The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs Release Date: January 1, 2007 Publisher: MIRA Book #2 in the Lakeshore Chronicles Number of pages: 543 Kindle Source: MCL Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: PG-13 Read 6/13/17 to 6/14/17
This book ran the gamut of emotions for me. I really enjoyed the story and all of those emotions it brought up. Plus, lots and lots of recipes to try out are sprinkled throughout the book!
As with the first book in this series, Susan Wiggs weaves more than one story into this book. The main focus of the story are Jenny and Rourke. Jenny has had a rough year. Not only did she find out about her birth father, she also was introduced to his whole family including a half-sister she never knew she had. Then her grandmother, the woman who raised her, died. Jenny feels stuck in a rut and almost trapped by her small town, although she loves her family bakery and the townspeople.
Rourke, on the other hand, loves living in their small town. He didn’t grow up there but spent many summers there at camp and moved there as an adult, eventually becoming the town’s police chief. Jenny and Rourke have an interesting past that is the cause for them avoiding each other for the most part. The way we learn their story and how it plays out is so touching and heart-breaking. For the most part we know where the story is going, but there are some twists and turns along the way.
We also get the story of Daisy, Jenny’s cousin on her dad’s side. Daisy is new to town and her and her friends have the usual teenage angst (they’re in high school) as well as some not-so-usual angst. I really felt a connection to Daisy in Summer at Willow Lake and that continued into this story. I know there’s still a lot to be told with her story and I’m looking forward to reading more involving Daisy.
Again, there were so many aspects to this story and that made it a rich tapestry of stories. I can’t really touch on every single thing I love about this book. But, even with some little blips that had to do with the military (you guys know I can be a stickler for that stuff) there was a lot to enjoy.