Winter Cottage by Mary Ellen Taylor

Winter Cottage

An Amazon Charts bestseller.A gripping novel about family secrets…and coming home for the first time.Still grieving the loss of her wandering, free-spirited mother, Lucy Kincaid leaves Nashville for the faded town of Cape Hudson, Virginia. She goes to see the house she’s inherited—one she never knew existed, bequeathed to her by a woman she’s never even met. At the heart of this mystery is the hope that maybe—just maybe—this “Winter...

Details Winter Cottage

TitleWinter Cottage
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherMontlake Romance
GenreFiction, Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary

Reviews Winter Cottage

  • Katie B
    3.5 starsThis was a really enjoyable work of fiction that had elements of romance and mystery. Lucy Kincaid was raised by her single mother, Beth. After Beth dies, Lucy finds out she has inherited a house, known as the Winter Cottage, in the town of Cape Hudson, Virginia, which is where her mother grew up. Lucy knows nothing about her mother's past, and what made her leave her hometown as a teenager and never return. She stumbles upon some video ...
  • Julie
    Loved it! Look for this review on the Harlequin Junkies website in the near future.
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: "Was it love at first sight?"Mrs Buchanan is silent for a long moment. The drumbeat of secrets grows louder. "Yes. But that love wasn't for my husband, Robert."Blue eyes are calculating like the fox's were when he sniffed fresh fish in the trap. "Who?""See you on Friday."ABOUT THIS BOOK: Still grieving the loss of her wandering, free-spirited mother, Lucy Kincaid leaves Nashville for the faded town of Cape Hudson, Virginia. She goes to s...
  • Carrie
    Well now, I suppose it’s a good thing I took a chance on Winter Cottage since I had no idea that Mary Ellen Taylor is also known as Mary Burton who writes romantic suspense novels that I’ve read and enjoyed quite a few. Now that I’m done I can definitely see the same strong writing that pulls a reader into the story.This story centers around Lucy Kincaid who has just lost her mother to a battle with cancer and wants to honor her mother’s ...
  • Amanda
    Lucy Kincaid has lost her mother Beth to Cancer, she finds out she has inherited Winter Cottage and that her mother’s last wishes were for her ashes to be taken home to Cape Hudson, Virginia. Lucy knows nothing about Beth’s earlier life as it has always been just the 2 of them.At Winter Cottage she discovers videos that her mother Beth made of Mrs Catherine,who tells her all about her family. Why did she leave Beth the cottage rather than her...
  • ✨ Gramy ✨
    ..Lucy Kincaid had been raised by a free-spirited mother in the bright lights of Nashville, who never provided her daughter with any details about her birth father or family members. Upon her mother's death bed, her mother presents her with a letter depicting the inheritance of a cottage located in Cape Hudson, Virginia. She travels to Cape Hudson in hopes of learning something about her mother's past and who her father was. She finds an attorney...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    A generous thank you to #netgalley and #montlakeromance for an #earc of this novel in exchange for a fair review. “The tree branches, bent by years of bay winds, reached over the road as if they were lovers trying to clasp hands.”I thoroughly enjoyed this story about two pasts converging in the present under the roof of a Virginia winter cottage. Reminiscent of Lauren Willig’s The Ashford Affair, the dual timeline approach added some nice a...
  • Melissa
    This book was not bad, but it lacks all of the traits that would have made it a really good one. It was so bland.There were way too many characters and at times it became hard to remember how they all fit in the story and who they are related to. I ended up just not caring about any of the characters at all. None of their emotions came across as fitting or genuine either. Certain pieces of information revealed during the course of the book are re...
  • Elizabeth
    This book hit almost all the marks for me. I love books that mix the past with the present and "Winter Cottage" definitely provided me with a wonderful read! I have never read any books by this author and will definitely be seeking more books written by her in the future. The story is fairly simple. Girl's mother dies, she finds that mom had inherited a cottage near the Chesapeake Bay. Girl goes because she hopes to find her father there. The sim...
  • Heidi
    Just like a Hallmark movie, this book goes down easy and you know all will be well in the end. The book followed my favorite format— several time periods all connected by a modern-day character. I may have liked the early 20th century storyline the best (it had the best twists) because the modern storyline had a few charming, if not a tad generic, characters. (Cute but sullen child, sweet dog, neighborly citizens, hunky next door neighbor, mean...
  • Al Sevcik
    Confession: I stopped reading half way through. I am amazed at the many 4-star and 5-star reviews on GoodReads. Sorry folks, but it’s a boring book that reads as if it were written by an unimaginative high schooler. I lost count of the number of times the author told me that the “wind blew outside” — of course it blew outside. Where else would it blow? That’s an example. The book is full of such careless writing. It’s also extremely w...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    Winter cottage is a beautifully written book about different generations of people with a house in cape Hudson. Lucy inherited the cottage which was not a cottage at all from a woman she had never met before . The only link she had was her recently deceased mother. With nowhere else to go she heads to the cottage to dig for answers. The cottage comes with conditions Lucy has to live there for a month and all the money is to go to renovations towa...
  • Sarah
    4.5 StarsOriginal review can be found on my blog: Review: Winter CottageWhen I requested this book from NetGalley it was the cover that drew me in right away. I didn’t read anything about the book and went into it with no real knowledge of what it was about, and am I ever glad I did.In my opinion, this book is best experienced that way (my apologize for posting the back copy text above for this reason). I was pulled into this story right from t...
  • Joan Schulhafer
