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Dockside This third book of the Lakeshore Chronicles tells a complete story and could stand alone I read the series out of order and not all of it and it is confusing that way.I didn t think the story was that interesting There is a good character study of Nina who has a child with no husband and learns to live a life without the love of a man Then she struggles to overcome the independence she has built up over 17 years or so while raising the daughter, Sonnet Nina is a strong, competent, and yes This third book of the Lakeshore Chronicles tells a complete story and could stand alone I read the series out of order and not all of it and it is confusing that way.I didn t think the story was that interesting There is a good character study of Nina who has a child with no husband and learns to live a life without the love of a man Then she struggles to overcome the independence she has built up over 17 years or so while raising the daughter, Sonnet Nina is a strong, competent, and yes independent woman This character study shows that there are some gaps in her life that result in some weaknesses she never wanted to face.Like Nina, the Greg I knew from later books islikable than this Greg Perhaps that is fair since there is growth in him between here and there I didn t care for this Greg all that much because of some things he does in this book.I had trouble reconciling the Sophie of this book with the Sophie in her own story, the next book If I hadn t read her story first, I would not have read it at all after reading this one In this book she is described as an Ice Queen and in her own story she is muchthan that.Perhaps because I read the stories of these characters so badly out of order, it made it so muchobvious to me how much SW develops these characters over the course of them.Mature themes there is consensual sex which isn t really described A man gets beat up But what concerns me the most is over an event in the book which appears to show that no doesn t always mean no view spoiler A man assertively kisses a woman after she refuses a date with him twice immediately before the kiss, but then she gives in completely to his kiss and then has sex with him While the no was to a slightly different issue, a date, than the kiss , it was still clear that the woman was refusing him romantically and sexually If a woman changes her mind, she needs to say it before a man assumes anything otherwise hide spoiler Deduct at least two stars On principle, I recommend against this book There should never be any confusion over whether no means no This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Here s the thing with this book I liked it quite well right up until the climax It had interesting characters, unexpected twists, and a compelling plot But here s how the climax runs, when the hero and heroine finally get together slightly paraphrased He shows up at her house unexpectedly They talk about a few things, and at the end he says, Come on, Nina, what do you say Is it a date Everything about this is wrong, she blurted out He stared at her You re right You re absolutely Here s the thing with this book I liked it quite well right up until the climax It had interesting characters, unexpected twists, and a compelling plot But here s how the climax runs, when the hero and heroine finally get together slightly paraphrased He shows up at her house unexpectedly They talk about a few things, and at the end he says, Come on, Nina, what do you say Is it a date Everything about this is wrong, she blurted out He stared at her You re right You re absolutely right He slammed back the beer and stood up Glad we cleared that up about Max Thanks for the beer See you around He left She sat there stunned She cried, but not the good kind Then he called, saying, I forgot the most basic rule of dating Don t show up unannounced I was wondering if you d like to go out with me She says notice how clear she is , No I m not going anywhere with you, Greg But, um, thank you Bye, Greg Did you notice how the woman said no Said it clearly Even though we hear her inner and confused about Greg dialogue, what she said to the man was, without ambiguity, No But here s what happens, quoted exactly When she heard the heavy footsteps on the deck outside her door, she froze, too surprised to do anything but stand there as Greg returned to her He didn t bother knocking but wrenched open the door and strode inside How Rhett Butler of him, she thought And although she found her voice, the words that came out were totally inane I thought you had a new rule about unannounced visits I lied, he said, and grabbed her as though she d been about to fall off a cliff And then he walked her backward into the room, pressed her down on the sofa and kissed her long, hungry kisses that took her away somewhere, huge and endless makeout kisses that feltlike sex than kisses.This scenario plays out almost identically right at the end of the book when Greg has told Nina to go away out of mis directed anger and she begins to do that Again, she tells him no and he overrides her Clearly, an underlying message that can be taken from this book is that a strong woman, a teen mom who raised her daughter on her own and was mayor of the town for years, doesn t know her own mind enough to be respected And a man who knew her as a child and moved back a year ago after a failed marriage knows better.I can t like or respect a hero who assumes he knowsabout the heroine s preferences than she does I can t recommend a book that teaches that a woman s NO doesn t mean no And I m surprised that an author would write such a story in 2008 Third in the Lakeshore Chronicles, this story focuses on Nina Roman0, formerly her mother s helped when she worked as a cook at Camp Kioga, and Greg Bellamy, youngest of the four Bellamy trust fund kids Their history is something he doesn t hint he recalls, but Nina can t help remembering All thereason she is furious when he buys the Inn out from under her It had been her dream forever Now, with the flick of a banker s foreclosure document, he s the owner and wants her to manage it C Third in the Lakeshore Chronicles, this story focuses on Nina Roman0, formerly her mother s helped when she worked as a cook at Camp Kioga, and Greg Bellamy, youngest of the four Bellamy trust fund kids Their history is something he doesn t hint he recalls, but Nina can t help remembering All thereason she is furious when he buys the Inn out from under her It had been her dream forever Now, with the flick of a banker s foreclosure document, he s the owner and wants her to manage it Can she Of course Will she That s one question she has difficulty answering.What follows is a relationship built on the swaying tenterhooks of past recollections, the complications of her single mother status and his newly divorced angst and worry about his pregnant daughter like Nina, too young and son, Max, whose anger at the world seems to know no bounds How they manage until the day of Olivia s wedding is something to behold, especially when that day ends with Greg becoming a grandfather and having to meet daughter Daisy s former boyfriend for the first time Read it and weep and then laugh happy tears There was so much mess in this book I don t even know how to unpack it I finally DNFed it at page 120 because I could not deal with the rising and falling of my blood