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Fireside (Lakeshore Chronicles #5)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  5,324 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
On the evening of the Great Fire of Chicago, Lucy Hathaway, frantic to get out of the path of the fire, is shocked when a baby is tossed into her arms from the window of a burning building moments before it collapses. Four years later, Lucy has raised little Maggie as her own child. But when she encounters the infuriating and handsome Randolph Higgins, an old acquaintance ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 462 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Center Point (first published 2009)
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Jonel Boyko
Wiggs writes emotions in a way that allows readers to experience it. The in-depth story takes readers deep into situations that are not only heartbreaking, but also well researched. Wiggs doesn’t make up the details that she puts forth as fact. At the same time, this is an unforgettable work of fiction, combining the best of both worlds. The scenery in the novel was also breathtaking. I love how I was able to picture myself in the Catskills, while also being able to let my imagination run wild, ...more
Jaime Atkins
I enjoyed this book, really, I did, BUT.... others in the series were better. I'd say it gets 3.75 stars. Bo's coming of age (as a parent) was well portrayed and I could feel his emotions for AJ growing with each page. I think if Bo loved Kim the way I felt like he did, his willingness to marry Yolanda would have been more complicated for him. AND...when things started going better in Mexico, he should have called Kim. Anyway, it all came together in the end and their love was redeemed. I hope ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Marleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: susan-wiggs
I can't believe that this book is part of the Lakeshore Chronicles; a series that I have enjoyed reading uptil now. Fireside was such a disappointment! It's almost like I can't recognize this author anymore. Not even the recurrent characters of previous books could enthuse me.
The main characters in this one, Kim and Bo, are so flat and without any depth.
I should give it a "2" out of nostalgia, I suppose, because my heart goes back to the previous Lakeshore Chronicles. I'm not sure if I ever wan
Jul 28, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
"Fireside" was my first experience with author Susan Wiggs, and I have to say, I'm not impressed. Despite a good premise for the plot and a decent effort at redeeming plot twists, this book as a whole doesn't merit even a mediocre rating.

The first problem I had with "Fireside" was its use of similes. Yes, illustrative language is important to set the scene, but it shouldn’t be so conspicuous and formulaic, not to mention overly abundant. Plus, they're almost all references to baseball! I underst
Kate Vale
Aug 28, 2013 Kate Vale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp-romance
Another Lakeshore Chronicles, we focus here on Bo Crutcher, long-time wannabe pro baseball players who's been in a small independent team in Avalon. He's thrown a curve ball when a hookup when he was a teen sends his son, AJ, to him when she is caught up in a deportation nightmare. While waiting for AJ's flight to arrive, she encounters Kimberly Van Dorn, publicist for an NBA star with whom she'd also had a personal relationship. She's dressed in an evening gown and strappy heels, not really som ...more
Dec 23, 2010 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, romance
This was a cute story set back in Avalon. But even though it was in the community and there were past characters, it didn't have the same connection as the others as this is the first one without a Bellamy.

I did like Kim and Bo, but the story seemed a little contrived for me. Bo an almost baseball fan, Kim a sports PR person, and the third person who was just as important in their relationship, AJ, Bo's long lost son. The way that AJ and Bo's relationship started and grew was sweet, it mirrored
Dec 27, 2009 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a Susan Wiggs book I didn't enjoy, and the Lakeshore Chronicles series is one of my favourites. This book, no.5 in the series didn't disappoint. Not only did we get a feisty young heroine, hunky, if flawed, hero, a troubled boy, a mother who's started a guesthouse and found happiness, but we also get to spend time with continuing characters and stories from earlier books. Also, womthing I really like, a bit of a chuckle here and there.
I feel this series has something in common
Sep 01, 2012 Wendolyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendolyn by: Laurie
Shelves: romance
You learn early in each book of this series who the couple is going to be, and get to watch the relationship develop from both points of view. I like that, even if the male point of view is written by a woman.

