Snowfall At Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles, #4)
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Snowfall At Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles #4)

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International lawyer Sophie Bellamy has dedicated her life to helping people in war-torn countries. But when she survives a hostage situation, she remembers the children she loves back home. Haunted by regret, she returns to the idyllic Catskills village of Avalon on the shores of Willow Lake, determined to repair the bonds with her family. At Willow Lake, Sophie discovers...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 477 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Center Point (first published January 1st 2008)
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Lola4
The backstory made no sense whatsoever, as if the author lost all reality contact. Come on, evil military dictators magically toppled by a lawyer in a far distant court that has no real jurisdiction or enforcement power...how? The whole phoney Africa/ICC stuff was just too weird, and that alone would have ruined a good romance--if there was one, which there wasn't. Sophie is at least a runner-up for the most unlikable heroine in a romance novel ever. If this were real life, a sweet hunk like Noa...more
Kath
I read Just Breathe but the same author and thought it was okay, but decided to try another by this author as I found it at a library sale. So glad that I did. This is book 4 in the series and I read it first knowing that there were 3 prior to this one. I have to say that this book stands very well on its own.

Sophie Bellamy is somewhat recently divorced from Greg Bellamy and he's newly married (their romance was book 2 or 3 of this series). I was so glad that I didn't read the previous installm...more
Mery
Sophie Bellamy memiliki karir gemilang di ICC. Dia berhasil memenangi kasus kejahatan perang di tanah Afrika. Dia berhasil menggulingkan para diktator bengis dunia. Dia telah menyelamatkan hidup orang banyak. Tetapi pencapaiannya membutuhkan harga yang sangat berat untuk dibayarkan.

Anak-anaknya.


Sejak anak pertamanya lahir, Sophie selalu mementingkan karir. Dia tinggal satu samudera jauhnya dari keluarganya. Dia bekerja lebih dari 16 jam sehari. Hingga pernikahannya sendiri pun tak dapat diselama...more
Kathryn
I didn't think I would care for this as much as I have the other books in the series. This one centered around Sophie who was Daisy and Max's mother. She is also Greg's ex wife. She was written as the type of mother more wrapped up in herself and her own dreams than in her family. Her marriage fell apart and she didn't put up any fight when the kids chose to live with dad full time. She just accepted it. Rather than being a parent she was always more of a decorative piece in their lives always o...more
Darcy
I was a little surprised by the main character of this book, Sophie. In past books Sophie has come across as cold, detached, and dare I say it, yes I will a bitch. She put her needs ahead of everyone else's, even her kids. So I didn't really expect to enjoy this book as much as I did.

Sophie is the kind of woman that has been trapped by her over achieving parents, you know the ones that push, push, and keep pushing their kids. It is only after a catastrophic life or death event that she realizes...more
Stacy
This was my second favorite of the series. I loved the fact that she was so wary about falling for someone so much younger than her.

After two years of grueling work for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, an international terrorist incident prompts divorced lawyer Sophie Bellamy to recognize that her work is meaningless without her two children—Max, 12, and Daisy, 19—who are living with their remarried father. On the snowy night Sophie returns to Avalon, N.Y., she meets the handsome b...more
Rossy
Mar 19, 2010 Rossy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cont. romance fans/ feisty heroine fans
Recommended to Rossy by: series continuation
I liked this part of the series a lot more than i thought i would. From previous books i didn't think Sophie and Noah matched each other, but while reading the book i understood why their personalities complimented each other. Noah was the perfect partner for Sophie's new beginning and if it was not for the age hang ups she had i would have enjoyed the book a lot more. Well that and how the ending was wrapped up, i just don't like the whole separation for them to finally get a clue.

The funny th...more
Sandy
I bought the Lakeshore Chronicle series after enjoying the first book. This is definitely my favorite of the series so far. Predictable, but I liked the story. Fun "beach" read.
I am living in Africa and found it interesting that the main character is working to help conditions in a place called Umoja in Africa. I wish the author would have given more backgound information on Umoja and its struggles. I looked it up in the internet and found this interesting article... http://www.washingtonpost.co...more
Elle
SnowFall At Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs This story is mainly about Sophie Bellamy, Daisy and Max Bellamy's mother. She's been an absentee mother for most of her children's lives. She chose her career as an international lawyer over her family. She finds herself in a hostage situation and survives. After coming through this terrifying time she decides to move to Avalon, NY where her children and ex-husband reside. She unexpectedly finds herself falling for the local veterinarian, Noah Shepherd, wh...more
Sheri
I love the Susan Wiggs books I've read. Not sure why I haven't read more of them. I'm correcting that, and reading this series. Accidentally read #4 out of order, but now I'm going back for #2.

