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Spring House

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  19,012 ratings  ·  836 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 Virginia’s Eastern Shore. With the help of
Paperback, 362 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)
Nancy My opinion is the story would be too much for a child less than 14 years old--there is some violence and very descriptive passages of childbirth. I fo…moreMy opinion is the story would be too much for a child less than 14 years old--there is some violence and very descriptive passages of childbirth. I found the story very interesting as I did with Winter Cottage. You could read first then decide if it's appropriate for your child.(less)
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A little confusing with all of the characters but definitely enjoyed this!

Spring House was a pretty fun audiobook to listen to. I, of course, read it for a specific reason - it helped me for a challenge. Again, it had a ton of characters in it. Way too many to even keep track of. Honestly, you could probably write a review about this book and mention a character that wasn't even in it.. and I would believe you. That's how many people were in this damn book.

Besides that, I feel like this book als
Update: 03-26-2022:
I wrote to the author about my issue with the family tree and requested one from her that I could run a copy of and actually see what it says. She very kindly sent me one so I'm looking forward to re-reading Spring House! (If anyone wants a copy of what Ms. Taylor sent me, post your email addy and I'll send a copy to you.)

3.5 Stars

The lives of two women, generations apart, converge in Spring House in an interesting (albeit rather confusing) manner.

I liked the characters and L
Karren  Sandercock
Megan Buchanan is looking forward to working on her new dream project, restoring the hunting lodge called “Winter Cottage” once owned by her great-great-grandfather and at Cape Hudson on Virginia’s Eastern shore. Megan’s eight months pregnant, her ex fiancé died and his mother Helen is giving her a hard time. She hopes working on the new project will take her mind of her problems and fill in the time until she welcomes her baby daughter. She has plenty of support from Lucy Kincaid who inherited ...more
Marj Ward
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Leanne Whistance-Smith
An exquisite book with such a beautiful story.

Weaving the past and present together, it reveals the history of families along with their love, struggles and heroic stories.

Within the first few pages, I was in love with this book. I instantly felt connected to the characters and felt as though I was right there with them.

There’s a bit of everything - history, romance and suspense, and also has the perfect amount of build up with the right amount of hints given to the reader along the way.

Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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, rea ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 h ...more
Moony (Captain Mischief) MeowPoff
This was a very enjoyable and interesting read. I really liked how the author divided who had what chapters. I also really liked how we got to know each character, bit by bit. The characters were easily likable, and some - not so likable? in a way and it was easy to understand their pain, their happiness and sadness..I would gladly read more from this author.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wasn’t extremely helpful. I honestly feel as ...more
Nicole Brannon
Overall I enjoyed the book. However, the conversational dialogue between characters was amateurish. Such as all the exchanges ending in ‘Claire said’ or ‘Natasha asked’, there was little to no voice inflection noted nor attitude implied. At one point I wanted to throw a thesaurus at the writer so she’d use synonyms and definitely wondering if an editor had even read the conversational dialogue. It becomes tedious and annoying having every sentence end in ‘said’ or ‘asked’
Elisabeth Plimpton
I enjoyed reading this book and didn’t expect the ending. There were two main plots that became progressively intertwined. I found Megan’s present day storyline a bit slow and liked Diane’s more. The pace picked up quickly towards the end. The family tree in this novel is complex and took me a while to figure out. Overall a sweet story that uncovers an interesting family history.
Great book! A tear jerker!
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 histor ...more
Jenni Jay
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 can’t put the book down.
Jennifer Barnes Kerns
An enjoyable read - especially for those who dig historical fiction and parallel stories that bridge the past and present. Predictable, but in a comforting and reassuring way, not in a bad way.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spring House is the second book in a series (Winter Cottage being first) by Taylor. I have to say, I actually enjoyed this one more than the first. The characters were more compelling (despite a lot being crossed-over from the first) and the plot points not quite as outlandish as the first.

Megan is pregnant, on her biggest job ever, and trying to keep her life together after her ex-fiance (and father of her child) died. Hired by Lucy (of the first book) to restore the property she inherited, she
This one was a solid story that takes place in the same town as Winter Cottage. It was pretty sad in places, and the characters, especially the historical ones, really drew me in. It was nice that the MCs of the previous book were also woven into this one as well. I have to say that the heroine of this story, Megan, was a much better person than I. The mother of her ex-fiance was unbearable.

I appreciated that this was a clean read. All intimacy was behind closed doors. There was also no OP drama
Meg had cancelled her wedding 2 weeks before the wedding date. Then her groom to be Scottie was killed in active duty.
Later we see:
Meg, a historian and antiques expert is helping to redo a historical,significant property in modern times. She is also very pregnant. The Winter House and Spring House property hold many mysteries that started with a Family torn apart by their mother's death in the 1900s.
Elsie Broadbent
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Janilyn Kocher
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover is absolutely gorgeous. The story is decent. A young woman is renovating a cottage and come across relics of the past that have meaning, Megan struggles with issues from her own past as she tires to move forward and provide a life for her newest family member. The story flips back and forth from 1903, 1939, and 2018. Megan finally receives the truth behind the discovered relic, which wraps up the story nicely. Thanks to NetGalley for the early read.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It’s complicated

I enjoyed the book but I didn’t love it. It was really hard to follow at times. There were too many characters between the past and the present. I actually had to refer to the family tree at lest a dozen times. I also felt like it didn’t logically flow from past to present which made it that much more confusing. Still, I would love to know what happens to all the modern day characters next. Their story was just beginning.
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. It’s not believable that Meg didn’t 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 Rick’s relationship would make this a four.
Lisa Hart
I had a hard time keeping track of all the different family lines and who was related to who. I felt like it jumped around a lot and no storyline was fully developed. I’m being kind with three stars.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really good, quick read. You have to read Winter Cottage first, and even then I kept having to refer to the family ancestry chart at the front of the book. But worth it. I hope there's a Summer Kitchen. :) ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I liked it a lot but it's hard to keep track of all the characters. There are so many of them, stretching back for more than a hundred years.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Megan Buchanan’s fiance, Scott, has recently died in a Marine helicopter accident. They had broken up just weeks before he died and she’s 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 Scott’s.

A longtime resident of Virginia’s 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 great-grea
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
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
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A southerner by birth, Mary Ellen Taylor’s love of her home state of Virginia and its past is evident in her contemporary women's fiction novels, from her first THE UNION STREET BAKERY to her latest, THE WORDS WE WHISPER, which debuts July 20, 2021. Her novels explore issues of family, home and belonging and entwine the past and present.
Richmond born, Mary Ellen has lived there most of her life. A

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