Spring House

Spring House

by Mary Ellen Taylor


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The lives of two women, generations apart, converge in this enthralling novel of love, mystery, memories, and secrets.

Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiancé, historian Megan Buchanan is forging ahead on a dream project: to restore to its original glory the landmark hunting lodge her own great-great-grandfather built on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. With the help of her fiancé’s caring best friend, it’s sure to draw much-needed tourist revenue to Cape Hudson, a town rich in southern history.

However, it’s Spring House, the caretaker’s cottage on the grounds, that holds the most intriguing history for Megan. In a cache of old letters, she’s drawn into the captivating life of a young woman who embarked on her own dream adventure a century ago. With each one, Megan is swept away into her enthralling world—and all its secrets. But Megan has secrets too.

Now, as one woman’s past unfolds in each revealing letter, Megan will discover more about herself and about the emotional tides of family that can be weathered with those you love and trust the most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503905320
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 94,280
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A southerner by birth, Mary Ellen Taylor’s love of her home state of Virginia is evident in her contemporary women’s fiction, which includes her novels Spring House and Winter Cottage. When Mary Ellen’s not writing, she spends time baking, hiking, and spoiling her miniature dachshunds, Buddy, Bella, and Tiki. For more information about the author, check out www.MaryEllenTaylor.com.

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Spring House 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Daphnepf More than 1 year ago
SPRING HOUSE - Mary Ellen Taylor Cape Hudson, Virginia - Early 20th Century, 2018 Megan Buchanan has taken an important project on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The hunting lodge, Winter Cottage, was built by her great-great-grandfather in 1901 and had been inherited recently by the grandchild of Samuel Jessop, a merchant seaman. Jessop had been named the unlikely heir when Buchanan died. Now Jessop's granddaughter, Lucy Kincaid owns it and, with the trust left to her, uses the money to restore the old house and surrounding buildings. Megan is now living in Winter Cottage with Lucy and her young half-sister, Natasha, as they ready the Spring House to live in while Winter Cottage is under reconstruction. To complicate matters, however, Megan is heavily pregnant with her late fiance's baby. Once the Spring House is readied for occupancy, Lucy and Natasha will live there, leaving Winter Cottage empty for restoration, and, eventually, to be an historic local landmark used for weddings. Megan and Lucy begin the arduous task of going through Samual Jessop's cluttered rooms. It seems the old man saved everything. What they find, though, lends mystery to both families. In the early 20th century, the family of merchant seaman Isaac Hedrick buried his wife, Addie, who died giving birth to her seventh child. Isaac makes the decision to send his children into the care of different families and returns to the sea. Claire is sent to the Buchanan family, and twelve-year-old Diane to Madame LeBlanc in Baltimore. Diane's life is upended, but gets worse when Mr. LeBlanc dies and Madame and her houseguest, Pierre, move to France. It is on the ship that Diane discovers that Madame pretends to "hear" the dead, and she convinces several wealthy passengers to pay her to speak to their late relatives. In Paris, life is even worse and Diane begins to fear Pierre. Megan and Lucy find letters between Claire and her sister, Diane, and the mystery deepens about what happened to Diane, and why Samuel kept the letters and other items that make no sense. In the meantime, Megan has to come to grips in dealing with her late fiance's mother who has installed herself nearby to monitor Megan's pregnancy. After her only child, Scott, died, his mother is determined to be a part of her future grandchild's life, despite feeling that Megan was never good enough for Scott. What she doesn't know, is the reason Megan broke off the engagement two weeks before the wedding. There is quite a lot going on in this story. History is Megan's love and discovering so many strange clues from the past sends her on a path to not only uncovering the mysteries, but understanding some of her own feelings. She resists help from others, especially Scott's Marine Corps buddy, Rick, now the Port Hudson sheriff. Scott's mother's interference only makes her more frustrated. The Spring House reveals more and more historical details to Samuel's past. How will Megan piece together all of the data? And how will that affect her own future? SPRING HOUSE is a continuation of WINTER COTTAGE with the same characters. Beautifully written and a very intriguing story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Megan Buchanan’s fiance, Scott, has recently died in a Marine helicopter accident. They had broken up just weeks before he died and she’s pregnant with his baby. His mother is angry with her blaming her for the accident and does not believe the baby she is carrying is Scott’s. A longtime resident of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Megan's family goes back for many generations. She has recently been hired to oversee the renovation of a historic hunting lodge named Winter Cottage that her own great-great-grandfather had built. Megan