Monday, June 9, 2014

SUMMER AT WILLOW LAKE by Susan Wiggs Audio Edition

One of the most in demand voice performers working today Joyce Bean delivers a riveting performance of this story of love, friendship and family.  A long time narrator she has been acclaimed for her work with such topnotch authors as Sandra Brown and Barbara Delinsky, and taken home top Audie and Earphones prizes.  More recently she’s taken on a new role as director.   Her voice performance as is evident in Summer At Willow Lake only gets better and better.

Book 1 in The Lakeside Chronicles Summer At Willow Lake is filled with laughter, tears and love, all qualities which fans of Susan Wiggs come to expect and enjoy.  This author is an expert in those areas and presents them without ever resorting to schmaltz (thank goodness!)  The setting is the Catskills and a once posh retreat which Olivia Bellamy is renovating for the 50th anniversary of her grandparents.  For her it’s a labor of love in more ways than one.

Helping her with the redo is contractor Connor Davis, now successful and more sophisticated than when he broke Olivia’s heart about a decade ago.  At that time she was awkward, overweight and a bit tongue-tied.  Connor doesn’t recognize the glamorous, self-confident Olivia as that young girl.  Need I say more?

Combine the attraction that she still feels for him, his feeling of insecurity when he’s around her now with some clashing family ties and you have a story that will surely find favor with romance readers of any age and have them looking for the second in this new series.

- Gail Cooke

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