The Lilac House by Barbara Josselsohn / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @barbarajoss  


Lake Summers Book 1

Can one summer house bring two broken hearts together?

Summer escapes to Lilac House have always been a source of comfort for Anna Harris. Though things will never be the same since her husband’s death, she knows that it is there, nestled in Lake Summers in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, that she and her children Zac and Evie can begin to build a new life.

The house is just as beautiful as Anna remembers, and caught up in the rhythm of small town life, helping her Aunt Hope run the little shop on Main Street, Anna begins to feel a sense of herself she hasn’t felt in years. Then she meets Aidan. Handsome, strong and quiet, he also knows what’s it’s like to lose someone. In each other they recognise something they’ve both been missing and they feel a spark.

But Aidan’s past holds a different set of complications. He’s hiding a secret about why he came to Lake Summers. And just as the Lilac House finally starts to feel like home, Anna learns something devastating about Greg’s death that makes her question everything…

The summer might have brought Anna and Aidan together, but can Anna finally let go of the past now she really has the chance for a new beginning?

A beautiful story about moving on and finding yourself, The Lilac House will restore your faith in love and teach you that it’s never too late the find the person who will change your life.




When somone you love dies, your whole world is turned upside down. What ifs are running through your head, but you cannot turn back time. You have to look to the future and be there for your children. It’s hard because you are trying to hide your sadness to protect your children, but on the other hand your children keep you sane and force you forward.

You cherish the memories, but those are the hardest and at the same time the most precious things do deal with. 

Suddenly you are devastated by a few revelations you need some time to absorb as well as by feelings your heart says you should follow but your head says to stay away.

When you thought you had it all figured out, you are forced to make a decision and you are caught between the devil and the deep bleu sea …

This book is filled with romance and proves that love is not only for young people. Cupid finds a way to your heart, no matter what age you are. 

Somtimes we run from things that we cannot face, but in the end coming clean is the right way to go. It’s not the easiest way, but it’s the best way.

I loved how the author gave her characters the chance to grow and change their lives for the better.  I am happy to see that this is the first part in a series, because I don’t want to say goobye yet. 5 stars.

Thank you, Barbara Josselsohn and Bookouture.


About the author

Barbara Josselsohn is novelist and journalist. Her articles and essays appear in a range of publications including New York Magazine, American Baby, The New York Times, Parents Magazine, and Writers’ Digest. Online, you can see her work on,, and She teaches novel writing and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., and other venues.  


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