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Return to Willow Lake

(Lakeshore Chronicles #9)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  5,330 ratings  ·  367 reviews
Sonnet Romano’s life is almost perfect. She has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. There’s nothing more a woman wants – except maybe a baby…sister? When Sonnet finds out her mother is unexpectedly expecting, and that the pregnancy is high-risk, she puts everything on hold – the job, the fellowship, the boyfriend – and ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published 2012)
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I am giving this book 3-stars. Not because it wasn't really good. It was. Not because it wasn't well written. It was wonderfully written. By all rights based on enjoyment and connection with the story this should be a 4-star or higher book.

But it isn't. And it is because the romance in this book was almost non-existent.

Sonnet Romano, daughter of Nina (heroine of earlier Willow Lake book Dockside), is feeling a bit blue after her best friend Daisy has gotten married. By all rights her life should
Cocktails and Books
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
When I started reading Return to Willow Lake I had no idea it was part of a series, I just knew that it pulled me in from page one. The book picks up at Daisy Bellamy’s wedding reception. For those of you who have already been introduced to Susan Wiggs’ you will know that Daisy has a book all to herself. The lead character in this book is her step-sister and best friend Sonnet Romano. Sonnet is back in Willow Lake for Daisy’s wedding and after the festivities reunites with her childhood best fri ...more
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I forgot how much I loved this series. Susan Wiggs has such a gift in the way she tells a story. She captures you through her lovable and interesting characters and with stories that are both entertaining and heartwarming. Most of the books in the Lakeshore Chronicles series even have a bit of mystery revolving around the characters and often flash back and forth between the past and the present.
Return To Willow Lake was such an emotional read. It had everything that I have come to expect from
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
The book was good, but not great. The only reason I say this is because the main characters, Sonnet and Zach, are rarely together until the end of the book, so you don't really get a feel for their relationship. The whole book is mostly focused on Sonnet and her mother. I guess that there was just too much going on in the story to really focus on one thing. Hopefully the next book in the series will focus much more on the main couple like the rest of the books in the series do.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: susan-wiggs
It's been ages since I've read the first Willow Lake books, which I remember enjoying more than this one. What bothered me most was Sonnet's indecisive nature, and her constant pleasing of her long lost father; who's running for a Senate seat, and by being a politician practically dictates how Sonnet should behave as his "illegitimate" daughter. It annoyed me that Sonnet took the entire book before she stood up for what she believed in and what was important in her life.
On the other hand, I enj
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
****Possible Spoilers **** I enjoyed this book a lot. Sonnet is torn between her 2 parents,2 men and whether or not she should take a prestigious job that will send her to a foreign country for 2 years. Her over achieving father wants her to take the job as it will reflect well on him as he runs for the Senate. But a few shocks change her mind. She is 28 years old and finds out that her mom is pregnant. Weird but happy news. But then devastating news follows. Nina, besides being pregnant, has br ...more
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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I think the center stage of this book had more to do with the bond of a family, then the romance between two best friends. This was a great book, but the romance played a secondary part.

Nina and Sonnet have been there for each other, every up and down to life's tragic events. This is no different, Sonnet finds herself in the pinnacle of her life, but at the same time, her mom is about to deal with something that brings her back home.

I rela
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print
Soft, mellow, heartbreaking, hope-making. Wiggs definitely puts it all on the line with this one. She writes emotion that jumps from the page. Although sad at times, this story is also empowering, and just plain fun. This is such an intimately told tale. It is also a vivid one. Each and every aspect comes to life as Wiggs paints the scene around her compelling characters.

I like the little recaps on characters from earlier in the series as they become important again. Wiggs’ emphasis on what mak
Laurie Way
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am just into this series. I enjoy "returning to Willow Lake" once in a while, just to catch up with the characters. It is kind of like the guilty pleasure of following a soap opera, but in book form! I enjoyed this installment in the series.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My review:

Return to Willow Lake was a first Susan Wiggs' book I have read and I liked it! It was well written, emotional and heart-warming. Reading Return to Willow Lake was like coming home - it was safe, comforting and created lots of great feelings. The novel is a standalone part of her Lakeshore Chronicles.


Sonnet is a young woman whose life is filled with possibilities- her UNESCO career has just rocketed with the opportunity of lifetime of getting a world known fellowship, she has a bo
Christi Snow
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
My Review:

This is the first Susan Wiggs book that I've ever read. I know, right? She was a huge romance writer when I was working in the bookstore 20 years ago. I can't believe it's taken me this long to pick up one of her books. But this book is so much more than just a romance novel. This is a book about family and what's really important in life. Just to put it in perspective, the book starts and ends with scenes of Sonnet talking to her mom...not scenes with Zach, although he definitely stil
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read this entire series, from the very first one right through to this one.

This book is just as wonderful and well written as all the others.

It's the tale of Sonnet, one of the well loved characters that's appeared throughout the series. She and Zach have long been best friends, until one night changes everything between them. Months later, Sonnet returns to Willow Lake to help her mother deal with some major changes in her life. While trying to help her mother, she's also trying to gain
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I learned that this book would be about Sonnet and Zach, I wondered how that would be. I liked them both, but wouldn’t have put them together. I was surprised by their wedding hookup and just knew it would bring all kinds of awkwardness after. I can understand why Sonnet reacted the way she did, they have been BFF’s since kindergarten and their actions will have big consequences.

