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Learning at 40

(Lakeside Cottage #2)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  367 ratings  ·  137 reviews
She didn’t want a one-night stand. He couldn’t promise more than a ten-day fling. Sometimes compromise is all you need.

Zack Weller is timely, orderly, and meticulous. Too bad his seven-year-old, twin sons are hellions. With his divorce final, a two-week vacation beckons him to his best friend’s cottage. Unfortunately, he can’t help the magnetic pull of memories from the ho
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published September 16th 2021 by L.B. Dunbar Writes, Ltd.
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Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
This second story in this series focuses on Zack as all of the friends gather in summer for two weeks at Anna and Ben’s lake house.

Zack is recently divorced and now has pretty much full-time custody of his two young sons Oliver and Trevor. He had been unhappy for a long time so it is a relief for him to be free of the loveless marriage he found himself in after a one night stand turned into unexpected parenthood.

Zack has been very focused on his career and his sons, up until now, had mostly bee
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Aug 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story owns you, makes you dream and absorbs your attention like a sponge. LB pens drama free stories that are brave and Heartbreaking all at once. If you like emotional stories starring conflicted characters and intense romance, LB should be your go to author.
Lakeside Cottage series reminds you book and book again that life is too short to waste on harboring grudges, waiting for kismet to happen or to undo the wrongs of the past.

“Broken trust is hard to repair,”
“Yes, but it’s still some
Sep 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: L.B. Dunbar Fans, Romance
4.5 Love This Series Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
L.B. Dunbar has become a favorite author of mine. I appreciate the way she is able to write flawed people and give them the ability to try to see where they have made mistakes in the past, and then work to become whatever way that may need to be. We are there watching, hoping, sometimes annoyed, but always thrilled when they see the light and figure things out.

In Learning At 40, Zack Weller is going through the biggest challenge he ha
Sep 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
A great addition to the Lakeside Cottage series. Zack is a single dad with a bit of chip on his shoulder. He never loved his ex wife and he has trouble truly relating to his kids. He falls in lust with the next door neighbor, River, and learns a lot about being a better human.

This story is told with such honesty. There are a lot of flawed characters, conflicting emotions and complex life situations. Everyone is real: the kids are acting out because their mom abandoned them, Zack has zero game w
Cyndi Becker
Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
The second in LB Dunbar's Lakeside Cottage series picks up a year after book one, Living At Forty. The story is centered on Zack and the new neighbor next door to Anna's and Ben's house. River, said neighbor, has recently inherited the property, and becomes an instant fascination of the visiting Zack. She's a showy girl , but otherwise keeps her history hush-hush, and Zack offers exactly what she needs to feel alive.

These two share an immediate attraction for each other. There's frequent "don't
Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This is the second book in the Lakeside Cottage series, an opposites-attract romance that is fast moving but full of emotion, and a beautiful story of family and fresh starts.

Zack is a serious and broody, newly divorced workaholic with rambunctious seven-year-old twin boys. He is somewhat detached from his kids, but they’re taking a two week family vacation back to the small town of Lakeside, where they will reunite with his best friends for their annual getaway. The house where they are
Erin Lewis
Sep 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 star review of Learning At 40 (Lakeside Cottage #2) by L. B. Dunbar
Learning At 40 is book two in the latest Lakeside Cottage series, from L B Dunbar and although it can be read as a stand alone, I would recommend you read the first book in the series, Living At 40 first as I think you would get a better enjoyment of the books. After the emotional roller coaster that was book one, I was anxious to see what she had in store for Zack Weller and River Nagle’s story.

Finally divorced from his horri
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free copy of Learning at 40. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.*

3.5 stars

I enjoy this series quite a bit, but I find the characters - who are supposedly in their very late 30s or early 40s to be very immature in some ways. And they sure have some baggage they're carrying around, and this was especially the fact when it comes to Zack. It felt like River was there to save him, even if I did believe in their romance and their budding relati
Susan (susayq ~)
Another great story by LB Dunbar! Zack was a little bit too hot and cold for my liking, but I loved River! She was calm and loving. I could easily see myself being friends with her.

That second epilogue has me dying for the next book. And let's not forget Mason. And Anna. And the possibility of Mason and Anna together. She will feel soooo guilty.
Caroline F

Zack is one hot daddy!

”River has a wild streak, and I want her to help me reclaim mine.”

