Life In Icicle Falls, book 4 - The Cottage on Juniper Ridge
By Dottie
May 5, 2014 - 6:17:43 PM

Left on her own after going through a divorce, Jen Heath buys a car, a condo and runs up her credit cards furnishing her new home. But to keep up with the payments, she has to work two jobs. Now she hates her life. With so many hours at work, she doesn’t even get to spend much time enjoying her purchases. So while reading a new book, Simplicity, which is Muriel Sterlings’ guide to living simply, she decides to make some changes in her life. With her sister, Toni, in tow, Jen visits the small town of Icicle Falls that was mentioned in the author’s book. Falling in love with the town and its people, she impulsively rents a cottage, puts her condo up for sale and leaves the hectic lifestyle of Seattle behind. After moving to the small town, she finds that she is not the only one reading Simplicity and taking the author’s advice. The book is the current month’s choice for the local book club and Jen quickly becomes part of this close-knit group. But she cannot avoid all of life’s complications as she finds herself falling for her landlord, firefighter Garrett Armstrong, who believes she is just another fun-loving, city woman like his ex-wife.

Meanwhile, Jen’s sister, Toni, sees the changes in her sister and decides to make some adjustments in her own life. Her family has become so technologically oriented that they spend no time together. She wants her family to reconnect with each other and return to simpler times, like the life that her sister is enjoying. To do this, she will have to get them away from their cell phones, computers and video games, even if just for a little while. Perhaps a visit to Icicle Falls may be just what they need.

The women of the local book club are also experiencing changes as they follow the advice offered in Simplicity. Shedding some of their extra responsibilities and excess stuff, they try to return to a simpler way of life. But as they discover, sometimes life simply happens.

An inspiring tale, THE COTTAGE ON JUNIPER RIDGE, the fourth book in author Sheila Roberts’ LIFE IN ICICLE FALLS series, is a witty, uplifting, contemporary novel that will make you feel good. I absolutely loved reading this story and becoming immersed in the lives of the women of Icicle Falls. This story will make you long to move to a town like this, where the people are helpful and loving, and the scenery is gorgeous. As the women struggle to make their lives better, sometimes with hilarious results, readers will quickly find themselves empathizing.

Packed with engaging characters, hope, troubles, triumphs, friendship, support, laughter, tears, romance and lots of love and chocolate, this story is not to be missed. I am a huge fan of Ms. Roberts’ works and this one may be her best yet. It is for all of these reasons and more that I have made this book a Romance Junkies’ Recommended Read. Whether you have read any of her previous books or not, be sure to pick up a copy of THE COTTAGE OF JUNIPER RIDGE. It will leave you with a smile on your face and a longing to simplify your own life. Meanwhile, I can’t wait until my next visit to Icicle Falls!

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