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Return to Willow Lake (The Lakeshore Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Wiggs
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Book Description

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs brings readers home to Avalon, a town nestled on the shores of Willow Lake, in a heartbreaking and uplifting novel that explores the bonds of family and the perils and rewards of love.

Sonnet Romano has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. But when she learns her mother is unexpectedly expecting in a high-risk pregnancy, she puts everything on hold and heads home to Avalon. Once her mom is out of danger, Sonnet intends to pick up her life where she left off.

But when her mother receives a devastating diagnosis, Sonnet must decide what really matters in life, even if that means staying in Avalon and taking a job that forces her to work alongside her biggest, and maybe her sweetest, mistake—award-winning filmmaker Zach Alger.

And in a summer of laughter and tears, of old dreams and new possibilities, Sonnet may find the home of her heart.

Don't miss a novel of sisters, friendship and the lush surroundings of Sonoma County... Susan Wiggs' The Apple Orchard. New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand calls it, "…sweet, crisp and juicy."



Editorial Reviews

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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."

-Jodi Picoult

"Wiggs's storytelling is heartwarming... clutter free... [for] romance and women's fiction readers of any age."

--Publishers Weekly

"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."

--Library Journal

"Susan Wiggs writes with bright assurance, humor and compassion."

--Luanne Rice

"Empathetic protagonists, interesting secondary characters, well-written flashbacks, and delicious recipes add depth to this touching, complex romance..."

--Library Journal on The Winter Lodge

"Emotionally intense."

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

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, A Book About Some Bad Kids. Today, she is an international bestselling, 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 bestsellers 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 589 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778313840
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (February 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9V1CZW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great women's fiction but romance is almost non-existent September 5, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I am giving this book 3-stars. Not because it wasn't really good. It was. Not because it wasn't well written. It was wonderfully written. By all rights based on enjoyment and connection with the story this should be a 4-star or higher book.

But it isn't. And it is because the romance in this book was almost non-existent.

Sonnet Romano, daughter of Nina (heroine of earlier Willow Lake book Dockside (The Lakeshore Chronicles)), is feeling a bit blue after her best friend Daisy has gotten married. By all rights her life should be perfect. She is connecting with her estranged father, she has a great new boyfriend and she has just learned that she's won a prestigious fellowship. And yet, all that seems bland in light of Daisy's happiness at her wedding. Prodded by her post-wedding glow mood and a bunch of jell-o shots, Sonnet has sex with her best friend Zach, now a hot and handsome videographer.

The next day she realizes it was a colossal mistake and runs back to New York, determined to move on with her life. Except she is dragged back home by some devastating news.

Here's the thing...I have been reading the Willow lake series since forever. It is a romance series. Well, it was a romance series. And therein lies my problem. You start out reading a series that is romance and the somewhere along the way it becomes less about romance and more about the inner struggles of the heroine. You get a serious sense of disconnect. I noticed this first with the preceding book in this series,
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B rating... August 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover
My Review:

This is the first Susan Wiggs book that I've ever read. I know, right? She was a huge romance writer when I was working in the bookstore 20 years ago. I can't believe it's taken me this long to pick up one of her books. But this book is so much more than just a romance novel. This is a book about family and what's really important in life. Just to put it in perspective, the book starts and ends with scenes of Sonnet talking to her mom...not scenes with Zach, although he definitely still plays a big part in the book.

For Sonnet, she doesn't realize it, but her life is at a crossroads. She's had an interesting life that has shaped her into an overachiever. Raised by her single mother and an absent, overachieving father, she has always shaped her life for his approval. She works in NYC at a worldwide agency that helps under-priviledged children. Children are her passion and although the job doesn't put her in direct contact with the children as much she's still convinced herself that she's doing good for them and that's good enough. She has an amazing boyfriend who is her father's senate campaign manager. They met through her father and although they don't have passion, she feels that they are a good match.

When she goes home to attend her step-sister's wedding, she sees her childhood best friend, Zach. They've been best friends since kindergarten although they haven't seen each other in years. In an after-wedding tryst, everything between them changes and not for the better...at least not for the first few months afterwards.

