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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The Summer Cottage Reviews

  • Sherri Thacker

    Viola Shipman’s latest release is out! I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of his books!! First, let’s just say how awesome the cover is! It screams ... summer, relaxation, beauty!!! This is a quick read and I enjoyed it very much. I would love to stay a week or a weekend at The Summer Cottage. Another 5 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ book by this fabulous author!!

    Viola Shipman’s latest release is out! I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of his books!! First, let’s just say how awesome the cover is! It screams ... summer, relaxation, beauty!!! This is a quick read and I enjoyed it very much. I would love to stay a week or a weekend at The Summer Cottage. Another 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ book by this fabulous author!!

  • Donna Hines

    A woman's life is on the brink of disaster facing divorce after quitting her job now embarks on a new journey -converting the inherited lakeside home into a bed and breakfast hot spot.

    This entire story brings me back to the famous verse," I once was lost but now I'm found."

    It has the emotionally appeal and that summer good feeling that just grips you tight and refuses to let you go.

    It was a light and refreshing read that develops at the perfect pace under the best circumstances and settings.

    I do

    A woman's life is on the brink of disaster facing divorce after quitting her job now embarks on a new journey -converting the inherited lakeside home into a bed and breakfast hot spot.

    This entire story brings me back to the famous verse," I once was lost but now I'm found."

    It has the emotionally appeal and that summer good feeling that just grips you tight and refuses to let you go.

    It was a light and refreshing read that develops at the perfect pace under the best circumstances and settings.

    I don't think I've ever rated Viola Shipman's ( Pen Name - Wade Rouse) work less than a 5 star and if I did I was probably not feeling well that day.

    The old world charm, the unconditional family love and unity, the classy art of writing. I can never get enough and hope these works of art never cease to exists.

    Thank you Viola (Wade) , the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  • Julie Barrett

    The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman

    Love the idea of this book and was very close to doing something similiar when my mother passed away and left her estate to the children. I was 1 of the 5 but others wanted to sell the houses and land.

    Adie Lou always wanted it to become a quilt retreat where others would go and spend time on the quiet island and learn how to quilt and be taught how to do so-you could live in the houses and be fed. Just sold last house a week ago.

    Starts out with a woman who's go

    The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman

    Love the idea of this book and was very close to doing something similiar when my mother passed away and left her estate to the children. I was 1 of the 5 but others wanted to sell the houses and land.

    Adie Lou always wanted it to become a quilt retreat where others would go and spend time on the quiet island and learn how to quilt and be taught how to do so-you could live in the houses and be fed. Just sold last house a week ago.

    Starts out with a woman who's going through a divorce, her son is going to her ex's school, tuitiion paid for and she's at lost ends with her job. Cashes in and heads back to the house on the lake where she grew up. She wants to turn int into a B&B but others in town have other ideas.

    She needs to meet their standard of approval. She then seeks out help from the locals who can do the work she needs done to improve the house/rooms and the boat so she can take guests out on sundown cruises on the lake.

    Love how she struggles and gets the jobs done! This would make an awesome movie as all the scenes are described in great details.

    Love the rules of the cabin-priceless! Love hearing what her name means, history of fish cottage.

    Love how her girlfriend and her son both help with the project-they are so resourceful.

    Love hearing the story of the author's childhood, very similair to mine during the summer months. Brothers used to work on the ferry-not chain driven-you had to just throw a heavy rope over the piling, LOL

    Like instructions on how to make a sand castle=so cool! Like this romantic love story intwined with the beach story. Notes from the author at the end.

    Reader's guide is also enclosed.

    Received this review copy from HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books (U.S. & Canada) Graydon House Romance, Women's Fiction via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

    #TheSummerCottage #NetGalley

  • Anne

    At first, this seemed like just another chick lit novel- romantic, light and frothy, with easy characters and a simple story line. I'm happy to say that it turned out to be MUCH more than that! The main character, Adie Lou, is renovating her family's very old summer cottage on Lake Michigan, and it turns out to be a bigger project than anyone anticipated. Adie Lou is at a real transition point in her life and as the cottage is renovated and renewed, so is Adie Lou. There is much in this beautifu

    At first, this seemed like just another chick lit novel- romantic, light and frothy, with easy characters and a simple story line. I'm happy to say that it turned out to be MUCH more than that! The main character, Adie Lou, is renovating her family's very old summer cottage on Lake Michigan, and it turns out to be a bigger project than anyone anticipated. Adie Lou is at a real transition point in her life and as the cottage is renovated and renewed, so is Adie Lou. There is much in this beautiful story about the choices we make, and about letting go of what no longer serves us in order to become more fully who we really are. There is romance, yes, but it is as much about Adie Lou's relationship with herself as it is with a friend from long ago.

  • Jeanne Adamek

    Sometimes a book comes out to a time when the reader is able to appreciate it and what it says. This is one of those books for me. I would have never appreciated and loved reading this story in my 20s, 30s or even parts of my 40s. At those times I needed exciting--something totally different to the life I was living (which was good, just not exciting). A sort of mind vacation.