It bothered me that Yolanda did not share anything good about Bo with their son AJ. I'm sure she was hurt by their history, and understand trying to have her husband be her son's father figure. But her son deserved to know that his father did not abandon him, and Yolanda is portrayed as a g
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Reviewed by Maria Lokken

Kimberly Van Dorn is a mess. She’s flying coach, dressed in a sequin evening gown, wearing four inch strapless heels and accompanied by only one piece of ‘luggage’ a Judith Leiber handbag. Where is she going and what is she running from? We know this much, she’s just left the eternal sunshine of LA for the frigid winter of Willow Lake in upstate New York.

A media agent for superstar sports figures, Kimberly has traded in her job for what she believes will be the comfort h
Sep 01, 2009 Rossy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cont. romance fans
Recommended to Rossy by: series continuation
Who would have thought that after the portrayal of Kim as a man-stealing-slut her character would actually be so likeable? Not me that's for sure, but from the very beginning i could understand her better and sympathize with her past. I thought the way she handled her relationship with Bo and how she treated AJ was really great in my opinion.

Bo was not outdone either because he turned out to be such a bold and romantic guy after meeting AJ. I was glad he finally understood that the way he was l
Jul 18, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: Mom
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Aug 09, 2015 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"...and she looked almost pretty, in a chubby way." This was when I finally decided I didn't like this book. Also, I won't be reading Wiggs again. Not just for this comment, but the overall story was contrived and bland, and the characters just sort of faded in and out-they didn't have any real depth, they were solely there to move the plot along, or to help the two main characters realize they loved each other. As a romance, it was weak and there really wasn't much chemistry.

Kim is stunningly b
May 08, 2009 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twelve year old AJ's school day was about to be done in Houston when he was called to the office to find out he wash't able to go home, but instead was going to be flying to New York to meet his father who he had never met before. The factory where his mother worked had been raided and she was on the fast track to deportation.
AJ's dad, Bo Crutcher, was as overwhelmed as AJ! He had just signed a contract in which he was being considered for the Yankees baseball team. The timing couldn't be wor
Jan 12, 2012 Jncroix rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read many of this author's books, but found this book very shallow and her agenda inaccurate. I happen to be from Texas City. As far as Houston doing immigration sweeps and ripping children out of mothers' arms is ludicrous. Houston and surrounding areas are sanctuary cities. Leave politics to that genre, I do not by books to read political opinions. If I wanted thst, I would turn on the news. She is so busy trying to beat you over the head with her opinions, the story doesn't flow.

Mar 28, 2009 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
This is the first book I have read after losing my reading sister, my best friend. It isn't as much fun to read without having her to discuss the book with. Fireside is a Lakeside Chronicles book, the story of baseball player Bo Crutcher, his newfound 12-year old son and publicist Kimberly van Dorn. The usual characters from Avalon are present, indluding Noah, Sophie, Daisy and Max and the Bellamy family.
It was a quick, enjoyable read, even though very predictable.
Dec 04, 2009 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th book in the series. I love this series, but this book was slow. I did not like the characters for some reason. The lead male seemed like a stupid jock and that is not the type I go for.
Mar 26, 2010 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of the Lakeshore Chronicles that I read and loved it. Then I had to go back and start at the beginning to read all the rest leading up to this one. So glad I did. Lovely, sweet stories.
Kimberly van Dorn left LA on impulse to go see her mom in Avalon, NY after her boyfriend, LA Laker Lloyd Johnson, and she got into a fight and he punched her. She left immediately after the fight and she was still dressed in her couture gown and heels when she arrived in NY. Bo Crutcher of Avalon's pro baseball team was at the airport picking up his 12 yr. old son. The flight had been delayed and Bo offered help to Kimberly but she was in no mood to be nice. Her high heels got stuck in the walkw ...more
Cecile VanTyne
Nov 28, 2016 Cecile VanTyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I really liked this book and enjoyed the characters of Bo and Kim, I missed having a Bellamy at the core of the story. From the beginning, the Bellamy family has been a part of this series and I hope they return. Having said that, I love Avalon and Susan's beautiful description of the town always makes me feel like I'm there. It was wonderful experiencing Bo's journey into parenthood as his heart opened up to AJ and I hope they're part of future stories so we know what's happening with the ...more
Jeanne Gehret
Feb 10, 2017 Jeanne Gehret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Much more believable than many other romances I've read. The characters were actually rather intelligent in their selection of someone to love, with a good dose of altruism thrown in. So many times romances depict people swept along in a tidal wave of lust and the book ends while they are still riding that wave, leaving the reader to wonder how such a relationship could persist in real life. The POV of each character was distinct. I liked the sub-theme of troubles over immigration. There were so ...more
Jan 10, 2017 Megriffe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave up on this one. Normally not a book that I ever would have selected for myself; I received this as part of a book exchange, so I figured that I would give it a chance. I kept waiting for the inevitable love story to unfold...but I got bored. Don't waste your time.
Two-haiku review:

His son comes to stay
She's fired, comes to visit mom
Can she work with him?

I liked little boy
But just didn't feel romance
Well written but... meh
Kim and no
Mrs. Doglvrs
A lovely little story that wasn't so much about 2 people falling in love as much as it was about a father and his 14 year old son meeting, learning about each other and finding the love of a father and son.

The end was a mild disappointment it felt rushed and slapped together.
My favorite parts were the winter scenes and all the snow. Great finish to 2016 for me that ran over into 2017.
Alisa Griffis
Mar 10, 2015 Alisa Griffis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book disturbing. It contained racist assumptions liberally scattered throughout the pages (like some of the people living in a small town in New York would not "like" a half-Hispanic child; like people would instantly judge a half black/half white young man as frightening. Like people would never ask a white, clear-speaking man for his Social Security card and data when at work).

In the book, a young Hispanic girl gets pregnant outside of wedlock and her "ultra-conservative" parents
Nov 11, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: susan-wiggs-read
This MAY contain spoilers.....

OH my Gosh--so many good reviews


Another Lakeshore Chronicles, we focus here on Bo Crutcher, long-time wannabe pro baseball players who's been in a small independent team in Avalon. He's thrown a curve ball when a hookup when he was a teen sends his son, AJ, to him when she is caught u
Jan 06, 2017 Kristine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love this series. Each book is new and improved. The characters are marvelous. I have fallen in love with all of them.
Dec 26, 2009 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dec 15, 2016 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the storyline about the forced reunion between a man, Bo, and the son he had never met until the boy's mother was detained by the INS. The son, AJ, and Bo are forced by very tough circumstances to learn to trust each other while dealing with the immigration system and waiting and hoping for AJ's mother's release from detention. I would give the father/son story 4 stars. The parallel love story of Bo and Kim and the rushed happy ending were just a little too predictable and suffer in comp ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Ginger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the wintery cover on this novel and chose it as my holiday read. Perhaps, like me, your holidays are wonderful but rushed and reading goes to the backburner of priorities. This is my first Susan Wiggs novel and I'm pleased as Christmas punch to say it won't be my last. The very best scenario for reading a novel is a nice chunk of time - 3 hours, but with Fireside, I snatched 30 minutes here, 30 minutes there with a couple days in between my visits. And yet, despite the lack of a luxuriou ...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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Other Books in the Series

Lakeshore Chronicles (1 - 10 of 11 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)
  • Lakeshore Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles, #6)
  • The Summer Hideaway (Lakeshore Chronicles, #7)
  • Marrying Daisy Bellamy (Lakeshore Chronicles #8)
  • Return to Willow Lake  (Lakeshore Chronicles #9)
  • Candlelight Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles, #10)
  • Starlight on Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles, #11)

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