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Table for Five

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  5,545 Ratings  ·  307 Reviews
Before an estranged couple is killed in an unthinkable tragedy, they designate two guardians for their children--a man and a woman who are essentially strangers and who have nothing in common except their compassion for the couple's three orphaned children. Thrown into this strange semblance of family, Sean McGuire and Lily Robinson work together to establish some kind of ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Mira Books (first published 2005)
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May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about grief. The main character, Lily, was interesting, but not relatable for me, but her story is well told and you understand why she is the way she is in the end. What I really loved about this book was the tone. It's very serious and awkward at first and it looms with sadness all the way until the end even though the family is moving on from their tragedy. It's not fake and magically happy just because it's now the last page of the book.
Also, unrelated to my review, I really
Jane Stewart
Ok if you’re in the mood for women’s fiction about grief and responsibility. I prefer more entertainment.

The publisher’s blurb (on the back of the book) emphasized a cross country road trip with ups and downs, joys and frustrations. I was disappointed that the road trip was a very minor part of the book and toward the end.

My description of the book:
The parents die, leaving three children. Lily is the mother’s best friend. Sean is the father’s brother. Sean becomes legal guardian. Lily spends a l
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love appears in the most unlikely of places and people, and under the most tragic of circumstances in Susan Wiggs's novel, Table For Five. It is a compelling story about healing, living, and becoming a family in the most unconventional sense.

Strangers to one another Lily Robinson and Sean Maguire are two individuals living different lives, heading in different directions but interconnected by the people they love. Lily is Crystal Holloway's best friend, sharing a lifelong friendship built on tr
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, romance
When this book starts out you meet Crystal and Derek, neither one of them is very likable, they are so wrapped up in their own issues that they can't see what is wrong with their kids, even when Crystal's best friend and one of the kids teachers tries to point things out.

Next thing we see is the kids at home, after being forgotten about. They are all mad, and as the night goes on you are mad along with them. Then somehow there is a subtle change, you really aren't sure what it is, but the dread
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cotton-candy
My first and favorite Susan Wiggs read- it's a gorgeous, sweet story of children orphaned after a tragic accident and the couple who are entrusted with their care...and what ensues when life goes on, as it does, and these two people who are so opposite in so many ways are thrown together and forced to rely upon and care for each other, first for the sake of the children, and then for their own sakes. Wiggs sure knows how to spin a lovely tale and I'll always treasure this little gem when I need ...more
Shelley Vanbrunt
this was the first Susan Wiggs book I read and I have been hooked ever since. She writes about real people living real lives. I cried and laughed.
Table for Five by Susan Wiggs was a wonderful and emotional surprise read. Lily Robinson, an elementary school teacher, and Sean McGuire, a golf pro, have absolutely nothing in common. When a tragedy brings them together for the sake of three children, they join forces to help these children and themselves face life and learn to cope with grief.

I really enjoyed this book. I cried with every chapter until the road trip which is important but the book doesn't center around the road trip. It really
Sarah Parker mcilhenny
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a little diamond in the rough. If you've ever seen the movie Life As We Know It (I know, a movie compared to a book...), Table For Five was a much better version of it. It deals with grief and love in it's most basic and real form. Divorced parents will their orphaned children to two different people who hardly know each other, can't stand each other, and end up falling in love. There is a lot of golf talk, of which I don't relate to, but it sucked me in anyway because the main cha ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was super emotional for me. I absolutely loved one line where Sean said (and I can't quote because I don't have the book, but I can get pretty close)...She'll be our pet for as long as we're meant to have her, and we will love her and enjoy the time we have with her....