    The Summer Cottage took this reader in a slower paced (this is NOT meant negative) showing of letting one dream and act o

    Sometimes a book comes out to a time when the reader is able to appreciate it and what it says. This is one of those books for me. I would have never appreciated and loved reading this story in my 20´s, 30´s or even parts of my 40´s. At those times I needed exciting--something totally different to the life I was living (which was good, just not exciting). A sort of mind vacation.

    The Summer Cottage took this reader in a slower paced (this is NOT meant negative) showing of letting one dream and act out in those dreams. While Adie Lou´s dream could never be mine (I´m much too intoverted to want what she wanted), the story held suble hints ( and direct shouts) of letting oneself look back at the things that was so important to the reader´s childhood, the things that we were passionate about, and letting them come to back to our lives-- even when people in our lives do not understand those passions or call them ridiculous.

    Let´s face it, life is tough--for everyone. This is the whole picture. But who says we have to live the whole picture? Have you ever seen a house that was mostly unremarkable except for maybe one thing? You know, a brightly painted door, or even one window with stained glass in it. The one thing that stands out. That is what I think our passions are. Where we can go to find our calm and our happiness. It stands out. Not everyone will like the colour of the door. Some will find that stained glass old fashioned. But that isn´t important--those features are what stands out.

    I loved this story. Oh, the very practicable me says the story went down too pat, life doesn´t work that way. The dreamer me says who cares... This time the dreamer me wins!

  • Lisa Leone-campbell

    The Hope Chest was my first introduction into the wonderful world of author Viola Shipman. The Summer Cottage, the latest is even more lovely and inspiring.

    Adie Lou Kruger spent her summers as a child at her grandparent's summer home called Creaky Cottage, and then as a married adult with a child and husband at the same cottage when her parents took it over. There were very simple rules which had to be followed while at the cottage such as "Leave your troubles at the door" and my personal favori

    The Hope Chest was my first introduction into the wonderful world of author Viola Shipman. The Summer Cottage, the latest is even more lovely and inspiring.

    Adie Lou Kruger spent her summers as a child at her grandparent's summer home called Creaky Cottage, and then as a married adult with a child and husband at the same cottage when her parents took it over. There were very simple rules which had to be followed while at the cottage such as "Leave your troubles at the door" and my personal favorite "Nap often". It was perhaps the best times of her life.

    But when her parents both die and Adie Lou's marriage fails she believes she should sell the cottage and begin to rebuild her life. Unable to let go of the memories of what the cottage has meant to her throughout her life, she makes a decision which will change her trajectory.

    She decides to turn the much loved and much run down cottage into a bed-and-breakfast although many people doubt it will be able to succeed. Adie Lou watches as the progress of renovating the cottage. which comes with its own share of problems. begins to inspire her to feel hopeful about her decision as well as feeling empowered despite the harsh realities she encounters along the way.

    The Summer Cottage is about finding out who you really are, finding love in many different forms, the importance of family of all types and especially the goodwill and tenderness of others.

    Thank you #NetGalley #Graydon House #The Summer Cottage #Viola Shipman. The book will be out April 22.

  • 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 ***

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Lisa Leone-campbell

    The Hope Chest was my first introduction into the wonderful world of author Viola Shipman. The Summer Cottage, the latest is even more lovely and inspiring.

    Adie Lou Kruger spent her summers as a child at her grandparent's summer home called Creaky Cottage, and then as a married adult with a child and husband at the same cottage when her parents took it over. There were very simple rules which had to be followed while at the cottage such as "Leave your troubles at the door" and my personal favori

    The Hope Chest was my first introduction into the wonderful world of author Viola Shipman. The Summer Cottage, the latest is even more lovely and inspiring.

    Adie Lou Kruger spent her summers as a child at her grandparent's summer home called Creaky Cottage, and then as a married adult with a child and husband at the same cottage when her parents took it over. There were very simple rules which had to be followed while at the cottage such as "Leave your troubles at the door" and my personal favorite "Nap often". It was perhaps the best times of her life.

    But when her parents both die and Adie Lou's marriage fails she believes she should sell the cottage and begin to rebuild her life. Unable to let go of the memories of what the cottage has meant to her throughout her life, she makes a decision which will change her trajectory.

    She decides to turn the much loved and much run down cottage into a bed-and-breakfast although many people doubt it will be able to succeed. Adie Lou watches as the progress of renovating the cottage. which comes with its own share of problems. begins to inspire her to feel hopeful about her decision as well as feeling empowered despite the harsh realities she encounters along the way.

    The Summer Cottage is about finding out who you really are, finding love in many different forms, the importance of family of all types and especially the goodwill and tenderness of others.

    Thank you #NetGalley #Graydon House #The Summer Cottage #Viola Shipman. The book will be out April 22.

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