The Cottage on Juniper Ridge (Life in Icicle Falls Series #4)

The Cottage on Juniper Ridge (Life in Icicle Falls Series #4)

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How to Change Your Life…

Can a book change your life? Yes, when it's Simplicity, Muriel Sterling's guide to plain living. In fact, it inspires Jen Heath to leave her stressful, overcommitted life in Seattle and move to Icicle Falls, where she rents a lovely little cottage on Juniper Ridge. And where she can

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How to Change Your Life…

Can a book change your life? Yes, when it's Simplicity, Muriel Sterling's guide to plain living. In fact, it inspires Jen Heath to leave her stressful, overcommitted life in Seattle and move to Icicle Falls, where she rents a lovely little cottage on Juniper Ridge. And where she can enjoy simple pleasures—like joining the local book club—and complicated ones, like falling in love with her sexy landlord, Garrett Armstrong.

Her sister Toni is ready for a change, too. She has a teenage daughter who's constantly texting her friends, a husband who's more involved with his computer than he is with her, and a son who's consumed by video games. Toni wants her family to grow closer—to return to a simpler way of life.

Other women in town, like Stacy Thomas, are also inspired to unload their excess stuff and some of the extra responsibilities they've taken on.

But as they all discover, sometimes life simply happens. It doesn't always happen simply!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Sheila Roberts makes me laugh. I read her books and come away inspired, hopeful and happy."—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

"An engrossing story with strong characters."-Booklist on Better than Chocolate

"Her characters are warm and engaging, and their interactions are full of humor." –RT Book Reviews on Bikini Season

"An uplifting, charming, feel-good story from the author of Bikini Season (2008)."–

Booklist on Angel Lane

"...will doubtless warm more than a few hearts." –Publishers Weekly on Angel Lane

"A congenial cast of subsidiary characters ... meet Hope at a community garden plot and share their stories there. Roberts effectively knits these troubled but kindly characters together in a story line that throws the reader a few unexpected twists." –The Seattle Times on Love in Bloom

"Love in Bloom is a wonderful story with characters so real and defined I feel like I am personally acquainted with them. ... There is humor and emotion in large quantities in this fantastic book that is next to impossible to put down. Kudos and a large bouquet of flowers to Sheila Roberts for giving us one of the best books of the year." –Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781460327012
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Series:
Life in Icicle Falls Series , #4
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
19,662
File size:
388 KB

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Jen Heath hurried along the downtown Seattle sidewalk, hunched against a freezing rain, her holiday to-do list dogging her every step, breathing down her neck. The trees that lined the street twinkled with white lights, and store windows boasted displays of Santas, presents and happy elves. A steel drum band had set up in the Westlake Mall and was playing "Jingle Bells." Bah, humbug, she thought grumpily as she strode past them.

Anyone peering inside her head would think she hated the holidays. She didn't. She loved them. What she didn't love was being so darned busy.

How had she gotten stuck in charge of planning the office Christmas party? Oh, yeah, Patty Unger, her supervisor, had volunteered her. Thanks, Patty. Not that Jen minded planning a party. But having to plan one this year wasn't fun. It was just one more thing to add to a very long to-do list.

In addition to her full-time job as office slave at

Emerald City Promotions, she sold Soft Glow Candles on the party plan-all so she could whittle down what she owed on her credit cards, keep up her car payments and make the mortgage on her First Hill condo, which she could barely afford. The car she'd needed, but the condo? What had she been thinking when she bought it? Oh, yeah. She hadn't been thinking. She'd taken one look at the granite countertops, the hardwood floors and the view of the Seattle skyline, and condo lust had come over her like a fever. By the time the fever broke she was a homeowner. (Thanks to the bank and her parents.) And her credit cards were maxed out. (Because, of course, she had to furnish the new condo.) Now she was a stressed homeowner.

