Thursday, March 13, 2014

This Book Room: The Cottage on Juniper Ridge

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—andcomplicated 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!
Additional notes: This is the fourth and latest book in the Life in Icicle Falls series. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here and the third book here. The series is ongoing. 
My thoughts: By far, this is the best book in the series. If you're not a fan of series, no worries - this book can absolutely be read as a stand-alone book. Not only is the book's topic incredibly hot right now, but it was just what I needed to read, too. 
This book reminded me a lot of Sheila Roberts' other series, Heart Lake, which is discontinued as far as I know. Each of those stories featured a group of women desiring to change an aspect of their life. The series was so inspirational and fun to read. I was delighted that this book was reminiscent of that series and hope to see more books like that in the future. 
The Cottage on Juniper Ridge focuses on living simply, and most anyone can relate to that message - whether it's decluttering your home, your schedule, your budget, and so on. All of the characters were so relatable and genuine. I laughed out loud while reading the book - which is a high compliment as I do not laugh easily when reading. I highly recommend this book and promise you'll walk away feeling lighter, even if you haven't decluttered a thing yet. 
Thanks to Sheila Roberts for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Being part of Sheila Girls is a true honor and delight!

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