Before I was asked to review Susan Wiggs’ Starlight On Willow Lake, I had never heard of Susan Wiggs or her Lakeshore Chronicles Series that this book is a part of. Now, I will definitely be looking into reading more of her books.
“When caregiver Faith McCallum arrives at the enchanted lakeside estate of Avalon’s renowned Bellamy family, she’s intent on rebuilding her shattered life and giving her two daughters a chance at a better future. But she faces a formidable challenge in the form of her stubborn and difficult new employer, Alice Bellamy. While Faith proves a worthy match for her sharp-tongued client, she often finds herself at a loss for words in the presence of Mason Bellamy—Alice’s charismatic son, who clearly longs to escape the family mansion and return to his fast-paced, exciting life in Manhattan…and his beautiful, jet-setting fiancée. The last place Mason wants to be is a remote town in the Catskills, far from his life in the city, and Faith McCallum is supposed to be the key to his escape. Hiring the gentle-hearted yet strong-willed caregiver as a live-in nurse gives his mother companionship and Mason the freedom to return to his no-attachments routine. For Faith, it means stability for her daughters and a much-needed new home. When Faith makes a chilling discovery about Alice’s accident, Mason is forced to reconsider his desire to keep everyone, including his mother, at a distance. Now he finds himself wondering if the supercharged life he’s created for himself is what he truly wants…and whether exploring his past might lead to a new life—and lasting love—on the tranquil shores of Willow Lake.”
Somehow, when I saw the description of this book, I was under the impression that it was a romance. And in some ways, it is. But it’s also really about family and the people who become family even when they are not related. There were a lot of interesting threads to the story that bound the characters together – for example, both Faith and Alice had lost their husband. I really enjoyed the bonding between Alice and Faith’s daughters, who were loveable characters, and between Alice and her therapy dog. I liked that the story was told from varying characters’ viewpoints and that they each had original voices, which some authors can’t pull off. I might have liked if there was more of a love story factor to the story, but I also liked how it was less central to the story of the love between family members.
Have you ever read anything by Susan Wiggs?