Inspirational Tale of Renovating the Family Cottage
When Ellen True bought her parents’ rustic lakeside cottage in the spring of 2008, she also purchased a treasure trove of family memories and lake lore. In this extraordinary, heartfelt narrative, Ellen launches readers on a journey through mesmerizing lake stories as the backdrop to her main adventure of renovating her 85-year- old cottage.
There was one thing she didn’t count on: a home-improvement project that would give Bob Vila a run for his money. Along the way, True encounters riveting and humorous mini-disasters -- from offensive contractors and shattered showers to building-code violations and plumbing headaches. Amid it all, Ellen takes encouragement from memories of the cottage’s many gifts during her youth: sun-drenched summer flashbacks of swimming across the lake and snipe hunts, water skiing and scuba diving, all surrounded by a loving cast of family and friends.
"Sold As Is" shows that the human spirit is stronger than insurmountable challenges -- in this case, insufficient finances and knowledge. In her honest look at fear and failures, Ellen is ultimately transformed. What she discovers will provide inspiration for those yearning to follow their passions, when only uncertainty is holding them back.
About the author:
Ellen M. True has a lifelong connection to Conesus Lake, N.Y., where she now lives in the lake house at Cedar Crest, itself still a work in progress. She is the owner of Tropical Creations, a boat rental and interior plantscaping business. Today True’s lake house still serves as a foundation for the creation of stories, memories, and traditions. It is a place where all who love it can find safe harbor.
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