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Dockside (The Lakeshore Chronicles Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Wiggs
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Book Description

With her daughter grown and flown, Nina Romano is ready to embark on a new adventure. She's waited a long time for dating, travel and chasing dreams. But just as she's beginning to enjoy being on her own, she finds herself falling for Greg Bellamy, owner of the charming Inn at Willow Lake and a single father with two kids of his own.

Greg lost his first marriage to a demanding career. Now he's determined to make a new start before it's too late. Juggling work, raising his young son and helping his nearly grown daughter face life's ultimate challenge, he has no time to fall in love. Still, with Nina Romano, love feels just right this time around.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Wiggs returns to the town of Avalon, N.Y., and the shores of picturesque Willow Lake with the fourth installment of her popular Lakeshore Chronicles (after The Winter Lodge). Nina Romano, single mom and ex-mayor of Avalon, is just a bank loan away from realizing her lifelong dream: restoring the Inn at Willow Lake, a historic lodge once owned by the wealthy Bellamy family, and turning it into an elegant retreat. Then she finds that Greg Bellamy has beat her to the punch. Greg and Nina have been sparring since the night Greg decked the West Point cadet who had gotten her pregnant at age 15. Now, nearly 20 years later, Greg is the divorced dad of his own pregnant teen. Predictably, Greg is clueless when it comes to running a hotel, and the only person in town qualified to act as general manager—Nina—refuses to take the position. Wiggs's uncomplicated stories are rich with life lessons, nod-along moments and characters with whom readers can easily relate. Delightful and wise, Wiggs's latest shines. (Aug.)
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From Booklist

Nina Romano and Greg Bellamy share a turbulent past fraught with humiliation, rejection, and a mutual, if never-consummated, sexual attraction stretching back to her early teens. When Nina discovers that Greg is now a recently divorced, rich, and successful father of two and the new owner of the Inn at Willow Lake, she is forced to reevaluate her lifelong dream of owning the place herself. For his part, Greg finds the mature woman even more enticing than the rebellious teen, and gradually their lives, and those of their children, become more closely interwoven. Wiggs continues the Lakeshore Chronicles with another charming second-chance contemporary romance set in the idyllic upstate New York resort area. Welch, Lynne

Product Details

  • File Size: 284 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778324753
  • Publisher: Mira (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UH5Z3K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dockside December 14, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have had Dockside for awhile and started it several times. I have read all the other Lakeside books but for some reason couldn't get into this one. I liked Nina in the other books but simply didn't find her so likable in this one. The tension between Greg and Nina just goes on and on with not much else going on and I just found it boring. I finally skimmed through it to get it finished. The romances in the series are pretty much alike so pretty predictable. I was hoping for something a little different in this one. The couple gets together-are really in love but won't admit that to anyone of course-sexual tension-someone or both get angry and that's the end of that relationship-oh only to get back together at the end. Big Surprise! A little mystery or villian might have perked it up a bit. I have liked the rest of the series but think I will stop with this one.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining contemporary romance August 11, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Former mayor of Avalon, New York, single mom Nina Romano realizes her dream is close to being fulfilled. She needs to obtain a bank loan to restore and convert the historical Inn at Willow Lake into an upscale retreat.

However, to her chagrin, she learns her long time rival Greg Bellamy has decided to do just that to his family owned historical Inn; he begins the restoration. Divorced, Greg, the father of two including a pregnant teen, wants to hire Nina to manage the facility, but she refuses. As they continue an argument that they started twenty years ago when they were teens, the two continue to ignore the attraction they always felt, but feared pursuing. However, this time around they have teenage children and the inn to contend with besides their not so secret anymore feelings of love.

Returning to the Lakeshore Chronicles (see SUMMER AT WILLOW LAKE and THE WINTER LODGE), Susan Wiggs writes an entertaining contemporary romance. The lead combatants battle their inner attraction that they hide from the other out of fear of ridicule and they assume from their offspring. The story line focuses on their second chance at a permanent relationship if either would take that gigantic fearful first step.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book #3 in the Lakeshore Chronicles series April 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
BOOK 3 of the Lakeshore Chronicles.

It's always best to read serial books in order so that the references to the previous books make sense, but Susan Wiggs does a good job of writing her books in such a way that you can read the books as stand-alones.

Nina Romano has only had two dreams in her life: to own the Inn on Willow Lake and to be with Greg Bellamy. Unfortunately, getting pregnant at 15 years old puts those dreams on hold. But now, her daughter Sonnet has graduated from high school and is spending the summer with her father, and that means Nina can pursue her dreams. Well, her dream to own the inn. Too bad, Greg Bellamy just made a deal with the bank that snatches the inn away from her. And to make things worse, Greg offers her a job - as manager!

