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The House at Royal Oak: Starting Over & Rebuilding a Life One Room at a Time Hardcover – April 24, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (April 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Organized in an order that follows its own meandering logic (in much the same way one would restore an old house), Rizzoli's tale is full of insights and quiet humor. Along the way she finds time to talk recipes, local resources, habitats, wildlife, small town life, learning a new business, family, friends, and of course, her guests. "A bed-and-breakfast done right is an idealized kind of home, more homey somehow than a real one." As she and her husband learn the ropes of running a cozy B&B, the author finds herself collating wedding programs for a complete stranger, searching for local produce, and learning "safe" and "unsafe" topics of conversation in her new home town. Rizzoli frankly examines her life and her new role in the service industry, questioning how she'll be able to care for her guests when her own life is falling apart. As with any major project (construction or otherwise) things fall apart; after two years and plenty of experience under her belt, they're hit with hurricane, reminding author and reader alike of the unpredictable mysteries to be found in the pursuit of dreams.
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"You may think you've read this story before...but you haven't...This lovely, intelligent memoir is told with clarity and deliberation." -- Minneapolis Star-Tribune


This is the kind of domestic travelogue that demonstrates the wisdom of (lines) from Emily Dickinson..." -- New York Times Book Review


"Written with poignant honesty, The House at Royal Oak tells (an) endearing story of starting over." -- ChesapeakeHome magazine

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I read it in a day - could not put it down!
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The author does an excellent job of telling her story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Caselnova on July 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What a thoroughly enjoyable read. Having stayed at Royal Oak I could only try to visualize the way things may have been before the reconstruction. The home was truly inviting and you could sense the hard work and dedication the owners put into this undertaking.
Of interest was hearing about the areas' early beginnings,tales of the locals and their eccentricities, hearing of the hardships faced by the watermen and a local landmark,the sailing ship the Rebbacca Ruark which is a designated historical landmark.

On a personal note it was quite a thrill to find a reference about me and my husband who gave the owners an impromptu dance lesson one morning after breakfast. This was particularly poignant as my husband has since passed away and he would have enjoyed this small recognition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Cureton on May 15, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it in a day - could not put it down! I loved the story and how it was told.

The couple in this book truly lets you into their lives. As the reader, you experience the joys and sorrows they experience as they undergo a huge life change and renovate an old house into a charming victorian bed and breakfast. I could not believe what they went through to get open and the people they meet as the proprietors - truly incredible.

I am in no way interested in owning a bed and breakfast, but do own my own business. I loved learning about all of the ins and outs of their seemingly "simple" business. I mean, how hard can it be, right? Get some guests, give them a nice place to sleep and a fancy breakfast in the morning and they go on their merry way... Ha! I imagine many people get in over their heads (in any small business) because from an outsider's point of view, it looks so easy.

I especially appreciate the author's take on the Chesapeake Bay. From the wild hurricane they survived, to the interesting wildlife, you learn to appreciate this part of the mid-Atlantic in a new way. She is thoughtful but not wordy; insightful but not overly-dramatic. It is truly a work of art.

I am strongly encouraging people to read this book. I know I'm glad I did!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ktenn on June 26, 2010
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This was such a surprising and fun book to read. There were some really great and emotional moments and the story was fun to dive into. It is beautifully written and after a while you forget that you are not reading about your own life. I kept finding myself wanting to pick it up throughout the day and before going to sleep to just sink into the story, and I was sad when it ended. It is a nice mix of culture, romance, hard work, emotion and fun. I really enjoyed reading it. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Artist with heart on April 22, 2010
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This book is a gem. I was enthralled from the first page, and laughed and cried my way through it. The story chronicles this couple's experiences as they decide to renovate and old house and start up a B&B. They experience triumphs and setbacks along the way as they begin a new chapter in their life. It's hilarious at times, heartbreaking at others. Definitely would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a wonderful read, it's one you won't forget!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca McKim on February 1, 2011
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Really enjoyed this book. The Rizzolis come across as such warm, HUMAN people who took on a huge and daunting task in order to carve out a better life. Their story is one of hope and discouragement, exhaustion and perseverance, courage and hard work and deep love. You will glean a number of good, practical bits of information along the way as you devour this book; but even more so, you will fall in love with this couple. You will find yourself sorry to end the book, and you certainly will hope for a sequel!
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Elegantly written, real, touching, and yet also extremely informative about the realities of starting and maintaining a B&B. Her story gives us hope that there is definitely life after 1st careers. This book has it all --- a great story, a beautiful travelogue, and a wonderful guide to starting and continuing life as a B&B owner. and it's true! What a wonderful read!

Written so realistically, it will no doubt inspire a visit to Royal Oak to stay in one of the painstakingly restored and described rooms as well as to try one of the yummy breakfasts that are written about in mouthwatering detail. How kind of the author to include those recipes in the book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel L Schreiber on July 24, 2010
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This book is gentle and delightful read. It is a story of a new beginning at middle age, and the challenges, joys, and satisfactions of lifelong growth. This book leaves you with a smile on your face and hoping for a sequel. Highly recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carnival Huckster on June 14, 2010
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What a delightful read! I highly recommend this book to fellow travelers and anyone considering a new career in this line of business. The author does an excellent job of telling her story. I also appreciated the chapters on the local history as well as the plight of the Chesapeake Bay. I thoroughly enjoyed the tales of the various guests, which were not only entertaining but also provided much insight into the life of a B&B innkeeper. I haven't had a chance to try any of the recipes but they look delicious!
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