I can't give you the context, because that would be a spoiler, but it hit a chord with me and made a connection because I just lost my canine companion of the past 15 years, and it's been really difficult. This made me b
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A heart warming story about tragedy that brings two strangers together. Their love of three children helps to bring every one together as a family. I read this book in one day. It was o hard to put down
Rosabelle Purnama
Started out really good and promising, but kinda lose interest after halfway. Story seemed to dragged on too long.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Third grade teacher Lily Robinson has led a safe life of structure and organization, even her meeting with her best friend Crystal and Crystal’s ex-husband Derek about their daughter’s recent erratic behavior and failing grades is planned out so as not to leave anything to chance. The one thing Lily didn’t plan and never saw coming was the car accident that claimed the lives of Crystal and Derek leaving their three children, Lily’s godchildren, orphans and changing Lily’s outlook on everything. ...more
Lavada Dee
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is another story that I wish I had more than 5 starts to give. You read so many stories where the main characters are perfect and I have to admit I like escaping into the world of princes and princesses but a story with flawed characters brings real life into play.

In Table For Five a family is born from the tragic deaths of a divorced couple. And none of the characters except maybe the two year old are perfect. The teen and 3rd grader share a secret that was impacting their lives before th
Mary Beth
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
A thirty-something school teacher who values her freedom has her life turned inside out when her best friend along with her ex-husband are killed in a car accident. Lily finds herself being a mother to Crystal's 3 children and her plans for a summer in Europe put on hold. A sweet story with likable characters.

This is the first Susan Wiggs' novel for me and I plan to see what else she has done. It was a compelling story that made me keep telling myself---just one more page and I'll turn out the
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good descriptions of the stress for a teacher as well as when there are friendship issues. Realistic events and feelings displayed as a result of divorce / death for both the children as well as relatives and friends. Lack of formal paperwork for when death occurs truly stressed. Glamour of being part of the golf championships told giving both the good and bad of it. Both Lily and Sean displayed good adult behaviors for the sake of the children. Lily overplayed her past as an excuse for her beha ...more
Cynthia Nomanee
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
For some reason, I felt the book displayed more romance than the idea of loss. The issues of grief, the aftermath of death and the unpredictability of life were played through well enough to get at least get a tinge of and it was definitely emotional but it and the story weren't distinct enough. Given the plot and the characters, to me, it seemed like one of those really cheesy and predictable romance movies except with death.
All in all, it was cute. I guess.
Jaime Atkins
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was probably one of the best books Susan Wiggs has written. Although very complex and emotional throughout, the satisfaction gained in the end is well worth it. Even though there was no way to create a perfect "happy ever after", Wiggs showed the power of love to heal and sustain a family. The pain of the past will always remain, but together as a family unit, the future can be filled with happiness.
Donnie McDow
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this was my first book by susan wiggs, i read every night and didn't have a book so went to the community room of my apt. where there are shelves of books and i thought i'd read them all but i found this one and i really enjoyed it. i will probably look for more by her next time i hit the library.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this book very satisfying. It was not a typical boy meets girl romance novel, it was much more. The people had real problems and the situations felt true. This may be my favorite book by this author.
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Susan Wiggs is my go-to when I'm having problems finding something to read. So loved this book!
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Table for Five" by Susan Wiggs was an entertaining read, but much too predictable for me. Some of the book seemed a bit far-fetched but I continued to anxiously turn the pages nonetheless. It was a tragedy turned love story and pulled at my heart strings to know what those children had gone through, especially since I have suffered a recent loss myself. I enjoyed how Wiggs gave the backstory behind the couple and did not just dive right into the tragedy. The storytelling was excellent and Wiggs ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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June Jones
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good family type story, loved Charlie, the daughter of the late Chrystal and Derek.
Jennifer Pawlowski
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Susan Wiggs books.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fine for a quick and easy read, but there wasn't a lot of depth to it. Very predictable and all the conflicts and angst were very easily resolved.
Judy Spare
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Predictable but enjoyable.
Carolyn Wilson
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good story about how the loss of loved ones affects so many in so many ways.
Told in a way that you can be sad but not depressing at all.
Cathy Green
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

All about family. Sadness and healing that everyone in life goes through. Susan Wiggs is an excellent writer. Highly recommend.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very sweet story, loved the coming of age part with the young boy
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