The Summer Cottage by Annie Rains _ Book Review

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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.

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

The Summer Cottage
 is the first book in a new series by Annie Rains. A sweet start to a small town romance series that will make you wish Somerset Lake was the place you called Home.

Trisha and her son Petey moved to Somerset Lake to start fresh and escape the judgement and the weight of her ex-husbands crimes. Jake has returned to Somerset Lake to convince his grandmother, Vi, to retire and sell the family cottages. They start with conflicting end games for the lakeside cottages. When he finds himself working with Trish to restore the cottages he slowly starts to remember why he loved his hometown. But will Trisha’s past keep her from fully being able to trust and give away her heart again.

“Every time I look at you, my heart skips a beat.”

This is a really sweet small town romance. Charming characters and a tight-knit community that I would love to be a part of. The town’s book club was wonderful, and I hope all the ladies of the group end up getting their own books in the series. The romances between Jake and Trisha is a slow burn, low angst, low steam journey(I’m talking no more than kisses are exchanged) . Yet I didn’t miss the intimacy scenes because the story is filled lots of experiences for them to connect on a more emotional level and build trust between them.

“With me is exactly where you always belong. No matter what.”

Annie Rains writes one of my favorite small town series, Sweetwater Springs, and I have a feeling that Somerset Lake is going to be right alongside that one. She is my go to for a cozy romance and The Summer Cottage did not disappoint

—Written by Amanda—

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