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If you trust your heart, you'll always know who you are . . .

Each summer, Kate Livingston returns to her family's lakeside cottage, a place of simple living and happy times -- a place where she now hopes her shy little boy can blossom. But her quiet life gets a bit more interesting with the arrival of an intriguing new neighbor, JD Harris. Although she is a confirmed si

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Paperback, 409 pages
Published July 19th 2005 by Mira Books
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Wicked Incognito Now
So, this is the fifth Susan Wiggs book I've read and I realized that what I LOVED about her at first, is exactly what I'm beginning to find tedious and predictable about her writing now.

The storylines are quiet, simple, truthful, and almost pure. The first book I read was Just Breathe. I thought it was so refreshing. I loved it for its honesty and lack of big misunderstandings, unnecessarily florid sex scenes, etc. But now I'm finding the exact same elements--boring. Unreal. Unnatural. Too pure.
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Marleen
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was totally my cup of tea! I’m such a difficult person when it comes to the romance genre. I like to alternate moods & genres, but when it comes to the romance, I'm often disappointed. Although I have to say that this one had all the ingredients that I like: an amazing backdrop (Crescent Lake on Olympic Peninsula, WA), a thoroughly endearing family, a humble and self-effacing hero - but, first and foremost, not too much silliness! I quickly get tired of all that goofiness in today ...more
Kate Vale
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
If you're looking for lush, this is it: lush descriptions of the setting, lush characters fully developed and worth getting to know in all their detail, a lush, complex story that blends the past and present issues of Kate Livingston, single mother and wannabe free-lance writer with JD Harris, an American hero desperate to hide from the public in order to reclaim his life.

He has no desire to be enchanted by Kate, even before he discovers she's a reporter. She doesn't trust herself with men, cert
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Gail Strickland
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I hate to admit it, but I think I'm getting to old to truly enjoy this type of novel. With Medicare card in hand, the life and loves of younger (much younger) women looking for love has begun to pall. I will say, that Wiggs gets her points across about physical love without going all "50 Shades of Grey" (which to me was just cringe worthy). If you're looking for something for summer reading, this one will fit the bill nicely..chick lit with intelligence.
Clementine
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, fiction
A fairly typical contemporary romance set in the Pacific Northwest, Susan Wiggs’s novel features Kate, a single mom, and JD, a reluctant American hero. Add in a summer lake house, a teenage runaway, and some good summer grilling, and you’ve got yourself a novel.

Any further descriptions of the plot make me feel fairly silly, but the novel itself was pleasant enough (though not so pleasant that I’ll be picking up any more of her titles). Earnest, moving, and carefully plotted, this will work for r
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Kathy Warren
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Susan Wiggs was not disappointed. Great read with good characters.
David
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: l7630
I had to read this novel for my reader's advisory class. It's not what I would expect a romance novel to be. It is contemporary, and I guess the idea is everything in the world isn't all roses. I enjoyed the way Wiggs wrote the book. The inner dialog of the characters was interesting. That being said I didn't really appreciate the tangent on diabetes and thought the book was about 100 pages too long. In the end, I have to admit it was better than I expected it to be. It's not my style though and ...more
Marti
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lakeside Cottage by Susan Wiggs was a wonderful read. I loved the lake in all its moods. I loved the characters even with all the quirks. Kate Livingston and JD Harris are so awesome together. I love how open Kate accepting is with Callie. I love how she is determined to give Aaron the best summer she can, even tho the rest of her family is not there. I think what I like best of all is the feeling and mood of the book. As hard as life is and can be with patience and acceptance everyone has a pla ...more
Denise
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
A sweet, summer read. Liked the information about diabetics and the yummy recipes for cottage life.....

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly." Buddha
Anita
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
No romance, no mystery, to much narritive and just plan boring. This is one of the worst books I have read in a long time. This is my first and last Susan Wiggs book. This was a freebe from the library, I am so glad I didn't pay for it.
Debbie
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Book of Hope

The characters in this book were all so lonely, in their own way, even the child, Aaron. Callie, a young teen runaway, had never known what a nice family life could be. Kate, years on her own a single mother, had forgotten what it might be like not to be just another single mom. JD, all American reluctant hero, had never known a happy life except in his role as a paramedic. Aaron, Kate's young son, had always wondered what life could be like if something existed beyond just him and
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Jenn O'Brien
If you were renting a summer place for a week, this would be one of those books on the lending library bookshelf. Something to pick up and read while on vacation and leave on the shelf for the next users of the cabin or lake house. Nothing too in depth - an easy summer read that you can pick up and put down whenever you need a little bit of quiet time.
Sharon
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kate got fired from her job at the paper so she took her son and escaped for the summer to the lake where her family had a cottage. But entering the cottage she finds and intruder that steals her heart. She finds love in the form of an American EMT hero but has a hard time making it work.
Wiggs is a master at these stories. It's a heartwarming read.
Lisa Wright
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great summer romance. Needs to be on your must read list.

