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Spring House

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  8,459 ratings  ·  450 reviews
The lives of two women, generations apart, converge in this enthralling novel of love, mystery, memories, and secrets.

Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiancé, historian Megan Buchanan is forging ahead on a dream project: to restore to its original glory the landmark hunting lodge her own great-great-grandfather built on Virginias Eastern Shore. With the help of
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Amy If you look the book up on Amazon on your computer / laptop (so a bigger screen than the Kindle or a phone) and click the "Look Inside" link, you can…moreIf you look the book up on Amazon on your computer / laptop (so a bigger screen than the Kindle or a phone) and click the "Look Inside" link, you can get to the page with the family tree and zoom in. I just did and it helped to clear up several questions I had! :) (less)
Lynne The detail of that story is covered in "The Winter Cottage"

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Marj Ward
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Mary Ellen Taylor book but not my last. I loved this book. A historical hunting lodge is inherited by the granddaughter Lucy Kincaid and is being restored under the eye of Megan Buchanan. This book has it all - romance, mystery, family history and lots of secrets. A wonderful book. I am now going to read Winter Cottage. Thanks to NetGalley, Montlake Romance and the Author for allowing me to read and review this book.
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I would have loved to have given this book five stars but the now chapters were disproportionate to the historical chapters, there were too many and they were much too long. I much preferred the history of Diane and her story, as you will see in my full review, below.

My simple words cannot explain the feeling after reading this story. I call it a story because it was more than just a book. I was so glad I took the time to savour this book and I recommend you do the will not be
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
It was supposed to be an easy, I-am-too-busy-and-tired-for-serious-books kind of a read. And it is easy. And annoying. I am glad I used prime reading and did not spend my hard earned money on it. I was annoyed, but spending extra money on this book would have annoyed me even more.

Coincidentally, I read a similar book this year - The lost vintage. There are enough overlapping themes for me to make this connection - dual timelines, letters/diary entries intertwined, World War II and the Jews, tons
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I REALLY wish I had read this book on the heels of "Winter Cottage." There are so many characters involved that move over to this book, continuing the story. I has been a while since I read "Winter Cottage" and important details lost in between books, that it hindered my total enjoyment of this book. I loved "Winter Cottage." This book was very good and I was able to put together some pieces, but it would have been much better for me to read them back-to-back. I highly recommend this series, ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Winter Cottage was my first Mary Ellen Taylor book and I really enjoyed it. What I liked about Spring House is that while we have Megan's story, we also get to know more about Lucy, Hank and Natasha. Spring House is a good telling of a story within a story. I really liked Megan and her struggle to deal with the death of her ex, being pregnant, and starting a new job. I didn't care for Scott's mother at all. I found her rude, pushy and very judgmental. I liked Rick and ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this story and the cover is beautiful. This books has two parallel time lines. Megan who is restoring an old family hunting lodge on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Claire who was the caretaker in the early 1900's. I'm not a huge historical fan and this book seems to dwell in the past a little more than I cared for. We visit the Eastern Shore quite often and it was very easy to visualize the small town setting and characters. This is book two in a series, book 1 was Winter Cottage and ...more
Virginia Campbell
In order to really know ourselves, and to enjoy each day and look forward to the future, we must fully embrace the past. This idea is beautifully realized in the intriguing women's fiction tale, "Spring House". Very special storyteller Mary Ellen Taylor brings forward the characters and story line from her previous work, "Winter Cottage", and adds new faces with their own compelling circumstances. Cape Hudson is a quaint old town on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia, an area rich in ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book and part of me truly did. As a former resident of Norfolk, it was incredibly interesting to read a story based In the general vicinity. However, it was difficult to follow who all of the characters were and I frequently felt that I needed to break out a whiteboard to draw a family tree so I could see how everyone was related. It was only after I finished that I realized there was a tree in the front of the book, but it still wasnt extremely helpful. I honestly feel as ...more
Jenni Jay
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Winter Cottage I could not wait to read Spring House. The history of these families, so beautifully intertwined, is fascinating. I was hooked from the first chapter. This historical romance is well written and the story captivates you to a point where you cant put the book down. ...more
Elsie Broadbent
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The follow on book from The Winter Cottage, characters reappear but the story is about Megan Buchanan, heavily pregnant, single, ( having walked away from her fiance 2 weeks before the wedding) who is restoring Spring House for her friend Lucy
(Winter Cottage). The story switches between the present and the past and is fascinating. It moves between Cape Hudson and France with ease and you move along with the characters, actually caring about them. It delights me that the acclaimed thriller writer
Connie Fischer
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Megan Buchanans fiance, Scott, has recently died in a Marine helicopter accident. They had broken up just weeks before he died and shes pregnant with his baby. His mother is angry with her blaming her for the accident and does not believe the baby she is carrying is Scotts.

