The Story: Lucy Kincaid has inherited a home she never knew she had in a town she never knew existed. After her mother’s passing Lucy travels to her hometown and discovers she has a past and so does the house she has inherited. But growing up with a free spirited mother can Lucy truly put down roots and become part of the small community?
My Thoughts: Mary Ellen Taylor weaves a wonderful piece of history and entertainment with this lovely piece of contemporary fiction. To be completely honest with you I’m not a fan of peppering a story with constant flashbacks and skipping around from one time period to the next, but the way this author melded the past and the present made it feel as if the flow was exactly how it should be.
Lucy Kincaid was the perfect character to become the focal point of this story. We journey with her and learn along with her as she inherits a property. It was such a fantastic experience. I loved how without expecting it she became entrenched in the town and with the people; and I loved how easily this happened despite her belief she’d form no ties and her stay would be temporary. The community turned out to be almost fairy tale like in their existence and I cherished how easily they embraced Lucy and loved her mother, while not coming across as cliched or satirical. If you like your books to leave you feeling good as well as being extremely well written... in such a fashion to make you laugh, make you cry and to experience the gamut of emotions this one is a must read.
A gripping novel about family secrets…and coming home for the first time.
Still grieving the loss of her wandering, free-spirited mother, Lucy Kincaid leaves Nashville for the faded town of Cape Hudson, Virginia. She goes to see the house she’s inherited—one she never knew existed, bequeathed to her by a woman she’s never even met. At the heart of this mystery is the hope that maybe—just maybe—this “Winter Cottage” will answer the endless questions about her mother’s past…including the identity of her birth father.
Rather than the quaint Virginian bungalow Lucy expected, Winter Cottage is a grand old estate of many shadows—big enough to hold a century of secrets, passions, and betrayals. It also comes with a handsome and enigmatic stranger, a man next in line to claim Lucy’s inheritance.
Now, as Lucy sifts through the past, uncovering the legacy of secrets that Winter Cottage holds, she’ll come to discover as much about her family history as she does about herself. In searching, she could finally find the one thing she’s never really had: a home.