The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman

In case you haven’t heard, here in Florida we had an unwelcome visitor. His name was Ian. Thankfully where I live, we had plenty of wind and rain but escaped devastating damage like on the west coast of the state.

While waiting for the storm to pass, with nothing to do, I read books. The Summer Cottage is a light, romantic story about a family and their devotion to a summer cottage on Lake Michigan. I have a thing about summers spent in cottages on lakes in the Midwest. Thanks to a wonderful family who took me in, summers spent with them at their lake cottage will always be close to my heart. It’s that experience that drew me to read a book titled The Summer Cottage.

Adie Lou is on a mission to reinvent herself after a painful divorce. Her family cottage needs a make over and she struggles to turn it into a bed and breakfast. Her grandparents had posted a set of rules for having fun by the front door, like wake up every day with a smile and go jump in the lake. When Adie Lou starts her transformation, she often found the rules difficult to follow. Her journey is filled with progress and set backs. And since this is a romance, she finds new friends and new love along the way.

The Summer Cottage was the perfect read to take my mind off the approaching storm. It’s light and fun and full of love. It took me back to my childhood, swimming, riding in boats and eating potato salad on the beach. If you’re missing summer fun, The Summer Cottage will have you longing for summer to come around once again.


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