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Fireside [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan Wiggs
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March 1 2010 Lakeshore Chronicles
Baseball hopeful Bo Crutcher is about to get his shot at the majors. That is, until life throws him a curveball. When AJ, the son he’s never met, lands on his doorstep, Bo’s life becomes a whole new ball game. He needs help—fast. Enter Kimberly van Dorn. Hired to smooth Bo’s rough exterior for the media, she expects the kind of shallow pro athlete she’s used to handling. But Bo is willing to sacrifice everything for his vulnerable son. Kim can train him to hit a home run with the press, but over a breathtaking winter on frozen Willow Lake, she realizes he has far more to teach her about the game of life…and putting love first. “With the ease of a master, Wiggs introduces complicated, flesh-and-blood characters into her idyllic but identifiable small-town setting.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Winter Lodge (Best Books of 2007 selection)
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"With the ease of a master, Wiggs introduces complicated, flesh-and-blood characters into her idyllic but identifiable small town setting..."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review on The Winter Lodge (Best Books of 2007 selection)

"Susan Wiggs paints the details of human relationships with the finesse of a master."

-Jodi Picoult

"Wiggs's storytelling is heartwarming... clutter free... [for] romance and women's fiction readers of any age."

--Publishers Weekly

"Wiggs's talent is reflected in her thoroughly believable characters as well as the way she recognizes the importance of family by blood or other ties."

--Library Journal

"Susan Wiggs writes with bright assurance, humor and compassion."

--Luanne Rice

"Empathetic protagonists, interesting secondary characters, well-written flashbacks, and delicious recipes add depth to this touching, complex romance..."

--Library Journal on The Winter Lodge

"Emotionally intense."

Booklist on The Winter Lodge

"Wiggs is at the top of her game here, combining a charming setting with subtly shaded characters and more than a touch of humor. This is the kind of book a reader doesn't want to see end but can't help devouring as quickly as possible."

--RT Book Reviews [Top Pick] on Snowfall at Willow Lake

"Rich with life lessons, nod-along moments and characters with whom readers can easily relate.... Delightful and wise, Wiggs's latest shines."

--Publishers Weekly on Dockside

"Wonderfully evoked characters, a spellbinding story line, and insights into the human condition will appeal to every reader."

--Booklist on Summer at Willow Lake --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

When Susan Wiggs’s recent novel, Fireside, landed at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, the author responded by jumping fully clothed into her swimming pool. In February. In the Pacific Northwest. After thawing herself out, the author put on her lipstick and vacuumed the living room. Why? Because on the tiny island where she lives, news travels fast. She knew her girlfriends would show up momentarily - which they did - with the customary champagne and bags of Cheetos. She toasted her loyal readers, whose unflagging interest in her books propelled her sales upward. She toasted her friends and family as well, since they have always been the source of her inspiration. From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people. At the age of eight, she self-published her first novel, entitled A Book About Some Bad Kids. Today, she is an international best-selling author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries. Her Lakeshore Chronicles novels celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the nuances of human nature that make headlines every day. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest and is perpetually working on her next novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wiggs Jan. 26 2014
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I sat down with these books when I was down with a bad cold and honesly, I read one a day. Didn't skip pages
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, Ok story Oct. 23 2010
By SleepyK
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well written, but a over used topic of a pro-sports guy who has a child he never see's
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fabulous lighthearted romantic romp Feb. 3 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Public relations expert Kimberly van Dorn is reeling. Her professional basketball star lover dumped her following a public argument. Soon after that spat, she is fired by her firm. Needing time to recuperate and decide what next, Kim goes home to stay with her widowed mom for a while.

However, mom has converted their house into a boardinghouse; more shocking is she is dating one of her renters. Also residing there is baseball pitcher Bo Crutcher, who is about to reach the majors playing for the Yanks, and his son AJ. The child stays with him since AJ's mom got into serious immigration issues and is probably going to be deported. However, Bo is caught between two conflicting spitballs as he has never met his kid before the dumping while he must attend the Fame School if he wants to play for the Yankees. Bo hires Kim to be his PR guru. Though attracted to one another, he can't get to first base with her as she has vowed to never date professional athletes ever again.

The latest Lakeshore Chronicles (see SNOWFALL AT WILLOW LAKE, DOCKSIDE, THE WINTER LODGE and SUMMER AT WILLOW LAKE) is a fabulous lighthearted romantic romp. Susan Wiggs cleverly combines humor with a strong cast working through a difficult situation as life after striking out Kim has thrown two splitters at Bo just when he is about to join the Yankees.

Harriet Klausner
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another heartwarming story from Susan Wiggs March 1 2009
By Helen Hancox - Published on Amazon.com
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Susan Wiggs is one of those authors that you can trust to write a book which is an enjoyable read, whatever its subject. In 'Fireside' the main character, Bo Crutcher, is a baseball player. As an Englishwoman I know next to nothing about baseball and wondered if this would put me off the book; no it didn't, partly because the baseball isn't that central a part of the plot, but more because the author knows how to create a story and how to write characters about whom we care.

As the story begins we meet Kim van Dorn who has fled her collapsed relationship and returned to her mum in the small town of Avalon. Kim's life has changed hugely but her skills as a publicist for baseball players might actually come in handy when she meets Bo Crutcher who has just got the big break of his career.

But Bo's career isn't the only thing going on in his life. He has suddenly had to take responsibility for his twelve year old son, a boy he has never previously seen, and as Bo tries to begin to be a father as well as learning to perform for the media, he may have an opportunity to form a relationship with Kim. But with Bo's career and his care for his son at odds, what future is there for them?

This was an enjoyable story with appealing characters, particularly as the relationship between Bo and his son AJ unfolds. The romance side of the story felt subordinate to much of the action but it was well told nonetheless and this is a very worthwhile read for those who like gentle love stories.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best Feb. 8 2009
By E. Small - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read all of the Lakeshore Chronicles and most of everything that Susan Wiggs has ever written. I will buy any book that she writes the second that I see it. She's the best.

But,I must say that this one left me a little disappointed. I did feel that her treatment of illegal immigration was a little one sided but that wasn't my problem with this novel because that was necessary for the context of the plot.

I felt her development of Bo was disappointing. He was this wonderful larger than life man who should've been one of her sexier male characters but at the end he just failed to develop. I think her theme that athletes can be insensitive and boorish restrained her ability to make him seem like a real man. He came across as sweet but not too bright.

And the ending was rushed...maybe she was on deadline for another book?
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Dull June 8 2009
By Elizabeth M. Ruenitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Do not waste your money on this book, if you are looking for a good romance novel. The romance was a background to a politically correct screed on illegal immigration. The characters were flat and undeveloped. I had to struggle to get to page 150 and I gave up after that.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for Kindle book refunds! July 3 2011
By Judy Jetson - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read and enjoyed all the previous books in The Lakeshore Chronicles, but this one isn't in the same league. There was zero chemistry between Kim and Bo, and they were both incredibly two dimensional - especially Kim. The book was so NOT that I finally decided to stop wasting my precious time trying to get through it, and I'll tell you there aren't many books that I don't bother to finish. The absolute final straw for me was all the liberal preaching about our horrible and cruel illegal immigration situation. Puh-leeze! You're a romance novelist, Ms. Wiggs, and I'd suggest you stick to that - not sociopolitical commentary. I also would strongly recommend a fact check on some of the outrageous assertions that were made in this book regarding the deportation of illegal immigrants - oh, whoops! I'm supposed to say "undocumented aliens", right? This book made me start searching the customer service section for "Kindle book refunds".
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