A longtime resident of Virginias Eastern Shore, Megan's family goes back for many generations. She has recently been hired to oversee the renovation of a historic hunting lodge named Winter Cottage that her own
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spring House

Some books thrill you, some books provoke you, and some books charm you. Spring House by Mary Ellen Taylor is in that last category. It was a lovely story about Megan Buchanan who is hired to restore a house owned by her ancestors. During the renovation, she discovers letters and objects that belong to Claire Hedrick. In the early 1900s, Claire was separated from her three sisters and three brothers after their mother passed away and their father could not take care of the seven children. Claire
Sherri Lewis
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiance, historian Megan Buchanan is helping to restore Spring House to it's former glory and hopefully bring in some much needed tourist revenue to Cape Hudson, a town rich in southern history.
Let me first say that this story had WAY too many characters. I spent more than half of the book confused trying to keep up with who everyone was and how they related to each other. The story was good, and I found the historical part of the story fascinating. I
Shirley Edbrooke
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I so badly want to give this 4 stars, like Winter Cottage. I love that it dove deeper and continued the story. Unfortunately the family tree/s were complicated without physically referring back to Winter Cottage. Its not believable that Meg didnt put her foot down to Helen earlier. She is not a weak woman. The story felt very rushed -particularly the last third. Another 100 pages with more meat and depth to Meg and Ricks relationship would make this a four. ...more
library goddess
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
While renovating a home, megan finds some interesting artifacts that spark her curiosity about family history. It's a sweet story but I found it difficult to follow the family tree. The family tree is included in the front of the book but since I was reading the ebook, I couldn't enlarge it enough to be helpful. Another minor detail...the author is very concerned about hair styles and descriptions ...just seemed odd to me
Linda A.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ancestors, Life, Love, Family

This is an exquisite book. It artfully moves between past and present to reveal the history of families, love, heroics. I really could not put it down. I hope the author continues to write moving stories with rich characters readers care about.
Hope~The Click Happy Clicker
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent continuation of the families

I wanted it to end so I knew what happened.
I wanted it to continue because I wanted to know more about all the families.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spring House can be read as a standalone; however, it is truly a continuation of Winter Cottage, with the focus on different characters. Spring House's protagonists are the very pregnant Megan in the present day and Diane (Claire's sister) in the past. Again, the author does a magnificent job of interweaving past and present. I found myself equally enthralled with both storylines. With more of Claire and Diane's siblings to learn about, I'm really hoping there will be more novels based on these ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Pleasant read - good balance to the "heavy" books I am reading right now!
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book and the mystery throughout it, however, I found many of the characters hard to follow. So many characters were introduced upfront with families and relationships seeming to collide, and I had a difficult time keeping them all straight. I am unsure if it is because of the way the story was told or if it was because so many of them seemed to be related but in distant ways. The storyline was intriguing and I found that I needed to keep coming back to it as often as I could to ...more
Jani Brooks
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
SPRING HOUSE - Mary Ellen Taylor
July 2019
General Fiction

