SPRING HOUSE by Mary Ellen Taylor
Beautifully written, full of emotion, warmth and depth.
Maybe it was because I was once a single mother, but I totally connected with Meg as she went on her journey to renovate the Spring House and in the process discovered Diane’s tale. Or maybe it was just the beautiful way the author told these two women’s stories that pulled me in from page one until the very last. Either way, I loved the book. It made two flights and a very long layover sail by. I was so engrossed in the story that I didn’t even mind the uncomfortable chairs in the airport lounge and that’s saying something.
Spring House was a wonderful story of friendship, starting over, family dynamics, the hardships life throws our way and the ability to overcome the odds. We see this not only in the present-day story surrounding Megan in her quest to succeed as a single and pregnant woman, but also in Diane’s tale from more than a hundred years ago. This book is a powerful reminder of how resilient we women truly are and that the greater the odds are against us, the greater our strength and resolution to succeed can be. It also had a lovely love story woven in that didn’t overtake the book, but gently flowed and highlighted the characters’ strengths and even their flaws.
This is one of those stories that’s going to sit with me for a while. Highly recommend both Winter Cottage and Spring House. The books can be read as stand alone, however, I would suggest they be read in the order above to fully understand the backstory and the family dynamics best.
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