I was literally hooked on this book from the very first sentence. Cicada Summer by Maureen Leurck is a heartwarming tale of rediscovery with a heavy dose of renovation. This book is charming and rich with details. Maureen Leurck provides such vivid descriptions throughout the story; the setting, the do-it-yourself home improvement tasks, and the emotions transport you into the pages of the book. Growing up in west Texas we had annual cicadas which aren’t the same as the periodic cicadas referenced in the book, that only emerge from underground every 17 years, but the concept made me nostalgic for my childhood all the same. This book isn’t just about loss or the restoration of a historical house, it’s about second chances, finding your own way and self-discovery. If you enjoy rooting for the underdog and watching DIY home renovations on HGTV this book is for you.
‘Sometimes we don’t get a second chance, and we have to accept that. We don’t always get to live the lives we imagined.’ -Elsie, Cicada Summer
I give this one 4.5 hopeful stars out of 5.
Thank you to the author, Maureen Leurck, for providing me with a signed copy in exchange for an honest review -- all opinions are my own.