I love Susan Wiggs' books. They always manage to take you away to places you wish you could see and this book is no different.
Michelle Cable
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Had a hard time getting into this book.
Kristen
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2018
This was your typically predictable light romance novel and that's why I liked it. I wanted a cheesy beach read and I got it.
Paul Smithers
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read romance novels but thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me yearn for family...as a single man in my early sixties I miss a compassionate relationship. This was uplifting.
Bev Walkling
This was a book about relationships with family, friends and strangers. I loved it and will look for more by this author.
Laurie
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: beach
didn't care for this one
Mary Anne
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Mindless, but a good read.
Marianne
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful story about two cautious people on vacation. A lesson on sudden fame, that's for sure
Carol Stanley-Snow
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh a great story....actually, a couple of good stories intertwined.

Love, human angst, some mystery....all in all a good read.
Angie
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this one. Pretty good plot, great imagery, neat tie in to current events and issues, nice character development. Naturally, another tidy ending.. but it is a romance.
Samantha Hall
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Samantha by: My Grandmother
There are definitely a few spoilers in here...

Part one should have had some more to it. Susan Wiggs could have really gotten into JD and Kates lives before the Lake. She could have really touched on JD’s struggle with life after the incident. For example, she could have given us the story of the girl who nearly killed herself for a chance to meet JD and touch on JD’s turmoil immediately following the event and how it stayed with him. This would have given a better picture for JD and why he is
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78sunny
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mutti
Kurz-Meinung:
Das Buch hat mir super gefallen. Es war so ein richtiges Wohlfühlbuch, wie es sonst für mich nur die Virgin River Bücher von Robyn Carr sind. Man bekommt hier keine lustige Chick-Lit sondern einen eher traditionellen Contemporary Roman.
Hauptthema ist hier vor allem Familie. Kate hat einen zehnjährigen Jungen, der ein wenig hyperaktiv zu sein scheint. Die Beziehung zwischen den beiden fand ich klasse. Sie erzieht ihn mit sehr viel Liebe, Geduld und Verständnis, ohne ihm alles durchg
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Carla
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Kate Livingston doesn't expect much this summer - it already has started on such a high note, being fired, her son Aaron getting testy, the rest of the family not coming to the lake home, a handsome stranger bailing her out at the grocery store when she was short of cash. Although, a big surprise of a homeless girl living in the empty home greeted Kate the moment she began unloading groceries, maybe this is where Kate should have realized the summer was going to be much different than any other. ...more
Melanie
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
This story starts with Jordan Donovan "JD" Harris who worked as a special force medic. On Christmas Eve as the President of the United States is coming to visit the wounded. Before JD can blink in a moment everything for him changes, when he puts his life on the line for the President. Overnight JD becomes a true American Hero and his life is no longer his own.[return][return]The media exploits him in every light from his saddened childhood with his reformed alcoholic mother who has a relapse du ...more
Kate Bigel
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I like Susan Wiggs writing style and her heroines - her plots are like sweet romantic movies that you wish were made (you could make a lovely romantic tv series from Lakeshore Chronicles)...she has spunky women who tend to be Moms or should be but who are smart and interesting. Her heros are usually great sweet strong guys, in this one he is a strong silent military type - totally awesome and cool but locked up. In Lakeside Cottage, you get both plus some cute kids. I loved the story but I felt ...more
Judy Collins
I believe I read this book a few years ago when it was originally published as this is a re-issue (with a beautiful new cover which draws you in). I enjoyed it just as much again. (A sucker for girls and guys escaping for some solitude to a lakeside cottage or cabin) as one of my favorite things to do.

Kate returns to her family’s lake cottage with her shy son Aaron, and meets a frightened teenager Callie (who has been living in the summer cottages which she cleans.) True meaning of everyone is p
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Becky
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is more than just a romance novel. It is a story of two 30-something adults who value family, have compassion for strangers, and who know pretty much where they are going and what they want out of life. Although Kate Livingston has lost her job, she goes to her families lake house to get centered and decide what is best for her and her son. Her son Aaron has some anger issues and this being the first time her and her son get to be at the lake house without any other family around, she is de ...more
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