• The Summer Cottage

  • By: Viola Shipman
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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The Summer Cottage

By: Viola Shipman
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
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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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Great book but...

I loved the story! It was a great feel good book that kept me interested the entire time. My only complaint is that sometimes the narrator sounds like a robot. I almost returned it for this reason but I kept going. Glad I did!

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I usually say more

I can only say this was an awful story, awful narrator and I couldn’t finish it. That’s rare for me.

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Wonderful story!

I love books books Vila Shipman! Her books never disappoint. Good clean story that focuses on family traditions.

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Brings back memories of my childhood.

My grandparents had a house on lake Michigan. I could relate so much to ask of this. My dad was in the military and we would go visit in the summer when we were stateside.

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It was an okay story...nothing heavy to process

It was an okay story...nothing heavy to process, but the narrator ruined the story for me.
I found myself making fun of her speech mannerisms constantly while driving in the car. I would have bailed on this story earlier if it hadn’t been my book clubs pick. I’m just glad that it is over, and I will try to stay away from stories that this narrator has worked on.

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Another great book

I have enjoyed all of Viola Shipman's books. Looking forward to the next one to read.

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Magic of Michigan

Cottage owners and cottage lovers, this is the book for you! It is a must have for your cottage!!! Every cottage that lines the Michigan shoreline should house this book. A story inspiring and showing that cottages still carry a special meaning, no matter how old you are or where you are from. Thank you thank you thank you, for a book that reminds us of slower times and that they still can exist! Settle in and enjoy the words of this sweet but strong and empowering story!

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Wonderful story line and encouragement

The story line encourages women to remain strong through all obstacles in life. It reminds us of the things in life we should not take for granted and embrace daily.

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Love

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.