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 ...Read MoreOlivia 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. Her father and the mystery woman in the tatty black and white photograph. Uncle John, who's trying to be a father again to his teenage kids. Connor Davis, the first love she never forgot. Laughter is ringing around Willow Lake once more. This could be Olivia's summer of a lifetime!Read Less
This book is part of a series that has a lot of interesting people. It is a true to life story of the twists and turns that ones life can have and how others deal with those issues. Susan writes stories that capture your interest and helps you view situations a little different than you have in the past. Her characters become people and you become part of their lives.
May 7, 2009
More Than Boy Gets Girl.
After reading this book, I bought the other four novels of Ms Wiggs' Lakeshore Chronicals. The plot is much more complicated than just a romantic lost and found, all is well in the end situation.
The main characters are not only the two star crossed lovers but a rather large extended family and their histories of connections to the lives of two people who love each other deeply but through circumstances, have remained apart from teen years until a very well written meeting later in life.
There are poignant moments which will exasperate the reader but at the same time, one can relate to the circumstances causing the misunderstandings.
Very readable and hard to put down. I hope the rest of the series is as emotionally riveting as this one.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-12 The latest contemporary from Wiggs (Table for Five) is a quiet, character-based romance set at the Catskills camp that Olivia Bellamy is renovating for her grandparents' 50th anniversary. Helping out is contractor Connor Davis, who initially doesn't recognize Olivia as the girl whose heart he broke a decade before at the very same camp. Now, both hold grudges against the other that hide their insecurities; although he's become successful and sophisticated, Connor believes Olivia's social status puts her out of his league, while Olivia remains buried in her awkward-little-fat-girl memories. The narrative switches off between present-day action and the summers Olivia and Connor spent at Camp Kioga, filling in the spaces of their relationship with each other and with their dysfunctional families. Wiggs's storytelling is heartwarming, but avoids schmaltz, and her chick-lit-ready leads seem older than their 20-some years, adding weight to their stories. Happily clutter free-no subplots to take attention away from the intelligent, appealing couple-this book, first in a series, should appeal to romance and women's fiction readers of any age. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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