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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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Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Graydon House
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Viola Shipman Hi, Norma! THE SUMMER COTTAGE is my upcoming novel, which will publish April 2019. SO excited about it ... THE SUMMER COTTAGE follows a woman who, in…moreHi, Norma! THE SUMMER COTTAGE is my upcoming novel, which will publish April 2019. SO excited about it ... THE SUMMER COTTAGE follows a woman who, in the wake of her divorce, quits her job, abandons city life, and attempts to convert her parents’ aging lakeside vacation home into a bed and breakfast. The renovation unearths a surprising history, and myriad guests make her doubt her sanity and decision. it's a story about finding oneself again and is inspired by my family's cabin (and heirlooms and history) where I spent my childhood summers as well as my current cottage and resort town where I live. Will be posting lots more this year about it! Happy Spring & Reading! xoxo(less)

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Berit☀️✨
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc-physical
Rule#1: Leave Your Troubles at the Door. Rule#3 Nap Often. Rule#13 Everyone Must Be Present for Sunset.

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
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Kendall
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was an on time book. I unexpectedly lost my daughter a year ago and this took me on the getaway that I needed this week. I would love to really have a B&B like the Summer Cottage to go to and spend the year. So many lessons to learn. I felt like I was living in the cottage and the book ended way to fast for me. I wanted it to go on forever.
I am forever a fan of Shipman (Rouse). This is a must read book for all my bookworms. Don't let this summer pass by you without diving into this book
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Bkwmlee
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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 The Summer Cottage , Shipman finds inspiration in hi
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Jeanne Adamek
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Holly  B

Enjoyed the cottage to B & B plot line and all the humor and smiles that went with it. Review up soon!
Lisa Leone-campbell
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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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!! ...more
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
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Donna Hines
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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
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Anne
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Julie Barrett
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jennie
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This book just was not for me. It was very uninteresting and very predictable. Adie Lou decides instead of selling the family's beach house that she will turn it into a bed and breakfast. She gets enough money from her divorce to do renovations and turns the cottage into a beautiful place. There are some interesting characters in the book, some historical references, and a lovely dog, Sonny. Not much else to add about this book.
Janet
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019ng, kindle
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.


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 th
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Jody
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Summer Cottage is about love, family, regrets, and new beginnings. Adie Lou leaves Chicago behind along with her arrogant ex-husband who left her for a younger woman, to flip her family's old cottage into a Bed & Breakfast. Little does Adie Lou know how much it's going to take mentally and physically to make her families creaky cottage into her dream come true. I hope as you read The Summer Cottage it takes you right there with Adie Lou, as it did for me. A wonderful feel good story for ...more
BookGypsy
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
From the author of The Charm Bracelet, one of my favorite books. Adie Lou has had enough. She is determined to turn her families run down cottage into a bed and breakfast. She won't let her middle age or her husbands affair with a much younger girl get in the way of things. As the the cottage comes back to life so does Adie Lou. Fantastic story of reinvention, mind, body and spirit.
I was given a copy by the publisher for my honest review.
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Reading Mama
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you were transported to the setting of your current read, where would you end up? Are there any fictional worlds you wish you could go to?🌺
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I read The Summer Cottage over the weekend, and I absolutely loved it! The synopsis is in the comments, and I've included my review below!🌺
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The Summer Cottage was my first Viola Shipman novel, but it won't be my last! At first, I thought this was going to be a light, fluffy read. At times, it was, but there was much more to this story. This is a story
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Kristin
I won this book on a Goodreads first reads giveaway.

While I thought this was a cute book, I'm sorry to say I don't really think it was my cup of tea.

I realize this was supposed to be a feel good story and it is...but at the same time every is just way too perfect.

While I thought a lot of the characters were interesting...the problem was everyone is practically perfect in every way. What few flaws people have are quickly explained away with a sob story or excuse. Everyone is always cheerful and s
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Kathy
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman is a marvelous novel of self-discovery, healing and new beginnings.