Great characters and great story. Sophie had a lot of backstory for the first part of the book, but I suppose one can't really understand her and her motivation without it. She almost fell into a HEA in spite of herself!
Andreasoldier
After years working for the World Court, and two years of a grueling trial in The Hague, Sophie Bellamy has a life-changing experience. Divorced and estranged from her kids, she decided to Willow Lake to reconnect her family.
There she mets Noah Shepherd, a kid in a grownup's body. The attraction is instant, but she's not sure she can handle a relationship with a man while trying to re-establish one with her kids.
Sophie, like a lawyer, always is looking for pitfalls and planning for every contin...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
OMGoodness, this was the absolute best! I'm so hooked on these characters and they feel a part of my life. I loved getting to know Sophie and Noah...their relationship brought out so many memories for me...their hearts, their lives, their struggles...WOW

I can't wait to tear into the next novel in The Lakeshore Chronicles...thank you SO much Susan, you are awesome!
Jaime Atkins
This was one of my favorite stories in this series. Noah is now one of my favorite men in the series. I hope to see much more of them in the future. I would like to see Greg and Sophie finally deal with the past and acknowledge that they didn't have a forever love, but now each of them does. They have to leave the past behind so they can all enjoy the future.
Patricia
I am so glad Susan Wiggs told us Sophie Bellamy's story. In the other books, Sophie was not a very sympathetic character, but with this story you get to see things from her viewpoint and you begin to understand why she did some of the things she did. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to go back to Willow Lake.
Debra
The fourth in the Lakeshore Chronicles features Sophie, Greg's ex-wife and Daisy's mother. One of the things that I really like about this series is looking at events from differing points of view. Since nothing is black and white, the characters come to life more realistically.

Dianne
I did not like the first few chapters that set the story up it got a little better. What I am finding with this series is I don't really like the main characters in the story I like hearing about the old characters and what they are doing instead.
Vanessa
So, there is this heroine who has the body of Jennifer Aniston, the face of Sophia Lauren, who has the lust of Demi Moore and ends up behaving like Angelina Jolie. So, do I have to explain more? Oh.. oh... and she has the brains and discipline and diplomacy of Hilary Clinton. Oh, dear.. oh dear indeed! So, Noah, our hero is kinda of an Ashton Kutcher who happens to have more education (he graduated in Cornell, well hell), with the charm and earthiness of George Clooney (?). So these two people h...more
Lynn
I went I to this one thinking I wasn't going to like it..but was pleasantly surprised. Sophie comes off as cold and uncaring in earlier book series. You'll see a hint of longing but that isn't explored more until this book. I think the melding of "old Sophie" and "new Sophie" could have been written better. But overall this book was good and full of character building. No,,,not all characters are explored in this book,,,,but this is not their book. It's Sophie and Noah's book. Other character de...more
Debra
3.5 stars

This was a very light hearted read about a woman, Sophie, who decides after being the victim of a terrorist act, to put her family first and moves back to the states to be near her children. On the night she returns she hits a deer, gets stuck in a ditch and is saved by the handsome local Vet, Noah. This becomes a boy meets girl (older girl) story. The couple feel lust, give in to lust, fall in love, argue about their age difference as Sophie is reconnecting with her children. I have no...more
Cheer Papworth
Nice story about starting over and second chances.
Kate Vale
Fourth in the Lakeshore Chronicles pulled me in immediately because I saw so much of myself in the too-wed-to-work Sophie Bellamy, although the horror of kidnapping that she endures has never been my experience. Then there is younger-than-her Noah Shepard, the local veterinarian and her temporary neighbor. Whoa! With a vet like him in the neighborhood, who wouldn't want to adopt a cat or dog simply to bask in his beauty?