even wrote her PhD dissertation on Winter Cottage. The Cottage has recently been passed down to Lucy Kincaid. Lucy had been a bartender and is now very happy to be the owner of the Cottage, and is excited about the renovations. Firstly, they will renovate Spring House, then the Cottage itself. Lucy has hopes of making the Cottage a wedding venue. Her new boyfriend owns a local winery and is a cousin to Megan. The story delves into the history of the house and the people who resided there. It switches back and forth in time as we see what happens to these people and where they end up in life. In addition, we watch Megan as she immerses herself into all of the historical things she finds as they clean out the enormous amount of papers, books, and furniture in Spring House. This is a nice book but the "historical switching” and all of the characters involved became a bit overwhelming. But, I stuck with the book and I’m glad I did. I read the author’s novel, “Winter Cottage,” and found that one to be a bit better than this one. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiance, historian Megan Buchanan is helping to restore Spring House to it's former glory and hopefully bring in some much needed tourist revenue to Cape Hudson, a town rich in southern history. Let me first say that this story had WAY too many characters. I spent more than half of the book confused trying to keep up with who everyone was and how they related to each other. The story was good, and I found the historical part of the story fascinating. I just wish the vast number of people mentioned in the book hadn't detracted from my enjoyment of it.
Shelley-S-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
I would have loved to have given this book five stars but the now chapters were disproportionate to the historical chapters, there were too many and they were much too long. I much prefered the history of Diane and her story, as you will see in my full review, below. My simple words cannot explain the feeling after reading this story. I call it a story because it was more than just a book. I was so glad I took the time to savour this book and I recommend you do the same...you will not be disappointed. Mary Ellen Taylor's characters are so relatable that they feel like family and you find yourself anxiously turning pages to see how they fare. The author has a great sense of what love does to a person from feeling none, to developing a deep love, how it makes you feel, act and the things you do either unconsciously or purposefully when it affects you. I love that the author has invented an entirely believable and yet incredible story. Yes, the theme has been explored and written about many times, but not quite like this lovely historical fiction version. There's just enough history to whet my mind, just enough southerness to whet my travel-need, and loads of love story to fill my heart. The descriptions put me right into the story, it all felt so real and kept me interested...I want to know more, this book took me away to another time and place. Fans of historical fiction will find themselves wrapped up in this beautifully told story.
Texas109 More than 1 year ago
Spring House is a story about the Hedrick, Jessup and Buchanan families told from multiple points of view. The restoration of Spring House, home of the late Samuel Jessup, and now owned by his granddaughter, Lucy, provides the backdrop for this engaging story about intertwined generations of these families. Lucy has hired historian Megan Buchanan to oversee the restoration...Megan, who had been engaged to the late Scott Jessup and is about to give birth to their child. The story moves seamlessly between the time periods from the early 1900s to the present as letters, journals, and other artifacts discovered during the restoration are revealed. Besides overseeing the restoration of Spring House Megan is also having to deal with Scott’s interfering mother, Helen. The author has created vibrant pictures of the struggles and triumphs of her characters. This is an extremely well written book and a story to cherish, share and read again. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book. Most highly recommend.
wjane More than 1 year ago
Spring House by Mary Ellen Taylor is Women‘s Fiction told in Split Time Periods. Her delicious books include romance, secrets, history and mystery. Her characters are fun, interesting and full of energy. Spring House tells the story of a family through the generations, on two continents and two world wars. I enjoyed reading about the historical finds, the family secrets and mysteries. I look forward to reading every book by Ms. Taylor. Each new book has a unique character with their own story and mystery to tell. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Book 2 - Eastern Shore of Virginia Megan Buchanan has been presented with the restoration project of her life, (two restorations in fact)to be completed in a very short time..she is up to the job..