    Mary Ellen Taylor is back! Or will be at the end of August 2018. I work with Mary Ellen and have had the opportunity to read an early version. If you enjoyed Mary Ellen Taylor's previous books (The Union Street Baker, etc.) as much as I did, you won't want to miss this. It is not connected to her earlier Alexandria books, so don't expect more about the McCraes--though I miss them, too. It's a wonderful blend of disparate lives, past and present, ...
  • Lori
    I really enjoyed this book. The 3 Stars reflects the fact that I found it VERY confusing. There is an ancestry tree in the front and I swear I had to flip back to it at least 3 dozen times. But overall, a good story.
  • Kristine
    Original review can be found at** I received an advanced readers copy from Montlake Romance via NetGalley in exchamge for an honest review. Thank you!**Winter Cottage was the story of different generations of people with a house in Cape Hudson in common. It weaved back and forth in time to connect the dots to present day. Lucy inherited the cottage, which was not a cottage at all, from a woman she had neve...
  • Cheryl
    This is my first time reading Mary Burton's alter persona, Mary Ellen Taylor. This "softer" side of Mary is nice. A very good change from the thrillers. Although, my favorite will be the thrillers. I enjoyed this book a lot that I will have to check out other books from this persona. The duo storylines were good. Yet, I was more partial to the past time period of 1988 and Claire. Instantly, the emotional connection that I formed with Claire was s...
  • Elsie Broadbent
    My first read under the name Mary Ellen Taylor and a delightful book it was. I am so used to reading this author as Mary Burton that it took me by surprise how gentle and interesting it was. Lucy has come to bring her Mother's ashes back to her small hometown, not wanting to stay as she loves her life in Nashville, but there is a hero called Hank and things go on from there. I particularly liked the time shift, going backwards to Claire's story a...
  • Melanie
    I'm not sure why I'm in the minority here (most everyone else seems to love this book), but I struggled with everything from the obvious plot line to the clunky dialogue and undeveloped characters. I alternated listening to the audio version and reading, and both were not very good (the audio narrator is terrible, terrible - overexaggerating accents and emphasizing words out of place). The characters were so one dimensional it was hard to even ca...
  • Leah
    This was pretty good but not quite what I expected based on the description and I had a few issues with it. The story as a whole was sweet and just a bit sad. I enjoyed how everything that happened in the past came together in the end, although not everyone had a happy ending. Keep reading my lengthy (too lengthy, oops) review for a more in depth rant review/summary of my experience with this book.The chapters in the book alternate between three ...
  • Allison
    The best character is the dogI often think 3rd-person omniscient writing is prone to weakness & lack of development because the writer is free to flit from character to character, revealing the bare minimum of what is needed to further the plot in the moment, rather than more carefully crafting & probing deeply into a single POV. This is my main issue with this book-- I don't really care about the characters because I spent such a brief time with...
  • Carolyn
    Really great book with lots of secrets and mysteries to unravel. I enjoyed it. I would definitely pick up another book by this "new to me" author again. ;)
  • Kim Wagner
    Highly recommend. Three different generations, but easy to follow. Good story.
  • Yeni
    I have read books by this author and have always enjoyed her Mary Burton books. This was a nice change for me. I have always preferred books that deal with police procedure. This book is nothing like her other stories. I do recommend it if you are looking for a story that has mystery but without the gruesome murder. There is a murder but it is not as detailed as the ones from her other books. The characters are interesting and you are hoping for ...
  • Lisa Richardson
    I really enjoyed this story by Mary Ellen Taylor. I have read numerous books by Mary Burton who also writes as Mary Ellen Taylor and Ms. Burton is a must read for this reader. The author does a great job of conveying the fear, heartache and joy of the characters through multiple generations and difficult circumstances such as class differences, the onset of World War I and how the loss of a parent/s is dealt with by children of all ages from youn...
  • TheHauteBookworm
    I loved this book! I was hooked immediately! So captivated and intrigued I couldn’t put the book down, reading from beginning to end in one sitting. The two main characters Lucy and Claire, generations apart, tell their stories. We visit each era and character’s life simultaneously while being held to the edge of your seat needing to know the answers to the unsolved mysteries. But the story line doesn’t stop there! You find you also need to...
  • Tiana
    This wasn't by any means a bad book, however there just wasn't enough in the story for me to really be gripped.The characters were rather plain, despite the different point of view's and characters introduced. The dialogue also felt very contrived at times, which took away some of the realism for me. The plot overall was very interesting, and I was at first intrigued about where it would go. However things soon became obvious and predictable and ...
  • Dena K
    Shallow and predictable The characters were stereotypical, the men abusive for no reason and the women were casually promiscuous In unbelievable circumstances and when the times would not have allowed for. The plot was trite and almost silly. And supposed plot twists were never explained or even completed. At least it was so simplistic that they were obvious to even the casual reader. The worst part was the reader of the audio portion. She was em...
  • Leslie Manna
    A bit contrived.
  • Janet Friesner
    Great book. Great new author. Saw this book advertised on Facebook for 4.99 and the blurb sounded really good so bought it and read it and it was extremely good. A page turner that you did not want to put down nor did you want it to end. Checked out the book store and saw that she had written a couple other books that I will definitely buy and read. Highly recommended.