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The Summer Hideaway (Lakeshore Chronicles #7)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,379 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
Susan Wiggs wrote her way into readers' hearts with stories of every woman's hopes and dreams. Now she returns with a touching tale of secrets and sacrifice, loss and redemption…and a love too powerful to be denied.

Never get attached—Private nurse and protected witness Claire Turner lives by this motto. Fleeing a treacherous past, she knows no other way.

Never give up—In
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published February 1st 2010)
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Apr 01, 2010 Rossy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wiggs/contemp. romance/ Carr fans
Recommended to Rossy by: Series continuation
I have never been happier about my OCD, than while i was reading this book. I'm glad i followed the pull and read the books in order, even if it's not necessary to follow this story, since every book stands on its own in the series. Just the mention that the setting would be Willow Lake had me giddy with anticipation for this book.

Out of all the other books, i think this was the best yet. The underlying mystery was fascinating. I kept trying to guess and although sometimes i was right, i was als
Mar 05, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Ms Wiggs has a way of getting under the skin of things. In this book, she describes the end of a life, and brings an understanding and bittersweet look at what it is like to love and lose, to father a large family, to have one's life changed irrevocably at the age of 13 and again at 23, and to have regrets as well as gratifyingly deep connections with others. The relationship between Claire and Ross is secondary but beautiful. Both are somewhat needy but very strong characters, who gradually com ...more
Apr 24, 2010 Marleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: susan-wiggs
I have to admit that I'm disappointed after reading this one. I have loved all the Lakeshore books, except the last two and they could almost be considered boring. There wasn't the depth of characters that were in the other chronicles of the Bellemy clan.
The story of Claire and Ross did not convince me at all.
I give this book two stars for the story of George.
Dec 29, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, romance
This one was very hard to read for me as part of the story line hit a little too close to home. Anyone that has had a family member that realizes there comes a time when a choice needs to be made about life will understand, the whole quality versus quantity of life becomes an important one. Do you keep fighting just to have a few more miserable days or months, or do you accept your fate with dignity, look back at your life and do what you have always wanted, righted those wrongs, and just live i ...more
I was really disappointed in this story. It started out with a lot of promise. I liked the initial characters and their problems. Then it started to go downhill. Especially once the reminiscing on the past started. That made it choppy and it totally lost momentum. By the end it felt more like George's story than Ross and Claire's. The story mostly tells what is going on, rarely showing us. For example, Ross and Claire continue to get closer and closer, but we see very little of their interaction ...more
Jul 09, 2010 Kathi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Titinha Scaeiro
Mais um livrinho fofinho, porém achei este romance do casal protagonista o mais sem sal que houve...
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Feb 19, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance fans
Recommended to Mollie *scoutrmom* by: nobody
George Bellamy has lost the cancer battle, and decides on palliative care instead of going down swinging. His one regret, that his favorite grandson has not found a woman to love. George interviews private duty nurses for his final weeks, and selects the one he thinks is right for his grandson. George and the nurse leave for beautiful Camp Kioga so he can fill some final life list items and make peace with the brother from whom he has long been estranged.

Private duty nurse Claire Turner is hidi
I like all of the Lakeshore Chronicles books by Susan Wiggs. She is very good at delving deep into the emotions of all her characters. So much so, that some times, it can be a little repetitious. I missed a few books between the this one and the last I read, and I feel like I missed out. But the story is heartwarming, along with a little suspense because of the situation of the characters. It is about so many things, most of all, about seizing life while you have it, and not being afraid to take ...more
shawn T Kim
May 28, 2013 shawn T Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

George Bellamy has a terminal disease and after waging a heroic battle against it at the Mayo Clinic, he has decided to spend the remainder of his days his way. He hires a nurse, Claire Turner, to travel with him to the site of his childhood summers, there he plans to make amends with his past and his long lost brothers, reconnect with some family, and make a dent in his list of things to do before he dies.

