Book Review: ‘The Summer House’ by Lauren K. Denton

About the Book:

Sometimes it takes losing everything to find yourself again.

Lily Bishop wakes up one morning to find a good-bye note and divorce papers from her husband on the kitchen counter. Having moved to Alabama for his job only weeks before, Lily is devastated, but a flyer at the grocery store for a hair stylist position in a local retirement community provides a refuge while she contemplates her next steps.

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 residents share town gossip, as well as 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 weaves Lauren K. Denton’s inviting Southern charm around a woman’s journey to find herself.

Lauren K. Denton is the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of THE HIDEAWAY, HURRICANE SEASON, and GLORY ROAD. Her fourth novel THE SUMMER HOUSE releases in June, 2020 and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

Her books have received widespread accolades, including…

*Southern Living’s 25 Beach Reads Perfect for Summer
*Deep South Magazine’s 2018-2020 Spring/Summer Reading Lists
*Woman’s World Book Club’s Week’s Best Fiction
*BuzzBooks 2019 Spring/Summer Great Reads
*Travel + Leisure Ten Spring Reads That Will Make Winter a Distant Memory
*BuzzBooks 2018 Spring/Summer Reads
*Southern Living Spring Break Reads
*Bookpage 2018 Most Anticipated Books

Combining a love of Deep South settings, a generous dose of Southern flavor and humor, and heartwarming romance, Lauren pens stories that chronicle women’s journeys towards truth and love, hope and healing.

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. Though her husband tries valiantly to turn her into a mountain girl, she’d still rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books.

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My Rating: 4 Stars!

Lily wakes up one morning to a note from her husband, saying he can’t do this marriage anymore. So she must now make a life for herself. She applies for a job as a hair stylist in Safe Harbor, AL. Safe harbor is a retirement community, filled with loveable characters. Rose Carrigan is 68, divorced and unhappy. She tells herself she’s happy, but deep down she’s not. But the future might be beginning to brighten for both Lily and Rose. I loved the quaintness and preciousness of this book. I even wouldn’t mind a visit to Safe Harbor. These characters just wormed their way right into my heart.

*My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: June 7, 2020

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