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Marrying Daisy Bellamy (The Lakeshore Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews
Book 8 of 10 in the Lakeshore Chronicles Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Daisy Bellamy has spent much of her young life juggling two men-Logan O'Donnell, the responsible father of their son, and wild military man Julian Gastineaux. She's been in love with Julian for years, but he's so mercurial that they've never been able to give their relationship a real chance. Logan, on the other hand, is reliable, stable, and committed to their son. Daisy and Julian finally decide to take the plunge, but their happiness is cut short when Daisy receives word that Julian has been killed in the line of duty in Colombia. Devastated, she takes a year to move on, marrying Logan in order to give Charlie a stable family. Julian, of course, isn't dead; he's been taken prisoner by a Colombian drug lord, and he eventually escapes and returns to Daisy, throwing her into a major dilemma. Wiggs's newest (after Summer at Willow Lake) is improbable in the extreme, with thin characters and contrived conflicts engineered to make the reader like Daisy despite her questionable actions.
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"Highly recommended." -Library Journal

"Wiggs' carefully detailed plotlines, one contemporary and one historical, with their candid look at relationships and their long-term effects, are sure to captivate readers." -Booklist, starred review

"A dazzling intergenerational tale."
-Publishers Weekly

"A satisfying, engaging read."
-Kirkus Reviews

"This brilliant and epic family drama...fills the senses...courtesy of Wiggs's amazing narrative and supreme skill as a writer."
-RT Book Reviews on The Apple Orchard, Top Pick!

"This is classic Wiggs, with its emphasis on the strength of family and friends, and a landscape integral to the plot."
-Publishers Weekly on The Apple Orchard

"Wiggs tells a layered, powerful story of love, loss, hope and redemption."
-Kirkus Reviews on The Apple Orchard, starred review

"A tale with universal appeal."
-Booklist on The Apple Orchard --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Lakeshore Chronicles (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778329259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778329251
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book! The main characters are Daisy Bellamy single mother to a child by Logan and attracted since her teens to Julian. She is an accomplished photographer, loves to photograph nature scenes, but is earning a living doing wedding shoots. Logan has stepped up to the plate for their child Charlie, being a really good Dad to him. Julian has taken the time to turn himself into an honorable person getting his education and serving his country. Both men believe that Daisy and Charlie is their path to happiness. Now the plot gets complicated and to say more would spoil it for the reader.

The book dives into all types of relationship issues and all four main characters - Daisy, Julian, Logan and Charlie reveal themselves. It was interesting, informative, and has made me think long after I closed the book. I could not put this book down (finished at 3:30 am) and intend to re-read it soon. I have read all the Lakeside Chronicle books and each time my only disappointment is that the book has ended. I'd like to hang around Avalon a bit longer.
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This is a hard one to write. The book was well written, was a good book in the sense that it kept me glued to the pages. Of course, I may have been anxiously looking for something happy to happen, so maybe that is what really kept me glued. On the one hand I really liked it - it was emotional, for sure. But it was draining.

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I can only say the characters of Daisy and Julian, with Logan on the side had become so big in past books that it was disappointing, when they finally get their story, Daisy and Julian get just a handful, very few pages devoted to them being together happily. The majority of the book was misery, depressing to read. I kept thinking as I began part 3 that the happy romance was going to come soon, but not so.

I would have given this book more stars had the turning point from misery to happiness started much sooner, instead of in the last couple of pages. Daisy and Julian had such a history and connection, they deserved more time in the book together, being happy. As a reader of this whole series I feel like I had an investment in Daisy and Julian and was disappointed.
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I've been reading the Lakeshore series and anticipated Daisy and Julian's story. I don't know why - I didn't finish this. The book has no real romance to speak of, and the triangle of Daisy, Julian and Logan just went on and on...very disappointing. I'm done - sorry Ms. Wiggs but this book blew.
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I have read all of the Lakeshore Chronicles. When I found out Daisy's story was finally going to be it's own book I was so excited, I felt like I had been watching her grow up. This was not the book I hoped it would be. So depressing and frustrating. Not what I expected of the characters I had come to know. Life is not easy or perfect, but what the author chose for these characters...disappointing. It brought Daisy and Julian's story to close, but it could have been done without so much suffering.
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Loved Lakeshore Chronicles up to this book. Hated Marrying Daisy Bellamy whole story was full of pain or awkwardness. Nothing smooth about this book. I was anticipating the story of Daisy being great maybe that was my problem. There was zero romance in this story.
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By A Customer on January 26, 2011
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In Avalon, New York, wedding photographer Daisy Bellamy continues, as she has for years, strugglling to choose between two wonderful men who love her. She adores both hunks. Julian Gastineau could never live by Willow Lake while Logan O'Donnell could.

However, everything changes between the trio when Daisy gives birth to Logan's offspring Charlie. Yet nothing changes as in spite of having a child with a man who wants to raise a family with her, Daisy still has wet dreams involving Julian. She knows one day she will have to select between two lovers; one safe and nurturing while the other is wild and carefree.

The latest Lakeshore Chronicles (see Snowfall at Willow Lake and Summer at Willow Lake) is a profound character study that looks deeply into the souls of three protagonists. Daisy understands responsibility but desires running around the world as a crisis photojournalist. Julian offers her the freedom to soar anywhere; Logan offers her a safe haven to raise their child. Readers will enjoy this complicated relationship drama summed up by the Roy Orbison and Joe Melson song Running Scared.

Harriet Klausner
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By Wordshark on February 8, 2011
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I really liked this book. Parts were so intense, I had to put it down for awhile. I would recommend this book to all readers. My only criticism, I would have liked more time with Daisy and Julian together.
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Like so many others I waited impatiently for this book... After all, the last we heard from Daisy she was on the platform at the train station with Logan and Julian in a fight and with a diamond ring rolling around on the floor... How could we not wait for the ending... I had my idea as to how this story should end and who Daisy would marry... Never could I have imagined the beautiful and heart wrenching story that would unfold... I laughed, I cried, a reread parts of the book over and over to digest all of the love as well as the drama and heartache that it contained on every page. Ms. Mallery captured the realism of "life" as it occurs, especially in the military... As an Air Force wife for many years I was maybe able to relate to the story more than some... Logan once again proved to be a great Dad but suffered some character flaws and Julian again proved to be a man destined for life... Daisy came through as a very strong and capable woman to be admired in her role as a mother, world class photographer and life partner... I disagree with any condemnation of this book and consider it maybe the best of the Lakeshore Chronicles.... So many of the people we met in former stories reappear to bring us back to Avalon... I will make this book part of my permanent library and will read it again and again... Were I to go on it would only divulge the story and I would not spoil this book for anyone... In my opinion this is a beautifully written, highly emotional and a love story for the ages... Please enjoy it as much as I did
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