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Table for Five

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  4,214 ratings  ·  249 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs writes with heartwarming delicacy about life's unexpected turns, and how family and love can help you find your way home.

Lily Robinson and Sean McGuire have nothing in common.She guards her independent lifestyle with a ferocity that hides a fear of love and the pain it can bring. He's always been a rolling stone, making his ow
Published May 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published 2005)
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This is a story about grief. The main character, Lily, was interesting, but not relatable for me, but her story is well told and you understand why she is the way she is in the end. What I really loved about this book was the tone. It's very serious and awkward at first and it looms with sadness all the way until the end even though the family is moving on from their tragedy. It's not fake and magically happy just because it's now the last page of the book.
Also, unrelated to my review, I really
Jane Stewart
Ok if you’re in the mood for women’s fiction about grief and responsibility. I prefer more entertainment.

The publisher’s blurb (on the back of the book) emphasized a cross country road trip with ups and downs, joys and frustrations. I was disappointed that the road trip was a very minor part of the book and toward the end.

My description of the book:
The parents die, leaving three children. Lily is the mother’s best friend. Sean is the father’s brother. Sean becomes legal guardian. Lily spends a l
When this book starts out you meet Crystal and Derek, neither one of them is very likable, they are so wrapped up in their own issues that they can't see what is wrong with their kids, even when Crystal's best friend and one of the kids teachers tries to point things out.

Next thing we see is the kids at home, after being forgotten about. They are all mad, and as the night goes on you are mad along with them. Then somehow there is a subtle change, you really aren't sure what it is, but the dread
Love appears in the most unlikely of places and people, and under the most tragic of circumstances in Susan Wiggs's novel, Table For Five. It is a compelling story about healing, living, and becoming a family in the most unconventional sense.

Strangers to one another Lily Robinson and Sean Maguire are two individuals living different lives, heading in different directions but interconnected by the people they love. Lily is Crystal Holloway's best friend, sharing a lifelong friendship built on tr
My first and favorite Susan Wiggs read- it's a gorgeous, sweet story of children orphaned after a tragic accident and the couple who are entrusted with their care...and what ensues when life goes on, as it does, and these two people who are so opposite in so many ways are thrown together and forced to rely upon and care for each other, first for the sake of the children, and then for their own sakes. Wiggs sure knows how to spin a lovely tale and I'll always treasure this little gem when I need ...more
Lavada Dee
This is another story that I wish I had more than 5 starts to give. You read so many stories where the main characters are perfect and I have to admit I like escaping into the world of princes and princesses but a story with flawed characters brings real life into play.

In Table For Five a family is born from the tragic deaths of a divorced couple. And none of the characters except maybe the two year old are perfect. The teen and 3rd grader share a secret that was impacting their lives before th
Sarah Parker mcilhenny
This book was a little diamond in the rough. If you've ever seen the movie Life As We Know It (I know, a movie compared to a book...), Table For Five was a much better version of it. It deals with grief and love in it's most basic and real form. Divorced parents will their orphaned children to two different people who hardly know each other, can't stand each other, and end up falling in love. There is a lot of golf talk, of which I don't relate to, but it sucked me in anyway because the main cha ...more
Shelley Vanbrunt
this was the first Susan Wiggs book I read and I have been hooked ever since. She writes about real people living real lives. I cried and laughed.
This book was super emotional for me. I absolutely loved one line where Sean said (and I can't quote because I don't have the book, but I can get pretty close)...She'll be our pet for as long as we're meant to have her, and we will love her and enjoy the time we have with her....

I can't give you the context, because that would be a spoiler, but it hit a chord with me and made a connection because I just lost my canine companion of the past 15 years, and it's been really difficult. This made me b
Mary Beth
A thirty-something school teacher who values her freedom has her life turned inside out when her best friend along with her ex-husband are killed in a car accident. Lily finds herself being a mother to Crystal's 3 children and her plans for a summer in Europe put on hold. A sweet story with likable characters.

This is the first Susan Wiggs' novel for me and I plan to see what else she has done. It was a compelling story that made me keep telling myself---just one more page and I'll turn out the
For some reason, I felt the book displayed more romance than the idea of loss. The issues of grief, the aftermath of death and the unpredictability of life were played through well enough to get at least get a tinge of and it was definitely emotional but it and the story weren't distinct enough. Given the plot and the characters, to me, it seemed like one of those really cheesy and predictable romance movies except with death.
All in all, it was cute. I guess.
Jaime Atkins
This was probably one of the best books Susan Wiggs has written. Although very complex and emotional throughout, the satisfaction gained in the end is well worth it. Even though there was no way to create a perfect "happy ever after", Wiggs showed the power of love to heal and sustain a family. The pain of the past will always remain, but together as a family unit, the future can be filled with happiness.
Steve Pifer
Susan Wiggs writes novels that do not need to have shocking events or edge of the seat suspense to keep the reader interested. She writes stories that are very believeable, common to many of us, and avoid the twisted and perverted villans or grusome murders of 'suspense' novels, or the overly mushy, feel-good, sappy stories that are at the other end of the spectrum.
Reading this book, I could pretty much predict what was to come by the end of the first 75 pages, but I read through happily becaus
~ Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them. ~ Leo Rosten
~ Getting into an emotional relationship is like getting into a car with a drunk driver. You are in for a wild ride and it is bound to end with someone getting hurt.
~ April showers bring May flowers.
~ The beauty of a strong lasting commitment is often best understood by men incapable of it. ~ Murray Kempton
~ Some things are more important than being afraid.
~ The child endures all things. ~ Maria Montessori
~ A racehors
I loved this book! It had love, death, kids, characters afraid of loving and others who grew and matured in the face of a challenge. The story touched on real life circumstances which instantly drew me and kept me rooted for an emotional ride from start to finish!

