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Winter Cottage

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  8,047 ratings  ·  416 reviews
An Amazon Charts bestseller.

A gripping novel about family secrets…and coming home for the first time.

Still grieving the loss of her wandering, free-spirited mother, Lucy Kincaid leaves Nashville for the faded town of Cape Hudson, Virginia. She goes to see the house she’s inherited—one she never knew existed, bequeathed to her by a woman she’s never even met. At the heart o
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Published October 16th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Katie B
3.5 stars

This was a really enjoyable work of fiction that had elements of romance and mystery. Lucy Kincaid was raised by her single mother, Beth. After Beth dies, Lucy finds out she has inherited a house, known as the Winter Cottage, in the town of Cape Hudson, Virginia, which is where her mother grew up. Lucy knows nothing about her mother's past, and what made her leave her hometown as a teenager and never return. She stumbles upon some video recordings from the late 1980s of her then teenage
Loved it! Look for this review on the Harlequin Junkies website in the near future.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: "Was it love at first sight?"

Mrs Buchanan is silent for a long moment. The drumbeat of secrets grows louder. "Yes. But that love wasn't for my husband, Robert."

Blue eyes are calculating like the fox's were when he sniffed fresh fish in the trap.


"See you on Friday."

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Still grieving the loss of her wandering, free-spirited mother, Lucy Kincaid leaves Nashville for the faded town of Cape Hudson, Virginia. She goes to see the house she’s inherited—one she never knew ex
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Lucy Kincaid has lost her mother Beth to Cancer, she finds out she has inherited Winter Cottage and that her mother’s last wishes were for her ashes to be taken home to Cape Hudson, Virginia. Lucy knows nothing about Beth’s earlier life as it has always been just the 2 of them.

At Winter Cottage she discovers videos that her mother Beth made of Mrs Catherine,who tells her all about her family. Why did she leave Beth the cottage rather than her own family?

Told over 3 timelines, the story flows bea
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Well now, I suppose it’s a good thing I took a chance on Winter Cottage since I had no idea that Mary Ellen Taylor is also known as Mary Burton who writes romantic suspense novels that I’ve read and enjoyed quite a few. Now that I’m done I can definitely see the same strong writing that pulls a reader into the story.

This story centers around Lucy Kincaid who has just lost her mother to a battle with cancer and wants to honor her mother’s last wishes of returning her ashes to her hometown of Cape
Mellie Antoinette
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A generous thank you to #netgalley and #montlakeromance for an #earc of this novel in exchange for a fair review.

“The tree branches, bent by years of bay winds, reached over the road as if they were lovers trying to clasp hands.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this story about two pasts converging in the present under the roof of a Virginia winter cottage. Reminiscent of Lauren Willig’s The Ashford Affair, the dual timeline approach added some nice atmospherics to this cozy fiction tale of second winds, s
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book hit almost all the marks for me. I love books that mix the past with the present and "Winter Cottage" definitely provided me with a wonderful read! I have never read any books by this author and will definitely be seeking more books written by her in the future.

The story is fairly simple. Girl's mother dies, she finds that mom had inherited a cottage near the Chesapeake Bay. Girl goes because she hopes to find her father there. The simplicity ends there. Lucy, the primary character, f
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Winter cottage is a beautifully written book about different generations of people with a house in cape Hudson. Lucy inherited the cottage which was not a cottage at all from a woman she had never met before . The only link she had was her recently deceased mother. With nowhere else to go she heads to the cottage to dig for answers. The cottage comes with conditions Lucy has to live there for a month and all the money is to go to renovations towards the house . It seems like she’s not the only p ...more
4.5 Stars

Original review can be found on my blog: Review: Winter Cottage

When I requested this book from NetGalley it was the cover that drew me in right away. I didn’t read anything about the book and went into it with no real knowledge of what it was about, and am I ever glad I did.

In my opinion, this book is best experienced that way (my apologize for posting the back copy text above for this reason). I was pulled into this story right from the beginning, with a flashback to Lucy’s mother as a
Elsie Broadbent
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first read under the name Mary Ellen Taylor and a delightful book it was. I am so used to reading this author as Mary Burton that it took me by surprise how gentle and interesting it was. Lucy has come to bring her Mother's ashes back to her small hometown, not wanting to stay as she loves her life in Nashville, but there is a hero called Hank and things go on from there. I particularly liked the time shift, going backwards to Claire's story and retold to Beth, Lucy's Mum, by Mrs Buchanan who ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from Montlake Romance via NetGalley in exchamge for an honest review. Thank you!**

Winter Cottage was the story of different generations of people with a house in Cape Hudson in common. It weaved back and forth in time to connect the dots to present day. Lucy inherited the cottage, which was not a cottage at all, from a woman she had never met in a town she had never heard of that had a
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading Mary Burton's alter persona, Mary Ellen Taylor. This "softer" side of Mary is nice. A very good change from the thrillers. Although, my favorite will be the thrillers. I enjoyed this book a lot that I will have to check out other books from this persona.

