STARLIGHT ON WILLOW LAKE by Susan Wiggs is the latest
installment in her Lakeshore Chronicles series. I enjoyed
this fabulous story of forgiveness and redemption that is
told with humor and compassion.
Things couldn't be worse for Faith McCallum. Despite
contacting an agency and searching daily online, she has
been out of work for several months. To add to the
situation, Faith received an eviction notice from the
trailer park where she had been living with her family.
Faith needs to provide a home for daughters Cara and Ruby.
Faith responds to an online ad for an experienced caregiver
and sets up an interview.
Alice Bellamy survived the avalanche that killed her
husband. Prior to the accident, Alice was an independent
woman, now she's a quadriplegic who depends on others.
Alice has fired several caregivers and does not approve of
any of the replacements who come to her home to be
interviewed until she meets Faith and her daughters.
Susan Wiggs has crafted an emotional story of two very
different women and their respective life struggles. A
strong bond develops between the no-nonsense Faith and the
prickly Alice. Both woman challenged each other during the
story. Faith's "can do" attitude inspires Alice. I enjoyed
that Alice challenged Cara to recognize and accept that
she was an exceptional student and consider college. The
friendship between Alice and Ruby was touching and healing
for both characters as Alice helped Ruby over come her many
I loved the different types of narration employed in the
novel. The flashback technique, which gave the reader
insight into Mason Bellamy and his relationship with his
parents, was superbly crafted. The chapters told in Cara's
point of view were very funny and spot on. The romance
between Mason and Faith percolates as the story progresses -- the pace is
perfect and works well within the storyline.
I loved the story's perfect ending and shed a few tears
during the final chapters.
Although STARLIGHT ON WILLOW LAKE is part of the author's
Lakeshore Chronicles, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel.
It's a fabulous story with characters who face
their fears and find their happiness.
When caregiver Faith McCallum arrives at the enchanted
lakeside estate of Avalon's renowned Bellamy family,
intent on rebuilding her shattered life and giving her
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
worthy match for her sharp-tongued client, she often
herself at a loss for words in the presence of Mason
Bellamy—Alice's charismatic son, who clearly longs to
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
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
to return to his no-attachments routine. For Faith, it
stability for her daughters and a much-needed new home.
Faith makes a chilling discovery about Alice's accident,
Mason is forced to reconsider his desire to keep
including his mother, at a distance. Now he finds himself
wondering if the supercharged life he's created for
is what he truly wants…and whether exploring his past
lead to a new life—and lasting love—on the tranquil
of Willow Lake.