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The Cottage On Juniper Ridge

(Life in Icicle Falls #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  971 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Can a book change your life? Yes, when it's Simplicity, Muriel Sterling's guide to plain living. In fact, it inspires Jen Heath to leave her stressful, overcommitted life in Seattle and move to Icicle Falls, where she rents a lovely little cottage on Juniper Ridge. And where she can enjoy simple pleasures—like joining the local book club—and complicated ones, like falling ...more
ebook, 262 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by MIRA (first published January 1st 2014)
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Another great one by Sheila!!

Every time I pick up one of Sheila's books I lose myself in it and THE COTTAGE ON JUNIPER RIDGE was a perfect way to spend the day. Once I started to read this book I couldn't put it down. It was nice visiting Icicle Falls and visiting with old friends and making some new ones. The book club that Jen and Stacy are in have all read the Simplicity book and they are all trying to better their lives because of it. Do you think your life needs to be simplified? THE COTTAG
Jen Heath, recently divorced, is overworked, stressed and so busy she is barely able to enjoy the condo she so desperately wanted. After reading Muriel Sterling's guide to simple living, "Simplicity", she decides to make changes to simplify her own life. On a whim she leaves her life in Seattle to move to Icicle Falls with the idea of writing her own book. After renting her condo, she rents a small cottage on Juniper Ridge. A side benefit is her sexy firefighter landlord, Garrett Armstrong. Garr ...more
Melanie Mole
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What a lovely light read this was. Something to enjoy over a cold weekend by the fire, or by the pool in the summer.

I hadn't read any books by Sheila Roberts before. But I certainly will be now.

The main character called Jen is somewhat like me. Not in looks, but personality, clumsiness, and determination. She is also like me in that she has decided to simplify her life. So I could really relate to her journey of self discovery on the way to that more simple life.

Jen is cute, friendly, thoughtf
Ruth Hill
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a particularly delightful book this is, and I can recommend it to romance lovers of most genres. There are no bedroom scenes (thank goodness!), and the profanity is minimal. I truly wish that "sh--" had been left out of this book, but I am not marking down the book for that particular offensive term. With that exception, most readers will find this a delectable romance that will remind you about the joys (and difficulties) of residing in a small town. I believe that this book has the potent ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well rats, I'm in the minority on this one too. I love the Icicle Falls series, but this one wasn't my favorite. For one thing the hero and heroine never actually get together! They avoid each other for the entire book, and them BOOM they're in love. Wha?? I need at least a LITTLE romance in my romance novels!!
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Enjoyable time getting to know residents in a quaint mountain town.

This feels more like womens fiction than romance, although the main characters think about and desire romance. Jen was smitten with Garrett from the moment she met him. But Garrett thinks she’s too much like his ex-wife - flaky. He thinks he needs someone serious like Tilda, a cop. The problem is there is no chemistry between Garrett and Tilda. Jen and Garrett do not get together until the very end, so we don’t get to s
 Gigi Ann
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

My Thoughts...

This is the fourth book in this series and since I enjoyed the other three I couldn't wait to read this book...And I wasn't disappointed. It brought back memories of 16 years ago when my hubby and I retired from farming and moved 850 miles away to retire. Talk about 'simplifying' my life, we had lived in the house we moved from for 40 years, so yes! there was a lot to downsizing so we could move into a small apartment. But, I wouldn't trade it for the busy life of a farm wife ever
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another awesome book by Sheila Roberts! The fourth book in The Icicle Falls series. I just love this series. I feel like I am part of the quaint little town when I read these books. Jen Heath reads the book Simplicity by Murial Sterling her guide to simple living and decides to make changes because of the book. She moves to Icicle Falls and meets her sexy landlord Garrett Armstrong. They sure have a lot of ups and downs. Stacy has too much clutter and finds a way to help her out of that mess. Je ...more
Dean Frech
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just got done reading Sheila Robert’s latest novel, The Cottage on Juniper Ridge. Yet another story set in Icicle Falls, this time we meet Jen Heath and Stacey Thomas. Jen Heath reads a Muriel Sterling book on simplifying her life and that includes selling her Seattle condo and moving to Icicle Falls. Stacey is a long-time resident who turns simplifying her life into a business of matching people with the right gentle used and antique things.

Once again, Sheila comes through with a great story
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to enjoy reading this book, I loved the idea of women looking to simplify their lives, but the story just did not work for me. I think the major problem I had with the book was the fact that I had not read the previous books in the series. Roberts does take some time to give each of the characters a back story but it just wasn't enough for me to feel a strong connection to any of the women.

