The Cottage on Juniper Ridge [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview


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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!

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460327012
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Life in Icicle Falls , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 10,446
  • File size: 379 KB

Meet the Author

Sheila Roberts

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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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."

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    Welcome back to picturesque Icicle Falls, Washington! In the fou

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Gwen

    Oh. Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    To: Kath and Porfessor What

    Uhh, the description sounded exactly like the original pact clans. I will watch how this unfolds, if it is too much like the pact clans, Lilywolf will tell you herself to stop. (That is what happened to me!) ~A fellow roleplayer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Amber and brave

    How about "active" for one like the hq or something or the clans...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Kath

    Ive finished ShadowClan at 'shadow' and WindClan at 'wind'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Just kill me now

    Omg is so out . Your all just little kids like 6,7,8,9, & 10 year olds im 14 S.EX IS A PART OF YOUR FUC.KING LIFE people are gona be talking about it your whole life GET THE FU.CK OVER IT SEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEX

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    To Ooc

    Here here. Took the words right out of my mouth. Thank you. Thank you. I am so sick of seeing this s**ual crap on these reviews. They just make people more pissed- at US, the warriors- that they can't read a decent review for a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Omg guys

    Grow up! You guys are alway like "Stop nook s**" and "I dont wanna see that c***" I think its very weird that you use cuss words, which kids dont want to see, protesting about stuff kids dont want to see. So someone posted something bad on a book. So what? Ok. It done. But when you protest it just draws the attention right back to the post. Hald the time they dont show up anyways. Dont get me wrong, I dont like it as much as you do, but its far more annoying when 5 people come and post STOP THIS ****. Just stop. Let it go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Ger

    Whatever ghought you loved me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Saphire

    Yes you guys are right. It is part of life but come on! Are you really gonna go in real life and sell yourself on craigs list? Are you gonna post an ad saying 'come r**€ me at this adress'? Nope. And thats what ppl do. Yes some are looking for bfs and sx but its not right. I grew up in a Christian family and didnt actually become Christian until I stopped doing this crap. Trust me, it might be fun but it is a waste of time. Its also why rping is falling. BECAUSE WHEN PARENTS LOOK AT WHAT THERE KID IS DOING, THEY MIGHT FIND THEM DOING THIS. I almost got caught. So close and my parents would never let me out of there sight for another 50 years. Trust me, it will save you the trouble. And more rpers. AND kids dont have to go wandering. There is a page for adertising you know. When i was on my sx streak, about halfway through the two year thing, i realized what i was doing and what advertising at the erin hunter books meant. So i stopped advertisig there and i adveetised at 'sx' (full name). Just dont be lazy. I know there are atlwast ten people out in the RP world that do not wanna see this. Im speaking for those 10+ people. Do it for them, not for yourself. I have to go for vacation so ill be back Sunday late night most likely. And I hope that I can remember to read your reply's bwcause trust me, they do matter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Professor what

    I set it up at "a" res 1.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    4 STARS This book is about changing your life by making it sim

    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.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    Great Read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Drawn out

    Too drawn out to stay with it. I even read the reviews first, now i don't ttust them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I just got done reading Sheila Robert¿s latest novel, The Cotta

    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!

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    Sheila Roberts has done it again! Going back to Icicle falls to

    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.

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    I can't not say enough good things about this book, I absolutely

    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. 

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

    This weekend I went back and visited my friends at Icicle Falls

    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.  

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    Posted March 15, 2014

    It's been a long hard road (lots of things to do recently, with

    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.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    This was another wonderful book about a small fictional town, Ic

    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."

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