The Edge of Summer Viola Shipman

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About the book --

Reminiscent of the complex family stories by Nancy Thayer, Sunny Hostin and Mary Alice Monroe, Viola Shipman's poignant new novel explores the relationship between a curious girl and her secretive mother, taking readers from their hardscrabble life the Ozarks to her search for answers along the sparkling shores of lake Michigan.


Traumatized by the sudden death of her mother--a quiet, loving, overprotective seamstress called Miss Mabel who sacrificed everything for her daughter’s education but rarely spoke of her own family—Sutton Douglas makes the impulsive decision to pack up and start over in the Michigan resort town where she believes she’ll find answers to the lifelong questions she’s had about her mother’s past.

Recalling her mother’s sewing notions that were her childhood toys, Sutton buys a box of buttons at an estate sale from Bonnie Lyons, the town’s matriarch and a recent widow, who she becomes convinced—via the buttons she discovers and clues from her mother’s past—is the grandmother she never knew. As Sutton becomes a friend and confidante to Bonnie after her husband’s death, she begins to uncover the secrets about her family that Miss Mabel so carefully hid, and about the role she unwittingly played in it all: her grandparents, wealthy factory owners, ashamed and furious about their daughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sent Miss Mabel away to deliver the baby and give it up for adoption; instead, her mother escaped to a tiny Ozarks town where she raised her daughter in secrecy.

About the author --

Viola Shipman is the pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother's name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing. Rouse is the author of The Clover Girls and The Summer Cottage, as well as The Charm Bracelet, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and became an international bestseller. He divides his time between Saugatuck, Michigan and Palm Springs, California, and has written for People, Coastal Living, Good Housekeeping, and Taste of Home, along with other publications, and is a contributor to All Things Considered.

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ISBN: 9781525811425
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Published: Graydon House - July 12th, 2022

Bestselling author Viola Shipman delights with this captivating summertime escape set along the sparkling shores of Lake Michigan, where a woman searches for clues to her secretive mother's past

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Published: Graydon House - October 26th, 2021



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ISBN: 9781525804618
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Published: Graydon House - April 28th, 2020

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Summer Cottage

In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose...and flowers.

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ISBN: 9781525896002
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Published: Graydon House - May 18th, 2021

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Summer Cottage

"Like a true friendship, The Clover Girls is a novel you will forever savor and treasure." --Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author

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ISBN: 9781525834233
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Published: Graydon House - April 23rd, 2019

A USA Today Bestseller

"Every now and then a new voice in fiction arrives to completely charm, entertain and remind us what matters. Viola Shipman is that voice and The Summer Cottage is that absolutely irresistible and necessary novel." -- New York Times Bestselling Author Dorothea Benton Frank

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ISBN: 9781250149992
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - October 29th, 2019

"Filled with cherished memories and treasured recipes, The Recipe Box is a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present." —Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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ISBN: 9781250820969
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 13th, 2021

“A graceful, moving, emotionally impactful read.” —Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in The Rain

"Saugatuck, MI, springs to life in this nostalgic, gentle story of lifelong love along with the emotional support and care that families and friends can provide. " —Library Journal

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ISBN: 9781335475176
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Published: Hanover Square Press - May 3rd, 2022

Bestselling author Wade Rouse finds solace with his dying father through their shared love of baseball in this poignant, illuminating memoir of family and forgiveness.