Who was never home. She had three candle parties booked this week and two more on the weekend. The following weekend she had another candle party on Saturday, and then on Sunday a cookie exchange at her sister's, followed by the church choir concert. Oh, she'd be home later that evening, right along with the eighteen other people she'd invited to her place for the postconcert party. (This was the symptom of yet another fever-new-owner pride. She'd been dying to show off the condo, and hosting a party had seemed like the perfect way.) The day before, she'd gone to see the gingerbread house display at the Sheraton Hotel with her mother, her sister and her niece, Jordan. She'd been pooped, but when she tried to wiggle out of going, Toni had reminded her that this was a tradition, and anyway, she needed to spend time with her family. Guilt, the gift that kept on giving. After that, she'd visited her grandma, who was complaining that she'd almost forgotten what her granddaughter looked like.

It seemed everyone in her family was giving guilt for Christmas this year.

Tonight she absolutely had to do laundry. But what she really wanted was to flop on the couch and watch It's a Wonderful Life. None of her friends understood what she saw in that old movie, but she'd been watching it with her family every Christmas since she was a kid. Well, except for the past couple of years. Between having her marriage fall apart and getting a divorce, she'd been too busy for a wonderful life.

Those days were over now. No more fights about money. No more fights about how she mismanaged her time or how impetuous and irresponsible she was. No more fights about. .well, you name it.

When they were first married, Serge had loved her spontaneity, her joie de vivre. After a year he developed a vision problem and saw only her flaws. They fought about everything from money to the amount of time she spent with her friends. "I don't know what we're doing together." Serge had finally stormed one night, throwing up his hands.

Neither did she. So Serge had moved out and moved on. She'd run into him at the Last Supper Club six months after the divorce was final, when she was trying to enjoy a night out with the girls. He'd been with a skinny tattoo queen sporting maroon hair and ear gauges. And he'd complained about how impulsive Jen was?

She'd wanted to hit him and his new woman, too. Instead, she'd buried herself in the crowd and danced until her feet and her heart were numb. Good riddance, she'd told herself, but later that night she'd cried herself to sleep.

Now it had been a year since the big D and she was so over him and so moving on.

Now she was in charge of her own destiny, her own life, and that was fine with her.

Except so far this new life wasn't exactly playing out as she'd envisioned. When a girl hardly had time to wash her bra, she was in trouble. When was she supposed to squeeze in things like dating? And if she didn't even have time to date, well, what was that going to do to her sex life?

She scowled. Many of her friends were now having babies and she'd love to have one of her own. She sure didn't see a bassinet on her horizon, though. At thirty-two, were her eggs giving up all hope of ever meeting a sperm?

Well, girls, I don't know what to tell you. You'll just have to hang in there because right now I don't have time to find a new man. There was a depressing thought.

Jen caught her bus on Marion Street. It was crowded as usual with tired workers, students, street people and shoppers carrying bags crammed with merchandise. Standing room only. That made her grumpier.

Oh, heck, everything made her grumpy these days. Maybe it was living in the city, crammed in with so many other people. What would it be like to have a cute little house in a small town or a cottage in a mountain meadow? What would it be like to hark back to a simpler time, a simpler lifestyle?

She thought of the book her sister had given her for her birthday the month before-Simplicity. She'd been trying to read a little of it every night before she went to bed, but she couldn't seem to get past page one. She'd wake up halfway through the night with the book on her face.

She'd managed to get through the blurb on the back of the book, though, and it sounded impressive. The author insisted that anyone, no matter how busy, could simplify her life. It was a matter of prioritizing and letting your days slow down and fall into a natural rhythm in sync with nature.

What would her life be like if she lived it at a slower pace? What if she took a few minutes to sit by her condo window and watch the snow fall (not that much snow ever fell in Seattle), instead of running around like a gerbil on a wheel, dashing from event to event, working at a feverish pace so she could live the good life? When it came right down to it, was her life that good? She was racing through it so fast, she had no time to savor any of it. It would be nice to learn how to bake bread, grow a garden, knit. Date! Heck, it would be nice to have time to breathe.

The bus lurched to a stop and a fortysomething woman got on, balancing a huge armful of purchases, shopping bags dangling from her fingers. She squeezed in between Jen and an older man in an overcoat that smelled of damp wool. The newcomer smelled like perfume overload and Jen sneezed.

"Bless you," said an older woman who was occupying a seat behind where Jen stood.

"Thank you," Jen murmured.