It's a love story fifteen years in the making. Enjoy the ride. (and the set up for book #4)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Lakeside Chronicles... August 9, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have loved the Lakeside Chronicles stories ... until now. This one just didn't work well. It has disparate parts that don't click together and just seems longer than necessary to tell this particular story. Don't let this stop you from reading the other books in this series. They are worth it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! February 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This was another brilliant instalment in the Lakeshore Chronicles. The author draws you back into this quaint lakeside town and immerses you in the lives of the characters with her well-polished writing and breathtaking descriptions. I love how Wiggs isn’t afraid to bring topics such as teenage pregnancy to the forefront of her story. The characters are also individuals that you can’t help but fall in love with, at least by the end. There were one or two who annoyed me at times until they were able to overcome the hurdles in their paths. But as a whole this was a novel about entire families & how they come together. I quite enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dockside is a Winner February 17, 2014
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A very nice read. Once you have dived into The Lakeshore Chronicles series, you will want to find another one quickly. The previous characters flow in and out of the story, but you fall in love with the protagonist every time. The characters are rich, the author paints such a wonder picture for your mind, it's like an award winning movie to ingest the words. You'll find yourself swept away and into the Catskills with this wonderful book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK but not recommended January 1, 2008
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This is a book about relationships floating around and developing from three different unmarried teens getting pregnant. I would categorize it as contemporary women's fiction, as opposed to a romance novel. There were no sex scenes in this book. The author describes a couple kissing and the next sentence was similar to they woke up at dawn in each others arms. I don't require sex scenes to enjoy a book. For example, Claire Cross wrote two "relationship" books (having little or no sex) which I thoroughly enjoyed. Therefore, when comparing Susan Wiggs to Claire Cross I would not recommend Susan unless you specifically desire the subject matter. The words I used to described Claire Cross' books were: charming, witty and unpredictable for All or Nothing; and fulfilling, enjoyable and thought provoking for One More Time. I wouldn't put any of those adjectives with Dockside, unless I might say "somewhat thought provoking." The book just didn't hold my interest. Nothing surprised or delighted me. Greg hires Nina to work for him after he gets a divorce. He and she are in their 30s. I enjoyed their developing relationship, but I did not enjoy all the back stories about their earlier lives as teens and then being parents for fifteen plus years which were significant parts of the book. But, for those who might want to read about teen pregnancies, I will mention some things under spoilers, below.

CAUTION SPOILERS: Nina gets pregnant but does not tell the father because it would hurt his career plans and get him kicked out of West Point. She raises the girl by herself, but tells the father four years later. He stays in the girl's life even though he marries someone else and has children with his wife. Sophie breaks up with Greg not knowing she is pregnant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all the Lakeshore books.
Published 7 days ago by Donna Harpham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great series
Published 8 days ago by Meemurs
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting series!
I absolutely love this author's writing and especially this series. I am always excited for the next in the series to come out.
Published 18 days ago by J. Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Love this series but...
I love the Lake Shore Chronicles. Susan Wigg writes so well that I feel like I am right there with the characters. That said Nina was so annoying. Read more
Published 19 days ago by LLF1020
5.0 out of 5 stars hate to see it end but she has other books ...
I am reading the whole Lakeshore Chronicles and thery are # 1 in my opinion...excellant stories! I have read 1, 2 3, 4, and on #5...just 6, 7. 8. and 9 left... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Sally Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars This book filled my heart
I loved this book. It filled my heart with joy and love. I am happily married and have been for 27 years. I look forward to reading more books for the Lakeshore Chronicles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read of Life & Love
After raising her daughter as a single mom Nora decides that she could have her life back but she didn't count on Greg to come back into it although they had only met a couple of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mamabee4
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Keep writing this series please
Loved it! Keep writing this series please! It could never get old with Susan Wiggs as the author!
Published 1 month ago by Susan Mabe
5.0 out of 5 stars DOCKSD By Susan Wiggs
I can not wait for the next book? I really enjoyed the second book Dockside.

I felt I was there with Daisy during the painful labor pains,then the happiness when the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
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More About the Author

Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She's been featured in the national media, including NPR's Talk of the Nation, and is a popular speaker locally and nationally.

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, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries. Her recent novel, Marrying Daisy Bellamy, took the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and The Lakeshore Chronicles have won readers' hearts around the globe. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature.

She lives with her husband and family at the water's edge on an island in the Pacific Northwest, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.


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