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.
What a pleasant surprise this book was! I started this book on a whim to get some of my net gallery reviews done and finished it in one day!
Lily wakes up to find her husband gone and divorce papers in his place. She is in a new town that she moved to for her husband’s new job, so she knows no one and has no family to go back to. This begins Lily’s journey of starting over, finding herself, and moving on.
I loved Lily’s character and absolutely adored the community of Safe Harbor (Seriously can I move there?) and fell in love with the charming residents! Rose, Coach and all the ladies were all fun and I loved watching their relationships grow and unfold.
This is a feel good, bright, hopeful, summer time escape story with a touch of sweet romance! This was my first Denton book but will not be my last.
Thank you Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for my gifted copy. All opinions are my own.