I cried at the deaths of two characters, I felt heart sick over the loss it caused for the childrenand the uncertainty their parents' death unleashed on everyone's future. I rooted for the guardians left in charge of the kids and watche
Junkie for the Written Word

Look at that happy picanic basket and watermelon on the cover of this book. Look at it. LOOK AT IT!

It's a lie.

The first chapter or so is awkwardly written but it begins to flow more as the story progresses, and so did my tears.

The story is actually about a family that's hit hard by death and how they rebuild their life and move on after that. And golf. If you're looking for a light-hearted watermellony romance, look elsewhere my friend, this book is not that book. This book is one long tearjer
This was the first Susan Wiggs novel I've read and I was impressed with the writing and her ability to describe emotions with such clarity.

From dust jacket:

"A gifted teacher, Lily Robinson adores her students, but fiercely guards her independent lifestyle. Deep inside, she is afraid of loving too deeply for fear of getting hurt. Only her best friend, Crystal, has ever been able to get close. Now an unthinkable tragedy has drawn Lily into the shattered lives of Crystal's family-a family that sud
Rhonda Rae Baker
Susan Wiggs did a wonderful job with this novel...exploring grief and recovery, looking into what it really takes to go on with life when someone you love dies.

Being one that has experiences deep levels of grief, I understand the emotions and terror of finding one's way after life as you know it has totally been torn apart! Susan painted a realistic picture of things that can happen as well as struggles to put life back together. What can we do when tragedy blows our walls down?

Find a way to ke
This was my first Susan Wiggs book and I hope to read more by her. I thought the story line was wonderful, believable, and kept my attention. The story sucks you in and makes you root for the best for each person.

The main characters in the this book were authentic. They each have flaws and difficult issues from their past, both of which make you like them even more. Your heart goes out to each one of them. You can see how they react to their loss and how they begin to heal. It all seems to happ
Deborah Boutwell
I listened to the audio version of this and for the first half of the book was very unhappy with it. I wasn't sure if it was the monotone voice of the reader or what, but that caused my first impression to not be a good one. However, about half way through the reading, I got taken into the story and was able to overlook the reader's voice.

It's a sad story of divorced parents dieing in a car accident together and leaving their three children to be raised by the father's brother and the mother's b

You can't like a book if you hate the MC. And boy, I hated Lily. I liked Sean just fine but I had to grit my teeth every time Lily's POV came up. I understand that she went through a traumatic experience as a child (it's doubly worse that she can't remember it) but that doesn't account for why she's so annoying. I honestly don't know what Sean sees in her.
Having had enough “self-help” books, I turned to a book just for fun, and perhaps a bit of escapism.
From Table for Five by Susan Wiggs:
“A true friend was someone who cared enough about you to make you want to be a better person” (362).
“There’s no one meaner than a mother who can’t forgive herself” (375).
Kristin R
I enjoyed this story of two people that only met once. Each improtant to a divorced couple. It really makes you think about what happens if parents are killed suddenly. Lily and Sean are forced to work together and care for thier friends now orphaned three children.
An okay fluff read. It's well edited, although it starts out veeeery slowly and then compresses rapidly toward the end. I couldn't quite buy in to the characters.

EDIT: For example, during a moving funeral speech, the protagonist describes her deceased friend as "the best mother." This despite the fact that she knows said mother had unburdened herself about her infidelities to her children, who were already suffering from her messy divorce. Good mothers do not do this to their children, and it's
Ann Boytim
Two people come together to help raise a family orphaned by a tragic accident killing their parents who actually were not living together. These parents came together to meet an a teacher conference and the teacher in question was the Mom's best friend. After the conference the couple were killed when the car went off the road. The struggle to see who should take care of thes. The Mom's best friend who is a teacher thought she was named guardian of the kids but the brother of the guy was named i ...more
Beautiful family love story, it took a tragic accident where the surviving family overcame there grief and thrived in the new family dynamics and other found love allowing a new family to be formed. Good feel overall, enjoyed the read.
Lin Stepp
Another heart-warming and enjoyable title by Susan Wiggs. The two main characters, Lily and Sean, through a tragedy - become involved together with three orphaned children. The contrast between the main characters in this book was fun ... careful, ordered schoolteacher who needs to lighten up ... easy-going, fun-loving golfer who needs to get more serious. And neither are exactly perfect parent material. I'm a sucker for a good family novel ... and this one kept me entertained, chuckling, and de ...more
Iza Melody Frost
En fängslande, tänkvärd och kärleksfull story trots sina tragiska inslag. Önskar att baksidestexten inte vore så avslöjande för det förstörde början för mig, men på det hela taget en riktigt bra bok.
Patricia Solla
This story really grips the reader right from the get go. We are introduced to some of the central characters and a tragic beginning to deal with right away. Death of a parent always brings great sorrow but what happens when both parents die? Add to that the fact that the parents were divorcing and the reader get another level of grief the children were trying to get through. Now add that there's a secret that at affects the situation as well and this story is off an running. What happens to the ...more
Just re-read this, after a year or two, and enjoyed it a second time.I'd forgotten most of it. It's about a family already in deep turmoil, husband and wife divorced and battling over 3 great kids, how the kids are, and aren't handling it, when the husband and wife are both killed in a traffic accident. IT's about the train-wreck their decisions leave behind for their children & friends. The wife's best friend, a staid, independent school teacher, and the husband's carefree playboy step-brot ...more
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Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers' group in a 17-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field's End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world's top authors to her seaside community. (See ...more
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