Cape Hudson, Virginia - Early 20th Century, 2018

Megan Buchanan has taken an important project on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The hunting lodge, Winter Cottage, was built by her great-great-grandfather in 1901 and had been inherited recently by the grandchild of Samuel Jessop, a merchant seaman. Jessop had been named the unlikely heir when Buchanan died. Now Jessop's granddaughter, Lucy Kincaid owns it and, with the trust left to her,
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Renovations to the Spring House in the present, take the reader traveling to the past. Our protagonist, Megan has been hired to renovate a property and as she and the owner tackle years of memories, they find out secrets from the families past.
This story had the right balance of past and present, mystery, emotion, friendships, and more. A thoughtful and fun read.
Chasidy Kaye Jones
Thanks to Netgalley and Montlake Romance for the ARC in exchange of an honest review.
Like the main character, I am also a person that loves really old things and my heritage and oftentimes wish I could have lived long ago.
I could not stop readingng this book. It was really good from beginning to end and I hope there will be a sequel.
I wish my family had letters and antiques leftover from times past. I would love more than anything to have them.
Sherrie  Kubis
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting story that I want to understand better

Three are so many interesting characters that I'd like to know better. The underlying storyline is intriguingly, I love the history of it. However I finished the book still confused about who is who. I got the Claire, Adele and Diana part, but who is Lucy related to again? Beautiful setting, Megan as a historian a good source, but I needed more information.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Megan and Diane, two strong women, born generations apart, but whose lives converge. Megan Buchanan is in Cape Hudson working on the restoration on a landmark building once owned by her great-great -grandfather. Megan will uncover some intriguing history along the way in the form of some letters written between sisters years before, which is discovers during the restoration. She is instantly drawn to the young woman in the letters and how she forged a new life for herself. ...more
Helen Shipley
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Engaging enough

I enjoyed this and the setting. I liked the interweaving if stories of different generations of people, linked by shared ancestors and shared stories that were waiting to be discovered.

I'm fascinated by history and how we and the world have come to be where we are. As an amateur historian genealogist, I identified with the uncovering of the past through a house and it's contents. I think many of us would love to do the same.

Being British - a mixture of Welsh, English, Scottish
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Good follow up

I was really looking forward to the release of this book since I read winter cottage...I fell for the authors writing style and the story and couldnt wait for more! This was a good follow up to the first book and I fell for Megan and enjoyed getting reconnected with the other characters. That said, I feel like this ended maybe 20-30 pages shy of where it should have. It was completely rushed and didnt cover enough...perhaps thats the plan so theres another. Im a little annoyed but
Kathy Jund
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars Book 2 - Eastern Shore of Virginia
Megan Buchanan has been presented with the restoration project of her life, (two restorations in fact)to be completed in a very short time..she is up to the job..(she knows she is)..well she'd feel more confident if she wasn't eight months pregnant. Soon to be a single mom, and not one to set down roots she faces change at every turn, besides she also wants her hands on a third project in this sea-side village in Cape Hudson which borders the Chesapeake
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spring House by Mary Ellen Taylor
Source: NetGalley and Montlake Romance
Rating: 5/5 stars


The Bottom Line: Though it isnt listed as the second book in a series, Spring House is very much a continuation of the story begun in Winter Cottage. Megan Buchanan has been contracted to fully and completely restore not only Winter Cottage but the surrounding sites as well; as a historian and an individual with deep family roots in the area, Megan is excited about the project and eager to
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity t read this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion.

What a pleasure to read this book. I had read The Winter Cottage and really enjoyed it, so it was with great excitement that I received this book. I loved that while we had a new story to read and a new main character to fall in love with, we also got to enjoy the characters from the last book, Lucy, Natasha and Hank and see how their story continued. This
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A southerner by birth, Mary Ellen Taylors 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 states Eastern Shore.
In Spring House and her prior novels, Mary Ellens protagonists search for their place in the world. They

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