Surface Rights

Surface Rights

What was it Donald used to say? "When it comes to children, you pay now or pay later. You never don't pay." Middle-aged Verna Macoun Woodcock returns to the family cottage for the first time in 38 years to scatter the ashes of her husband, father, and twin sister. At first she is alone except for her dad’s dog, the lake, bitter memories, and a barely hidden drinking...

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Title:Surface Rights
Author:Melissa Hardy
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Surface Rights Reviews

  • Catharine Leggett
    The family cottage in Surface Rights is as much a character as any of the other eccentric and always interesting characters populating this instantly engaging northern Ontario story. Verna sets off on a sad and solitary mission to her multi-generation family cottage near the fictional town of Greate...
  • Mary Malone
    Start with twin sisters (who never had much in common); add three abandoned children, now young adults, looking for answers; and season with two First Nations ladies keen to trade wisdom for lunch. The result, in Surface Rights, is a very entertaining blend of funny, harsh truths about family disapp...
  • Elinor
    Surface Rights has many of the elements that I look for when purchasing a book: a strong female lead, a cast of weird and wonderful supporting characters, and a story line (plus a couple of engaging subplots) that kept me guessing until the end. A bonus was the setting, a rundown family cottage in t...
  • Sarah-Jayne Briggs
    (I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).(This review may contain spoilers).I wasn't entirely sure what to make of this book when I first picked it up. I knew what the blurb said, of course, but upon finishing reading this, I think the blurb didn't exactly do this j...
  • Emma Bull
    ***RECEIVED FROM FIRST READS GIVEAWAY***Verna is a middle aged lonely women who has gone to her family cottage to spread the ashes of her husband, sister and father. She believes herself to be alone in the world except for her fathers dog Jude and dreads going to the cottage because of the memories ...
  • Susan
    I really enjoyed this book. However, I debated between three and four stars on it, but ultimately, GR will not allow half stars and I really enjoyed the book.What I liked:>The characters were well developed. -I am not sure if I liked them all, and know many I did not like all of the time, but I am p...
  • Paula
    3.5 StarsFirst book I have read by this author from Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada and it won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed this story set mostly in northern Ontario about the making of different kinds of family/friends. The characters are well developed, the writing is sharp and smart and the ...
  • Susan
    Great to try a new (to me) Canadian author. I enjoyed this book and will look forward to reading more by Melissa Hardy....

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