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The Winter Lodge (Lakeshore Chronicles #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,895 ratings  ·  262 reviews
On the longest night of the year, Jenny Majesky loses everything in a devastating house fire. But among the ashes she finds an unusual treasure hidden amid her grandfather's belongings, one that starts her on a search for the truth, and on a path toward a life that she never imagined. The Winter Lodge, a remote cabin owned by her half sister on the shores of Willow Lake, b ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mar 16, 2010 Rossy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Macomber, Carr, Wiggs and Cont. romance fans
Recommended to Rossy by: series continuation
This was a really nice follow up to the first book in the series. I think i can honestly say that the author and I will never see eye to eye when it comes to the heroines. Personally their decisions and behavior frustrated me at times. Mind you it never made me stop reading the book, just wanted to slap them a time or two. :laughs:

There was a part where i actually had to stop and call one of my girl friends and ask if she had ever behaved that way. The reason for this was a scene where it shows
Though the main character in this book is not my favorite of the series (mostly due to her "scaredy cat, wussy" nature), the thing that ROCKS about this book is the recipes!!! OMG. I'm not even a baker, and I find myself wanting to make almost every recipe in this book! The story is decent, the main love interest is possibly one of the best of the series. Love me that Rourke McNight. What is it about lead guys named 'Rourke'? The 'In Death' series by JD Robb (Nora Roberts in disguise) has one to ...more
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Susan Wiggs did not disappoint in this second book of the Lakeshore Chronicles Series!!! I loved this one as much as I did the first one. I really adore the town setting of Avalon. I loved it in the Summer from the first book, and I loves it in the Winter too from this book! Wiggs truly has a great talent in describing the surroundings and making you feel like you are standing in front Avalon. I could picture all the shops, the mountains and the people.

The characters in this boo
We met Jenny in the last book, learning of her surprise heritage. In this book we really get to know her better, see how she is dealing with her new family and learn that her grandmother, who was the foundation of her life, has just passed away. Jenny seems a little bit at loose ends, and just when you think that she can't take any more, her house burns down and she looses all her precious mementos, you know those ones that you can't put a price on.

Coming to Jenny's rescue is Roarke, a boy she m
Mar 09, 2008 Meredith rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Meredith by: Lori
Number: 11
ISBN: 9780778324140
Rating: B


On the longest night of the year, Jenny Majesky loses everything in a devastating house fire. But among the ashes she finds an unusual treasure hidden amid her grandfather's belongings, one that starts her on a search for the truth, and on a path toward a life that she never imagined. The Winter Lodge, a remote cabin owned by her half sister on the shores of Willow Lake, becomes a safe refuge for Jenny, where she and local police chief Rour
Feb 14, 2009 Sueij rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sueij by: Linda
I absolutely loved the first book in this series (_Summer at Willow Lake_). This book was a fine follow-up, though it didn't hold me quite as thoroughly. I spent the first half of the book thinking, "You're adults! Take responsibility for yourself and say what you think!" But then as more of the hero/heroine's history unfolded, their current situation made more and more sense. So in the end, it worked, and I was glad to hear more of the stories of the people of Avalon.
Dava Stewart
I would have given this book 2.5 stars if I could have. There were a number of things about it that annoyed me. However, I did finish it and there are some points in its favor, too.

First the things I didn't like:
1. I didn't really like the way the author hinted at the two main characters' "history." It set up expectations that the story didn't really meet. I'd have been more satisfied with just a straightforward tale about them, minus the attempt at mystery.
2. These people annoyed the crap out
Trang Nguyen
The second installment of Lakeshore Chronicles follows Jenny and Rourke and the fifteen years of hiding their love for each other. From the previous book we learn that Jenny was abandoned by her mother and left with her grandparents, to find out 30 years later who her father finally is. So on top of that news her grandmother, which was Jennys lifeline passes away and her home was destroyed in a fire. To be even more stressed out, Jenny suffers from panic attacks and Rourke the man she has secret ...more
Beth Pearson
Apparently, this is book 2 in the Lakeshore Chronicles, but I felt like it stood on it's own fine.
The funny thing about this story is that the back cover was very misleading. I felt like I was reading a story with the same character names, but entirely different then the back cover. Same with the title; only the last 50 pages had anything to do with "The Winter Lodge" and while important things happened there, they could have happened somewhere else too.

