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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; 1 edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778324141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778324140
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In her latest bustling romance, Wiggs cooks up a rich stew of family plots past and present, spiced with plenty of generations-old Polish recipes, in this second installment of the Lakeshore Chronicles (after Summer at Willow Lake). Returning to Camp Kioga in Avalon, a small New York town where the wealthy Bellamy family has deep roots, Wiggs trains the spotlight on Avalon native Jenny Majesky, a food columnist and bakery owner who learned in the last Lakeshore tale that Phillip Bellamy is her birth father. Alone and grieving following the death of her beloved grandmother—Jenny's mom left her at age four—Jenny's life turns even worse when her house burns to the ground. Stunned, homeless and keeping afloat with a little help from the medicine cabinet, Jenny moves in with Avalon police chief and notorious lady's man Roarke McKnight, a friend she fell out with after a night of drunken, mind-blowing sex a decade before. With the ease of a master, Wiggs introduces complicated, flesh-and-blood characters into her idyllic but identifiable smalltown setting, sets in motion a refreshingly honest romance, resolves old issues and even finds room for a little mystery. The result is as appealing as the heroine's Polish Apple Strudel, the recipe for which is thankfully included. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

When Jenny Majesky's home goes up in flames one winter night, she finally has the chance to follow her dreams. But what, really, does she want? After her mother ran off, her grandmother raised her. Then, just as Jenny was packing up to leave their tiny Catskills town of Avalon, and the family bakery so popular with locals and tourists alike, her grandmother had a stroke. Jenny has taken care of her widowed and disabled grandmother ever since. Now Rourke McKnight, the arrogant and handsome police chief with whom she shares a turbulent history, has complicated matters by taking her under his wing and into his home, and everyone in town seems to have an opinion about what she should do next. Wiggs cleverly structures this emotionally intense contemporary romance and continuation of her Lakeshore Chronicles around food-related anecdotes and recipes, and she adds a search for Jenny's long-absent mother and a troubled pregnant teen to the mix for even more poignancy. Lynne Welch
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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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 10, 2007
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In Avalon, New York weekly food columnist Jenny Majesky mourns the loss of her grandma Helen, who died two weeks ago. Gram along with her late spouse Leo raised Jenny with love after her biological mother deserted her as a small child; she never knew who her dad was until recently. In spite of the townsfolk who pay their respect, Jenny feels alone. She suffers from insomnia and depression that leads to anxiety and panic attacks; her only haven is the Sky River Bakery that she inherited with Gram's death.

A fire breaks out in Jenny's residence while she visits the bakery. Chief of Police Rourke "Loverboy" McKnight panics thinking she is inside as all his years of pretending indifference melts away with the inferno. Once he calms down, he realizes she is at the bakery. He goes there, hugs her tightly and takes her to her fiery home. Rourke then takes her to his home to recover and get her house in order. Their failed past relationship leaves both wondering how they will survive their time together and even more so how will they survive their time apart after they separate as they are and have always been in love.

This is a terrific character driven contemporary romance that must be read on a full stomach because the recipes will have the audience baking all sorts of pastries. The relationship between the baker and the cop is fun to follow as each insists they're not in love, but everyone knows otherwise. Whereas Jenny meets her biological father and half-sister that adds apprehension to her issues; that also takes away from the prime plot of an amusing debate between two wonderful protagonists each pondering whether love is enough to forge a permanent relationship.

Harriet Klausner
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Anne Marie Miller on March 8, 2007
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If you read "Summer at Willow Lake" you will be sure to love this one as well. I was a little skeptical when I heard about the book, but once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I woke up early to read it and stayed up late. It is a simple book, yet keeps the attention of the reader. I look forward to Susan's next book, which will be a continuation of all the characters thus far from the two books. This is a must read if you like a little romance in a small town atmosphere.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Koeppen on March 19, 2007
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Susan Wiggs has a very easy style of reading. But also compelling enough to keep you turning pages. The Winter Lodge is a "sequel" to Summer at Willow Lake but you don't have to read the first to enjoy the second. She has good character development and believable plots. A good book for a Sunday afternoon or a day at the beach.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. Barter on March 12, 2007
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This is another excellent boook by Susan Wiggs. As usual, she keeps your interest throughout the book. You do not want ton put the book down.

I just read "Summer at Willow Lake" and could not wait for this one to come out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. July on December 29, 2012
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There are too many characters, and none of the story gets very well- developed because of it. I don' t mind having two main characters and flashbacks, but too much gets lost when minor characters get their own chapters. I liked the first book and thought I' d read the whole series, but I think I' ll pass.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dani Windsor on September 12, 2013
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2.5 stars

I have read (and loved) Susan Wigg's historical romances, but this was my first foray into her contemporary novels, although they are generally much more popular. However, if this one is any indication of them as a whole, I think it will also be my last. I had many issues with this book, most of which stem from that the `romance' tag is misleading. It is filled with convoluted flashbacks and insights into the lives of four different generations. Although one would assume something at least partially classified as a romance novel centered on a hero and heroine, the wide range of time periods and secondary characters detracted from those who were supposedly the protagonists. To me, it felt less than a third of the novel was actually about Jenny and Rourke, let alone in the present. Every time they were featured, I was just becoming invested in their story when the focus was ripped away and placed on something else. This constant dissonance made the happily-ever-after abrupt and implausible, and also rather arbitrary when viewed against the many tragedies and misfortunes of the other characters in the book.

All of these points are issues that I had with Winter Lodge, but that is not to say that it is not for everyone. Just perhaps not for those who like their romance romance-y and ultimately a happy affair.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Spangenburg on February 25, 2013
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First let me say, Susan Wiggs doesn't write bad. I mean I got right into the characters but the going between the past and the present became a bit of a pain. But the absolute worse part had nothing to do with her writing. This book sounded so great, really interesting when I read the back jacket so I grabbed it right up. BUT...... The book is 408 pages and you didn't even get to anything like the books description, till page 350. And from there on it became weak with a very bad ending. It was like she got to page 350 and was tired of writing so she just filled in a few more pages and quit. So my opinion is, the book is readable but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Katz on February 19, 2011
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After reading SUMMER AT WILLOW LAKE (you can see my review on amazon) on my kindle I had to read THE WINTER LODGE. I was hoping for more Olivia & Connor and was disappointed at first but I quickly got over the disappointment. New to the genre (I read mostly kids and YA since I work in a school library) I'm not used to the multiple threads and spin-offs but nevertheless THE WINTER LODGE had me enthralled. While 400 pages is a lot to finally bring a couple together the recipes and articles Jenny shares makes me want to bake, the back stories make me see there is so much more to the people of Avalon and the writing is accessible and fun. Susan Wiggs' stories make me fall in love with her leading man every time. First Connor. Now Rourke.
She makes me root for them and hope they get passed whatever barriers are in their way to finding true love. And I look at my husband and realized how lucky I am.

For fans of romance with a little mystery thrown in. For people who like a quick easy read. To learn about what it is to live in a small upstate New York town this book is for you. You don't necessarily have to read SUMMER AT WILLOW LAKE first because Wiggs backtracks enough to fill you in.
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