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Sweet Lake

(Sweet Lake #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,441 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.

Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is the perfect beach or summer read if you enjoy family/friend drama, a fun setting, and sweet romance. It reminded me a little of The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood because of the Sweet Lake Sirens' deep friendship, camaraderie, and hint of mysticism. The author says she specializes in inspirational fiction, and I have to agree; after reading this book, I was left feeling uplifted and happy. This is the first in a series, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment. ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books, oct-17
It is easy to see why Christine Nolfi is one of my favourite authors. Her gift of storytelling makes it a delight to pick up one of her stories and become totally captivated for hours on end.
The Wayfair Inn is at risk of closing and the family is at odds as to how to save it. The town folks come together, especially Daniel Kittering, the town attorney, to help Linnie Wayfair not only battle with her brother but try to bring the Inn back to it's former glory.
Sweet Lake is a beautifully written sm
Jacob Proffitt
May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
While competently-enough written, I have zero respect for any of the characters. Linnie is a weak ditherer who can't bring herself to open a letter(!) from her larcenous brother because she's worried he might be in trouble and she'd be tempted to help him despite how he betrayed the family, took all their money, and left her father unable to foot all the medical bills from a subsequent stroke. All this drama over opening a stupid letter is psychotic levels of weak. Like, get some therapy because ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Family traditions, especially those involving a family business, can make for lifelong competitors.

Such is the case for Linnie Mayfair and her older brother Freddie.

Treat and Sarah Mayfair did not realize that they were creating a less than loving relationship between their son and their daughter. They thought they were doing what was right for the business and for the family. The family trust was structured in what they thought was a sensible way, but Linnie doesn’t agree. Can she learn to fina
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to Sweet Lake. A little Ohio town trying to make a comeback after hitting the economic skids. Linnie Wayfair, is trying to steer her family's inn back into the black after it was decimated by her errant brother when he stole family funds and took off for California.
Along with her close friends, employees and a circle of women called the Sweet Lake Sirens, she is making progress, moving closer to her goal. A monkey wrench is thrown in when her brother reappears with a ridiculous entour
First, thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this novel by Christina Nolfi. I admit to being a fan of hers, but I have to say even if I'd never heard of her, I would be amazed by this story!

Linnie Wayfair has a stigma attached to her that she can't escape. She's a girl. And her family inn has always been passed down to the son in the family. However, in this case, there are mitigating circumstances why her brother should not own the inn. I don't believe in
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm temporarily - I hope - departing from my usual review style while life is crazy and we're in the construction zone. I'm trying this rather than no review at all. I'm basically going to make occasional notes as I read, which is not as satisfactory to me, but hopefully they'll still be helpful.

Update 5/13/19: This is one of those books that I wish would have been more forthcoming on its cover design. For what it is, this is a very good book. It's just not MY thing. Apart from the whole world
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted at Dual Reads
Copy received for an honest review

This was so much more than I was expecting. I thought I was getting a sweet romance. And there was a really great romance. But there were also strong friendships, diverse and eccentric side characters and a family dynamic that at times broke my heart. I was engaged with every single page and every single character.

Linnie, our main character, was a delight. She was such a lovely person and I really felt for her with
Sweet Lake is the first book in a new series by Christine Nolfi. Set in Ohio in a small town where everything went downhill in terms of work when Freddy Wayfair took off with most of the money from his family's account, leaving his sister Linnie to struggle on with the family inn. Now she is working on a shoestring, has let many of the staff go, and because numbers are down at the inn, the whole town has lost business. Serious times. Fortunately she has very good friends, a good man who has his ...more
Deborah Blanchard
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, for-review
Christine Nolfi does it again with the first book in her new Sweet Lake series. I loved the small town of Sweet Lake, Ohio and you will too. I felt a part of this small town and its people. Linnie runs the family inn and is trying to help to rebuild a town where so many shops have closed. Like most small towns, everyone knows everyone. You will love the cast of characters, strong, independent Linnie is the main character along with her longtime friend Daniel. There is lots of love there and roma ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I went into this book ready for a sweet read. The story started out fine, yet after a few chapters I found myself struggling to keep reading. My issue was with the characters. No matter how much I tried and tried, I could not find any connections towards any of them. Therefore, if you strip away that fact I am left with just a story that could be about anyone. Although, I did like the charming town of Sweet Lake. In addition, the fact that Daniel was slowly charming his way into Linnie's life wa ...more
Christine Moore
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book! Linnie runs her family's inn the Wayfair. Her brother Freddie years ago took off and took all the family's money. Linnie has been running the inn and it has consumed her life. Now Freddie is back and the family drama is on! There is a group of older women, the Sirens, that want to protect Linnie and show her there is more to life than work. Daniel has loved Linnie for years but Linnie thinks they are just friends. This is a wonderful story of family, friendship, and l ...more
Sweet Lake is a novel that I want to, no need to, share with family and friends. It is a coming of age story, even though both Linnie and Freddie are both older than the typical coming of age characters. It is a story of family, love, and determination. Ms. Nolfi's characters are quirky and so much fun. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, and I desperately want to be a Siren!

