The House at Royal Oak: Starting Over & Rebuilding a Life One Room at a Time (Google eBook)

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Black Dog & Leventhal, Apr 28, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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An unforgettable story about a couple who follow their dream of converting a run-down country house into a working bed and breakfast, and what they learn along the way from an old home, a close-knit community, and a parade of extraordinary guests

In the spring of 2001, Carol Eron Rizzoli 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.

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.
  

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Review: The House at Royal Oak: Starting Over & Rebuilding a Life One Room at a Time

User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

I was actually surprised that I enjoyed this book so much. It was a quick, easy read and it was very apparent that the author has written for the Smithsonian. She did tend to go off on tangents that were quite enjoyable for me. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Yerrick - Goodreads

I liked it a lot and think it should be required reading for anyone who thinks they want to operate a B&B. She was very generous with her information. I found out, however, they are now out of the B&B ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
11
1 A CURIOUS BALLAST
18
2 ROYAL OAK
31
3 LOVE AND REMORSE
49
4 FRANKLY?
59
5 THE BULL CRAP CAFÉ
76
6 THE BAY
85
7 FAMILY FAMILY
94
15 FULL HOUSE
155
16 THE EXPERTS
165
17 SUNDAY MORNING
170
18 COYOTE DREAMS
176
19 KITCHEN GARDEN FIELD
182
20 AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS
190
21 GUESTS AND GEESE
197
22 MORE LIGHT
211

8 PENNIES AND NAILS
102
9 PINK PAINT
117
10 SHOWTIME
123
11 APRIL 3
130
12 APRIL 4
137
13 UNDERTOAD
144
14 THE UPSIDE DOWN
148
23 AND THE CREEK DONT RISE
218
24 HOME
230
Notes from the Kitchen
235
Eight Good Reasons to Start a BedandBreakfast and Seven Bad Ones
255
Sources
266
Acknowledgments
270
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About the author (2010)

Carol Eron Rizzoli first visited the Chesapeake Bay to interview James Michener as he was starting work on his epic novel Chesapeake.  She taught at Boston University, served as book editor for The Washington Post, and was a managing editor of publications for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  Her articles, reviews, essays, and profiles have appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, Readers Digest, The International Herald-Tribune, The St Louis Post-Dispatch, The Boston Globe, and many other publications.  She and her husband run Royal Oak House (royaloakhouse.org) on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. 

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