- Author Mary Ellen Taylor
- Release Date July 9, 2019
- Publisher Montlake Romance
- ISBN/ASIN 9781503905320
- Our Rating
- Reviewed by Jo
SPRING HOUSE is a wonderful continuation of WINTER COTTAGE but nowhere could I find that they are part of a series or even a connected story. Lucy and Megan are the main characters, but there are many supporting characters who play important roles. This is a tale of family and friends as well as the family history behind the homes.
The prologue is set in the present day and introduces us to the drama to come. Adele, at almost one-hundred-years old, plays a very important role in the story, and we just get a glimpse of it here. Megan, who is pregnant but a single-mom-to-be for a multitude of reasons, begins the tale. She is a historian and will be overseeing the renovations of Spring House and Winter Cottage for the new owner, Lucy, who we’ve met previously in WINTER COTTAGE. I loved all the historical details given during the telling of the story.
The story flows back and forth between the present day and the early 1900’s and Megan and Lucy are trying to find out what happened to Diane Hedrick, one of the Hedrick sisters of whom not much is known. She was given to a rich family to raise once her mother died, as were her other sisters, but more is known about the other sisters and their brothers who were kept together by a local family. This is important as Megan in the present tries to piece together the history of the families as well as the importance of some of the treasures they uncover.
There are many threads to the story, and they come together nicely. The story takes place in Virginia, Baltimore, and France. There are mysteries to be solved, history to uncover, some sinister dealings, and romantic interests. Rick, Megan’s ex’s best friend, is always there for her, but as a friend or something more?
The story ended abruptly, but there was a potential happily ever after. It definitely didn’t go far enough for me, and an epilogue would have given me the type of closure I look for. I would love to visit Cape Hudson, Virginia again since since there seems to be more story to tell.
I’ve read WINTER COTTAGE by Ms. Taylor, and I look forward to reading more of her books but hope for better closure. She’s also written suspense novels under the name of Mary Burton. I may give some of those books a try as well.