Susan Wiggs's Lakeshore Chronicles series has captivated thousands of listeners with its relatable characters, warm humor and engaging stories. Summer at Willow Lake is the story that started it all. Meet Olivia, Connor and the families and friends of Willow Lake that make these emotional romances a must-hear.
Real estate expert Olivia Bellamy reluctantly trades a trendy Manhattan summer for her family's old resort camp in the Catskills, where her primary task will be renovating the bungalow colony for her grandparents, who want one last summer together filled with fun, friends and family. A posh resort in its heyday, the camp is now in disarray and Olivia is forced to hire contractor Connor Davis - a still-smoldering flame from her own summers at camp.
But as the days grow warm, not even the inviting blue waters of Willow Lake can cool the passions flaring or keep shocking secrets at bay. The nostalgic joy of summers past breathes new promise into a special place and people...a promise meant to last long after the season ends.
Don't miss Candlelight Christmas, the latest story in the Lakeshore Chronicles series by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Susan Wiggs.
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"Finding Love at Summer Camp"
The bus would arrive at summer camp and lots of kid's would hop down the steps of the bus, eager to start their summer vacation. The camp was owned by Olivia's grandparents.
Olivia and Conner had sat next to each other on the bus. Therefore, as a team of two, they climbed up a hill, stopping now and again to look around and talk. Olivia was over weight, wore big glasses, her hair was braided into pig tails and thought that no one liked her. She would be having a tougher time this year because her cousin's were going on a road trip with their parent's to California. Olivia felt lost without them because now she wouldn't have anyone to hang around with. Olivia wasn't good with stranger's. She didn't know what to say and when she did speak, her words were unkind.
The camper's would reunite each summer and that was how Olivia and Conner made a connection. However, the last summer they spent at the camp there was a misunderstanding about their feelings towards each other. Each went their own way and found their themselves away from one another.
The camp had been closed for many years. Olivia's grandparent's had been married at the camp and wanted to renew their vows on the same spot as they had done fifty years before. However, there was a huge problem. The camp needed someone to orchestrate refurbishing it, due to its lack of use. Olivia was called by her grandmother and asked if she could spend her summer doing just that.
Olivia now owned her own business, Foundations. The purpose of Foundations was to refresh homes to look nicer than they actually were, for a quick sale. Olivia and her employees would buy furniture and such to inspire those who were looking to purchase a home. They may buy a painting, antique tables or rearrange things that were already in the home and the homes sold faster because Foundations had renewed the spirit of the home. Therefore, knowing this, was why Olivia's grandmother told her she'd be the perfect person to get the camp in shape for renewing their vows.
The language was fairly tame. The word f#### seems to appear in every book that I've been reading lately and the lead character, man/woman, has red hair. The book was a smooth and easy listen. The character's were not very developed. The story was calm and predictable, it was a gentle love story. This genre of book is enjoyed by many and they would not be disappointed if they purchased this book. The narration was very good and that always makes for a good read.
Good book to read at the beach - you loose yourself reading this book -
Easy reading - keeps your interest. I think that this book would interest - high school age to Grandmother age - most women can relate to at least some of what the characters have gone through in life.
"Please, please, PLEASE get a new narrator!"
I could not get through the the first chapter so I am totally unqualified to give an opinion about the story. The reason? The narrator was HORRIBLE.
I just finished wiggs' Bellavista books on Audible and they were great! Loved the stories, the characters and the narrator. I felt like a found a new favorite author to listen to-- perfect for my gym sessions. I couldn't wait to start the Lakeshore Chronicles. But, sadly, that's not going to happen because it looks like they all have the same narrator.
Her voice was just not right for this story.
"I love this book!!!"
I have read Summer at Willow Lake several times! It is one of my all time favorite books and the Lakeshore Chronicles are one of my favorite series! I ended up getting the Audible version to listen to at work and I'm so glad I did. Really enjoyed the performance.... the narrator was outstanding! I'll definitely be purchasing the rest of the series.
"What a confusing mish-mash of words!"
Too many words! Too much jumping all over the place- it's the 30s, no the 90s, oh wait now it is the 70s, and occasionally let's throw in present day!
Not the genre, but definitely the author
Confusion and aggrevation.
"Just couldn't finish it..."
I really liked the Apple Orchard by Wiggs. I purchased another one of her books but it was by a different narrator and I simply could not stand her slurring S's and voice for the male character. I had to return the book. I will purchase a copy for my Kindle and read it on the beach this summer.
I couldn't get through it. Not the author's fault.
Anyone but Bean! I cannot listen to slurry S's.
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