Monday, September 7, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Starlight On Willow Lake

About Starlight on Willow Lake

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Mira (August 25, 2015)
Join #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs on a journey to a charming Catskills town that feels like home and where a cast of brilliantly drawn characters awaits in a poignant story of reconciliation and the healing power of love.
 Mason Bellamy’s world is fast, loud and decorated with the most extreme risks. Nothing can tempt him to give up his high-rolling Manhattan life and high-maintenance girlfriend—not even family. When he’s called home to upstate Avalon to help his quadriplegic mother in her deepest time of need, he sets his mind on temporary, determined to craft a way to care for her from a distance.
Alice Hayes is supposed to be his best solution. Hiring the gentle-hearted yet struggling caregiver as a live-in nurse gives Alice and her two daughters shelter, his mother companionship and Mason the freedom to escape to his adrenaline-pumped, no-attachments routine. But Alice’s beautiful presence promises to repair Mason’s frayed family ties. And his unstoppable attraction to Alice could lead to the most exhilarating thrill of his life.
“Wiggs’s storytelling is heartwarming… [for] romance and women’s fiction readers of any age.”—Publishers Weekly
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About Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs is the author of many beloved bestsellers, including the popular Lakeshore Chronicles series. She has won many awards for her work, including a RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America.

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Review: This is book 11 in the Lakeside Chronicles Series. Like Cedar Cove by Debbie Macomber and the Chesapeake Series by Sherryl Woods,  these books are all stand alone novels with characters that interconnect because of the small town setting.

The subject matter of this book is a serious downer. The hero, Mason Bellamy, has lost his father in a skiing accident a year prior and his mother was left a quadriplegic. She's also not the most pleasant person. As you learn more about Alice Bellamy, you understand more of her feelings of anger.

Faith is broken too and she's broke. This wouldn't be so bad if she didn't have two daughters, and one with type 1 diabetes.

Alice requires a new caregiver as a result of an accident that happens while Mason and his siblings are away scattering their father's ashes. Instantly you know there's more to this story, and it becomes even more and more apparent when Faith starts her work.

This is more than just a small town romance, actually there's very little romance to this story at all. It is more a book about healing and finding the courage to move on.  I think if Faith and Mason falling for each other would have been more of a focal point in this book, it would have been perfect, but as it was, their relationship was just a small part of the whole story.

Alice was really the character that you have to love. She's a curmudgeon, and rightly so, because so much has been taken from her. She had so much and lost much more. By the end of the book, she's more accepting and definitely an inspirational character.

The subject matter is far from light and if that's what you are looking for, this book probably won't suit you. For awhile there, I wasn't sure that it would suit me, but I kept on reading and by the time.

 If you are enjoy a book with deep and well developed characters, than give this story a go. It really is worth your time.

Rating: 4 flowers


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm so glad to see that you stuck it out and really enjoyed this by the end. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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