Summer at Willow Lake

Just Finished:

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Recommended by: No one. I got it on an impulse at the library.

From the Back Cover: Real estate expert Olivia Bellamy reluctantly trades a trendy Manhattan summer for her family’s old resort camp in the Catskills, where her primary task will be renovating the bungalow colony for her grandparents, who want one last summer together filled with fun, friends and family. A posh resort in its heyday, the camp is now in disarray and Olivia is forced to hire contractor Connor Davis — a still-smoldering flame from her own summers at camp. But as the days grow warm, not even the inviting blue waters of Willow Lake can cool the passions flaring or keep shocking secrets at bay. The nostalgic joy of summers past breathes new promise into a special place and people . . . a promise meant to last long after the season ends.

What I Liked: I enjoyed Olivia and Connor and their story ~ the fact that they’ve known each other since they were children and the fact that they had some growing to do before their relationship would work. I also liked the element of the summer camp (since I went to summer camp every year when I was young).

What I Didn’t Like: Too many side characters! It seemed they were all forced on the reader and I lost interest in them. It was getting to where I was having a hard time keeping everyone straight. This book was about 200 pages too long and should have focused on Olivia and Connor, versus Olivia and her whole family.

Verdict: I’d say it’s Good. The book itself was too long and Ms. Wiggs tried to capture too much of the family element within this book, versus spreading it out. This is the first of a series, so there is time in future novels to explain these things.

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