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Fireside (Lakeshore Chronicles #5)

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Bo Crutcher, a professional baseball player, gets help from Kimberly van Dorn, a public relations expert, in dealing with both the media and his long-lost son, AJ. While spending the winter with Bo and AJ at Willow Lake, Kimberly begins to fall in love.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Mira Books (first published 2009)
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Anastasia
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Η πρώτη μου εμπειρία με την πολυβραβευμένη συγγραφέα και πραγματικά με κέρδισε από την πρώτη σελίδα. Με κράτησε δε, μέχρι και την τελευταία τελεία! Οι χαρακτήρες, βαθιά ανθρώπινοι, σε κάνουν να νιώσεις κάτι παραπάνω από συμπάθεια γι' αυτούς... Περισσότερα εδώ...
Jonel Boyko
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wiggs writes emotions in a way that allows readers to experience it. The in-depth story takes readers deep into situations that are not only heartbreaking, but also well researched. Wiggs doesn’t make up the details that she puts forth as fact. At the same time, this is an unforgettable work of fiction, combining the best of both worlds. The scenery in the novel was also breathtaking. I love how I was able to picture myself in the Catskills, while also being able to let my imagination run wild, ...more
Jaime Atkins
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I enjoyed this book, really, I did, BUT.... others in the series were better. I'd say it gets 3.75 stars. Bo's coming of age (as a parent) was well portrayed and I could feel his emotions for AJ growing with each page. I think if Bo loved Kim the way I felt like he did, his willingness to marry Yolanda would have been more complicated for him. AND...when things started going better in Mexico, he should have called Kim. Anyway, it all came together in the end and their love was redeemed. I hope ...more
Marleen
Feb 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: susan-wiggs
I can't believe that this book is part of the Lakeshore Chronicles; a series that I have enjoyed reading uptil now. Fireside was such a disappointment! It's almost like I can't recognize this author anymore. Not even the recurrent characters of previous books could enthuse me.
The main characters in this one, Kim and Bo, are so flat and without any depth.
I should give it a "2" out of nostalgia, I suppose, because my heart goes back to the previous Lakeshore Chronicles. I'm not sure if I ever wan
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Kate
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
"Fireside" was my first experience with author Susan Wiggs, and I have to say, I'm not impressed. Despite a good premise for the plot and a decent effort at redeeming plot twists, this book as a whole doesn't merit even a mediocre rating.

The first problem I had with "Fireside" was its use of similes. Yes, illustrative language is important to set the scene, but it shouldn’t be so conspicuous and formulaic, not to mention overly abundant. Plus, they're almost all references to baseball! I underst
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Kate Vale
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
Another Lakeshore Chronicles, we focus here on Bo Crutcher, long-time wannabe pro baseball players who's been in a small independent team in Avalon. He's thrown a curve ball when a hookup when he was a teen sends his son, AJ, to him when she is caught up in a deportation nightmare. While waiting for AJ's flight to arrive, she encounters Kimberly Van Dorn, publicist for an NBA star with whom she'd also had a personal relationship. She's dressed in an evening gown and strappy heels, not really som ...more
Darcy
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, romance
This was a cute story set back in Avalon. But even though it was in the community and there were past characters, it didn't have the same connection as the others as this is the first one without a Bellamy.

I did like Kim and Bo, but the story seemed a little contrived for me. Bo an almost baseball fan, Kim a sports PR person, and the third person who was just as important in their relationship, AJ, Bo's long lost son. The way that AJ and Bo's relationship started and grew was sweet, it mirrored
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Sally
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have never read a Susan Wiggs book I didn't enjoy, and the Lakeshore Chronicles series is one of my favourites. This book, no.5 in the series didn't disappoint. Not only did we get a feisty young heroine, hunky, if flawed, hero, a troubled boy, a mother who's started a guesthouse and found happiness, but we also get to spend time with continuing characters and stories from earlier books. Also, womthing I really like, a bit of a chuckle here and there.
I feel this series has something in common
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Mary Herring
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Even though it was set in the winter, it was a great beach read.
Wendolyn
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Wendolyn by: Laurie
Shelves: romance
You learn early in each book of this series who the couple is going to be, and get to watch the relationship develop from both points of view. I like that, even if the male point of view is written by a woman.

It bothered me that Yolanda did not share anything good about Bo with their son AJ. I'm sure she was hurt by their history, and understand trying to have her husband be her son's father figure. But her son deserved to know that his father did not abandon him, and Yolanda is portrayed as a g
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Romance Novel TV
Jan 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Reviewed by Maria Lokken

Kimberly Van Dorn is a mess. She’s flying coach, dressed in a sequin evening gown, wearing four inch strapless heels and accompanied by only one piece of ‘luggage’ a Judith Leiber handbag. Where is she going and what is she running from? We know this much, she’s just left the eternal sunshine of LA for the frigid winter of Willow Lake in upstate New York.

