Olivia Bellamy has traded her trendy Manhattan life for a summer renovating her family’s crumbling holiday resort. Tempted by the hazy, nostalgic memories of summers past – childhood innocence and the romance and rivalries of her teens – it’s the perfect place to flee after her broken engagement. But what began as an escape may just be a new beginning…As Olivia uncovers secrets buried thick with dust, one by one her family return, their lives as frayed at the edges as the resort.
About the author: Susan Wiggs a former teacher and Harvard graduate is one of today’s most prolific writers of romance. She lives on the water’s edge at Pudget Sound, USA and supports local writers groups with her input and with connecting with successful writers. Susan Wiggs’ life is about family, friends…. and fiction (quote Goodreads author page)
Her books have been featured for example on Publishers Weekly and are on several US national bestseller lists like USA Today and New Times.
That’s sweet: I am not a reader of romance books. To be honest I used to look down on that genre quite badly. It had the feel of cheap dime novels for me. Susan Wiggs’ “Summer at Willow Lake” has changed that opinion dramatically.
I have rarely read a book where the characters are so surprising while at the same time being predictable and normal. It was easy to connect with them as insecurities pop up at every corner and memories mingle with the present. However, the characters developments and solutions are understandable and so entertaining to read, that I was deeply disappointed that reading ended so soon. Thank goodness “Summer at Willow Lake” is book one of a long running series and I have at least another 9 books to come.
This is epic storytelling both concerning the diversity of characters but also the change of point of view and the change between flashbacks to the past and back to the present. Susan Wiggs masters this with and easiness that gives you a reading experience that just flows along.
Even though the book describes the very US american experience of summer camp readers of other countries will have similar memories and experiences may it be with camps organised by church or school camps which makes it easy to connect both with the story and the characters.
That stings: Reading this book ended much too soon.
And the honey of it all? “Summer at Willow Lake” is easy entertainment, well written and executed. It is the perfect read for the weekend after a hard working week where you are just looking for diving into a good book and forget about everything around you.
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