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If you trust your heart, you'll always know who you are . . .

Each summer, Kate Livingston returns to her family's lakeside cottage, a place of simple living and happy times -- a place where she now hopes her shy little boy can blossom. But her quiet life gets a bit more interesting with the arrival of an intriguing new neighbor, JD Harris. Although she is a confirmed si

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Paperback, 409 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Mira Books
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Wicked Incognito Now
So, this is the fifth Susan Wiggs book I've read and I realized that what I LOVED about her at first, is exactly what I'm beginning to find tedious and predictable about her writing now.

The storylines are quiet, simple, truthful, and almost pure. The first book I read was Just Breathe. I thought it was so refreshing. I loved it for its honesty and lack of big misunderstandings, unnecessarily florid sex scenes, etc. But now I'm finding the exact same elements--boring. Unreal. Unnatural. Too pure.
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Marleen
Sep 06, 2016 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was totally my cup of tea! I’m such a difficult person when it comes to the romance genre. I like to alternate moods & genres, but when it comes to the romance, I'm often disappointed. Although I have to say that this one had all the ingredients that I like: an amazing backdrop (Crescent Lake on Olympic Peninsula, WA), a thoroughly endearing family, a humble and self-effacing hero - but, first and foremost, not too much silliness! I quickly get tired of all that goofiness in ...more
Kate Vale
Jun 04, 2014 Kate Vale rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
If you're looking for lush, this is it: lush descriptions of the setting, lush characters fully developed and worth getting to know in all their detail, a lush, complex story that blends the past and present issues of Kate Livingston, single mother and wannabe free-lance writer with JD Harris, an American hero desperate to hide from the public in order to reclaim his life.

He has no desire to be enchanted by Kate, even before he discovers she's a reporter. She doesn't trust herself with men, cert
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Gail Strickland
Apr 25, 2014 Gail Strickland rated it liked it
I hate to admit it, but I think I'm getting to old to truly enjoy this type of novel. With Medicare card in hand, the life and loves of younger (much younger) women looking for love has begun to pall. I will say, that Wiggs gets her points across about physical love without going all "50 Shades of Grey" (which to me was just cringe worthy). If you're looking for something for summer reading, this one will fit the bill nicely..chick lit with intelligence.
Clementine
Apr 20, 2012 Clementine rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2012
A fairly typical contemporary romance set in the Pacific Northwest, Susan Wiggs’s novel features Kate, a single mom, and JD, a reluctant American hero. Add in a summer lake house, a teenage runaway, and some good summer grilling, and you’ve got yourself a novel.

Any further descriptions of the plot make me feel fairly silly, but the novel itself was pleasant enough (though not so pleasant that I’ll be picking up any more of her titles). Earnest, moving, and carefully plotted, this will work for r
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Kathy Warren
Jun 05, 2015 Kathy Warren rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Susan Wiggs was not disappointed. Great read with good characters.
David
Feb 26, 2012 David rated it liked it
Shelves: l7630
I had to read this novel for my reader's advisory class. It's not what I would expect a romance novel to be. It is contemporary, and I guess the idea is everything in the world isn't all roses. I enjoyed the way Wiggs wrote the book. The inner dialog of the characters was interesting. That being said I didn't really appreciate the tangent on diabetes and thought the book was about 100 pages too long. In the end, I have to admit it was better than I expected it to be. It's not my style though and ...more
Marti
Aug 08, 2014 Marti rated it really liked it
Lakeside Cottage by Susan Wiggs was a wonderful read. I loved the lake in all its moods. I loved the characters even with all the quirks. Kate Livingston and JD Harris are so awesome together. I love how open Kate accepting is with Callie. I love how she is determined to give Aaron the best summer she can, even tho the rest of her family is not there. I think what I like best of all is the feeling and mood of the book. As hard as life is and can be with patience and acceptance everyone has a ...more
Denise Gianelli
Jan 26, 2014 Denise Gianelli rated it liked it
A sweet, summer read. Liked the information about diabetics and the yummy recipes for cottage life.....

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly." Buddha
Anita
Jan 02, 2013 Anita rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
No romance, no mystery, to much narritive and just plan boring. This is one of the worst books I have read in a long time. This is my first and last Susan Wiggs book. This was a freebe from the library, I am so glad I didn't pay for it.
Samantha Hall
Jul 12, 2016 Samantha Hall rated it liked it
Recommended to Samantha by: My Grandmother
There are definitely a few spoilers in here...

