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SUMMER AT WILLOW LAKE
SUSAN WIGGS
ISBN# 0-7783-2325-0
August 1, 2006
MIRA
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, M3B 3K9 Canada
Paperback
$7.99 U.S./$9.50 Canada
544 Pages
Fiction/Romance
Rating: 5 Cups

Olivia Bellamy, a real estate expert, has taken on the task of renovating a bungalow colony for her grandparents' 50th anniversary. But when she hires Connor Davis as the contractor, she wonders if he knows he is the boy who broke her heart years ago when they were at Camp Kioga.

Connors Davis knew her as the girl who liked to read books and play the piano. He knew she hated camp and he had the habit of picking on her, even calling her Lolly. Now, years later, after being contracted to help refurbish the bungalow, even though he does not recognize her at first, memories begin to stir in his mind after seeing Olivia.

Olivia recalls many memories at Camp Kioga. One being Connors, a boy who had crushed her heart. Now that he has been hired to help modernize the bungalow, she still holds resentment toward him. Connors has become quite successful in his work and his domineering boy ways have matured into a man of complexity. There are still a few insecurities in his life and, even though he holds a feeling of resentment against Olivia, he has plans to seduce her. Olivia has her own lack of confidence as she is reminded of her fat days at camp. With troubled memories still lingering in her head, she must put the past behind her as they both work together to make the resort in the same posh setting it once held before it became a shambles. Olivia only hopes that in the process she will find that happiness she always desired. As the little flame she feels for him begins to heat, even the enticing waters across Willow Lake cannot cool the passion she holds in her heart each day she works with Connors. This is one time she never wishes the summer to come to an end. And as Connors sees Olivia in a different light, will he find a way to make her his Lolly always?

Summer at Willow Lake is a story that pulls the reader into a family that shares love, problems, and hard work. I enjoyed Olivia and hearing of her days at the camp. I could almost feel the crushing of her heart with Connors. The characters take on a whole new meaning as they mature and make the reader grow along with them. Ms. Wiggs instills a magnificent tale that allows the reader to feel as if they are sitting right by the lake and watching the characters breeze by in this enchanting tale. She pens a timeless treasure that holds on until the last page. The characters are refreshing, and the detailed storyline makes each of them breathe in the pages. With some love and camaraderie sprinkled along the way, the family secrets have a way of making the reader feel as if they are a part of this dynasty that holds many memories throughout the years in this rare read.

Cherokee
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