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Publisher's Summary

The Summer House weaves Lauren K. Denton’s inviting Southern charm around a woman’s journey to find herself.

Sometimes it takes losing everything to find yourself again.

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 perfect summer read! While following the endearing relationship between Rose Carrigan and Lily Bishop, Denton introduces readers to the utterly charming town of Safe Harbor. Situated on the Alabama Gulf Coast, you’ll feel the sun, taste the salt, and linger with new friends - you won’t want to leave. And with lyrical prose and rich characters, The Summer House is a beautifully poignant reminder that we are never too young to find a good place to stand nor too old to start over." (Katherine Reay, best-selling author of The Printed Letter Bookshop and Dear Mr. Knightley)

©2020 Lauren K. Denton (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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  • sharon
  • 08-06-2020

A Gentle Story of Loss Regrets and Renewal

I loved this story about a retirement village and the funny and colorful residents that live there. Great character development!
I Did not want it to end. I sure Hope there is a sequel in the works!
I am a big fan of her books and Ms Denton does not disappoint with this one.
The narrator was perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-09-2020

Want to laugh out loud 😂

Heart warming! An excellent book of love, loss, friendship and recovery. A feel good book for the soul.

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  • Lisa0126
  • 19-06-2020

Reminds Me of Home

I loved it! I used to live in Fairhope so I love all her books. It reminds me of home.

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  • Amber
  • 17-02-2021

Best Audiobook Ever

I picked this book hesitantly...I’m so glad I decided to listen. It’s my new favorite. It’s filled with happy and sad moments. It shows a way to work through some of life’s most difficult problems with courage and laughter. I found myself laughing out loud on so many occasions. What a light-hearted way to approach heavy subjects. It also stayed clean throughout. What a delightful listening experience!

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  • Arao
  • 16-02-2021

So sweet

This story was sweet and endearing, not too far from real stories. It makes you feel hopeful. The narrator is exceptional !

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  • Kerry
  • 20-11-2020

Great Book

A wonderful story of renewal after life has stomped people down. Touching and relatable, and the performance was seamless.

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  • Sherry W
  • 07-10-2020

First impressions

First impressions may be this is a light hearted fun read. It is! However, if you’re old enough or have lived enough the deeper subject matter takes this novel to a much deeper level. Characters come to life and transform while their fictional lives connect to our real lives in a way that nudges us forward to be ourselves.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2020

Great summer read.

Loved this book it took me away from current life and world events . An excellent listen!

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  • Beverly Bigelow
  • 17-06-2020

Capturing and Inspiring

What an incredible story and the narration is amazing. Both the Author and the Narrator are two of my favorites. If only it was longer...

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  • Julie Lane
  • 02-04-2021

Pleasant

It was a pleasant listen but not something I would recommend. Better books to spend precious time.

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