Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer at Willow Lake Book Review

The first book that I started reading on vacation was Summer at Willow Lake (The Lakeshore Chronicles) by Wiggs, Susan and I was excited for my beach reading!  Anything that said summer or beach was immediately taken off the pile to be considered for the beach reading.  I went through the big pile and narrowed it down to 4 books to take with me.  It might not have been enough since I read this book very quickly at the beginning of the trip because I couldn't put it down!!

Susan Wiggs's Lakeshore Chronicles series has captivated thousands of readers with its relatable characters, warm humor and engaging stories. Summer at Willow Lake is the story that started it all. Meet Olivia, Connor and the families and friends of Willow Lake that make these emotional romances a must-read.  Real estate expert Olivia Bellamy reluctantly trades a trendy Manhattan summer for her family's old resort camp in the Catskills, where her primary task will be renovating the bungalow colony for her grandparents, who want one last summer together filled with fun, friends and family. A posh resort in its heyday, the camp is now in disarray and Olivia is forced to hire contractor Connor Davis—a still-smoldering flame from her own summers at camp.
But as the days grow warm, not even the inviting blue waters of Willow Lake can cool the passions flaring or keep shocking secrets at bay. The nostalgic joy of summers past breathes new promise into a special place and people...a promise meant to last long after the season ends.

So I brought my computer to the beach with me but the electronics were one of the only things that my husband was in charge of packing and he "forgot" the cord to my computer.  I thought that I would be able to post a few things on the blog and do a few other things even though I was on vacation.  It might have been a great thing because although I wanted to change one of the bills on our bill pay and I got something that my review links didn't post to my blogging for books site, I didn't get on the computer because the battery was dead!!  The sad thing is that meant that I had 5 book reviews to write when I got home so that was a lot of quick work to get things written, posted and scheduled.  I was up for the task as I did some in the morning to get the links to the titles and the summaries up from Amazon and that left my opinion section to write at the library while my son was in a library program.  Challenge accepted!!!  Type as fast as possible and go!

Loved it!!  I have read some stuff from Susan Wiggs and she is an author that I need to add to my reading list more often including the rest of this series.  I enjoyed the wonderful lake setting at the former childhood summer camp.  Olivia works to redecorate and renovate her grandparents camp to make it ready for their wedding anniversary party.  At the same time, she remembers what is most important in life!!  I thought it was a perfect summer read and I was glad to be enjoying it at the beach with my family.  The characters and writing are fun and definitely have you wanting things to work out for Olivia because her life to this point has not been as happy as she would have liked.  Definitely going to check out other books in this series at the library soon!!!  I hope that you enjoy this wonderful summer read as much as I did!

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