Monday, July 5, 2021

Linda's Book Review: The Summer House

 Linda's Book Review

Lauren K. Denton 

This book is a nice summer read. Here is what Amazon had to say. My review will follow.


It's never too late to start over. The Summer House weaves Lauren K. Denton’s inviting Southern charm around a woman’s journey to find herself in a small beach town—with a little help from the local retirement community.

Lily Bishop wakes up one morning to find a good-bye note and divorce papers from her husband on the kitchen counter. Having just moved to Alabama for his job only weeks before, Lily is devastated. New to town and knowing no one, Lily finds herself in desperate need of a job and a new place to live. When Lily hears that a hairstylist is needed at a small retirement community, she decides to apply.

Rose Carrigan built the small retirement village of Safe Harbor years ago—just before her husband ran off with his assistant. Now she runs a tight ship, making sure the residents follow her strict rules. Rose keeps everyone at arm’s length, including her own family. But when Lily shows up asking for a job and a place to live, Rose’s cold exterior begins to thaw.

Lily and Rose form an unlikely friendship, and Lily’s salon soon becomes the place where the colorful residents share town gossip and a few secrets. Lily soon finds herself drawn to Rose’s nephew, Rawlins—a single dad and shrimper who’s had some practice at starting over—and one of the residents may be carrying a torch for Rose as well.

Neither Lily nor Rose is where she expected to be, but the summer makes them both wonder if there’s more to life and love than what they’ve experienced so far.

The Summer House is a:

Cozy novel full of charm and heart that’s perfect vacation reading
Celebration of new beginnings, friendship, and family
Sweet, clean romance set on the Gulf Coast

My Review
Linda J Bowser

I chose The Summer House for a nice cozy beach read. It was a good choice.  Lilly is a newlywed who moves to Alabama when her husband, Worth, gets a new job. They have not even unpacked yet, and Lilly wakes up and finds a note from Worth telling her he is leaving her. Her husband hasn't even shown up for work, and the house she is living in is being rented to the person who takes Worth's position. Poor Lilly knows no one, and now she needs a place to live. She meets two ladies at the grocery store, and one is putting up a flyer about a job for a hairstylist at a retirement community called Safe Harbor. Lilly's used to work in her mother's beauty salon back home until her mom passed away with cancer. She schedules an interview with the owner of Safe Harbor, Rose, who seems very harsh. The residents call her the Ice Queen, behind her back, of course. But Rose isn't all that she seems, and she feels sorry for Lilly and gives her the job. It also comes with an apartment above the salon. Finally, things are starting to fall in place for Lilly. She and Rose are both going through changes and form a bond of friendship. Safe Harbor has a bunch of crazy, lovable characters who Lilly meets as she opens her salon.
This book is funny, cozy, and brings the beach to life. Add in some romance, and you have a perfect summer beach read. 
I really enjoyed this book. 

I Give This Book 
4 stars

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