Zack Weller married the mother of his twin boys for all the wrong reasons. Now divorced, he’s struggling to deal with his hellion kids and life in general. And forget about dating. On an annual visit to his best friend’s lakeside cottage, he spies a beautiful angel of a woman in the garden next door…the garden of the house that he lived in as a kid. A house that holds both happy and pa
Sep 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Dunbar is a painter, an artist, and a magician with words. She has a way of describing people, nature and scenery in such great detail that I can picture them as if I were standing in front of a painting, studying it.
Her words touch a chord in me that resonates for weeks and weeks after I finish one of her books. There is so much wisdom in her characters and in the way she expresses what I consider to be her own way of seeing the world.
This is not her first book where she uses a deceased rel
Roxs Reads
Sep 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Returning to Lakeside Cottage was an emotional ride that left me feeling connected to amazing characters. The feelings and emotions that were brought out in Learning at 40 gave me a sense of accomplishment, as if I had read a book filled with meaningful moments that left me a little wiser. The story broke my heart and put me through the wringer, but in the end, it gave me hope and filled my heart with happiness.

Second-chance romance is my kryptonite, and LB’s over 40 stories are always perfect.
Monica Murphy
Sep 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I truly love the story of Zack and River. They are two people that have been hurt in the past and are trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again. They use compromise and negotiation to get what they want from each other - without compromising themselves. Zack is a recently divorced dad with twin boys, who are trying to navigate the world without their mom around. Zack is leery of love, but is actually running towards it. River is a bit of a free spirit, but she has her secrets too. And she is s ...more
Sep 15, 2021 rated it really liked it

Not going to lie, I was really looking forward to Zach's story after reading Logan's. But I don't really connect with either of the MCs.

What I really loved with the single parent trope is the relationship development and interactions between the kids and the person they're interested in. And as much as I loved how River is with Zach's kids, I wanted more of those interactions. And I wished there was more development in his relationship with his kids shown and how much he has changed. I don'
Jenny B
Sep 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an epic journey with this read with all the feels. I love how the characters are older in life and I found them so easy to relate to. Zack is just a lost man who is going through the motions without realizing what is missing. River is the sunshine in his life he didn’t know was missing. Their story had incredible build up and truly stole my heart

I loved all the supporting characters too and so need to know more about mason and Anna
Sep 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
LB Dunbar's Lakeside Cottage series has become one of my new favorites! I fell in love with this place- and the people- in Living at 40, and love getting to know them better. Learning at 40 continues one year later, shortly after Ben died, when the friends return to spend a few weeks with each other. River is Anna's neighbor, and takes a liking to Zack's twins right from the start, and these two together are perfect! They truly bring out the best in each other, and I love how Zack really grows a ...more
4.5 stars

This book is why I love L.B. Dunbar's work! Learning at 40 is by far my favorite in the Lakeside Cottage series!

I loved both Zack and River. Zack is a bit of a hardass and does lose his temper at times but River and her calm demeanor were about to help him bring it down a couple of notches. Zack has 2 twin boys that clearly miss their mother's presence in their lives so it was beautiful to watch River come in gracefully and make a huge impression on them and Zack. Zack is a struggling f
Sep 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an ARC review. All opinions are solely my own.

Learning at 40 by L.B. Dunbar is book two of the Lakeside Cottage series. There are not enough words to describe how much I LOVE this series. L.B. Dunbar is always a one click purchase for me.

I knew that this book was going to get me in all the feelings. And it did not disappoint. This series follows some 40-something friends as they navigate life changes after the loss of their north star. This book will make you laugh and cry but it's all w
Amy Dickinson
Sep 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Well, L.B. Dunbar has done it again. She has written a story in her newest series, Lakeside Cottage, that, once again, will steal your heart. When she left us in Living at 40, Autumn and Logan had found their happy ending under the specter of Ben’s diagnosis. How will Ben’s situation haunt the newest book of the series, Learning at 40? It continues to be the thread that binds these stories together. In this book, Zack, the newly divorced, dad to twins, is trying to make se
Badass Bloggettes
Sep 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Learning at 40 is the second book in L.B. Dunbar’s Lakeside Cottage series. The friends come back to Anne and Ben’s house at Lakeside to comfort Anne on the anniversary of Ben’s death. Ben wish for the people he left behind is to celebrate life not wallow in his death. To help them, Ben left his friends a note to read on this anniversary. Each note has a suggestion of something to work on to make them happier.

Zack is a complicated man. He often appears to have the weight of the world on his sho
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars for this real life look at love and family!

