posted on January 19, 2017 by Lyn Cote

Never Say Never

by Lyn Cote

A few decades ago when my husband and I became engaged, he said, “I’d like us to live in the northwoods.” I knew his family owned property on a lake in far northern Wisconsin near the southern shore of Lake Superior.

At the time we were living in a suburb of Chicago and at these words– I “looked” at him. (You wives, know what I mean.) I was not a fan of winter. I wanted to move farther south, not farther north. I replied, “I’m never living north of the Wisconsin-Illinois border.”


Of course you know where we eventually ended up living—the northwoods in a cottage on that same lake.

Here is the winter view from our deck. Our frozen lake lies in the distance.

So how did this happen to a nice “southern” girl like me?

Well, I fell in love with the beauty of the forest and the many clear, spring-fed lakes. Then life events moved us north. And I must say I wish we’d moved earlier than we did.

I’ve made peace with winter, make do with a brief spring, and love the low humidity, warm–no air-conditioning needed–summers and the long golden falls to which tourists flock to capture the beauty with their cameras. I’m a northwoods woman now. And it comes out in my writing.

I’ve set many of my books in the northwoods. My Northern Intrigue series is set in the forest and lakes around a fictional town, Steadfast WI. The series combines romance and mystery. The first book in the series is WINTER’S SECRET. At the end of this month (Jan 28-30), its ebook price will be reduced to 99 cents on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. So if you’d like a peek into my beloved northwoods, mark your calendars. And let me welcome you to Steadfast, Wisconsin, a town with people and mysteries you may never forget.


Lyn Cote

Lyn Cote

USA Today best-selling author of over 40 romances, Lyn Cote writes award-winning contemporary and historical romance. Her brand is "Strong Women, Brave Stories." Her books feature a strong heroine, often a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic history or contemporary life. She lives with her real life hero in a lakeside cottage in the northwoods with two fun cats. (She loves dogs too. :-)

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2 thoughts on “Never Say Never”

  1. Avatar mnleona says:

    I am a West Texan who married a Minnesotan. We moved into our lake cabin instead of close to the Twin Cities after the kids moved out of the house. I can handle winter more by the lake BUT I really wish Spring would get here very soon. Yesterday, the fresh snow on all the trees was very pretty. I see you used the word “cottage” which they tell me people from Wisconsin say and people in Minnesota usually say “cabin”.

    1. Avatar Lyn Cote says:

      We say both cabin and cottage. And I agree with you 100% about moving spring up! Who do I send an irate letter too? ‘-)

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