Fireside Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 2010
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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."
"Wiggs's storytelling is heartwarming... clutter free... [for] romance and women's fiction readers of any age."
"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."
"Susan Wiggs writes with bright assurance, humor and compassion."
"Empathetic protagonists, interesting secondary characters, well-written flashbacks, and delicious recipes add depth to this touching, complex romance..."
--Library Journal on The Winter Lodge
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 the MP3 CD edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Wiggs’ characters are so detailed and realistic, struggling with the twists life throws at them. I love how we get to follow certain characters through the entire series while also getting to know new ones. Kim & Bo definitely stole my heart in this one. I loved seeing under Bo’s bad boy exterior, getting to know who he really is. Her multifaceted development really lets you experience each and every aspect of who he is. Kim’s journey of self-discovery while helping Bo was priceless. She was the type of woman that I could easily see myself sitting down with for coffee. Enter AJ. His situation broke my heart. At the same time, he was so much fun to get to know.
This might just be the most engaging story of the series yet. Wiggs’ emotionally poignant yet absolutely heart-warming tale is one that I’d recommend to all lovers of romance.
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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.
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?
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