The newcomer grabbed for a hand rail and bumped Jen with one of her bags. That, plus the sudden forward motion of the bus, nearly sent Jen toppling into the lap of the older woman. "Sorry," she muttered.

Meanwhile, Suzy Shopper was still wrestling with her bags. One got away and landed on Jen's foot, nearly crushing her toes and making her yelp. What did she have in there, weights?

"Oh, I'm so sorry," the woman said, picking it up and whacking Jen with another bag in the process. "My daughter's Christmas present."

Jen's eyes were watering. Was her foot broken? She caught her breath and managed a polite smile. "Looks like you got a lot done." Which was more than she could say. She hadn't started her shopping yet.

"This is the last of it," the woman said. "I found these dumbbells on sale at Penney's."

"Dumbbells." Jen nodded. "You had weights in that bag."

The woman blushed. "Mmm-hmm."

May the next toes you drop them on be yours.

The bus driver called Jen's street and she hobbled toward the back exit, trying to make her way through the crowd. "S'cuse me, s'cuse me. Sorry."

One passenger was too engrossed in what was on her ereader to even know she was on a bus. She stood in the path of the exit like a boulder in a red coat. An inconsiderate boulder.

"Excuse me," Jen said, trying to slip past. The boulder didn't budge.

The bus doors heaved open.

Jen tried again. "Excuse me," she said a little louder. Still nothing. She said it a third time and gave the boulder a nudge. It was just a nudge, really.

The red boulder lost her balance and grabbed for the nearest source of stability-a tall, skinny woman in sweats and a Santa hat bearing a pink bakery box. The tall, skinny woman lost her hold on the box and down it went, spilling cupcakes with green frosting everywhere. She gasped and the woman next to her, who now had green frosting skidding down her sleeve, let out a groan.

A nearby man wearing a dirty peacoat and a scruffy beard picked up a cupcake that had landed on the floor, frosting side first, and began to eat it.

All three women glared at Jen. The skinny one with the Santa hat bent to pick up her ruined goods. "You should watch what you're doing."

"Sorry," Jen said. Willing the bus doors not to close, she fumbled in her purse and pulled out her wallet. "Let me pay you for those." The minute she opened her wallet and found nothing there she remembered that she'd impulsively put her last three dollars in a Salvation Army bucket the day before. "I guess I don't have any cash on me."

The skinny woman scowled at her.

"If you're gonna get off the bus, get off," the driver called. "We have other stops to make."

"I'm really sorry," Jen said again. "Um, merry Christmas," she added as she hobbled down the steps onto the curb.

Neither woman wished her a merry Christmas in return. In fact, the skinny one wished her something about as far from it as a girl could get. The doors shut and the bus lumbered off, shooting up a rooster tail of icy water and splashing her.

Bah, humbug.

It was the first week of December, and at Stacy Thomas's house the stockings were hung by the chimney with care. They were lucky to find any place to hang because the mantel was already packed with greens and ribbons and candles, as well as brass letters spelling Peace.

And that was only the beginning of the holiday decorations. There was no room on the coffee table for coffee cups, due to the presence of Stacy's nativity set, and her lighted Victorian village took up every inch of space on the buffet in the dining room. She still had to unpack the box with all the other candles, the candy dishes and the gingerbread man cookie jar, as well as the one with her holiday centerpiece. Then there was the bag with the Christmas quilt, the tub with all the wall hangings and the box containing her collection of Santa figurines. And then there were the two storage boxes of ornaments waiting to go on the tree….

"This is the last of it," her husband, Dean, said as he set down the long box containing their artificial tree. "Thank God." He wiped his damp brow and looked around him. "Do we really need all of this?"

"Of course we do!"

Stacy surveyed the pile of boxes in front of her. How was she going to get everything put up before her book club arrived? She wished they'd gotten the decorating done the day before. But the day before had been consumed with putting up all the outside lights and the yard art. It had been an exhausting team effort, and by the time she'd finished helping Dean she'd been too tired to even think about the inside of the house.

Tree trimming wasn't quite as much fun as it had been when the kids were living at home. In fact, none of the decorating was. And taking everything down after the holidays was really not fun. But Ethan and

Autumn would be back home in Icicle Falls for Christmas. They'd expect holiday razzle-dazzle.

