Review: The Summer Cottage

The Summer Cottage (Somerset Lake, #1)


This summer, they’ll learn that home is where the heart is.

Somerset Lake is the perfect place for Trisha Langly and her son to start over. As the new manager for the Somerset Cottages, Trisha is instantly charmed by the property’s elderly residents and her firecracker of a new boss, Vi Fletcher. But Trisha is less enchanted by Vi’s protective grandson Jake. No matter how tempting she finds the handsome lawyer, Trisha knows that if Jake discovers the truth about her past, she’ll lose the new life she’s worked so hard to build.

Jake Fletcher left Somerset Lake after a tragic loss, but he’s returning for the summer to care for his beloved grandmother, hoping Vi will sell the run-down cottages and finally slow down. There’s just one problem: Trisha, Vi’s new employee. She’s smart, beautiful, and kind, but Jake’s job is to protect his grandmother’s interests, and his gut is telling him Trisha’s hiding something that could jeopardize Vi’s future. However, as they spend summer days renovating the property and bonding over their love for the town, Jake realizes that Trisha is a risk worth taking–if only she can trust him with her secrets . . . and her heart.

Includes the bonus novella Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs

Rating: 5-stars


The Summer Cottage by Annie Rains is the sweetest romance I have read. It has a story that contains: a single mom raising a young son, an elderly woman who is frail and needing help, and the handsome grandson who is tasked with convincing his grandma to move. However, nothing went as planned. The moment Jake arrived, he was suspicious of the beautiful woman helping his grandma. But the more time he spent with her, the more he knows she is innocent. Jake started to put the details of who Trisha’s ex-husband was. Yet he does not tell her. Trisha kept her heart guarded from Jake. Though, he has proven he is the man for her. Time and time again, I saw the odds and risks build up the tension. The characters were well-done. I loved getting a sense of how they felt, thought, and what they wanted. Annie Rains knew how to masterfully blend family life, new beginnings, forgiveness and love into a beautiful second chance tale. It proved hard to not fall in love with these characters and their story. I loved every moment. Heartfelt, romantic, and emotionally charged-this was a must read book for the summer. Overall, I would read more by Annie Rains and am looking forward to her future books.

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