Published by MIRA on August 25th 2015
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I am a big fan of Susan Wiggs’ Lakeshore Chronicles. This is the 11th in the series but can very easy work as a stand alone book.
Faith is a young widow with two children. The man she has been with since she was 17 has passed away and she is constantly struggling to care for her daughters. She learns of a job working for Alice Bellamy a woman recently paralyzed and angry at life. Both are strong women with kind hearts and hit it off even if they don’t always see eye to eye. While caring for Alice, Faith gets to know Alice’s son Mason. Both feel a mutual attraction but there is a minor roadblock – Mason is engaged.
Mason seems to have it all and enjoys working in the city. He is engaged to a woman who shares similar interests as him. He is driven and likes to takes risks but like his mother, has a kind heart. He meets Faith when she is rescuing a man who was just in a motorcycle accident and knows she is the perfect fit for his Mother. But is she also the perfect fit for him.
Mason doesn’t want to be like his father and wants to be true to his morals and value. Faith wants to provide a stable loving environment for her daughters while working for Alice. While watching Faith care for his Mother he begins to question what is most important to him in his life.
What I enjoy about Wiggs writing is her characters feel real. They are likable, flawed, make mistakes, have believable emotions and experience inner turmoil. I also like how her characters go through believable changes. In this book, I enjoyed how Alice began to be more like herself as she got to know Faith’s children and through her interactions with them. As she deals with her fear about being in a wheelchair for the rest of her life, she helps Faith’s daughter deal with her fears. They decide to face their fears together. The family also has to deal with family secrets and personal truths which add to the story and make it more interesting.
Was the story predictable? Yes, of course it was. It’s a no-brainer. I knew how it would end but the journey of getting there is what make Wiggs books enjoyable to read. It is also nice to get a glimpse of other characters from previous books. They pop up for a girls night out but it is nice to see them interacting. Overall a very nice addition to the Lakeshore Chronicles.