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Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
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Feb 19, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

This is my first read by Susan Wiggs and I truly enjoyed it. What I liked most was that it spoke of family life and family relationships -- something we all can relate to because we all have some type family to talk about. And this book is realistic in that it shows how loving a family can be, but also how dysfunctional a family can be. Summer at Willow Lake takes place, for the most part, in a camp setting, which I like. It evokes feelings and memories of growing up as a child, whether you attended camp or not. But if you did, the experience of reading will be all the more enriched.

I also liked the book because it kept me engaged in the story and the lives of its characters. Wiggs has this tendency to insert a line of two of mystery, which will keep you reading until the mystery is solved. Summer at Willow Lake is also a romance story and I liked both Olivia ("Lolly") and Connor -- two genuine characters. But I was almost brought to tears by the lovely 50th wedding anniversary celebration and witnessing through words the love story between Olivia's grandparents.

I look forward to reading more of Wiggs' books, especially if the language is a vivid and descriptive, the plot as engaging and the characters as believable as those in Summer at Willow Lake.

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