The duo storylines were good. Yet, I was more partial to the past time period of 1988 and Claire. Instantly, the emotional connection that I formed with Claire was strong. Whereas; with Lucy, it took a bit longer fo
Joan Schulhafer
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mary Ellen Taylor is back! Or will be at the end of August 2018. I work with Mary Ellen and have had the opportunity to read an early version. If you enjoyed Mary Ellen Taylor's previous books (The Union Street Baker, etc.) as much as I did, you won't want to miss this. It is not connected to her earlier Alexandria books, so don't expect more about the McCraes--though I miss them, too. It's a wonderful blend of disparate lives, past and present, capturing the rhythms of Virginia's eastern shore, ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read books by this author and have always enjoyed her Mary Burton books. This was a nice change for me. I have always preferred books that deal with police procedure. This book is nothing like her other stories. I do recommend it if you are looking for a story that has mystery but without the gruesome murder. There is a murder but it is not as detailed as the ones from her other books. The characters are interesting and you are hoping for the best in the end for each one. It is a sweet st ...more
Lisa Richardson
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story by Mary Ellen Taylor. I have read numerous books by Mary Burton who also writes as Mary Ellen Taylor and Ms. Burton is a must read for this reader. The author does a great job of conveying the fear, heartache and joy of the characters through multiple generations and difficult circumstances such as class differences, the onset of World War I and how the loss of a parent/s is dealt with by children of all ages from young teens to adults. This was a truly entertaining r ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I was hooked immediately! So captivated and intrigued I couldn’t put the book down, reading from beginning to end in one sitting. The two main characters Lucy and Claire, generations apart, tell their stories. We visit each era and character’s life simultaneously while being held to the edge of your seat needing to know the answers to the unsolved mysteries. But the story line doesn’t stop there! You find you also need to know who Lucy’s father is, will Claire finally reconnec ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I really enjoyed this book. The 3 Stars reflects the fact that I found it VERY confusing. There is an ancestry tree in the front and I swear I had to flip back to it at least 3 dozen times. But overall, a good story.
Janet Friesner
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Great new author. Saw this book advertised on Facebook for 4.99 and the blurb sounded really good so bought it and read it and it was extremely good. A page turner that you did not want to put down nor did you want it to end. Checked out the book store and saw that she had written a couple other books that I will definitely buy and read. Highly recommended.
Kathleen Gray
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When is a cottage not a cottage? That's the surprise waiting for Lucy when she arrives in Cape Hudson, Virginia. It sets her off into an exploration of her family and a search for answers. A dual time line novel, it's primarily set in 1916 and the present day but there's also an interlude in 1988 when Beth interviews Catherine about her past, which leads us to Clare. This sounds confusing but it's not. This is not a romance (although there are love interests) but an intergenerational tale of wom ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. Well-written, with well-developed complex characters. The whole story was wonderful from start to finish. This would be a great book club selection.

Thank you #netgalley and #montlakeromance for the eARC.
Mary Ellen Taylor is a new author to me and I really enjoyed her book, Winter Cottage. The novel starts out as a seemingly simplistic story that morphs into three storylines that draw you into the novel. Lucy Kincaid was asked by her mother to bring her ashes back to her home for burial. Lucy also found out she was the owner of a place called Winter Cottage. Lucy had no idea that this was the town her mother came from. The story moves between the present, the near past and the past.

I enjoyed ho
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by Netgalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Winter Cottage was not what I was expecting at all. A multi-generational story that takes place in Cape Hudson, Virginia mainly in the past in 1916 as told by Claire and in 1988 by Beth and Mrs. Catherine Buchanan as well as in the present in 2018 as told by Lucy. There were many characters and they all played an important role even if it didn’t seem so at first. There were a lot of twists to the story bu
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Lucy Kincaid's mother, Beth, has recently lost her life to cancer. Beth's last wishes were to have her ashes buried in the family plot in Cape Hudson, Virginia. Not only that, but Lucy finds out that she has inherited Winter Cottage, also in Cape Hudson. Lucy knows nothing about Beth’s earlier life as it has always been just the 2 of them. When she arrives in Cape Hudson, she finds out that Winter Cottage is not the intimate cottage she expected, but a huge, rambling mansion. While looking aroun ...more
Connie Fischer
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cape Hudson, Virginia - 1988

Mrs. Catherine Buchanan, age 100, is sitting with Beth Jessup who is recording Catherine’s stories as part of a school project Beth is working on. Catherine was born in Cape Hudson in 1888. When her mother died giving birth to her seventh child and when Catherine was just age 12, the children were sent various places. Catherine went to work for the Buchanans and they book her to New York. She helped the ladies maids and soon became personal maid to Miss Victoria Bucha
Jani Brooks
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cape Hudson, Virginia – 1916, 1988, 2018

1988 - Catherine Buchanan allows teenager Beth Jessup to video her interview for a school project, but she will always keep a secret that she hopes will never be known. Catherine’s past is tied to Winter Cottage and the former owners, her husband’s parents, who never approved of her marriage to their son. And Catherine’s young love for another town member will not be mentioned to Beth either.

2018 - Lucy Kincaid is on a quest her dying mother sent her on. W

Lucy Kincaid has just lost her mother Beth, to cancer. She is surprised when her mother’s last request is for Lucy to take her ashes back home to Cape Hudson, Virginia. As far as Lucy knew, home was Nashville; Beth had never mentioned Cape Hudson in much the same way she’d never told Lucy who her birth father was. Lucy also learns that she’ll inherit some property there, a home on the lake called Winter Cottage. With nothing keeping her in Nashville and her mother’s last request to fulfill, she
Donna Cariola
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book & had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters & I really like the way the author told the story from each characters point of view. There were a lot of characters involved & at times it was hard to keep the relationships straight but in the end it all tied together. I definitely recommend this book & I can’t wait to read what this author writes next.
Vicky D.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the way the recent part of story was weaved with past part of the story.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I enjoy this writers books. Uplifting and kind.
Ghost of the Library
Charming story, lots of potential but it never quite delivers all the punch it promised to pack...shame, but still a light airy summer read with some lovely descriptions and promising characters.
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A southerner by birth, Mary Ellen Taylor’s love of her home state, Virginia, and its past is evident in her contemporary women's fiction, from her first The Union Street Bakery, set in Alexandria, to her latest, Spring House, which debuts July 9th and takes place on the state’s Eastern Shore.
In Spring House and her prior novels, Mary Ellen’s protagonists search for their place in the world. They
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