next read from this author.

    Thank you to Harlequin/Graydon and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

  • Bkwmlee

    3.5 stars

    Viola 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

    , Shipman finds inspiration in hi

    3.5 stars

    Viola 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

    , 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

    . 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,

    is so far still my favorite. I have yet to read his first novel,

    , 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.

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