Following her divorce, Adeleine "Adie Lou" Kruger unexpectedly decides to return to her family's beloved summer cottage in Saugatuck, MI.  With big plans to renovate "Creaky Cottage" in order to turn it into a B&B, the contractor's exorbitant estimate  gives her pause. However, Adie Lou knows she is making the right decision and despite the Historical Society's interference, const
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Brenda
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The very best books are those into which you can completely disappear as the world around you fades away and your existence is entirely within the pages of the book! And when something finally pulls you out of the magical rabbit hole into which you have fallen down, its like a rude awakening to find yourself back in your own reality and not in the lovely place you've been visiting. And you can't wait to go back. (This is why people read books in one sitting!)
Viola Shipmans The Summer Cottage is
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Debi Lantzer
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Author, Viola Shipman is very familiar to me.  In March of 2016, I had the opportunity to read The Charm Bracelet.  Next, I read The Hope Chest in July of 2017.  Finally, I read The Recipe Box in March of 2018.  When I saw The Summer Cottage available to read and review on NetGalley, you can bet I requested it, and fortunate for me, I was approved.

This week I am home recovering from a hospitalization involving a subarachnoid hemorrhage.  What that means to me regarding books I've read, is that I
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Sue
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: michigan-books
This will be the perfect book to read as Summer 2019 begins. It's about starting over despite adverse circumstances and its about love and family. The setting is beautiful Saugatuck Michigan, one of the resort towns along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline.

Adie Lou is facing middle age with her only son in college when her husband decided to leave her for a much younger woman. She decides to leave Chicago and move back to the small lakeshore cabin that her parents owned in Michigan and turn i
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Diane
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Summer Cottage by author Viola Shipman is another tender story about family, love, regrets, and starting over. I loved this story as it seems I love all the previous books such as The Bracelet and the Recipe Box. This story is set in Michigan on the shores of Saugatuck. Adie Lou remembers wonderful summer vacations being at Creaky Cottage with her grandparents and later her parents. After she marries the man she thought was her dream, has a wonderful son who is now college age, she begins to ...more
Gail
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from Net Galley. The Summer Cottage continues Viola Shipman's style of bringing the reader into her family. If you have ever vacationed in the same town for generations, or purchased a lake home, you know the memories that are built on traditions. In the Summer Cottage the "Rules" become guiding lights for guests as well as the owner's and her family. Attention to details bring you into the cottage and town. I can picture each room, including the rock wall in "Go Rock Hunting" ...more
Chasidy Kaye Jones
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange of a review.
I thought this book was good but not really great. It didnt leave me feeling hopeful about life and love that I get after most books like this. I dont know why I didn't get into this book as much as others the author has written. There was nothing really wrong with the book. I cant really explain it. Maybe just me.
Heidi
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Four and a half stars: An inspirational feel good read about a woman who finds a new beginning in her family history.

Adie Lou is feeling lost. Her marriage is ending, her parents passed on, her son is in college, and she is trapped in a job she doesn’t love. Her soon to be ex husband is pressuring her to sell her family’s beach cottage on Lake Michigan. Creaky Cottage is the place where Adie Lou always remembered being happy. She throws caution to the wind and decides to restart her life. Adie
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Debbie
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Summer Cottage
Viola Shipman

There are very few men authors who can speak to my feminine soul but Wade Rouse aka Viola Shipman is one of them, maybe when he sits down to write a story using his grandmother’s name as his pseudonym a bit of her soul touches him or maybe he’s just one of those men who really get women but whatever it is it works and his latest novel, The Summer Cottage proves it. It’s a tale about love, loss, turning lemons into lemonade and starting over, where the main protagon
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Linda A.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reclaiming Your Truth

This is a beautiful story of a woman who lost her true identity through her marriage, job, and perceived societal expectations. The descriptions of the Lake Michigan bluffs, shoreline, beaches, etc., are breathtaking. My biggest reservation is that the main character was raised by parents who encouraged her individuality. How and why she turned from those life experiences and lessons and loses herself is problematic for me.
Leah
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was wonderful. The setting was beautiful. It takes place in a small Michigan town on Lake Michigan. The house and its renovations were interesting. I enjoyed the flashbacks to previous summers spent there. I like the traditions of the house, too. The rules were delightful. The relationships were interesting, too. I liked learning about the history of the town and the house and the people. The romance was my favorite part, though. It's a second chance, former friends to lovers romance.
Linda Smatzny
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This is the story of Adie Lou Kruger and her starting over after divorce. She wants to save her family's summer cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan and in the process saves herself. It is an enjoyable read that makes you feel good. The book was a quick easy read.
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Welcome! I am honored to be able to write novels for readers like you that are inspired by my grandmothers’ heirlooms, lives and lessons. The stories I write are meant to serve as a universal tribute to family as well as all of our elders, whose stories and sacrifices helped shape us and make us the people we are today.

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