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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Reissue edition (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778313824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778313823
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #490,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sourire on Feb. 29 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first 200 pages were really hard to read. Characters go throug grief and the way the accident is depicted is truly horrifying. I had a hard time but then, you really get to know the characters and you feel for them.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Good family drama April 14 2005
By E. Kay - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Teacher Lily Robinson is content with her life. Thirty, unwed and unburdened--that's the way she wants her life to be. Suddenly, her best friend meets a tragic end, leaving three orphaned children behind.

Sean Maguire, the childrens' estranged uncle, has now become their guardian. A confirmed bachelor and chronic playboy, Sean is suddenly thrust into the life of a family man. The last thing he needs is a stuffy schoolmarm telling him how to manage things.

Susan Wiggs' novel succeeds in everything it sets out to do. In the beginning, it depresses you. In the middle, it gives a realistic portrayal of children who have lost their parents. And in the end, it warms your heart. Everything wraps up in a perfect bow and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. I strongly recommend it. 4 1/2 stars.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful .... Sept. 3 2006
By Busy Mom - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The only reason why I picked this book up at my hairdresser's is because I wanted to see why readers love Susan Wiggs' books so much. Well, after finishing this book in five hours, I can see why. It's such a wonderful book .... it made me laugh and cry. It made me sigh and it was just wonderful. I couldn't put it down for one minute.

This book focuses on Lily, a school teacher who is content with the way her life is. She is planning to go to Italy for the summer after school's out. Suddenly, her best friend and ex-husband is killed in a car accident, and she finds herself taking care of Crystal's three kids along with Crystal's former brother-in-law, Sean. Sean is a former pro golfer who was kicked out of golf for cheating. Now teaching other people how to golf and bartender at the local golf course, Sean all of a sudden finds himself guardian with three kids, Cameron, a teenager, Charlie, a third-grader and Ashley, the two-year-old. Both Lily and Sean's lives were disrupted by the tragedy and together, they pull the kids through the darkest moments of grief.

It is a wonderful humane story about loss and love, friendship, dreams and hopes. It is a story that takes you to another world where things are still possible ~~ and yes, it is very predictable, but Wiggs make the trip fun anyways. This is a perfect reading for those times when you have a few hours to yourself ~~ and want to relax. She's a good storyteller and one that I plan to keep an eye out for.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
can"t put down book June 6 2005
By ardie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
one of susans best works! its the kind of story you can't put down but don't want it to end either. the cast of characters are funny and poignant. sean and lily's idea of raising these kids are opposite and present some funny scenes. would love to hear this book on audio just to hear some of the dialogue. a must read for anyone who love complex families and how they blend together.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
a delightful story even if predictable Aug. 4 2005
By Ann M. Macpherson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I always enjoy the novels by Susan Wiggs and this was no exception. It's a sad story about death and the impact that makes on three young children at different stages in their young lives. But it's also a story of recovery and finding love. It kept my interest and I didn't want it to end. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and felt the players were awesome----especially the teen age boy. What fun they all were. I can see a sequel story-----and "they live happily ever after" with the 3 children from Crystal and Derek plus several of their own born to Sean and Lily----truly a love story in the making. But then I'm a hopeless romantic.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Growth and love spring from tragedy June 1 2005
By booksforabuck - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Schoolteacher Lily Robinson keeps her heart. Every year, she lets wonderful children into it, and every year, she graduates them out. She won't risk real love, real children of her own--because she can never recover from losing her younger brother. But when her best friend dies, leaving three children, Lily knows that her worst fears have been realized. She can't help loving these children--but their uncle, not Lily, is responsible for their upbringing.

Sean McGuire is a disgraced golfer. Falsely accused of cheating by the Japanese Mafia, Sean has been drummed from the sport he loves. With his brother's death, Sean has plenty to keep him busy--three children are a lot of work--but he knows he needs more. The kids were troubled even before their parents' death, and they're worse now. And giving up his own life for them doesn't seem to offer much help.

After a painfully slow and introspective introduction, author Susan Wiggs picks up the pace with a moving and heartwarming romance. Sean, in particular, is a likable character--he loves children, is drop-dead good looking, golfs like a dream, and always knows just what to say or do. The troubled children, traumatized by their parents' death and by another secret, are realistically drawn--neither too perfect nor horrid but realistically troubled children.

Death of a friend, a brother, and three children's parents is definitely a downer. But Wiggs's heartwarming storytelling and strong writing allows us to see hope and promise for the future coming from this tragic beginning.

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