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Fireside (Lakeshore Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 241 customer reviews
Book 5 of 11 in the Lakeshore Chronicles Series

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For years, hard-living Bo Crutcher has worked diligently toward a New York Yankees pitching spot, but just when it seems likely, he learns that his son AJ needs a home after his mother is detained by the Texas INS as an undocumented alien. Kimberly van Dorn, a hotshot media-relations expert in Los Angeles, is also experiencing a dramatic life change. She has fled her abusive client-boyfriend for the safety of Avalon, New York, and her mother’s ancestral home. Having satisfactorily provided for the adult Bellamy generation in a string of popular novels, including Snowfall at Willow Lake (2008), Wiggs now directs the spotlight onto secondary characters readers have met in previous installments of her small-town contemporary-romance series, the Lakeshore Chronicles, poignantly revealing the catastrophic results of unjust immigration laws, especially on the American-born children of deported parents. --Lynne Welch

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lakeshore Chronicles
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778326179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778326175
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,028,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love Debbie Macomber's books and I don't know why, because the plot basics are girl meets guy, instant love and then a break up and a lovely reunion - which says a lot about the quality of her writing that it can always draw you into her stories. Her characters are interesting each time yet they are much the same; but somehow she is able to pull you in and make an appealing book you don't want to put down. Midnight Sons is no exception, although I would have liked to have read more of the challenges of living above the Artic Circle especially in the winter. She makes a solid case of why her main female character, Abby would move to the artic with her 2 children and she does an adequate job of telling the 2 stories of why the 2 brothers, Sawyer and Charles would not want to get involved with love and especially marriage. All I know is she always draws me into her books, I enjoy them and am disappointed when they end - what more could you ask of a nice romantic book and better yet there will be more to come.
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Public relations expert Kimberly van Dorn is reeling. Her professional basketball star lover dumped her following a public argument. Soon after that spat, she is fired by her firm. Needing time to recuperate and decide what next, Kim goes home to stay with her widowed mom for a while.

However, mom has converted their house into a boardinghouse; more shocking is she is dating one of her renters. Also residing there is baseball pitcher Bo Crutcher, who is about to reach the majors playing for the Yanks, and his son AJ. The child stays with him since AJ's mom got into serious immigration issues and is probably going to be deported. However, Bo is caught between two conflicting spitballs as he has never met his kid before the dumping while he must attend the Fame School if he wants to play for the Yankees. Bo hires Kim to be his PR guru. Though attracted to one another, he can't get to first base with her as she has vowed to never date professional athletes ever again.

The latest Lakeshore Chronicles (see SNOWFALL AT WILLOW LAKE, DOCKSIDE, THE WINTER LODGE and SUMMER AT WILLOW LAKE) is a fabulous lighthearted romantic romp. Susan Wiggs cleverly combines humor with a strong cast working through a difficult situation as life after striking out Kim has thrown two splitters at Bo just when he is about to join the Yankees.

Harriet Klausner
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These two stories about lonely bush pilots in a small town near the Arctic Circle are totally charming. The escapades in these stories are truly hilarious. Ms. Macomber has the ability to imbue her characters with such personality the reader feels she knows them personally. The fact these stories take place in Alaska is a plus. Ms. Macomber knows how to describe the magnificence, vastness, and small-town friendliness perfectly. Also highly recommend ARROWS THROUGH TIME: A Time Travel Tale of Adventure, Courage, and Faith.
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I've read all of the Lakeshore Chronicles and most of everything that Susan Wiggs has ever written. I will buy any book that she writes the second that I see it. She's the best.

But,I must say that this one left me a little disappointed. I did feel that her treatment of illegal immigration was a little one sided but that wasn't my problem with this novel because that was necessary for the context of the plot.

I felt her development of Bo was disappointing. He was this wonderful larger than life man who should've been one of her sexier male characters but at the end he just failed to develop. I think her theme that athletes can be insensitive and boorish restrained her ability to make him seem like a real man. He came across as sweet but not too bright.

And the ending was rushed...maybe she was on deadline for another book?
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Do not waste your money on this book, if you are looking for a good romance novel. The romance was a background to a politically correct screed on illegal immigration. The characters were flat and undeveloped. I had to struggle to get to page 150 and I gave up after that.
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Set in Alaska, Midnight Sons Volume One consists of two novels by Debbie Macomber first published in 1995 - "Brides for Brothers" and "The Marriage Risk".

"Brides for Brothers"

The men of Hard Luck, Alaska are lonely and threatening to move so two of the O'Halloran brothers hatch up a scheme to bring women there. Abbey Sutherland is the first to sign up as she and her two children need a place to live. Hard Luck isn't quite what she thought it would be but she's determined to stick it out for the time being. But when she becomes attracted to Sawyer O'Halloran she realizes she has to do what is right for not only herself but her children.

"Brides for Brothers" is a cute romance novel. The initial set up of how to get the women to Hard Luck is a bit awkward and unbelievable, but Abbey is such a strong character she overcomes that flaw. Her reaction when she sees the cabin initially provided for her to live in is a wonderful moment that helps set her character and helps carry the story. As always in a Macomber book the children are extremely cute. Macomber does a great job of showing how beautiful yet so harsh parts of Alaska can be. The romance between Sawyer and Abbey is nicely done if a bit rushed. The end of the book is bound to put a smile on the reader's face.

"The Marriage Risk"

Lanni Caldwell expects to be in Hard Luck just long enough to clean out her grandmother's house - after that she plans a career as a journalist. The last thing she plans to do is fall in love, but fall in love she does with Charles O'Halloran.
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