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Winter Cottage

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  26,767 ratings  ·  1,369 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
Paperback, 348 pages
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. ...more
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
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
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
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-goal
Just like a Hallmark movie, this book goes down easy and you know all will be well in the end.

The book followed my favorite format— several time periods all connected by a modern-day character. I may have liked the early 20th century storyline the best (it had the best twists) because the modern storyline had a few charming, if not a tad generic, characters. (Cute but sullen child, sweet dog, neighborly citizens, hunky next door neighbor, mean drunk and...well you get the picture.)

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Lucy Kincaid had been raised by a free-spirited mother in the bright lights of Nashville, who never provided her daughter with any details about her birth father or family members. Upon her mother's death bed, her mother presents her with a letter depicting the inheritance of a cottage located in Cape Hudson, Virginia. She travels to Cape Hudson in hopes of learning something about her mother's past and who her father was.

She finds an attorney who wants the property and is next in line to inh
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
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was not bad, but it lacks all of the traits that would have made it a really good one. It was so bland.

There were way too many characters and at times it became hard to remember how they all fit in the story and who they are related to. I ended up just not caring about any of the characters at all. None of their emotions came across as fitting or genuine either.

Certain pieces of information revealed during the course of the book are revealed in such a manner that they are supposed to
Al Sevcik
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unreadable
Confession: I stopped reading half way through. I am amazed at the many 4-star and 5-star reviews on GoodReads. Sorry folks, but it’s a boring book that reads as if it were written by an unimaginative high schooler. I lost count of the number of times the author told me that the “wind blew outside” — of course it blew outside. Where else would it blow? That’s an example. The book is full of such careless writing. It’s also extremely wordy. Chapters of rambling conversation between actual happeni ...more
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
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why I'm in the minority here (most everyone else seems to love this book), but I struggled with everything from the obvious plot line to the clunky dialogue and undeveloped characters. I alternated listening to the audio version and reading, and both were not very good (the audio narrator is terrible, terrible - overexaggerating accents and emphasizing words out of place). The characters were so one dimensional it was hard to even care what happened to any of them.
This was pretty good but not quite what I expected based on the description and I had a few issues with it. The story as a whole was sweet and just a bit sad. I enjoyed how everything that happened in the past came together in the end, although not everyone had a happy ending.

Keep reading my lengthy (too lengthy, oops) review for a more in depth rant review/summary of my experience with this book.

The chapters in the book alternate between three time periods; basically three plotlines. Don't wor
Ange H
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many books are structured so the story flashes back and forth between two different time periods. In Winter Cottage, yet a third time period is jammed in which was at least something different but it had the effect of confusing me much of the time. I couldn't keep track of all the characters and how they were related to each other.

The action centers around an enormous oceanfront "cottage" in Virginia owned by the wealthy Buchanan family.

In the early 1900's, Claire and Jimmy are star-crossed love
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
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
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
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.
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
The best character is the dog

I often think 3rd-person omniscient writing is prone to weakness & lack of development because the writer is free to flit from character to character, revealing the bare minimum of what is needed to further the plot in the moment, rather than more carefully crafting & probing deeply into a single POV. This is my main issue with this book-- I don't really care about the characters because I spent such a brief time with each of them & thus never really got to know them
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
Kim Wagner
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Highly recommend. Three different generations, but easy to follow. Good story.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just ok. Contemporary romance is not my favorite genre, and this book took me to the end of patience with its length and construction going back in time and then current time. There was a lot I did not care for, actually, but I did stick with the book to the end so the author did win the battle getting me to care about the fate of the main young female character. It's about finding roots, simply put.
Rich people, poor people, eastern shore, some tacky romance and being a stand-up independent youn
Dena K
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shallow and predictable

The characters were stereotypical, the men abusive for no reason and the women were casually promiscuous In unbelievable circumstances and when the times would not have allowed for. The plot was trite and almost silly. And supposed plot twists were never explained or even completed. At least it was so simplistic that they were obvious to even the casual reader. The worst part was the reader of the audio portion. She was embarrassingly terrible in every character and in ev
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 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really great book with lots of secrets and mysteries to unravel. I enjoyed it. I would definitely pick up another book by this "new to me" author again. ;)
I enjoyed reading this book, but the historical story line wasn't my favourite. The relationship between the MCs in the past just wasn't all that compelling. However, it did inform the present day plot, and while there a humdrumness to Lucy's story, it was quiet and thoughtful. Overall, I would read more by this author.

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Caly ☯ Crazy Book Lady
Not bad but not great. I may have liked it better if I had not listened to the audio- book. The narration was terrible, so between that and the fact that I had the whole thing figured out halfway through made it a so- so book for me
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
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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.
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