In this moving, witty novel, author Maureen Leurck explores the intricacies and joys of renovation and rediscovery—as one woman’s improvement project promises to transform much more than a home . . .
People keep a house alive, not the other way around. Alex Proctor has seen the truth of this in every empty, rundown property she’s bought and renovated since her divorce almost three years ago. She’s also experienced the thrill of making each one into a home. Her newest project is a dilapidated,
century-old house just a few blocks from Geneva Lake, Wisconsin. Time and neglect, along with rats and raccoons, have ravaged it inside and out. Only Alex can see the beauty of what it once was and might become again. In just a few weeks—by the time the cicadas make their scheduled reappearance after seventeen years underground—the house should be ready to sell. In the meantime, there are construction disasters, and surprises, to contend with.
Amid overgrown grounds and rooms brimming with debris, Alex finds treasures—pocket doors, hardwood floors hidden beneath layers of linoleum and grime—and carved initials that reveal a long-ago love story involving Alex’s elderly neighbor, Elsie, and another cicada summer. At the same time, Alex finds herself searching for a way to reconcile her new life with lingering feelings for her ex-husband. For so long she felt sure that moving on was the only option, but maybe this house, and everything she’s learning in it, could give Alex room for a second chance .
“Turns out renovating a heart is a lot like renovating a home: work from the inside out, expect disasters and keep the faith. Maureen Leurck shows us just that in the touching and relatable Cicada Summer, her novel about starting over with tenacity, grace and the inevitable yet necessary stumbles along the way.”— Zoe Fishman, author of Inheriting Edith
"In this uplifting story of hard-won second chances, Maureen Leurck skillfully reminds us that sometimes finding the way to a better future means first finding the courage to face the past. Absorbing and inspiring with well-drawn characters and a beautiful, vivid lake setting.”--Kristin Harmel, Internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting
"A lovely summer read that weaves together two stories full of love, hope, and memories."--Nan Rossiter, author of Summer Dance
"Cicada Summer is a beautifully written novel about a woman’s journey to restore a historic home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. This compulsively readable story of second chances and transformation, renovation and redemption captivated me from the very first page.” — Jillian Cantor, author of Margot and The Lost Letter
“Cicada Summer is a heartwarming story of renovating not just your home, but your heart...a story of lost loves and second chances all wrapped up in a perfect book.”--Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors The Year We Forgot
"Cicada Summer is more than just a fantastic summer read. Maureen Leurck has written a captivating novel about the power of redemption and the benefit of never quitting. With characters who feel more like friends and situations that anyone would swear really happened, Cicada Summer perfectly blends enough drama, humor, and romance to satisfy in every season. Leurck's novel is everything I love about women's fiction."—Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author