While reading this book I discovered that I didn’t care for Sonnet’s dad. He is a man with his own agenda, one wh
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s
2.5 Stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for this ARC.

This was my first book by Susan Wiggs and even though it's #9 in the series, I didn't feel it was necessary to have to go back and read the other books first because there was enough explanation to catch a new reader up.

This isn't my usual genre but I thought the summary sounded interesting and so I gave it a try. As an MC, I found Sonnet to be frustrating and wishy-washy (for lack of a better term) when it came to Zach, Orlando and even he
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoy listening to audio books when I am in the car since I can't read while I am driving and I picked this one up at the library because it looked interesting even though I hadn't read anything about it. I did not realize that this was a series and that this was book #6 in that series. Despite not having the background of the characters I was able to read it as a stand alone novel.

Sonnet grew up without her father in her life but now as an adult she has connected with her dad and formed a rel
Oct 31, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

This is the newest Willow Lake book, a series I've been reading for years. Even though its quality has been progressively decreasing, I was hopeful this book would be different because it featured two beloved recurrent characters. But that was not the case.

Zach and Willow grew up together and were best friends in school. But then life happened and it brought them apart. They reunite during a wedding, and have a one-night-stand. She goes back to her l
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Although I don't generally like books that are divided into Parts like this one, the subject matter was intriguing. Here we have a super-organized girl who sets goals and meets them, divided between wanting to please her father and spend time with her mother and fulfill all her own plans. At first I thought poor Sonnet was an idiot who didn't know her own mind, but as I read, I realized that most of us are like this, searching to find rather than knowing already. It makes me wonder how many wron ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 stars

It's my first by Susan Wiggs and... it's Book 9. This book might actually a romance story. It is a romance, just mild but from my reading, I viewed the story is more about Sonnet and her complicated life.

It is indeed complicated where she tried her best and hardest to impress her father, she wanted to spread her wings and gained new, exciting experiences, she's worried about her sick mother, and she denied her feelings towards Zach which she thought two of them being a thing is impossibl
Julie Barrett
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
ISBN: 9780778313847
Daisy Bellamy's wedding at Camp Kioga, finally.
Love how Susan brings you up to date on who the person was and what they did in younger years-that's what made the bell ring for me :}
Sonnet Romano is her best friend and everything went off without a hitch. She doesn't want to get married anytime soon and works at UNESCO.
Zachery Alger is there also, a videographer but just a guest at this party. Their renew their friendship after many swigs o
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
“Return to Willow Lake” by Susan Wiggs was a quick read for me. I very much enjoyed the premise of the story. Sonnet returns to her childhood home for the marriage of her step-sister. While there she runs into an old friend who has never left willow Lake. He has a reputation as being a “bad boy” from his boyhood days. Sonnet and Zach really have more than a friendship. They are best friends and have fallen in love in their young years. Sonnet is loath to accept Zach’s intentions because she has ...more
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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 charac
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Another good Susan Wiggs book. I find Susan Wiggs books to be very fast reads. I really enjoy this series and the characters even though I am reading the book a little out of sequence. I like how the characters pop up in other books as these characters are involved in each other's lives. My only complaint about these books is the fact that she spends the entire book having these characters fall in love or admit that they have already fallen in love, and then have them jump right into getting mar ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Nice story, but boring.
Two-haiku review:

She works in New York
Her dad's running for Senate
Then her mom gets sick

Very nice romance
She's following her dad's dreams
Rather than her own
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
i love the lakeshore chronicles, even when i know what's going to happen by the end of the book. love the setting and the characters and just everything about being there.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love this series of books. Easy read.
Nina Romano had gotten pregnant at 15 by Laurence Jefferies, an African American who was 17 and attending West Point. She knew that he would quit West Point to do the right thing and take care of her and her daughter so she never told him that he was a father until after he graduated from West Point. Nina raised her biracial daughter, Sonnet Romano, with the help of her mother and large Italian American family. Nina graduated from high school and worked her way through college. After Sonnet went ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost as much as I was itching to read Daisy’s story in this series, I wanted to see Zach get his HEA. More than that, I wanted to see Zach get the girl of his dreams. So, for me, this was a cherry on my sundae after reading Marrying Daisy Bellamy.

Poor Zach has been through so much in this series. He’s always in the background and working away, never quite getting his due. He is just such a good guy. Atoning for the sins of his father when he has no obligation to do so, still trying to keep a r
Jack Vasen
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This ninth book of the Lakeshore Chronicles tells a complete story and could stand alone, but it builds on so much background from previous books.

This is more than a romance because so much of it focuses on a 28 year old woman, Sonnet, who comes home to support her pregnant mother, Nina, who has cancer. This is a summer's journey of two people who grew so close together as the single mother sacrificed so much to raise her daughter. If they already weren't close enough, this trial brings them eve
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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

Other books in the series

Lakeshore Chronicles (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Summer at Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles, #1)
  • The Winter Lodge (Lakeshore Chronicles #2)
  • Dockside (Lakeshore Chronicles, #3)
  • Snowfall at Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles, #4)
  • Fireside (Lakeshore Chronicles, #5)
  • Lakeshore Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles, #6)
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