Set in contemporary times, Jenny and Rour
I am obviously confusing Susan Wiggs with someone else, someone whose writing I actually like (Julie Garwood?). Hopefully this will be the last book of Ms. Wiggs I pick up. Her style just isn't my style. The first book I read of hers (Horsemaster's Daughter) made me come up with the "Two Person Rule": There must be more then two characters in the bulk of the book. While this book had a plethora of characters, at any one time we usually only saw/heard from 1 or 2. So same difference.

What I liked
Angela Douglas
I absolutely love Susan Wiggs' writing. Her characters are interesting and deep. The first book in this series was fabulous and I couldn't wait to read this second one. The title and description were a bit deceiving. The lodge didn't show up until very late in the book. I wanted to spend more time in Rourke and Jenny's world, who I thought the book was going to center around. It does, but too often we were taken into the world of some of the other minor characters. Daisy's storyline didn't seem ...more
When Jenny Majesky's home goes up in flames one winter night, she finally has the chance to follow her dreams. But what, really, does she want? After her mother ran off, her grandmother raised her. Then, just as Jenny was packing up to leave their tiny Catskills town of Avalon, and the family bakery so popular with locals and tourists alike, her grandmother had a stroke. Jenny has taken care of her widowed and disabled grandmother ever since. Now Rourke McKnight, the arrogant and handsome police ...more
I see that others liked this book, but for the most part I was bored. I didn't feel a connection to either the heroine or the hero, or Joey. I haven't read the first book so the many characters were distracting and I thought the story could be told without quite so many side issues, but obviously they are people from the first book, or setting up the second. So much happened and yet somehow it felt like nothing much did - buying pastries was pretty much on par with theft, murder, teenage pregnan ...more
Joelle Anthony
Again, I'm torn on how many stars to give this book (like I was with the first one). Maybe 2.5. Maybe 3.5. On one hand I think it only deserves about three, but on the other, there's nothing really wrong with it and the writing's compelling. In a way, it's just a nice, easy, move along slowly read that's not unpleasant in any way. On the other, not much happens...tons of flashbacks which I could live with or without...and it seems longer than necessary. Also, in spite of the title, the winter lo ...more
Kristina Smith
Book 2 in this series of books did not disappoint. The love story this time is between Jenny Majesky, the long-lost daughter of Phillip Bellamy, and Roarke McKnight, the rich boy turned cop. I have a lot in common with Jenny: I love to cook and I love to write. (That's where the similarities end, though). Jenny's life has always been shrouded by the fact that her mother left her at the age of 4 and never returned. As a result, she was raised by her maternal grandparents in the town bakery. And w ...more
Rebecca Dean
Another special book by Susan Wiggs, I never wanted it to end. I wanted to go to the Winter Lodge, I wanted to be in the town of Avalon, it was a wonderful, absorbing book (my favorite kind). Great characters, well-developed by the author and interesting story line. I love her back stories and bouncing from one decade to another, so fun. I can always keep up and she is a master at that (obviously).

I hope to read many more books by Susan Wiggs.
I just couldn't finish it. I could make a list of things that annoy me about this book, but that wouldn't be fair.

We're going to chalk this up to book funk mania and try to read it at another time.
Jaime Atkins
Much better story and ending than the first book in this series. The twists and turns within the family are becoming more and more intriguing. I am excited about moving on to the next book.
Susan Shearer
A fire changes the lives of two people that have known and loved each other for years. Losing her family home, Jenny Majesky is 'protected' by the local sheriff, Rourke McKnight, who takes her to his house to sort things out and get her life back to some normalcy. For this to happen they need to find the solution to a mystery left by her grandfather. The journey leads to the Winter Lodge owned by Jenny's half sister. A snow storm brings answers in an unexpected way (at least for the characters, ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: contemporary romance fans
Jenny Majesky has secretly always wanted to be a writer, but instead she's been running the family's bakery since her grandfather died and her grandmother had a stroke. Lately she has also been writing a popular food column for the local newspaper based on her grandmother's old recipes from Poland, and she dreams of turning her columns into a book, but her dreams go up in smoke one night when the family home burns to the ground only a few weeks after her grandmother passes away. Shell-shocked by ...more
Honestly, I expected more from this book.