The love story between Jen and Garrett is practically nonexistent. Garrett spends most of t
Angela Holland
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't not say enough good things about this book, I absolutely loved this book. This is the second book in this series that I have read and one of these days I will get the first two read as this is one of my most favorite series. Icicle Falls is a town you fall in love with and want to pack up and move to. Another part of this book I liked was watching each of the characters learn how to simplify their life. It was ice watching each of them transform and their relationships prosper. I highly ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Sheila Roberts!! It starts with Jen Heath wanting to simplify her life after reading the book Simplicity by moving to Icicle Falls and downsizing so she rents a little cottage on Juniper Ridge and falls in love with her landlord Garrett. A fun and witty book. Great characters. I really enjoyed book 4 in the Icicle Falls series. I love Sheila Roberts books. Can't wait for the next one!!
The story line was interesting and seeing the "simplify life" philosophy fit into several different characters' lives worked fairly well.

The romance angle for Jen seemed very dragged out...and then there was a rush at about 80% left to get them together...and the "method" bordered on the ridiculous, for me.
Dawn Lockey
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this but wanted more about some of the other characters as their stories could have been more in depth x
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! I'm not a fan of romance, but Sheila Roberts did a great job! when I have time, I plan to read her other books in this series!
Gina Marie
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read an Icicle Falls book, the pages just turn and turn. This series has heart and humor and I always find myself feeling connected to the characters and relating in some way or another. I also like how these books are set up - each book has several main characters and each Chapter follows one (or a few) of them. Icicle Falls is a small town so residents throughout the books become intertwined. I really enjoyed The Cottage on Juniper Ridge as the main theme involved simplicity in li ...more

I liked the stylised cover of the book very much, which featured two friends chatting at a coffee shop – this is a big part of my life! I started reading it at Christmas, when the book begins, and finished it in the summer, when it ends, so I guess you could say I read it in real time

Divorced Jen is Stressed in Seattle, and decides to up and move to Icicle Falls to de-stress and change her life for the better. Rather a brave and bold move I would think. She quickly settles into the community an
Shelly Hammond
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another great edition to the Life in Icicle Falls book series. If you've read those that came before this one (which you probably should before you get to this one so you have the background of the town and the people) then you know the basic writing style and the set up and formula of sorts of these books. This one follows those but introduces some new characters, mainly our new female lead Jen and her sister and sister's family. I cant recall if the lead man in this one, Garrett, was m ...more

Didn’t read any of the previous books from this series. I usually like books with many characters narrating from their point of view. In this book, though we had a few characters and their backstories, I couldn’t really feel much of a connection with any of them.

Didn’t really fancy Garrett and Jen together either. Throughout almost 3/4 of the book, Garrett and Jen were just constantly trying to get away from each other especially Garrett because he was dating Tilda. When Garrett
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The idea of making your life simpler is nice. Although I cannot relate, I don`t live in a big city, I am not constantly in lack of time.

The Cottage on Juniper Ridge was the first of the series for me (there was no notion of it being a series on the cover). There were so many characters that noone had actually enough coverage.

I liked Jen. Except the the fact she was after another woman`s man. I know Tilda and Garrett were not a perfect match but it was for them to figure it out. Except the fact
Jeannie Chambers
Sheila Roberts has done it again. She’s managed to write a book that caught me right when I needed it. The characters in this book all need to simplify their lives, and I bet every reader will see themselves in at least one of them.

Roberts’ ability of quick-wit dialogue and the reality of the character’s real thoughts (sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching) help keep The Cottage on Juniper Ridge a page turner.

I normally like to read a book series in order, but I’ve haphazardly gobbled
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea of changing your life, starting over is a good one but it has been done better
. The main character swooning over a man that is pretty much an asshole every time they meet.. But he's so pretty it doesn't matter apparently. A man that thinks you're irresponsible if your having fun because heis ex wife was out having fun instead of taking care if their son.. Yeah not much logic being that that pretty facade..
Ann Boytim
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you want to change your life? Jen Heath reads a book called Simplicity and decides to leave her stressful life in Seattle where she has two jobs to try and make ends meet to pay for her condo etc but her life is miserable so she decides to move to Icicle Falls where she rents a small cottage and wants to begin a new simple life. Jen';s meeting of her landlord gives her a new outlook on life and the fun begins.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.

I always enjoy trips to Icicle Falls. I like that there is a main story with a few side ones. You definitely get to read about the other characters more in this series than in most others. It's the 5th book and we get to keep up with the main characters from the first (and not just a paragraph).
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feel good book!

I enjoyed reading how Jen took to heart the self help book she read and totally reinvented herself. I also really liked the support she received from the local towns women.
Suzanne Waters
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, it was such an easy read. The characters were funny and well written and the story was good.
I recommend if you’re looking for a read that just draws you in.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great, great book. It was that best one so far, I enjoyed it more than the others. I'm excited for the next one Iin the series
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

The path to true love isn't always smooth. I enjoyed reading another Icicle Falls novel and looking forward to more fun, sweet and sometimes serious romance novels.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book better than What She Wants. I love how familiar characters appear throughout the series of books but also we are also introduced to new ones.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good story, but I would have left Garrett hand cuffed to the bed. Sorry, I thought he was a jerk.
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Sheila Roberts is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her books are best-sellers, and have been made into movies for the Lifetime and Hallmark channels. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences or hanging out with her hubby or girlfriends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

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