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Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
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bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, romance, book-club, fall-2012, family, women-s-fiction, series, new-york
Read from September 01 to 02, 2012

Sonnet Romano had everything going for her--a new, sophisticated boyfriend, and a fellowship to work with disadvantaged children abroad. Then, she finds herself very attracted to Zach, a hometown friend. She also receives the news that her mother is pregnant and has risky complications. She left her job in New York City and moved north to the Catskills to offer emotional support to her mother. Back in her hometown, Sonnet had to decide what was important to her in life.

Susan Wiggs created characters that have to make difficult decisions, and that the reader can empathize with. She wrote with a lot of emotional sensitivity. A main theme was the importance of caring, supportive families. Another important theme was following your heart--in love, and in your career. Sonnet had a beautiful example of love in the caring that her stepfather expressed to her mother. The book also showed that first impressions are often deceiving, both in private life and in the media.

Return to Willow Lake kept my interest all the way through the book. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy reading about families and contemporary romances.
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