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Summer At Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
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.

The View:

I started this book a long time ago, finished almost 3/4th of it and then put it down. Somehow I never got to it. Today while doing some kindle clean up I realized that this one was incomplete and decided to give it a go. Surprisingly I just had to pick up from where I left, the characters, plot and events were still fresh in my mind.

The story line is interesting and well paced. There is no rush to get to events and the characters play their part seamlessly as per the plot requirement. Olivia Bellemy is a delight, she has solid viewpoints but is on the borderline to being headstrong. Connor Davis was my favorite and I thought he was portrayed in the bad light initially. But as expected he turned out to be the handsome, charming and decent gentleman who could sweep any girl off her feet.

The part I didn’t like about the book was that there were too many sub-plots (way too many for my liking). Key revelations came too late in the book. I would have liked for Olivia and Connor’s romance to have happened a little early on as they had a great chemistry.

All said and done, I will rate this book a 3.5 on 5 because it had some great elements of story telling but failed in a few key places.



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