A media agent for superstar sports figures, Kimberly has traded in her job for what she believes will be the comfort h
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Rossy
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cont. romance fans
Recommended to Rossy by: series continuation
Who would have thought that after the portrayal of Kim as a man-stealing-slut her character would actually be so likeable? Not me that's for sure, but from the very beginning i could understand her better and sympathize with her past. I thought the way she handled her relationship with Bo and how she treated AJ was really great in my opinion.

Bo was not outdone either because he turned out to be such a bold and romantic guy after meeting AJ. I was glad he finally understood that the way he was l
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Susan
Jul 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Susan by: Mom
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Lauren
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
"...and she looked almost pretty, in a chubby way." This was when I finally decided I didn't like this book. Also, I won't be reading Wiggs again. Not just for this comment, but the overall story was contrived and bland, and the characters just sort of faded in and out-they didn't have any real depth, they were solely there to move the plot along, or to help the two main characters realize they loved each other. As a romance, it was weak and there really wasn't much chemistry.

Kim is stunningly b
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Marilyn
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Twelve year old AJ's school day was about to be done in Houston when he was called to the office to find out he wash't able to go home, but instead was going to be flying to New York to meet his father who he had never met before. The factory where his mother worked had been raided and she was on the fast track to deportation.
AJ's dad, Bo Crutcher, was as overwhelmed as AJ! He had just signed a contract in which he was being considered for the Yankees baseball team. The timing couldn't be wor
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Jncroix
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've read many of this author's books, but found this book very shallow and her agenda inaccurate. I happen to be from Texas City. As far as Houston doing immigration sweeps and ripping children out of mothers' arms is ludicrous. Houston and surrounding areas are sanctuary cities. Leave politics to that genre, I do not by books to read political opinions. If I wanted thst, I would turn on the news. She is so busy trying to beat you over the head with her opinions, the story doesn't flow.

Jeanne
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
This is the first book I have read after losing my reading partner...my sister, my best friend. It isn't as much fun to read without having her to discuss the book with. Fireside is a Lakeside Chronicles book, the story of baseball player Bo Crutcher, his newfound 12-year old son and publicist Kimberly van Dorn. The usual characters from Avalon are present, indluding Noah, Sophie, Daisy and Max and the Bellamy family.
It was a quick, enjoyable read, even though very predictable.
Stacy
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in the series. I love this series, but this book was slow. I did not like the characters for some reason. The lead male seemed like a stupid jock and that is not the type I go for.
Leslie
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was the first of the Lakeshore Chronicles that I read and loved it. Then I had to go back and start at the beginning to read all the rest leading up to this one. So glad I did. Lovely, sweet stories.
Shirlene
Kimberly van Dorn left LA on impulse to go see her mom in Avalon, NY after her boyfriend, LA Laker Lloyd Johnson, and she got into a fight and he punched her. She left immediately after the fight and she was still dressed in her couture gown and heels when she arrived in NY. Bo Crutcher of Avalon's pro baseball team was at the airport picking up his 12 yr. old son. The flight had been delayed and Bo offered help to Kimberly but she was in no mood to be nice. Her high heels got stuck in the walkw ...more
Holley
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Well written, but I struggled to finish. It just wasn't up my alley. A lot of drama and main characters whose decisions were poor or when they arrived at a better one it was long after they should have. For example, an apparently strong female protagonist who only left the abusive ex when he dumped her. I have another of this series on my bookshelf but don't know if I will read it before it goes to the used book store.
Teresa Littrell
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good quick read. Never before thought of kids left behind because of immigration issues.
Mary Dickens
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved Fireside!
Dee
Two-haiku review:

His son comes to stay
She's fired, comes to visit mom
Can she work with him?

I liked little boy
But just didn't feel romance
Well written but... meh
Donna Wahlstrom
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The lakeshore chronicles book 5

I love baseball so I really liked this book. Good family story!
Would recommend to all ...enjoy this happy book!
Elisha (lishie)
Fun summer read with good characters & a nice story.
Hpreeder
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Kim and no
Patti
Mar 16, 2017 added it
** 1/2 stars
Alisa Griffis
Mar 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
I found this book disturbing. It contained racist assumptions liberally scattered throughout the pages (like some of the people living in a small town in New York would not "like" a half-Hispanic child; like people would instantly judge a half black/half white young man as frightening. Like people would never ask a white, clear-speaking man for his Social Security card and data when at work).

In the book, a young Hispanic girl gets pregnant outside of wedlock and her "ultra-conservative" parents
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Chris
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: susan-wiggs-read
This MAY contain spoilers.....

OH my Gosh--so many good reviews

THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

Another Lakeshore Chronicles, we focus here on Bo Crutcher, long-time wannabe pro baseball players who's been in a small independent team in Avalon. He's thrown a curve ball when a hookup when he was a teen sends his son, AJ, to him when she is caught u
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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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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)
  • Lakeshore Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles, #6)
  • The Summer Hideaway (Lakeshore Chronicles, #7)
  • Marrying Daisy Bellamy (Lakeshore Chronicles #8)
  • Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles #9)
  • Candlelight Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles, #10)
  • Starlight on Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles, #11)

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