Now I know it is book #2 in a series, but it was the first book by Susan Wigg's that I have ever read. I usually don't like to read books out of order. BUT, over the years, I have glanced at the back of many of Susan's books trying to find one I might be interested in. This was the first one to catch my eye, but what I read on the back and what actually happened in the story did not run in tandem very well.

This book is all over the place. It's like read
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Katie Mcsweeney
I really wanted to like this book mainly because, unlike Summer at Willow Lake, I paid 4 for it. I liked it enough to finish it but it read like escapist fantasy. The fact that it was so unbelievable made me enjoy it less.

I also enjoyed it less because I felt that the Jenny and Rourke relationship was far too similar to the Olivia and Connor relationship from book one. Even the characters were similar, Wiggs makes this clear herself when she says of Jenny and Olivia, "they both had difficult mot
The Winter Lodge centers around Jenny Majesky, a character we were briefly introduced to in the first book of the series Summer at Willow Lake (if you haven't read it, I highly recommend you do so!) and Rourke McKnight. They have a long, intricate history and throughout the book you can't help but wonder why these two aren't a couple already?!?. The book flip-flops between present day and the younger years of Jenny Majesky's life in which explains why their relationship has had so many ups and d ...more
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Perasaan membaca buku ini adalah ngilu, menyentuh sekali. Ceritanya simpel, dua manusia yang saling mencintai tetapi berusaha menghindari perasaan masing-masing. Saya akan menceritakannya dari masa lalu, ya, buku ini ada kilas balik tentang bagaimana cerita bermula, bagaimana perasaan itu muncul, dan bagaimana semuanya hancur.

Rourke McKnight dan Joey Santini bersahabat sejak kecil, Rourke adalah putra Senator Drayton McKnight dan Joey adalah ana
Valerie Jaafari
Jenny Majesky is deep into her family souvenirs that she wants to put into a book when suddenly a fire burnt all her house leaving just a few things ..
Rourke Mc Knight has decided to invite Jenny in her house ; thing that she accepts but she won’t stay long as she decided to move to New York to discover the city life . There she has a proposition to write a book about herself and her life. She suddenly need to return to Avalon and she has an offer to use the camp Kioga loging, thing that she wil
Great story featuring the newly discovered member of the Bellamy family, Jenny Majesky.

When Jenny's home is burned down she wonders if it is an accident or was she the cause of it. There is an upside to the fire however in the presence of Avalon Police Chief Rourke McNight. Jenny and Rourke have known each other for years yet a one-night stand has kept them apart and minimal contact is the norm for these two. When Rourke discovers Jenny's house is on fire his only thought is to save her and he
Shana Donahue
This is the second book in the Lakeshore Chronicles by Susan Wiggs. It is the continuing story of the Bellamy clan and the summer camp they own in Upstate New York.

The Winter Lodge is the story of Jenny Majesky and Rourke McKnight. Like Olivia and Conner before, Rourke and Jenny met at Camp Kioga when they were children.
Jenny was raised by her grandparents after her mother disappeared when she was a child. This book explores Jenny’s history with her family, as well as her newly discovered relat
Alice Harbin
I enjoyed the main characters, though I felt that Rourke was a little too much. The point had been made about who he was, but more and more examples were given. Perhaps that was the point; that he was totally frustrating to Jenny. I didn't care for the recipes, they weren't anything special. The plot was pretty much outlined on the back cover. Even though I hadn't read it, the plot was very predictable. I kept reading partly because I enjoyed Jenny and because I'm a bit of a compulsive reader.
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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 12 books)
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  • Dockside (Lakeshore Chronicles, #3)
  • Snowfall at Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles, #4)
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  • Fireside (Lakeshore Chronicles, #5)
  • 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)
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