Monday, August 17, 2015

The Summer Hideaway by Susan Wiggs

Title:  The Summer Hideaway
Series:  The Lakeshore Chronicles #7
Author:  Susan Wiggs
Published:  February 23/10 by MIRA
Length:  400pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Never get attached
Private nurse and protected witness Claire Turner lives by this motto. Fleeing a treacherous past, she knows no other way.

Never give up
In the twilight of his life, George Bellamy makes it his final wish to reconcile with an estranged brother. He and Claire journey to Willow Lake where it all went wrong for him fifty years ago.

Never let go
George's grandson Ross is ruled by a fierce devotion to family and a deep mistrust of the mysterious Claire, yet sparks fly whenever she's near. In the face of a wrenching loss, amid the enchantment of Willow Lake, Ross and Claire dare to risk everything for love.

My Review:

Wiggs brings love, loss, and rejuvenation to the forefront in this enchanting tale. To say that this novel was unique is an understatement. Wiggs return to Camp Kioga melds emotion with beautiful scenery in a story that I won’t soon forget.

Wiggs’ characters come to life in the most unique, yet absolutely human, of ways. The look back at George’s life was both inspiring and heartbreaking. The way in which Wiggs melded the past with the present was absolutely unforgettable. The contrast between what was and what is was breathtaking. The stories of the main characters also really drew me in. Claire’s past is so unimaginable yet Wiggs develops it in such a manner that I could easily picture living through it. I got a kick of watching Ross try and unravel the different threads of what was going on. At the same time, I loved how the story was about so much more than simply two people falling in love. Life, as a whole, was a major component in this tale.

Once again Wiggs has created a novel full of life, love, and everything that goes with it. The one of a kind plot captured my attention, while the characters kept me coming back time and time again.

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