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Snowfall At Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles #4)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,438 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
Can a single moment change your entire life?

International lawyer Sophie Bellamy has dedicated her life to helping people in war-torn countries. But when she survives a hostage situation, she remembers what matters most--the children she loves back home. Haunted by regrets, she returns to the idyllic Catskills village of Avalon on the shores of Willow Lake, determined to re
ebook, 432 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Carol Brill
Sophie Bellamy is a divorced, human rights lawyer working in Holland. She has sacrificed a great deal for this life, including living apart from her children. After surviving a terrorist attach, she rethinks her life and returns to the small Catskills village in New York to be near her children. Her first night there, she meets Noah Shepard, the charming, younger-then-she-is country vet. What unfolds is a sweet, light, mostly predictable read about her relationships with Noah and her children.
Jonel Boyko
This is one of those novels that leaves you with a warm, squishy feeling inside at the end of the tale. Wiggs had me in tears more than once with this emotionally poignant tale. I love how Wiggs jumps back and forth in time, seamlessly forwarding the story and filling in the blanks. It was an intimate and intricately crafted novel that drew me in to the deepest aspects of the characters’ lives. The international implications of this novel were astounding. I love how Wiggs tied Avalon to the worl ...more
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 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
Carol Stanley-Snow
I am such a fan of Susan Wiggs. This part of the chronicles follows Sophie to the Hauge and back to the U.S. Simple? Not at all!! Kidnapped, plunged into ice cold water, traumatized...the good thing to come out of the horrible situation...her resolve to be with her family.

A nice read.
Jan 04, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
My favorite so far! I loved this story.
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.
This is my favorite of the Lakeshore Chronicles so far, which surprised me because I was prepared to dislike Sophie Bellamy after becoming acquainted with her in the other Lakeshore novels. However, the book sucked me in immediately with its intense opening events including a terrorist attack at the ICC in Europe. I was drawn to Sophie's complex character - she is such a strong but vulnerable, perfectly-flawed woman, and I found myself fully invested in her success. Then there's Noah, the best m ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Kath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2015 Mery rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w, trans
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.


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
May 15, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, romance
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
Dec 04, 2009 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2010 Rossy rated it really liked it  ·  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
Apr 26, 2010 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Mar 12, 2016 Elisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, i have to say i did like the story. It was a cute story about Sophie, a human rights lawyer, who wants to reconnect with her family after a terrorist attack.

I like the love connection between her and Noah, i really enjoyed his character and, like he was portrayed, he seemed so cute and likable and, let's say it, hot. I also enjoyed how Susan Wiggs portrayed the reconnecting with Sophies kids. It showed the difficulties and for me, the best part about this book was, how i believed
Lindsay Amanda Racen
I'm slowly ticking through this entire series, and this book was another quite enjoyable and fast read. By nature of the genre it was full of real-life situations and relationships that all of us have faced at one point in our lives. This particular story followed the lives of Noah Shepard, a local vet who spent all his life on the Willow Lake shore, and Sophie Bellamy, the ex wife of a prominent and well known family of the small town. On a personal note, I particularly loved the small portion ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 10, 2013 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
BJ Rose
Jan 29, 2015 BJ Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kudos to Susan Wiggs for making this reader actually sympathize with some of Sophie's choices and actions - I say some because, as a mother, I can't accept her hands off/emotionless mothering prior to her epiphany ((view spoiler).

This is a very weak 4*, but the author kept me reading and involved, so it deserves more than 3*.
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!
Deborah Darsie
Sophie Bellamy is one of the less sympathetic characters in the Lakeshore series, she exhibits some growth and increasing self-awareness of the driving factors in the failure of her marriage to Greg Bellamy.

Her parents are 'special' and not very likeable.
I really liked Noah, but I have a soft spot for people who are true caregivers for animals and people.

Daisy's new awareness and appreciation for parenthood and the difficulties of adulthood. Not all it is believed to be when you are growing up,
Jaime Atkins
Feb 07, 2010 Jaime Atkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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.
Mar 19, 2008 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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.
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
Apr 08, 2014 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Therese B
Mar 13, 2016 Therese B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful story of love. A couple have 2 children and the wife is a very famous lawyer involved in getting peach and safety to a reagion of Africa. She is so dedicated that she neglacs her family. Having divorced she was free to follow her career but her children suffered from her neglect. A terrible thing happens in Africa and she is almost killed. Her near death reminds her that she needs to see her children and get to know them and she moves to a small town in the Catskills near a lake. Th ...more
Cheer Papworth
Mar 28, 2008 Cheer Papworth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Nice story about starting over and second chances.
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Lakeshore Chronicles (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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