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chapter 1

If home is where the heart is, the house at 4723 Maple Street was in dire need of a cardiologist. The first time I saw the centuryold four square, I wanted to reach out and give it a hug. The front porch sagged toward the walkway like a droopy sock, and the stucco on the second floor bubbled and pulled away from the frame like the entire structure was mid-crumble, a process hastened by the humidity from the lake a few blocks away. Likely, the inside hadn’t hosted a human being in years, and a variety of animals had ravaged everything from the wood floors to the electrical system. Yet, I could still see the beauty of what it once was and what it might become again. I knew I could restore it and give it a second chance. And so, on the April morning of the bank auction a week later, I stood in the spring rain in front of the Walworth County Courthouse in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and hoped that the cashiers’ checks in my purse would total enough to buy the house. A familiar shape appeared next to me as I clutched the handle of my umbrella. “Did they change the age requirements for bidding?” Jack Sullivan said as he smoothed back his prolific white hair.

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CICADA SUMMER by Maureen Leurck  

In this moving, witty novel, author Maureen Leurck explores the intricacies and joys of renovation and rediscovery—as one woman’s improvemen...

CICADA SUMMER by Maureen Leurck  

In this moving, witty novel, author Maureen Leurck explores the intricacies and joys of renovation and rediscovery—as one woman’s improvemen...

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