If any beach time is in your future or just a quiet afternoon on the porch, you’ll want to pick up the new novel from Maureen Leurck called Cicada Summer. This breezy, light read takes place in Lake Geneva so locals as well as visitors will recognize familiar places like Pier 290, Harpoon Willies, Geneva National and Mars Resort.
Leurck, who lives in suburban Chicago, says she chose the area to use as the setting for her novel, because as a child her family vacationed in nearby Powers Lake. “Visiting the Lake Geneva area was one of the best parts of my childhood, and I’m proud to say that I’ve continued that tradition with my kids, who love it as much as I do,” she explains.
The novel’s main character Alex Proctor is a divorced, single mom who buys and renovates old homes. The story weaves a theme of renewal and rediscovery as Alex takes on a project during a summer when the cicadas make their return after 17 years. As Alex begins her quest to give a century-old home a second chance, she befriends an elderly neighbor who is on her own path of reflection and making things right after so many years.
Although Leurck doesn’t have experience renovating old homes, she says it’s on her bucket list. “I wish I could say I was a house flipper, but sadly the accounts in the book are pure fiction. I can thank the television shows like This Old House and Rehab Addict for a lot of my research. Who knew that watching HGTV would someday be a career requirement?”
Cicada Summer is available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.