"One of these days I'm going to keel over with a heart attack after lugging all this stuff around," Dean grumbled.

"Oh, you're much too strong for that," Stacy assured him as he started to unpack the fake fir. "Really, Deano, I don't know why you're complaining. All you have to do is help me trim the tree and set up the train around it."

"Don't forget hauling down all these boxes."

"The exercise is good for you," she informed him, looking pointedly at his growing belly.

He tried unsuccessfully to suck it in. "I'm not that fat."

That was exactly the same thing she told herself every time she looked in the mirror, but her hips had definitely spread. And at forty-six, those gray hairs were popping up among the blond ones like dandelions in a neglected yard. If not for Rory at Sleeping Lady Salon, she'd be in big trouble.

"We could both stand to lose a few pounds." She sighed. "We should go on a diet."

"Well, let's not start now," Dean said in horror. "It's Christmas cookie season. And speaking of food, I'm hungry. Were we planning to fit dinner in somewhere between now and your book club?"

Dinner. She'd been so busy decorating she'd forgotten about that minor detail. "Let's order a pizza from Italian Alps."

"Good idea," he said, pulling his cell phone out of his pants pocket.

"Make it quick, Deano. We need to get this tree done." The thought of how lovely it would be with the little electric train running around it and presents spilling everywhere made her smile.

He shook his head. "With all the ornaments you've collected, that should take a millennium. I'm married to the pack rat of Icicle Falls," he muttered as he searched for the number in his phone.

"Ha-ha," she said irritably.

He came and put an arm around her. "I'm sorry, hon, but really, look at all the stuff you've collected. And you keep adding more. Pretty soon there isn't going to be room in the house for us."

"I don't have that many Christmas decorations," she protested.

"You're kidding, right? And it's not just Christmas stuff. Have you seen the attic lately?"

"Some of the things up there belong to the kids. And you." Well, okay, most of them were things she'd acquired. She hurried on before he could point that out. "Anyway, when you've been married for twenty-five years you're bound to end up with a lot."

"Stace, you could load up a landfill with all the stuff you've got. My God, between the closet full of presents-"

"We have to have presents for the kids, and for Ethan's new girlfriend. Anyway, I bought everything on sale," Stacy said righteously.

"The material in Autumn's old room."

"I'm a quilter. I have to buy fabric."

"The dishes. How many sets do you need, anyway?"

"One for every day, good china for special occasions. And we use those Christmas dishes every year."

"And shoes."

Meet the Author


Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have appeared in Readers Digest Condensed Books and have been published in several languages. Her book Angel Lane, was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009 and her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (sheilasplace.com).

