The House at Royal Oak
Starting Over & Rebuilding a Life One Room at a Time
by Carol Rizzoli A Little Sing-a-Long
Featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Preservation Magazine, Washingtonian, AARP Magazine, on Public Radio, and a Notable Selection of the Independent Booksellers Association.
Written with honesty and humor, The House at Royal Oak is a journey to the heart of what it means to start over and chase a dream. Part inspirational account of reinventing yourself at mid-life, part love story about learning what matters most in a relationship, it is above all a book about home—what it means, and the unexpected places we find it.
The author and her husband Hugo bought a dilapidated farmhouse in the tiny village of Royal Oak, Maryland, on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. They spent two years transforming it into a bed and breakfast, which took them twice as long and cost three times as much as they had originally estimated (on the back of a napkin). As they struggled to restore the house and open the B&B, Carol and Hugo were also slowly acquainting themselves with the rural community of Royal Oak, rich in custom and culinary traditions, and populated by neighbors with particular views on politics, hunting, wildlife, and of course, newcomers from the big city. This is a story that will win your heart.