I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Karen McQuestion
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The title speaks volumes. This is a sweet book, with relatable characters, a romance, and some interesting family dynamics. This book came to me when I needed a break from some stressful stuff going on in my own life and it was a lifesaver. If you love the cover, and enjoy books like Jan Karon's Mitford series, you're going to love this series!
Kathleen Kelly
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a woman, Linnie Wayfair, who is now the owner of the Wayfair Inn. Her parents retired and left the inn to Linnie. Trying to keep the inn open is a challenge, paying her staff, the ones that she kept anyway, the others had to be let go. She receives a letter from her brother Freddie, whom she has not seen in seven years. He is not a very nice person, at least to Linnie. He is a movie producer, doing well, and only thinks of himself. With his visit, Linnie finds that she is n ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nicely written small town romance with good characters (don't we all know someone like one of the Sirens?) and a positive plot line. Linnie has her struggles but she also has her friends. The romance aspect of this was less interesting to me than the interaction between them, although Daniel is definitely interesting. I'd not read Nolfi before (thanks to Netgalley for the introduction) but I'm going to look for the next installment in this series. It made for a very pleasant read.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Sweet Lake

Christine Nolfi

Received from Netgalley

SWEET LAKE is the first book in the Sweet Lake series. I am a huge fan of Christine Nolfi's books and have loved every single one of them. Linnie Wayfair is running her family's inn and sadly, she was born a girl. The family inn has always been passed down to the males in the Wayfair line but Linnie feels it should be hers as her brother, Freddie, left the inn years ago after creating a huge debt to not only the inn but also to the towns people of
Karen Komarinski
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Lake story is set around the Wayfair family and a Inn that is caught in traditions that should of died out a long time ago. The tradition that the Wayfair Inn is passed on from son to son Works until Treat and Sarah Wayfair had a son Freddie and a Daughter named Linnie. Events that happened 7 years ago not only put a family at odds but almost ruined the Wayfair Inn and the town of Sweet Lake, Ohio. You will find a lot of characters in Sweet Lake; the most popular is the Muses known as The ...more
 Gigi Ann
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

My Thoughts...

I always know I can depend on Christine Nolfi to satisfy me when I want some "Comfort Food Reading." And she didn't disappoint me this time either.

The story is about family, friendship, with a few whimsical characters thrown in the mix. Some characters are likable, with a few unlikable, as well. But to keep the story interesting we need the unlikable ones, they keep the story lively.

It was a delightful treat to be able to set down these last few days and read such an entertaining s
These types of “sweet hometown romances” that I would maybe label as a “cozy” without the mystery are really not the type of books that I often read. However, I read an early sample of a novel by Nolfi that I received in some type of promotion and I thought it was was...sweet and that’s a good thing. For people who know me, definitely will agree that I am an avid mystery reader. Give me any mystery novel and I will give it a chance. So it’s really not often that I read these types of books, of w ...more
Melanie Adkins
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Wayfair legacy was set in stone long before Linnie was born. Now she's trying to save that legacy and regain the glory the Inn once knew. When Linnie pictured her life as a kid, she never saw the path she was now on. The question she's facing is can she incorporate her dreams and her future.

This book is a warm, feel-good, easy read. It's well written and the plotting is fantastic. The characters are relate-able and fun. The pacing is very comfortable. I love that Ms. Nolfi included some hu
Ailish Fitzgerald
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off I want to thank Christine Nolfi for sending me a copy of Sweet Lake in exchange for a review which I was only too delighted to do. This is the first book I have read by Christine and it won't be my last!

This novel is set in a small town called Sweet Lake, in Ohio. Now while Christine introduces a whole cast of fantastic characters our main two characters are Linnie Mayfair and her friend Daniel Kettering who is the local Attorney.

Linnie runs the Mayfair Inn, which is a family business
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful place to visit!
Sweet Lake sounds like just the perfect place. relaxing, calm and peaceful.
The owner and manager Linnie, has been working and keeping the family Inn from going down and has done a fabulous job through many years . She has given up her own happiness to continue with the family business.
Her brother Freddie also is half of the owner and definitely nothing like his sister. He has not cared about the Inn for years nor has he visited or helped.
Though the two have had many di
Vicki Spillman
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I normally read mysteries and historical fiction. The book was interesting.
Vikki Vaught
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Musings

I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful romance. The characters are enchanting and I look forward to the next one in this series. Happy reading 📚!
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautifully written in typical Nolfi fashion. A great story, quirky characters and tons of suspense take you to the end and leave you wanting more. Linnie loves her Inn and the beautiful town of Sweet Lake. For years she has done everything in her power to bring the huge mansion inn back from the brink of disrepair. Battling her parents and long lost brother for control of her beloved inn isn't as easy as she hoped. But, with a legacy of only men running the inn, she has her work cu ...more
Crystal Otto
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you like a little drama? Some suspense? Romance? Happy Endings? If like myself, you like nothing more than a Hallmark Movie Special, then Sweet Lake is the book for you. Grab yourself a cup of your favorite beverage, cuddle up in a comfortable chair, and be prepared to enjoy this well written, perfectly paced novel. I seriously could not put it down until I had devoured each and every page.

The characters were well-developed and believable. They reminded me of some of the peculiar characters i
Jeanne Maliner
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Eden Baylee, Ashley Farley. Andrea Stoeckel
I borrowed this book from the library. Imagine my surprise when I checked out my Ohio library and found a copy of this book days before it was published. I immediately put it on hold. Finding the author through events on Facebook, I read her Second Chance Grill and immediately fell in love with her writing. While most would classify this as a romance, it is also belongs in Womens' fiction. The story is isn't just a girl meets guy, girl falls in love with guy, something breaks them apart, and the ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
an enjoyable book. Christine Nolfi brought all of her characters to life. And a happy ending
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A tale of family, relationships, love. At the Wayfair Inn in Ohio, Linnie is the first daughter in Wayfair history. Every previous generation only had a male heir. After her rascal brother takes money from her parents and leaves town, Linnie is forced to take care of the Inn herself with her close friends. But her parents still don't think Linnie should run the Inn, it should fall to her brother, since that's what the Wayfair men are supposed to do.

Will Linnie's brother return to run the Inn? W
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