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The Cottage on Juniper Ridge 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to picturesque Icicle Falls, Washington! In the fourth installment of the Life in Icicle Falls series, author Sheila Roberts provides her readers with a fun twist to the townspeople's stories with a theme that we can all relate to: simplifying one's life. The Cottage on Juniper Ridge is told in the third person narrative that alternates between a group of women who belong to a book club, who have decided to start the new year reading resident town author Muriel Sterling's book Simplicity, a guide to a simpler and plain way of living. In true Sheila Roberts fashion, the reader is transported back to the picturesque Bavarian style small mountain town of Icicle Falls, Washington, which is nestled in the Cascade Mountains, where they catch up with all the familiar townspeople from the previous books in the series, as well as meeting new lovable characters. This series is simply delightful, the storyline picks up where the last book left off, it flows seamlessly and is so entertaining that you can't help but become captivated and invested in the lives that inhabit Icicle Falls. I really enjoyed that each chapter starts with a tidbit on simplifying life from Muriel Sterling's guidebook Simplicity, which then leads into the stories of how each of the ladies in the book club are inspired to make changes in their lives based on the helpful information from the guidebook. The reader easily gets drawn into this story about friendship, support, and finding balance and simplicity in one's life. Through the laughter, smile, and tears, you'll find yourself cheering on these lovely ladies as they each overcome obstacles and strive to find joy in their lives. The author's thoughtful message about discovering what's important in life and shedding what isn't, and learning to enjoy a full and simple life is one that will make you ponder what changes you can make in your own life. With a wonderful cast of characters who are realistic and lovable, humorous dialogues and interactions, and a richly detailed description of the town of Icicle Falls, The Cottage on Juniper Ridge is a lighthearted romance story full of love, laughter, friendship, and living a good life, that will leave you wanting to return to Icicle Falls for another enjoyable visit. I love, love, love this series! The Cottage on Juniper Ridge is the fourth book in the Life in Icicle Falls series.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a very sweet book. I loved the idea that "simplifying" your life was carried on throughout the book - with all the different characters. I haven't read any of the Icicle Falls books - but now feel like I'm in for a treat because I can get all caught up with the previous books and the ones that have come after this particular book. What great fun.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where was your shoulder this week when I needed to cry on it! My roller coaster didn't only go up this week, my friend! That... that other girl!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This book is about changing your life by making it simpler. Some jump in without much planning to change. Jen Heath hates her life. She is working two jobs to afford her condo but can't enjoy being home in it. Jen decides to sale her condo and leave big city behind. She is renting a cottage right outside of Icicle Falls. Her land lord is good looking firefighter did help sway her mind. She wants to enjoy friends, make bread & garden and work part time. Jen sister Toni is afraid she is loosing her family. They are so connected to their phones, computer. Toni thought her sister crazy to want to move without first finding a job. She comes to love Icicle Falls. Some are afraid they are on the path to being a hoarder and tries to de junk her house. I am trying that right now it is harder to do. Garrett Armstrong is renting his cottage for the first time. The more he sees of Jen the more he thinks she is like his ex-wife and a flake. He is dating a cop instead. He is a firefighter. He is raising his 5 year old son. Lots of good friends, lots of struggles, drama and action. You care for the characters and want things to workout for them. I wanted to also go to the chocolate festival in town. It sounded yummy. It is also a clean read. I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give a honest review of it.
pattyjoan More than 1 year ago
I am reading the Icicle Falls series and this was as good as the previous ones. Sheila Roberts does an excellent job of holding your interest with her books. Can't wait for the next one which comes out soon.
DeanPF More than 1 year ago
I just got done reading Sheila Robert’s latest novel, The Cottage on Juniper Ridge. Yet another story set in Icicle Falls, this time we meet Jen Heath and Stacey Thomas. Jen Heath reads a Muriel Sterling book on simplifying her life and that includes selling her Seattle condo and moving to Icicle Falls. Stacey is a long-time resident who turns simplifying her life into a business of matching people with the right gentle used and antique things. Once again, Sheila comes through with a great story about women and their incredible group of friends banding together to work through life’s problems. And it’s set in the gorgeous backdrop of the little mountain community of Icicle Falls. My husband, Thomas, and I would love to run a b&b in the little Ozark mountain town of Eureka Springs, AR one day. I think that’s why I like these stories so much, because I see myself fitting in this little town and getting along with these characters so much. I’m a member of Sheila’s street team, so I usually get the book before everyone else does. Maybe one day I’ll get one read and posted by the time it’s released? Thanks for letting me be involved, Sheila!
LindaMcNeley More than 1 year ago