Ross Bellamy is returning to his Grandfather George's side after two years spen
Gloria Bernal
Apr 18, 2010 Gloria Bernal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This opens with Ross Bellamy, a young helicopter pilot in the army just rounding up his tour of duty in Afghanistan. He comes home to learn that his beloved grandfather George Bellamy, a retired journalist and the closest thing to a father he has ever known, is terminally ill with brain cancer.
George has opted to stop all treatment, live his last few months doing whatever he wants (with a bucket list of sorts) and dying in his place of choice, Willow Lakes Camp Kioga, where he spent the happiest
Jaime Atkins
This is a tough review for several reasons. I liked George a lot and I enjoyed getting to know him, but it was a given from the beginning that he would pass away at some point. I don't like reading sad stories. There was not enough of Ross and Claire and I thought the book was supposed to be about them. Also, way too many things were left open. Case in point.....Philip. Don't get me wrong, Susan Wiggs tied her loose ends with conversation and the reader was given a sense of understanding, but.. ...more
Lynn Calvin
Mar 11, 2010 Lynn Calvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Like a lot of these long series it's getting a little complicated, but while this has a nice romance it really is about end of life and a man who is dying who has taken the step of reconnecting with the brother from whom he has been estranged for 55 years.

The romance between the private care nurse who is attending him and the man's grandson, and the perfectly nice suspense plot concerning her past and the story arc of the man's family coming to terms with the fact that he is dyin
Lucy Bilik
I have enjoyed this book about a girl who had witnessed double murder by a trusted adult while in the foster system. From that day on she had to disappear and learn to live on the run if need be. While her motto was not to get attached to anyone so that they will not get hurt she chose a profession that would allow for that as well - working with dying patients. When taking on another assignment she was not aware that her patient had other plans for her and his grandson. And the real story begin ...more
Sep 02, 2010 Sueij rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sueij by: Loretta
Another good read from Susan Wiggs. I do, on the whole, like this Lakeshore Chronicles series. I like the added depth of a character living out the last few months of his life. It was a nice difference from most romances.

The characters are interesting and generally the story develops in reasonable ways based on the characters' history and current events. I just wish that Wiggs would spend less time just mucking about in the heroine's head and more time having the characters *doing*. Less tell,
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lakeshore Chronicles

George Bellamy finds that his brain tumor has become inoperable and untreatable without a great deal of pain, so he decides to stop treatment and live his remaining days enjoying life. He has made a list of all the things he want to do before he dies and that means traveling back to Willow Lake and Camp Kioga. He hires a private nurse and sets out on his way.

Meanwhile, George's grandson, Ross is returning home from Afghanistan as he has completed his tour of duty and the
Geovanna Maya
Nov 07, 2014 Geovanna Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia corta pero que vale la pena.
Los protagonistas no me causaron ninguna impresión en los primeros capítulos, pero después tuve curiosidad por el pasado de Claire pues en el transcurso de la historia solo te lanzaban ideas pero no lo que realmente paso, eso fue casi hasta el final.
La atracción que sienten el uno por el otro fue algo tranquilo y que me gusto porque no fue tan rápido y lo que van descubriendo poco a poco es algo que llama la atención si se toma encuentra cual era la
Shanyn Hosier
Meh. This was a dud for me.

