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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 . . .
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
July 23, 2017
A story of second chances and renewal. I was in the mood for a nice light summery read and this book delivered. A great little comfort read, it would have been nice to enjoy it on the beach. I did manage to predict most of it, but I didn't pick this up looking for a story that would stun me. It's...
July 17, 2017
One of my favorite reads of summer 2017, CICADA SUMMER brings my home state of Wisconsin to life in this vibrant and beautiful story. Alex is an incredibly strong female character and her fixer-upper passion is an absolute joy to read about as you cheer her along on her quest to bring a historic...
July 09, 2017
"The symbolic meaning of a summer when the cicadas come is one of rebirth and renewal." This novel takes place in Wisconsin during a cicada summer and is a story about rebirth and renewal - both of the house that Alex is renovating and in her personal life.
Alex has been renovating old houses in t...
August 13, 2017
A heart warming read!
Although the story revolves around Alex Proctor, I believe the main character is really the Maple house. The author gave it a personality and it's delightful!
The characters seem realistic and not one dimensional. It's a story of a woman renovating an old house and in the pr...
August 08, 2017
"Cicada Summer" by Maureen Leurck is such an entertaining and enjoyable story that I finished reading this in one sitting. "Cicada Summer" was published July 25, 2017 by Kensington. The genres for this story are Fiction, Women's Fiction, with a dash of Historical Fiction and Romance thrown in...
August 08, 2017
Four stars: A delightful summer read all about second chances.
Alex has been peering in the windows of the dilapidated house on Maple Street for weeks, eagerly planning her restoration. When it is time to bid for the property, she finds herself in a bidding war against a man who wants to tear it...
May 22, 2017
I think that “Cicada Summer” by Maureen Leurck is a novel about hope, love, perseverance, starting over, and second chances at life. In more ways than one, Ms. Leurck gives the reader a glimpse at obstacles that can be overcome and the endurance to find other ways to succeed.
Alex Proctor is a sin...
July 25, 2017
"Their presence encourages us to reflect on life and how the world has changed since they were last here, as they symbolize a starting over and new beginnings." -Cicada Summer
The above quote explains the meaning behind the title of Cicada Summer, written by Maureen Leurck. The cicadas come out ev...
July 07, 2017
Beautiful and emotionally rewarding, Cicada Summer by Maureen Leurck’s is a story of renewal and the power of perseverance in life and all matters of the heart.
Since Abby Proctor’s divorce renovating old houses has become her passion. Her latest project near Lake Geneva, a century old home, is p...
June 21, 2017
I really enjoyed this book, it was quite laid back, and nearly all about the renovation of an old house, but just had a lovely feeling throughout it all.
Alex lives with her young daughter and has been divorced from her husband, Matt, for 4 years but still has lingering feelings for him, even afte...