Lakeshore Chronicles #3
Fiction/Romance, Published 2007
Read April 2010
Challenges: Series Challenge IV
Shelf Life: 2 yrs, 1 mo. – Purchased 3-19-08
- #1: Summer at Willow Lake
- #2: The Winter Lodge
From the Cover:
With her daughter grown and flown, Nina Romano is ready to embark on a new adventure. She’s waited a long time for dating, travel and chasing dreams. But just as she’s beginning to enjoy being on her own, she finds herself falling for Greg Bellamy, owner of the charming Inn at Willow Lake and a single father with two kids of his own.
Greg lost his first marriage to a demanding career. Now he’s determined to make a new start before it’s too late. Juggling work, raising his young son and helping his newly grown daughter face life’s ultimate challenge, he has no time to fall in love. Still, with Nina Romano, love feels just right this time around.
I’m so behind on this series (not to mention my reviews). It seems Susan Wiggs is pumping out a new book every six months or so and I’m steadily getting further and further behind (Lakeshore Chronicles is now up to 7, not to mention a few of her other series I desperately want to get to), but I soon forget all of this when I pick up one of her books and don’t put it down until the story concludes. I should mention that some of her new releases are republishings, but I’m still happy to see all the pretty new covers.
The Lakeshore Chronicles books make me think of summer camp, slowly intertwining yourself into another world for a short time and then not wanting to leave all your new friends as the summer season comes to a close.
In a way these books are stand-alones, but there are mentions of other members of the Bellamy family that were explored in previous books and it is this reason I would recommend reading them in order. It’s always nice to see how characters’ loves and losses ended up after their happy or not so happy endings.
As far as the romance scale is concerned, Susan Wiggs includes no vulgarity or explicit sex scenes. Most of the romance is romantic tension between the characters, usually a case of both loving each other without wanting to admit to it. So with that out of the way, there are multiple unplanned teen pregnancies throughout the series so far. Nina is at the end of her roller coaster situation with her daughter moving on to college and Daisy, Greg’s teenage daughter, is just on the outset of her ride. Maybe there’s something in the water at Willow Lake?
Next Up: Snowfall at Willow Lake where we find out the story behind the much detested Sophie, Greg’s ex-wife.