Part one should have had some more to it. Susan Wiggs could have really gotten into JD and Kates lives before the Lake. She could have really touched on JD’s struggle with life after the incident. For example, she could have given us the story of the girl who nearly killed herself for a chance to meet JD and touch on JD’s turmoil immediately following the event and how it stayed with him. This would have given a better picture for JD and why he is
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Michele
Sep 20, 2016 Michele rated it really liked it
I love Susan Wiggs...she writes romance without it being sappy, the characters are not beautiful and perfect and happily ever after, but it's not depressing...it's people going through real life ups and downs...and how they do it.
78sunny
Jul 04, 2014 78sunny rated it it was amazing
Kurz-Meinung:
Das Buch hat mir super gefallen. Es war so ein richtiges Wohlfühlbuch, wie es sonst für mich nur die Virgin River Bücher von Robyn Carr sind. Man bekommt hier keine lustige Chick-Lit sondern einen eher traditionellen Contemporary Roman.
Hauptthema ist hier vor allem Familie. Kate hat einen zehnjährigen Jungen, der ein wenig hyperaktiv zu sein scheint. Die Beziehung zwischen den beiden fand ich klasse. Sie erzieht ihn mit sehr viel Liebe, Geduld und Verständnis, ohne ihm alles durchg
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Carla
Apr 01, 2014 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Kate Livingston doesn't expect much this summer - it already has started on such a high note, being fired, her son Aaron getting testy, the rest of the family not coming to the lake home, a handsome stranger bailing her out at the grocery store when she was short of cash. Although, a big surprise of a homeless girl living in the empty home greeted Kate the moment she began unloading groceries, maybe this is where Kate should have realized the summer was going to be much different than any other. ...more
Melanie
Oct 13, 2008 Melanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
This story starts with Jordan Donovan "JD" Harris who worked as a special force medic. On Christmas Eve as the President of the United States is coming to visit the wounded. Before JD can blink in a moment everything for him changes, when he puts his life on the line for the President. Overnight JD becomes a true American Hero and his life is no longer his own.[return][return]The media exploits him in every light from his saddened childhood with his reformed alcoholic mother who has a relapse ...more
Kate
Jun 29, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
I like Susan Wiggs writing style and her heroines - her plots are like sweet romantic movies that you wish were made (you could make a lovely romantic tv series from Lakeshore Chronicles)...she has spunky women who tend to be Moms or should be but who are smart and interesting. Her heros are usually great sweet strong guys, in this one he is a strong silent military type - totally awesome and cool but locked up. In Lakeside Cottage, you get both plus some cute kids. I loved the story but I felt ...more
Judy Collins
I believe I read this book a few years ago when it was originally published as this is a re-issue (with a beautiful new cover which draws you in). I enjoyed it just as much again. (A sucker for girls and guys escaping for some solitude to a lakeside cottage or cabin) as one of my favorite things to do.

Kate returns to her family’s lake cottage with her shy son Aaron, and meets a frightened teenager Callie (who has been living in the summer cottages which she cleans.) True meaning of everyone is p
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Becky
Mar 14, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
This is more than just a romance novel. It is a story of two 30-something adults who value family, have compassion for strangers, and who know pretty much where they are going and what they want out of life. Although Kate Livingston has lost her job, she goes to her families lake house to get centered and decide what is best for her and her son. Her son Aaron has some anger issues and this being the first time her and her son get to be at the lake house without any other family around, she is ...more
Marcia  Haskell
Jun 25, 2012 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
'If you trust your heart, you'll always know who you are . . .

Each summer, Kate Livingston returns to her family's lakeside cottage, a place of simple living and happy times -- a place where she now hopes her shy little boy can blossom. But her quiet life gets a bit more interesting with the arrival of an intriguing new neighbor, JD Harris. Although she is a confirmed single mother and knows little of JD's past, Kate is soon drawn into the sweetness of a summer romance and discovers the passion
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Louise
Apr 04, 2009 Louise rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Not a bad story but I much preferred her other novel "Table For Five".

From cover:

"Each summer, Kate Livingston returns to her family's lakeside cottage, a place of simple living and happy times-a place where she now hopes her shy little boy can blossom. But her quiet life gets a bit more interesting with the arrival of an intriguing new neighbour. JD Harris. Although she is a confirmed single mother and knows little of JD's past, Kate is soon drawn into the sweetness of a summer romance and disc
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
Feb 11, 2015 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it really liked it
3.5 STARS

"Each summer, Kate Livingston returns to her family's lakeside cottage, a place of simple living and happy times -- a place where she now hopes her shy little boy can blossom. But her quiet life gets a bit more interesting with the arrival of an intriguing new neighbor, JD Harris. Although she is a confirmed single mother and knows little of JD's past, Kate is soon drawn into the sweetness of a summer romance and discovers the passion of a lifetime.