Sophie obviously agrees, but being a mom to her teenage daughter, Daisy, and...more
Chris
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

Another excellent Willow Lake story. I could really relate to this one, which surprised me since Sophie Bellamy was not one of my favorite characters in previous Willow Lake stories. Sophie leaves her high-profile career (I just retired) after being taken hostage. It causes her to realize all that she would have m...more
Susan
Typical love story- boy meets girl and they fall in love. They have a disagreement and split apart only to discover they love each other enough to get over their differences. We were introduced to Sophie Bellamy, international lawyer, in the last book. She was a minor character and we weren't supposed to like her too much. Career has always been important to Sophie. Her parents taught her it is all about what you achieve. If you are doing good works then your family will understand. While at the...more
Jintana
เป็นเรื่องราวที่ใกล้ตัวมาก ๆ สำหรับผู้หญิงยุคนี้ นางเอกเป็น working mom ที่ไม่ค่อยมีเวลาให้ครอบครัวเพราะหน้าที่การงานที่เธอคิดว่าสำคัญ เพราะต้องการเปลี่ยนแปลงโลกให้ดีขึ้น เธอลืมไปว่าสิ่งเล็ก ๆ ที่เรียกว่าครอบครัวนั้นคือจุดเริ่มต้นของการเปลี่ยนแปลงโลกให้ดีขึ้น มัวแต่ไปทำสิ่งที่ใหญ่แต่มองข้ามความสำคัญเล็ก ๆ ใกล้ตัว (อย่างที่ภาษิตไทยเรียกใกล้เกลือกินด่าง) จนวันหนึ่งที่เผชิญหน้ากับอันตรายที่อาจทำให้เธอไม่ได้กลับมาหาครอบครัวอีก ทำให้เธอเปลี่ยนแปลงแบบ 360 องศา ลาออกจากงานที่กำลังรุ่งโรจน์อย่างสูงสุดเพ...more
Rachel Groves
I love this series as a light read with a good dollop of romance without being too chick-lit-esque. I enjoyed the first 3 books very much. This is the 4th in the series.

When I found it centred on Sophie I was a little worried. In the previous books Sophie is the absent career mum who is not always painted in a great light. We hear about her from her kids, her ex-husband and it's not all that positive. So I was prepared not to get on with the book.

Actually it's clever because Sophie is just a per...more
Sulis Peri Hutan
Seri keempat dari Lakeshore Chronicles, kali ini bercerita tentang Sophie Ballamy, mantan istri dari Greg Bellamy (baca Dockside). Diceritakan sebelumnya kalau pernikahan Sophie dan Greg tidak bertahan lama, Sophie mengandung Daisy kala ia masih di college dan setelah itu baru menikah. Greg adalah arsitek terkenal sedangkan Sophie adalah pengacara internasional, lebih tepatnya asisten deputi pengacara untuk Mahkamah Kriminal Internasional di Den Haag, Belanda. Kesibukan masing-masing akan pekerj...more
Maria
Another excellent Willow Lake story. I could really relate to this one, which surprised me since Sophie Bellamy was not one of my favorite characters in previous Willow Lake stories. Sophie leaves her high-profile career (I just retired) after being taken hostage. It causes her to realize all that she would have missed with her family if she dies and what is truly important to her at this point in her life (Family has always come first with me but it is hard to juggle a career and family. I didn...more
Sari
Ini series bener2 kya drama keluarga yang komplit, sebelumnya tokohnya keponakan sang pemilik perkemahan dengan kontraktor yang waktu kecilnya bad boy dikota tersebut, lalu anak yang baru ditemukan dengan pria kaya yang lari dari orangtuanya, lalu sang paman yang menikahi single mother berdarah latino, sekarang ttg bekas tante yang menikahi dokter hewan yang jauh lebih muda, nanti ada sang sepupu yang menikahi pria berbeda ras dan berdarah campuran, komplit deh karakter di series ini. Itulah yan...more
Vicki
This installment of the Lakeshore Chronicles centers around Sophie Bellamy, a career driven lawyer working for the International Criminal Court in The Hague. After a life-altering international terrorist attack on the Hague, Sophie leaves it all behind and returns to Avalon, N.Y., to be near her children. The night she returns, she gets stranded in the snowy weather and is saved by Noah Shepherd ... and so the story truly begins ...

I have to admit I was wary of reading a story focused around Sop...more
Elle
This story is mainly about Sophie Bellamy, Daisy and Max Bellamy's mother. She's been an absentee mother for most of her children's lives. She chose her career as an international lawyer over her family. She finds herself in a hostage situation and survives. After coming through this terrifying time she decides to move to Avalon, NY where her children and ex-husband reside. She unexpectedly finds herself falling for the local veterinarian, Noah Shepherd, who is much younger than she is.

I did not...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 www.fieldsend.org...more
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