Saturday, August 1, 2020

Review - The Lilac House

:   The Lilac House
Author:  Barbara Josselsohn
Series:  Lake Summers #1
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   293
Date of Publication:   March 13, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars

Can one summer house bring two broken hearts together?

Summer escapes to Lilac House have always been a source of comfort for Anna Harris. Though things will never be the same since her husband’s death, she knows that it is there, nestled in Lake Summers in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, that she and her children Zac and Evie can begin to build a new life.

The house is just as beautiful as Anna remembers, and caught up in the rhythm of small town life, helping her Aunt Hope run the little shop on Main Street, Anna begins to feel a sense of herself she hasn’t felt in years. Then she meets Aidan. Handsome, strong and quiet, he also knows what’s it’s like to lose someone. In each other they recognise something they’ve both been missing and they feel a spark.

But Aidan’s past holds a different set of complications. He’s hiding a secret about why he came to Lake Summers. And just as the Lilac House finally starts to feel like home, Anna learns something devastating about Greg’s death that makes her question everything…

The summer might have brought Anna and Aidan together, but can Anna finally let go of the past now she really has the chance for a new beginning?

A beautiful story about moving on and finding yourself, The Lilac House will restore your faith in love and teach you that it’s never too late the find the person who will change your life. For fans of Carolyn Brown, Jenny Hale and Mary Alice Monroe.


Anna Harris has been coping with the loss of her husband. Along with her two children, Zac and Evie, she heads to a place that has always offered her comfort. It is the Lilac House in the Adirondack Mountains. However, this will be an extended visit. It is hoped that she and the children can start anew. Not only does Anna feel a sense of ease and comfort when arriving at the house, but working with her Aunt Hope in her aunt's shop brings her joy as well.

Then there is Aidan He is also visiting Lilac House. He is also suffering from great loss, but there is more. Actually Aidan has a secret as to why he is there and it is this very secret that could be to Anna's undoing. 

Anna loved her husband, but she soon feels she has a chance to start over. Romance is definitely a strong part of this story, but Anna's love for her children, her aunt Hope and for new life definitely balances everything out. No doubt, she will feel raw when it comes to what Aidan is hiding, but I loved the hope that started to shine through.

I enjoyed this tender story and hope to see much more in this series.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Barbara Solomon Josselsohn is the author of two novels, The Lilac House (Bookouture, 2020) and The Last Dreamer (Lake Union, 2015). Her articles and essays appear in a range of publications, including New York Magazine, Parents Magazine, the New York Times, Westchester Magazine,, and Barbara also teaches writing at the Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute and other venues, and is the founder and coordinator of the Scarsdale Library Writers Center, which supports and promotes local writers. She and her husband have three adult children and an indefatigable shih-poo named Mosley, and she is currently at work on her third novel, which is scheduled for release this fall.

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