Book Review: The Guest House by Erika Marks

Title: The Guest House
Author: Erika Marks
Genre: Romance
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Format: Hardcover (368 pages)
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
For generations, the natives of Harrisport have watched wealthy summer families descend on their Cape Cod town and inhabit the massive cottages along the town’s best stretches of beachfront. But when rich southerner Tucker Moss breaks the heart of local girl Edie Wright in the summer of 1966, an enduring war is started between the two families that lasts for generations
As Edie’s youngest child, Lexi Wright should have know better than to fall in love with a Moss, but at nineteen, she falls hard for Tucker’s son, Hudson- only to find herself jilted a few years later when Hudson breaks off their engagement to marry his high school sweetheart. Now, fifteen years later, Lexi has just returned home, secretly nursing a broken heart after another failed romance. But when Hudson’s younger brother, Cooper, arrives unexpectedly to reclaim the Moss cottage after his father’s death, an unlikely attraction forms between the two, and Lexi finds herself torn once again between passion and family loyalty.
And then, renovations at the Moss guest house reveal a forty-five year-old declaration of love carved into a piece of framing- a truth that will force two women and the men who love them to confront the treacherous waters of their pasts.
This book goes between the past, 1966, and the present, 2012. We meet Edie Wright in the summer she gets her heart broken by Tucker Moss when she’s just eighteen. Then we meet her daughter, Lexie, who is just returning from a 2 year trip to London where she studied photography. Fifteen years prior she had her heart broken by Hudson Moss who is the son of Tucker. She has definitely struggled to get over her heart break and move on.
The Moss guest house plays a significant role in the story. Not only is where the story begins but it is intricately woven into the remainder of the story all the way up to the end. I was taken to the Cape and was engulfed with the beauty of the Moss estate.
I’ve been wanting to read this book since it was published and finally got around to it. It was everything I hoped for and more. This book is really about letting go of the past and moving on. It’s also about the bond between mother and daughter. I had a hard time putting this book down.
Rating: 5 stars