Sheila Roberts has done it again! Going back to Icicle falls to meet some new and revisit with some old characters. It's like going home. Love Jen who gave up her old life in the city to settle into the cottage on Juniper Ridge. Lots of challenges for her and the ladies of the book club as they find ways so simplify their lives. You will feel like you too belong in this little rural town. I just can't wait for the next installment so I can go home again.
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
I can't not say enough good things about this book, I absolutely loved this book. This is the second book in this series that I have read and one of these days I will get the first two read as this is one of my most favorite series. Icicle Falls is a town you fall in love with and want to pack up and move to. Another part of this book I liked was watching each of the characters learn how to simplify their life. It was ice watching each of them transform and their relationships prosper. I highly recommend this book to everyone and I can't wait for the next one in the series. 
FrancyR More than 1 year ago
This weekend I went back and visited my friends at Icicle Falls and even made some new friends.  I love reading the books from this series. The characters in this series are smart , spunky, and treasure their friendships.  The Cottage on Juniper Ridge did not disappoint.  After reading the book, SIMPLIFY, some of the residents of Icicle Falls  are inspired to do the same with their lives.  The results are motivational, fun and romantic.  Can't wait for my next visit.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been a long hard road (lots of things to do recently, with little or no time to read), but last night, I *finally* finished this book. I believe this is the fourth book in the "Life in Icicle Falls" series. I first discovered Ms. Roberts' (don't shoot me for using the wrong apostrophe there, I'm no good with the "s" ones) books when I saw Bikini Season and Angel Lane at BJs and picked them up. I think I read that in 2010 and then started looking for all her books. I have also told other friends too look for her books. She has an awesome sense of humor and knows how to write about relationships between, well, everyone, with a twist. Whatever catastrophe can happen will. Ms. Roberts finds the humor in real-life and puts it into a book. I <3ed this book and <3 all her books too! Since reading the first Icicle Falls novel, I can't wait to read Simplicity by Murial Sterling (hahaha). Don't get your hopes up if you are not familiar with these books, Murial is one of the characters. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm part of Sheila's street team and got this book for free.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
This was another wonderful book about a small fictional town, Icicle Falls.  Everyone knows everyone else and in times of need and crisis, they help each other out.  The book focuses on several women in a book club that read a book about simplifying your life.  They are motivated in different ways to put the ideas to use, including Jen who moves from a huge city, Seattle, to the town of Icicle Falls and begins her life over so to speak.  Sheila Roberts writes nice, clean books with lots of good humor and yes, some romance thrown in for fun!  It would be hard for me to believe that anyone reading any of her books would be disappointed when they are finished.  I'll end this review with a quote from one of the characters, Charley:  "Here's to life.  Whether it's simple or complicated, the important thing is to make it good."
CathieN More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! I think this us Sheila's best to date!!! I can't wait for the net one
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miafaccheeMP More than 1 year ago
I love Sheila's books, and this one made me love them all the more.  A book club in Icicle Falls decides to read a book about someone who simplified their life, & then each person sets out to do so themselves.  As we follow each person's journey, we are inspired.  These women become our friends, & at the story's end, we are sorry to say good bye to them.  I can't wait to read the next book in this wonderful series!
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disneyfan822 More than 1 year ago
What a fun, charming book! I love every journey I take to Icicle Falls.  I imagine myself a part of their book club, buying choclates at Sweet Dreams, and catching up with all the goings on of these fascinating women over dinner at Zellda's. We get to know a new resident of Icicle Falls in this latest installment, Jen Heath, who gives up the hustle and bustle of life in Seattle for a more simplified life in a quaint cottage in Icicle Falls. Who hasn't thought about simplifying and downsizing their lives? I love getting drawn into these women's lives and reading about their friendships, laughing with them, and even learning a few things along the way with the wonderful ideas shared. I couldn't put this book down and can't wait for more! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What does it mean to simplify your life? Do you downsize your living quarters by moving? Do you find a way to let go of some excess collectibles by opening an antiques store? Do you plan a remote vacation to bring your family back together? Simplicity has a different meaning for each of us and no matter what your choice the important thing is it's right for you!
Shelby_Mead More than 1 year ago
