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Author: Barbara Josselsohn
Published: March 13th, 2020
This is the first book in a new series – Lake Summers, a small community in the Adirondack Mountains. It is here that Anna Harris spent restful summers with her husband and their two children. Now things have changed. He passed away and she’s returning planning to clear out their summer home, the Lilac House, ready for sale. However, staying there again, especially as her Aunt Hope now runs a dance shop and studio on the Main Street, rekindles memories and a growing sense of self in Anna. However, the shop isn’t doing well but maybe the person organising the SummerFest can help? He’s Aidan and when they meet they discover they have much in common. He’s a widower with a fifteen year old son, Liam. There’s definitely a spark between them but there are still secrets to be revealed and some surprising twists before the summer is over!
Losing a loved one is never easy and this story is about two families who have lost key members. Their reactions to their loss, their fears and how they move on is beautifully portrayed in this delightful read. It isn’t just about the adults, it is also about the children and deals with some sensitive issues including those relating to mental health and media pressure. It is about fresh starts, building on the past but not forgetting and a great start to this new series.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Can one summer house bring two broken hearts together?
Summer escapes to Lilac House have always been a source of comfort for Anna Harris. Though things will never be the same since her husband’s death, she knows that it is there, nestled in Lake Summers in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, that she and her children Zac and Evie can begin to build a new life.
The house is just as beautiful as Anna remembers, and caught up in the rhythm of small town life, helping her Aunt Hope run the little shop on Main Street, Anna begins to feel a sense of herself she hasn’t felt in years. Then she meets Aidan. Handsome, strong and quiet, he also knows what’s it’s like to lose someone. In each other they recognise something they’ve both been missing and they feel a spark.
But Aidan’s past holds a different set of complications. He’s hiding a secret about why he came to Lake Summers. And just as the Lilac House finally starts to feel like home, Anna learns something devastating about Greg’s death that makes her question everything…
The summer might have brought Anna and Aidan together, but can Anna finally let go of the past now she really has the chance for a new beginning?
A beautiful story about moving on and finding yourself, The Lilac House will restore your faith in love and teach you that it’s never too late the find the person who will change your life. For fans of Carolyn Brown, Jenny Hale and Mary Alice Monroe.
Buy Link: Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/