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Fireside (Lakeshore Chronicles #5)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,053 ratings  ·  195 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 January 1st 2009)
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Kate Vale
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
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
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
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
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
Jul 18, 2009 Sueij rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sueij by: Mom
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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
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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
Mar 19, 2010 Rossy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Sep 03, 2012 Wendolyn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
"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
A lot of people seemed to have liked this book but I thought it was terrible. It was extremely repetitive and nothing really exciting happened either. Bo Crutcher is a soon-to-be NY Yankee .. how appropriate to read as their are in the World Series now (I'm a Met fan so that's sarcastic haha). But in all seriousness I wasn't fond of the book at all. If anything, it got better towards the last 100 pages but everything else didn't do it for me. I totally judged the book by it's cover (you should r ...more
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.

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.
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.
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.
Only read to page 150. The plot was weak at best. The main characters start to come together finally and it is boring. The male character, Bo, seems like the dump jock who likes to sleep around. However, now that he meets the main female character I guess we are expecting he will be reformed. The main female character, Kimberly, ends a relations of 2 years when out the blue her boyfriend becomes physically abusive. We are to believe this is the first time he has acted in an abusive manner. Weak ...more
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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
Contemporary sport (mostly the best sport: baseball!) themed romance story about finding your way as an adult and making families from loneliness and love.
Baseball and lady player, Bo Crutcher is at the crossroads of his life. He is almost too old to keep his dreams alive of going pro in the big leagues, when he has a small hope with the NYC Yankees, simultaneously suddenly he gets custody of his twelve year old son, AJ. He has never met this kid, but he has sent checks every week and presents f
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
In Fireside he gets an opportunity that he never thought he would get, to play Major league baseball. But at the same time, he gets a frantic call from the mother of his son, and it may just be life changing. For the first time in twelve yea rs he'll have a chance to spend time with son. But he knows next to nothing on raising children.

Kimberly van Dorn, left LA after a rocky relationship with a pro athlete. Not only did the jerk breakup with her, he also fired her. She comes to Willow Lake for
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Kimberly Vandorn comes home to Avalon with her tail between her legs after a nasty breakup with her celebrity athlete boyfriend and also PR client, jobless and a little broken Avalon seems like the perfect place to heel. Once she is home she discovers her mother has turned her family homestead into a boardinghouse, and the newest boarders are a newly paired father and son. (Did I mention that the father is the man she had a bad run in with at the airport after her all night flight from LA in her ...more
Brenda Margriet
Lovely, sweet romance. Always like a athlete hero, and Bo is a bit different because he's not the hot-shot, he's an older rookie getting his big break. Although the book is mostly leading up to his first season.

Kim is a sports PR director who gets dumped/fired by her superstar boyfriend and flies from LA to New York in a slinky evening gown with no underwear, stiletto heels and not much else. Quite enjoyed their first meeting, except I thought Kim was a bit of a jerk (he saves her from a moving
I read this book out of order but it didn't matter. This story tells of Bo Crutcher, pitcher for the Can-Am baseball team, The Hornets, and Kimberly Van Dorn, sports publicist, who finds herself on a red-eye from LA dressed in evening gown and heels after a public and painful breakup with her boyfriend and client. Bo falls for her at first sight. She takes much longer. But Bo has bigger problems, mainly his son AJ. AJ's mom wanted Bo out of the picture, so Bo obliged except for child support. No ...more
Bo Crutcher is a baseball hopeful about to get his chance at the majors and might get picked to play for the Yankees. When his long lost son A. J. lands on his doorstep, he needs help navigating parenthood. Bo shows up at Kimberly Van Dorn's mother's boarding house looking for a place to live. Kimberly is then hired to help Bo improve his rough image with the media. She expects him to be a shallow person but realizes he ia willing to sacrifice for his son. While KIm is training Bo to deal with t ...more
... if the book was written the same way the last few chapters were (with legitimate character challenges, and situations that would allow someone to see another for who they really are)... this book would have been more enjoyable.

Things I liked:
the setting was new and different for me - I don't read too many books set in upstate New York.
the FMC was into sports - which would be cool if it were understated, but it wasn't.
The kids' voices were believable.
It was a sweet story, no bodice rippin
I've been enjoying the Lakeside Chronicles series, however I have to admit that this one wasn't my favorite. Overall the story is good...but there was a marked lack of character development in this particular story compared to the series so far. I did enjoy reading it - the story line is good. Hoping to see more character development in later books of the series.
As Susan Wiggs is one of my all time favorite authors, it is always enjoyable to read one of her books. I have read the Lakeshore Chronicles from the beginning and enjoyed every one of them.

Susan does a great job of creating a new story line, for those who haven't read the series, yet bringing in characters from the previous books for those of us who are familiar.

Some may say that the writings of Susan Wiggs are somewhat predictable and they may be right to a point. For me, the storyline is very
Judy Collins
Loved the characters and Susan is an awesome author! Baseball hopeful Bo Crutcher is about to get his shot at the majors. That is, until life throws him a curveball. When AJ, the son he’s never met, lands on his doorstep, Bo’s life becomes a whole new ball game. He needs help—fast. Enter Kimberly van Dorn. Hired to smooth Bo’s rough exterior for the media, she expects the kind of shallow pro athlete she’s used to handling. But Bo is willing to sacrifice everything for his vulnerable son. Kim can ...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)
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  • The Winter Lodge (Lakeshore Chronicles #2)
  • Dockside (Lakeshore Chronicles, #3)
  • Snowfall at Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles, #4)
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  • Lakeshore Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles, #6)
  • The Summer Hideaway (Lakeshore Chronicles, #7)
  • Marrying Daisy Bellamy (Lakeshore Chronicles #8)
  • Return to Willow Lake  (Lakeshore Chronicles #9)
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