Seriously underwhelmed by this book, which I got for free as a giveaway at a conference. The first 100 pages of the story were unnecessary and embarrassingly repetitive, telling rather than showing the inner conflict/motivation and backstory of the two contemporary romantic characters, Ross and Claire. I get it: Ross is a mildly emotionally damaged soldier fresh from a war zone who longs to start a family, and Claire is a hunted loner who longs for a family. You don't
Georgiann Hennelly
Private nurse and protected witness Claire Turner lives by the motto never get attached. Fleeing from a treacherous past, she feels safer this way. George Bellamy,s final wish is to reconcile with an estranged brother. Claire and George journey to Willow lake where everything went wrong for him fifty years ago.Georges grandson Ross has a fierce devotion to family and a deep mistrust of Claire. Yet sparks fly between them. In the face of a wrenching loss. Ross and Claire dare to risk it all for l ...more
Ross Bellamy had acquired a fine education, learned a useful profession and served in the military. His time in Afghanistan was at an end and he was going home. His last flight had his Helo shot up and he had to be rescued. All he wanted was to survive his last day. He had a newby on his last flight, Florence Kennedy, and she told him that if he ever needed legal help back home that he should contact her father, Tyrone Kennedy. Ross had just found out that his grandfather had cancer and was dyin ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book, thinking it would be an easy, summer chick lit read. It fills that bill, but as I got involved in the story, I got caught up in the story of love, family, betrayal, murder, intrigue. I wanted George to complete his bucket list. I wanted to find out what was the whole story of Claire's past. The last 3rd of the book was hard to put down.

The ending was predictable. I wanted it to end like it did. But I enjoyed the journey to get there.
Apr 19, 2010 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
Another in the Lakeside Chronicles series. This was my least favorite of the bunch. Somehow, the story didn't flow for me. George's bucket list was a bit of a cliche, and the relationship between Ross Bellamy and his grandfather's nurse, Claire just didn't cut it. The quasi-witness protection theme was a bust. Of more interest was the schism between George Bellamy and his brother Charles, though that was not resolved very well.
Mar 31, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Wiggs outdoes herself on Book 7 of the Lakeshore Chronicles, The Summer Hideaway. Now we have to wait for number eight.

George Bellamy hasn't seen his brother Charles for fifty years. He returns to Camp Kioga with his nurse, Claire and grandson Ross, to live out the rest of his life. He has fought the cancer he has but it is useless so decides to stop fighting and live as best as he can. His trip to Camp Kioga is not one his family understands nor likes. They are also afraid Claire is goin
Apr 18, 2016 Alidiseta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sono passati ben quattro anni da quando ho letto Musica nel cuore, quindi non ricordo se George, Charles e Jane hanno già fatto un'apparizione nei romanzi precedenti. Comunque, secondo me, il libro può essere letto tranquillamente anche da solo. Se cercate un romance puro, Le radici dell'amore non fa per voi: la storia d'amore c'è ed è anche carina, ma i due protagonisti un po' scialbi non la rendono certo indimenticabile. Il vero fulcro delle vicende è George, il nonno del protagonista, che con ...more
Feb 25, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful, maybe the best in this series so far!! Ross, Claire, and George were all wonderfully likeable characters.
Apr 18, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This entry in the Bellamy family saga is about Charles Bellamy's long missing brother George and his end-of-life choices. George returns to Camp Kioga with a private duty nurse, intent on mending fences with his bother Charles and spending his last summer with family before brain cancer takes his life. With grace and wisdom, he sets about bridging all the family differences. A second narrative involves his grandson Ross, newly returned from Afghanistan, and his nurse Claire, who has a whole hist ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good! Enjoyed very much. So much about learning to live rather than worrying about dying.
Mar 25, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great beach read :)
Lindsay Amanda Racen
I've been on a pretty heavy Susan Wiggs recently 7 of my last 12 books were hers as I click through the Lakeshore Chronicles series. The "summer" books are my favorite although The Winter Lodge first got me hooked. Camp Kioga, the town of Avalon's summer camp, reminds me of my own days of times past at Camp Oaks in Big Bear, California, making it so easy to relate to that time, the story, and the summer state of mind.

This particular book is among my top favorites of the series I'd venture to sa
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Other Books in the Series

Lakeshore Chronicles (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Summer at Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles, #1)
  • The Winter Lodge (Lakeshore Chronicles #2)
  • Dockside (Lakeshore Chronicles, #3)
  • Snowfall at Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles, #4)
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  • Fireside (Lakeshore Chronicles, #5)
  • Lakeshore Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles, #6)
  • Marrying Daisy Bellamy (Lakeshore Chronicles #8)
  • Return to Willow Lake  (Lakeshore Chronicles #9)

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