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Winter Cottage

By: Mary Ellen Taylor
Narrated by: Shannon McManus
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Summary

An Amazon Charts bestseller.

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.

©2018 Mary Burton (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic reviews

“Offering a look into bygone days of the gentrified from the early 1900s up until the present time, mystery and romance are included along with a multifaceted tale that is sure to please.” (The New York Journal of Books)

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Excellent book

I recommend this book and I would definitely read another of Mary ellen Taylor book

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Captivating

From the 1st few pages I was hooked. Heartwarming love story that circumstance’s got in the way of. A fantasist story and a must read.

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It’s a great listen.

The characters are great, and I loved the storyline with the generational viewpoint’s and the mystery, but for me the romance just didn’t hit the mark.

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Great Book

This book will keep you listening. it's very hard to stop.
Great storyline that will keep your mind busy until the end

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Complicated family ties

A school project on an old lady’s memories turns into a tangled web of family secrets & the inheritance of a rambling old house. An interesting & original plot. Fairly easy listening except that I personally found it hard to keep track of the characters due to the style of jumping back & forth in time. I may have to listen to it again sometime to fully understand who was who, so don’t think I didn’t enjoy it.
The author did begin every new shift in time by heading the chapter ‘LUCY’ etc, so that did help, but I struggled to get to grips with some of the family connections.

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Winter Cottage

Feel good book, we’ll narrated, with a little mystery added for good measure.

A delight to listen to.

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  • Edna Marie Turner
  • 13-04-22

Lots of twists and turns

I loved this book from beginning to end. It kept me going until the end.

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  • Jeannette or Carl Zeiler
  • 11-02-22

An absolutely LOVELY READ❤️

I really enjoyed this book❤️Mary Ellen Taylor is on my list of favorite authors in this genre by far🥰I LOVE the way she so beautifully weaves the stories of her characters from two different eras into one❤️Her characters so deeply touch my heart and soul with each and every chapter I read❤️
I cried and I got goosebumps at times~along with feeling so many other emotions throughout the book….I LOVE THAT❤️I find myself wanting to be friends, if not part of the family, with some of the characters lol!
I don’t want the book to end because I’m so invested in them! That’s a sign of an AMAZING and GIFTED author❤️
I have already finished reading her next novel that follows this one~Spring Cottage~and it was as LOVELY and as BEAUTIFULLY written as this was❤️I LOVED the continuation of the characters and their stories as well as some new ones❤️Once again, the weaving together of the characters and their different eras into one is so wonderfully done❤️It’s so BEAUTIFUL and GRIPPING the way Taylor does it❤️
The narrator was absolutely AMAZING ❤️Shannon McManus made the story that much more BEAUTIFUL to listen to❤️She does such a WONDERFUL job at making each character come to life❤️BRAVO❤️

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  • Beth McLean
  • 29-09-22

bad

foul language with rude content, not worth listening to, sounded like it might be good but it was not, sorry that I wasted my time

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  • StaceyLinnette
  • 15-09-22

Excellent story, recipes at the end❣️

Love good mysteries and figuring out what the dead kept secret.. secrets taken to the grave weren’t always meant to be .. and this story is no exception 🥸 Will be looking for other titles by this Author!!!

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  • Teresa S.
  • 04-09-22

When did the dog’s name change?

I was certain that I was paying close attention to the story but when did the dog “Dolly”’s name get changed to “Sally”?

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  • Linda Jensen
  • 26-02-22

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The book was a little confusing in the beginning but after I caught on, was very good. I will definitely listen to this book again. Narration was EXCELLENT.

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  • Rory
  • 27-01-22

Find Home/Family

The narrator was good, working well with the story so I could easily just listen and not think; not distracting.

The main character just wants a place to call home.
Will she find it,or need to keep looking. Why is she here, in a place she had not heard of just before her mother passed.

Definitely a found family kind of story; finding home.
I will look at more of this authors work, a good story that was a fun back and forth between the past fictional history of the cottage and present of the main characters journey of why she is there.
At the very end of the book some recipes from the story of cake and pie are shared by the author. I might try them (the chocolate frosting sounded good),seemed like a fun touch.
There is a second book with another of the characters that was named in this book. Have added it to my library, hope it is as good as this one.

Warning of a SA (fictional) mentioned and described much further along in the story. While it was written with an idea of the story plot and of the characters story involved, it was sudden and may be helpful to be aware of. (Fictional) physical abuse of a child/minor for a couple of characters. To also be aware of. Though all brief in comparison to the whole story.



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  • sherry king
  • 21-12-21

Winter cottage

I loved the twists and turns of this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is weary reading books about war. It is a good break.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-11-21

Drama filled

I had to listen to it twice because i was getting lost. Clunky transitions between time periods. But, the story line was captivating and I was hooked to know what happened next!

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  • Dawn
  • 07-09-21

fantastic

Loved this book. Was hooked, could not wait to listened. Great story!!!! Was sad when it ended.