(she knows she is)..well she'd feel more confident if she wasn't eight months pregnant. Soon to be a single mom, and not one to set down roots she faces change at every turn, besides she also wants her hands on a third project in this sea-side village in Cape Hudson which borders the Chesapeake Bay. Fortunately for Megan, her boss is Lucy Kincaid, although the total opposite of Megan, has hired her for the job! Lucy who has become the new caretaker of the historical bay-front structure known as Winter Cottage (and no small cottage, indeed); the side property known as Spring House (smaller in proportion, but really!) is first in task for Megan's grand plan. The properties have passed to Lucy through her grandfather and came with a trust (of epic proportions), to be used only in the renovations of the structures. Keeping to historically correct proportions is sacrosanct to Megan, but Lucy draws the line at least as far as modern plumbing and kitchens are concerned (hot water and updated lighting are a line she will gladly cross). Unfortunately, Spring House is stacked to the rafters with all things paper and otherwise as Lucy's grandfather, a heroic merchant marine of long days past, could not throw anything away, after living decades as a recluse along with his things, Megan is itching to get inside and look for treasure and secrets piece by piece. Lucy, on the other hand, would rather initiate the removal of the chaos she finds inside in a more practical manner, but(small problem) is where to get her hands on a flamethrower. But both women are driven to find the truth about their histories and Spring House will have no choice but give them up.
heathercm2001 More than 1 year ago
I adored every second of this book. It didn't take me long to feel like I was among friends, helping to restore Spring House, and trying to uncover Diane's story. It was a little bit of everything I love about books. There was a little bit of romance, a little bit of history, and a little bit of intrigue, all wrapped up in a beautifully written story that spanned decades. I get a little nervous when I read books that bounce around from one time period to another. Sometimes, they can get confusing, but that did not happen with Spring House. It actually made it impossible to put the book down. I couldn't wait to see how everything played out, and how everything was connected. This was my first Mary Ellen Taylor book, and I can't wait to go back and read Winter Cottage so I can spend a little more time in this world with these characters. This is a book I will revisit time and time again, and it's a book I will tell all of my friends about.
poohbearPA More than 1 year ago
Ok peeps....SPRING HOUSE is a MUST READ!!!! This book deserves TEN stars on a five star scale. If your looking for the PERFECT beach, summer, lake anytime read, spring house is it!!! Winter Cottage was my first read from Mary Ellen Taylor and I equally LOVED that book too. They do NOT have to be read in order, it’s nice to do so, because you’d learn a lot, but, you won’t be lost reading Spring House first. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! This book is written in the current time and historic. I have never been able to get into historical, but this one is PERFECT!!! I seriously LOVED reading about the history of the town and people that originated years and years ago. Seriously people....if you haven’t read this...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I guarantee you’ll be asking yourself the same thing once you read this. Ok in Winter Cottage we learned quit a bit about Lucy and Natasha. Now in Spring House we learn more about Megan and Rick. Megan loves history and all things that came from Winter Cottage. She, like everyone else is fascinated about the history of this home and the residents that resided back in the EARLY 1900’s. GREAT-GREAT-GREAT READ!!!!
jltrhines More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming generational story featuring strong women characters. The blending of past and present day draws the reader in and makes you invested in the characters lives. If you haven't read The Winter Cottage some of the past history and family connections may be confusing. Megan is going through a lot with a huge weight on her shoulders. Watching her grow and realize her path is an amazing journey. Seeing the past through Diane's eyes makes you feel like you are in the pages. Poignant and powerful, beautifully written. Highly recommended! I received an ARC. This is my honest review.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
Well thought-out details entwining the life of those in the past with the present through the history of Winter Cottage and Spring House gave me a beautiful novel to read. As restoration is done at Spring House, while residing in the Winter Cottage, treasures once hidden are found in the clutter Samuel Jessup left behind. Letters from the early 1900s from Diane, who was in France, to her sister Claire, who ended up at Cape Hudson, Virginia, help guide historian Megan and her boss and friend, Lucy, toward discovering secrets, the hard war times experienced, heartaches, as well as some parts of their own roots. Samuel Jessup’s journals bridge the gap between the countries through his travels back and forth by sea as a merchant marine. This novel was enlightening, and I thoroughly enjoyed the weaving of lives from the first half of the 20th century with the present. Lucy’s story is written in the first book in this series, Winter Cottage. You may want to read it first, although you do not need to in order to enjoy this wonderful novel. [I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through NetGalley and my opinion is my own.]
MKF More than 1 year ago
Megan and Lucy, who you might have met in an earlier book, discover a cache of letters as they renovate a caretaker's cottage at Lucy's home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia-which leads to a lovely story about finding family. Moving between three time periods, it's the story of Claire, her sister Diane, and of Megan, all of whom have issues beyond their control. Megan's pregnant and her dead fiance's mother is lurking around town (what a pain she is). Of course there are family secrets. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Well done and a good read.