Honestly, I would probably classify this book as women's fiction rather than romance. Yes, there is a romantic element to it and it's a beautiful romantic story, but I did't feel like it was the main bulk of the story.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Willow Lake August 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
ISBN: 9780778313847
Daisy Bellamy's wedding at Camp Kioga, finally.
Love how Susan brings you up to date on who the person was and what they did in younger years-that's what made the bell ring for me :}
Sonnet Romano is her best friend and everything went off without a hitch. She doesn't want to get married anytime soon and works at UNESCO.
Zachery Alger is there also, a videographer but just a guest at this party. Their renew their friendship after many swigs of champagne. He is saving money to pay off his fathers debt to the community.
Sonnet has to leave her boyfriend that her father set her up with, as they continue the campaign for government office, and she goes back to Avalon to be with her mom who's having a medical crises.
Zach has news from a west coast film production company that they want him for their next 16 week reality show.
He informs her of her mothers cancer and she changes all her plans to stay in Avalon to help her along with the treatments and the pregnancy. They both end up working for the same company.
Throw in the reality show and you have mayhem. Have they made the right choices????
With some hot steamy sex this is a good read.
Love the refresher on the surgeries and all the tests-been there done that, it's horrid. But good comes out of it in the end...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of loyalty, family and love! August 31, 2012
By IngaKS
Format:Hardcover
My review:

Return to Willow Lake was a first Susan Wiggs' book I have read and I liked it! It was well written, emotional and heart-warming. Reading Return to Willow Lake was like coming home - it was safe, comforting and created lots of great feelings. The novel is a standalone part of her Lakeshore Chronicles.

Plot:

Sonnet is a young woman whose life is filled with possibilities- her UNESCO career has just rocketed with the opportunity of lifetime of getting a world known fellowship, she has a boyfriend who is responsible and supportive, she has established a relationship with her dad. Everything seems so nice and safe.

When Sonnet is visiting her home town Avalon for her best friend's wedding, she reconnects with her best friend from her childhood and school time - Zach. Zach has grown into a gorgeous young man who lives in Avalon and making living of filming and making videos. Zach is quite successful at what he is doing and has no intentions of leaving Avalon - until the day he meets Sonnet again during the wedding.

After an amazing adventure together during the wedding night, Sonnet flees back to her life in New York and tries to forget the night with Zach by convincing herself, that they can't be friends again. She pushes Zach out of her life again to concentrate to her career and tighten the contacts with her dad. Sonnet's dad is a man with military background who is running for the Senate and is preparing for the elections.

During the same time Sonnet get the approval for fellowship to travel abroad, she gets bad news regarding her mother back home in Avalon.

Everything changes and what seemed comfortable, nice and safe is not valid anymore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful (and at times contradictory) story about families, with a...
3.5 stars. I want to say I loved this story, because parts are fantastic. But I can't because there are a few significant problems with it, the biggest being that since it is... Read more
Published 4 days ago by VLH
5.0 out of 5 stars good transaction
Susan Wiggs is a favorite of mine and it was in very good shape. I have read it and passed it on
Published 6 days ago by Nancy Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars totally enjoyable
Fun read from start to finish. I recommend to anyone looking for easy reading. Even though you know how it will end doesn't matter.
Published 16 days ago by Valerie J. Rosenblum
5.0 out of 5 stars easy read
I have read every book in this series, and I have liked them all. They are an easy read that you don't have to concentrate much on like most books of this type. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Amanda B. Stumbo
5.0 out of 5 stars I meant to give it 5 stars.
It was so good. I couldn't put it down. I had breast cancer and could relate to the story in a very real way.
Published 18 days ago by Betty Toney
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
I love the whole series of The Lakeshore Chronicles,and this book brought so many dimensions it was a joy to read.I always love a happy ending..
Published 24 days ago by susan m obrien
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Enjoyable book. I've read most in the series and enjoyed them all. Wishes the book was a little longer. Wanted more of the story. It seemed to just end too soon.
Published 1 month ago by Kerri Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the whole series of books!
I really like this series. Love being able to follow characters from book to book. The personalities were really enjoyable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KATHY ODEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the Lakeshore series
I enjoy reading about favorite characters. Susan Wiggs weaves thm in while introducing you to new ones. Really enjoy her writing.
Published 1 month ago by Winifred M Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan Wiggs has done it again
I chose the rating because it was the type of book I love to read when relaxing.
Susan Wiggs can be counted on for a good read! Read more
Published 1 month ago by janet
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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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