The Cottage on Juniper Ridge is absolutely charming! I love every trip I take to Icicle Falls. I stroll down Main Street and visit the quaint little shops. I grab a few gingerbread boys from Gingerbread Haus, I browse through the book store, I stop in and get some of my favorite chocolates from Sweet Dreams Chocolates, and end the night with dinner at Zeldas. I visit with all of my old friends and some new ones, Cass, Stacy, Jen, Chita, Charley, Cecily, and the wonderfully wise Muriel Sterling - author of Simplicity, among others. Ok, so I don't actually do any of that...but I feel like I have! The great thing about a Sheila Roberts book is that they are so well written and so rich in detail that you can most definitely picture yourself doing any or all of those things with no trouble. In The Cottage on Juniper Ridge we are introduced to Icicle Falls' newest resident, Jen Heath. Thanks to the infinite wisdom of Muriel Sterling's new book, "Simplicity", Jen has decided to simplify her life starting with her massive condo which she trades in for a smaller cottage and her location, moving from bustling Seattle to the much more relaxed Icicle Falls. Throughout the story, we read along as Jen, as well as a few other Icicle Falls residents, work at simplifying and enriching their lives. Like the other books in this amazing series, I couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and even benefited from some of Muriel's tips myself. This book is full of love and laughter and friendship. I would recommend it to any Sheila fans or just to anyone who enjoys the kind of book that touches your heart and brings a smile to your face.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Another hit by Sheila Roberts. The fourth book of Icicle Falls, but can be read as a stand alone. I love going back to this quaint town in the mountains. The book club women read the book, Simplicity on how to simplify your life including newcomer, Jen. This is a wonderful read on how the women go about simplifying their lives along with the friendship of these women. Add in the romance of Jen and her new landlord, fireman Garrett, you will have the perfect read. I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Cottage on Juniper Ridge is the 4th book in Sheila Roberts’ Life in Icicle Falls series. It’s a KEEPER, y’all! I think many of us will be able to resonate with at least one of the ladies in the book. I mean, most of us want to simplify our lives in some way or another, right? We don’t always want to be busy, running around here and there, stressed, tired and overall unhappy. We should want to live our life and be free...of clutter, extra responsibilities and the like! Is it truly possible? Well, the ladies in The Cottage on Juniper Ridge sure want to give it a try after reading their January book club pick titled “Simplicity” by a local Icicle Falls resident, Muriel Sterling (of the Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company Sterlings, if you’re paying attention!)  Jen Heath, hailing from Seattle, decides to go whole hog and moves to Icicle Falls and rents a little cottage on Juniper Ridge, just like that. She wants a clean slate and I mean that literally, as in, she just up and leaves without a job prospect in sight and no friends or family there! Quite ballsy. Will everything fall into place for her or will she still be saddled with a life she doesn’t enjoy?  The other Icicles (what the residents of Icicle Falls call themselves) from the book club are all attempting varying degrees of simplifying. But, it’s not as easy as it seems. Sometimes the truth hurts to admit. Or you need a major sign pushing you forward. Sounds familiar, right? Thankfully, enjoying the simple pleasures and getting back to the basics can be done with the help of supportive friends and loved ones. Chocolate helps as well. ;-)  My advice, start small. It takes just one baby step to put you on the right path. And don’t worry, there is a healthy dose of romance to be found in The Cottage on Juniper Ridge. Roberts’ book will likely challenge you and make you think, but it will also warm your heart and if you’re like me, have you wishing you lived in a town like Icicle Falls...it’s...in a word...idyllic. So what are you waiting for, click the buy now button. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
SusanOhio More than 1 year ago
Feeling overwhelmed? Want to just walk away from it all? Tired of all the expectations? Then this book is for you! In it you'll get some tips for simplifying your life, visit old friends, but most importantly you'll come away knowing it was time WELL SPENT on relaxing and reading. Sheila Robert's books are the type of books that just make you want to sit tight and savor every word. So, send the kids to grandma's house, find a comfy spot, make a cup of tea and curl up with this wonderful book which will touch you on so many levels. ALL of Sheila Robert's books are stand alone books and you don't need to read them in any particular order. However, I do recommend you read the earlier books so you can visit the wonderful town and meet everyone in more depth. Time spent in Icicle Falls is always time well spent! Looking forward to the next visit sometime soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Shiela book! Great addition to the Icicle Falls series! Best part about her books (besides the fact you won’t be able to put the book down until the end) is the fact if you haven’t read the previous Icicle Falls books, she writes her books so you can pick up the characters as if it’s the very first book in the series. I would recommend reading all her Icicle Falls books though as you will get into the books so much more! Definitely worth reading!
lindyLW More than 1 year ago
Sheila has done it again, another great book. Her characters are like old friends. She writes a down to earth book, that you will enjoy. If it was a real town, I would be packing. The talk of chocolate, I think I gain weight. I`m sure you will enjoy her books, they are so true to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sheila Robert's latest book set in Icicle Falls will help you to simplify (or at least take an honest look at) your complicated life. Old and new families  in Icicle Falls face this common issue with determination, humor, and hope.  If you've ever wanted to live in Icicle Falls, you will find yourself in one or more of the characters in this story!