JD has good reason for being secretive
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Darcy
Dec 21, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, romance
This is a very sweet book about families and how so much of the time family is not related to you by blood, but by choice. This book is also about being true to yourself, and how sometimes doing that puts you on a path you never expected, and how sometimes, just sometimes the stars will a line and you get more than you could ever dream.

Kate heads to the lake with her son to escape being fired from her job, JD is there to just escape from the circus that his life has become, and Callie is there
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Jayjay
Aug 02, 2015 Jayjay added it
Shelves: 2read-kobo
Each summer, Kate Livingston returns to her family's lakeside cottage, a place of simple living and happy times -- a place where she now hopes her shy little boy can blossom. But her quiet life gets a bit more interesting with the arrival of an intriguing new neighbor, JD Harris. Although she is a confirmed single mother and knows little of JD's past, Kate is soon drawn into the sweetness of a summer romance and discovers the passion of a lifetime.

JD has good reason for being secretive. In a mom
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Joanne
Jun 24, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate a single mother heads to the family lakeside cottage for her annual summer retreat. This year is different - her family is not coming along and she has recently been fired so she looks forward to some soul searching and time with her son. Enter JD (America's hero) and Callie (a runaway) with some health issues. The attraction between Kate and JD is threatened by a secret and fear. Sometimes I felt Kate could be a little bold and brazen with some of her comments to JD regarding their new ...more
Richard Good
May 06, 2013 Richard Good rated it really liked it
This book was mentioned in Donald Maass' "The Fire in Fiction", a book on writing fiction, and it was used to illustrate techniques in connecting details to emotions. I picked up this novel as part of a project I have started, using the examples in Donald Maass' book as a reading list.

I am not typically interested in reading romance novels, but this story was actually entertaining and well-written. It felt like the characters had enough depth to draw me in and make me care about them, and I fou
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Kelli
Oct 20, 2014 Kelli rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, it was such an easy, sweet read! I really liked Kate's character, she had such a sweet, helping, innocent personality that you do not see often in life. The way that she automatically allowed Callie to stay with her and Aaron even though they knew next to nothing about her was intersting. I loved when JD was introduced to them and the easy way they got along even though he was very private about himself. I liked how easily Aaron got along with him but also felt bad ...more
Julie Mink
Apr 10, 2014 Julie Mink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a winner of a first reads contest.

This book is amazing. I loved every page. I am so happy I had this chance to read it.

The story is about 4 people learning what it means to trust and be a family over the course of a summer at a Washington state lake. J.D. Harris is running away from the notoriety of being dubbed a hero, He is staying at a friend's family cottage at the lake. Kate Livingston, a single Mom, and her son Aaron are neighbors, staying near by. When they arrive
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Sylvia
Although I very, very seldom buy these romantic love stories, I'm glad I spent my money on this one. I had a couple of very nice - most nightly - hours of reading. Susan Wiggs did a very good job and got me hooked to the story, when halfway I thought: Oh my, Kate is a freelance report, will she reveal in Vanity Fair her affair with JD. It turned out to go a completely other way in the story and that's why I liked the book.
It's a very nice comfort read to relax during a holiday and it will keep
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Sarah Eiseman
Nov 18, 2010 Sarah Eiseman rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading Wiggs and it’s easy to see why she’s a NYT bestselling author. Her style is easy, her characters are multifaceted and interesting, and the story was captivating. Although a little more PG than my usual choices, I thought this book was a nice change of pace. There was a little action/suspense, some drama and some laughs. I’m not sure if she’s similar to Jodi Picoult in her ability to explain a disease to her readers, but I liked this book a whole lot more than I ...more
Janice
Feb 12, 2015 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
After an unusually long winter, Lakeside Cottage, is my 'welcome summer' read. When it comes to shallow reading, I follow suit; I troll the fiction aisles at my local library searching book covers for seascapes, rose covered cottages and lake shores to make my summer escape. Yeah, yeah, 'you can't judge a book by its cover' is lost on me. I choose my summer reading by the book jacket, not reviews.

Lakeside Cottage turned out to be a fine choice. . . picturesque old-family lakeside cottage, intere
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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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