Thursday, July 25, 2019

Books from the Backlog - The House at Royal Oak

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!  This week's book is one I know nothing about but I was so excited about when I found it at the local used bookstore that I just had to buy it even though it was a bit more expensive than my usual limit.

Goodreads:  The House at Royal Oak by Carol Eron Rizzoli

Blurb: One spring, Carol Eron Rizzoli and her husband Hugo bought a dilapidated farmhouse in the tiny village of Royal Oak, Maryland, on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. They spent two years transforming it into a bed and breakfast, which took them twice as long and cost three times as much as they had originally estimated (on the back of a napkin). As they struggled to restore the house and open the B&B, Carol and Hugo were also slowly acquainting themselves with the rural community of Royal Oak, rich in custom and culinary traditions, and populated by neighbors with particular views on politics, hunting, wildlife, and of course, newcomers from the big city.
Written with honesty and humor, The House at Royal Oak is a journey to the heart of what it means to start over and chase a dream. Part inspirational account of reinventing yourself at mid-life, part love story about learning what matters most in a relationship, it is above all a book about home: what it means, and the unexpected places we find it.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf - I love the concept of this one and was really excited about this one when I found it at the store but I've yet to pick it up.


  1. Sounds like a fun read. A transition like that would be so fraught with challenges, especially the big city vs rural divide, I imagine- would be interesting to see where the author takes it!

  2. This sounds like a journey I almost made myself. I'd love to read it too.

  3. It certainly sounds like a light read that a lot of people would find perfect for summer.

  4. I think this sounds great and it's not something I would normally read. 👍✨