In this moving, witty novel, author Maureen Leurck explores the intricacies and joys of renovation and rediscovery as one woman s improvement project promises to transform much more than a home . .
People keep a house alive, not the other way around. Alex Proctor has seen the truth of this in every empty, rundown property she s bought and renovated since her divorce almost three years ago. She s also experienced the thrill of making each one into a home.
Her newest project is a dilapidated, century-old house just a few blocks from Geneva Lake, Wisconsin. Time and neglect, along with rats and raccoons, have ravaged it inside and out. Only Alex can see the beauty of what it once was and might become again. In just a few weeks by the time the cicadas make their scheduled reappearance after seventeen years underground the house should be ready to sell. In the meantime, there are construction disasters, and surprises, to contend with.
Amid overgrown grounds and rooms brimming with debris, Alex finds treasures pocket doors, hardwood floors hidden beneath layers of linoleum and grime and carved initials that reveal a long-ago love story involving Alex s elderly neighbor, Elsie, and another cicada summer. At the same time, Alex finds herself searching for a way to reconcile her new life with lingering feelings for her ex-husband. For so long she felt sure that moving on was the only option, but maybe this house, and everything she s learning in it, could give Alex room for a second chance.
Alex is determined to save an old house. It is 100 years old and has beautiful potential. She takes on more than she can chew. Through a series of unfortunate events she may be overextended on budget and the property may have to be sold and torn down for a new complex.
There are several stories within this novel. Not only does the house have mysteries, Alex meets her neighbor next door and discovers Elsie has secrets of her own. Also, Alex’s love life situation is not the best. She still has very strong feelings for her ex-husband. She tries to overcome this by dating some one young and handsome. She just can’t shake her ex.
Oh my goodness! This book hit the spot!!! Old houses, old husbands, mistakes are made…what more could you ask for! I love Alex. She is funny, a hard worker and really a good girl. I also love the setting of Geneva Lake. Perfect for romance and old secrets. This is a super good palate cleanser and an all around lovely book!! Plus I have a little COVER LOVE!❤️❤️
I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.