This book is heart-wrenching ... just like the first book in the series. My heart was all over the place ... it was happy, sad, frustrated and it melted. Zack and River are such opposites ... but you know the old saying "opposites attract". And wow ... there was definitely chemistry between them. I loved River ... her demeanour is so laid back and nurturing. It hurt my heart how awkward Zack was with his boys. He wanted to have a better relation
Sep 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
We are back for book two of the Lakeside Cottage series and it is great to see old friends once again. We find Zack learning to let go of the past, finding a way to let love back into his life while learning to connect with his twin boys and not let work be his main focus.

Zack has carried his chip on his shoulder for a long time and it is time to let it go, he just doesn't know it yet. Though he loves spending time with his besties, he doesn't like the skeletons that haunt him while he is there.
Frances Hernandez
Sep 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this ebook ARC, from the author, on the condition that I write an honest review.
Every book that I’ve read, by L. B. Dunbar, has captured my heart, and this one does not fail to do so, again. Her books always have such great characters, they are emotional, loving, and just meant to be together. This one had me crying in several chapters, but I was so happy with the ending in this book.
Zack is emotionally closed off to his ex-wife, and his own sons. His past family history affected him
Nicky Price
Sep 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Newly divorced, single father grump meets a ray of sunshine, next-door neighbour in this small town, second chance romance where learning to love over 40 works with the right teacher.

Welcome back to Lakeside Cottage.

And what a welcome back it is, Zack Weller a father of two hyper twins Oliver & Trevor.

He made a promise to Ben that once a year he would go back and spend time with Anna the kids and his other best friend.

The four points as they called thereselves Ben, Zack, Logan & Mason.

Sadly now
Lisa Hemming
Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Lakeside Cottage series by L.B. Dunbar is heart wrenching, passionate and full of hope. Ms. Dunbar is an exceptional writer who has created unforgettable characters and a picturesque lake setting for us to embrace with open arms, as if we were also invited to the annual Summer get-together. The cottage at the lake is a safe haven for all who pass through the door. The children are happy to be together and each day brings new memories to make. However, the cottage is also shrouded in sadness ...more
Sunny Shelly Reads
Another absolutely charming story in LB Dunbar's Lakeside Cottage series. In a sea of contemporary romance books featuring heroes and heroines in their 20s and 30s, I really appreciate her over-40 books.

In Learning at 40, we return to the lakeside cottage for Ben's funeral. The remaining three points are trying to find their way through life without him, as are his widow Anna and teenage sons and sister. This book focuses on Zack, and his struggles to adapt to being a single dad of rambunctious
Wendy Hodges
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As the friends come together again at Lakeside for Ben's anniversary, it's very mixed feelings. Highly emotional as everyone struggles with the gap left by Ben, for Anna it's the hardest. Mason doesn't really know what his role is now either, though he trys to be the support that Anna needs. For Zack, he is also trying to bond with his boys but just hasn't found his footing to do that until they disappear, searching he hears voices next door. The neighbour now living in the house he lived in as ...more
Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, eram, older-couple
3.5 stars
L B Dunbar has established herself as a leading author in romantic stories focusing on couples who are “older” and facing real life issues. The Lakeside Cottage series, and Learning at 40, is an example of why.

In Living at 40 (book 1) we were introduced to the “Four Points” and saw what made their friendship so special while also seeing Logan find love. This time, the focus is on Zach as he returns to Lakeside for the second annual gathering.

Normally, I’d want to tell you how I grew to
Sharon Kallenberger Marzola
Learning at 40 is the second book in L.B. Dunbar’s Lakeside Cottage series.

I love this series mainly because the characters are older and act it. This doesn’t mean mistakes aren’t made. Zack’s friends are good, solid men, and women to lean on. Sadly, Zack is so damaged by his childhood and his bad marriage; he doesn’t know which end it up half the time. When River comes into his life at Lakeside, she introduces him to new possibilities. River is a great character with a great attitude. She sees
Ashley Jasper
Sep 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Even after L.B. Dunbar hurt my chest in the first book of the series, I was excited to get back to Lakeside Cottage and really get to know the rest of the crew.

Zack, the single father with more on his plate than he knows how to handle, was a hard nut to crack. And it took me a bit to warm up to him. Floundering on how to handle his divorce, his boys and the loss of his best friend. And really trying to get a read on River. Ohhhh I liked that woman. She was a bit wild but unapologetically herself
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