pressure This is book 3 in the Lakeshore Chronicles series I grabbed it at the library because I previously had read a book by Wiggs before The Apple Orchard that didn t work for me at every level, but I still wanted to try another book of hers This book started out with an interesting premise that went all to hell the furth There was so much mess in this book I don t even know how to unpack it I finally DNFed it at page 120 because I could not deal with the rising and falling of my blood pressure This is book 3 in the Lakeshore Chronicles series I grabbed it at the library because I previously had read a book by Wiggs before The Apple Orchard that didn t work for me at every level, but I still wanted to try another book of hers This book started out with an interesting premise that went all to hell the further I read.Told in the third person we have the heroine Nina Romano and hero Greg Bellamy who both now live at Willow Lake We find out that Nina was born and raised in Willow Lake Greg it seems was from out of town and visited randomly during the summers when he was a teenager Nina has plans to buy the Inn at Willow Lake and is surprised to return home from vacation to find out that the bank sold it to Greg Bellamy along with her contract to manage the place That was the first time my blood pressure rose I deal with people misreading contracts and grant agreements all of the time You can t as a bank sell a contract to someone when someone else had a different agreement in place And you sure as heck can t sell part of a contract to someone else when the terms changed I just literally hated every time this came up in the story because I wanted to yell this is not how that works So now that Greg owns Willow Lake the bank has sold the management side to him as well that Nina signed on to do FFS So now Greg needs Nina to agree to come work for him Well actually he doesn t because he has a signed contract with means he could freaking sue Nina though this whole contract thing is BS if she failed to agree to work for him So for the parts of the book I read is Greg needing Nina to work for him since he doesn t know how to run an inn Let s not even get into why the hell did Greg buy something he knows nothing about instant 1 of Greg not being that smart I really really really despised the character Nina.I don t know what else to say about her besides that We get to see her as an adult and as a teenager and I really disliked her until I quit the novel We first get to know Nina by hearing about how she was the mayor of the town before some big scandal which is not touched upon I assume it was touched upon in earlier books, and I am not a great fan of hitting up previous plot points from prior books so that was okay by me and now she is finally realizing her dream to own and operate the Inn at Willow Lake I don t really get why Nina wants to do this at all Nothing about her screams domestic at all She is lonely since her daughter Sonnet seriously has left to spend the summer with her father and his family overseas Nina has some jealously towards him and his perfect life It is heavily implied that Sonnet s father is a dog and wasn t there for her like he was for her other kids When Nina is told about the inn being sold out from under her she reacts like an asshole and pushes the assistant bank manager she was on a date with into the water FYI, he can t swim So Nina and Greg both act like jerks about this and actually laugh at the guy while he is sitting there almost freezing to death.Now let me jump into teen Nina and I explain why I disliked her She goes to camp for the summer and spies Greg Bellamy and decides she wants him She isdeveloped than girls her age which is 14 and so she flirts and makes him think she is of age I am shaking my head right now Someone quickly spills the beans on Nina and Greg is rightfully upset because she s underage Well Nina then goes to a party at the country club welcoming in West Point s newest cadets and there she meets Sonnet s father, Lawrence first time his name is used by the way She drinks, he drinks, she is attracted to him, he is attracted to her, they have sex and both are happy about it and then Greg comes along and seems them post coitus and beats up Lawrence because he had to have taken advantage of her I mean even Greg registers that she looks happy and so does he and so he knows that this wasn t rape Instead we have a white teen beating up a black teen and yelling at him to go inside and threatening him because he deflowered a white teen who is an asshole for not telling what her real age is The whole scene made me sick to my stomach and I was pretty much done after that.Greg is a jerk and seems to all of a sudden out of nowhere become obsessed with Nina He hates that she seems to know every guy in town he says this a lot to himself and because of how things worked out between them with regards to buying the Inn he knows he can t make it work without her Which goes back to him not being smart, why buy something before you know if the person you want to work for you will actually work for you There is some lip service paid to his kids and his ex and I didn t care The writing didn t grab me at all I was looking forward to Ms Wiggs tackling some huge issues like racism or what Nina went through raising a biracial child and what sort of prejudices did she have to overcome while doing that That is not touched upon at all I know this is a contemporary romance read, but let s not pretend racism just doesn t exist in romance books And let me say again, I hate how the book portrayed Sonnet s father as not being there enough for her when we find out that Nina lied to Lawrence and could have caused him a lot of problems if people found out what happened between them He was also 18 years old I would guess and what was he supposed to do How dare he move on from that and find a grown woman to love and not deceive him to have two daughters with How dare he be successful That s what I meant about how the book was causing me to feel uncomfortable at times with how things were portrayed The flow of the book was not that great It started and stopped in fits too many times I hated the fact that Ms Wiggs took the book back to when Nina was 14 turned 15 and Greg was 18 It ended up making me dislike the two of them like hell We went from present, back to past hung out there for a while and back to present I wish we had started from the past and worked our way forward I hated having to wait to page 100 to finally figure out how Nina got pregnant and how she first met Greg The setting of Willow Lake didn t really work for me There were some chapter breaks describing the Inn at Willow Lake that made me roll my eyes too much The book was trying to push the King Arthur and Guinevere angle too much Single mom Nina Romano and newly divorced dad Greg Bellamy finally connect and fall in love after years of dancing around each other in this contemporary romance set in this Lakeshore Chronicles novel.Part family saga, part romancethis is an ongoing series of tales set in Avalon, which is as important as the characters themselves Although each are standalone stories, the various characters often show up again Overall, an enjoyable series to read without graphic sexual scenes. OK, but not recommended.This is a book about relationships floating around and developing from three different unmarried teens getting pregnant I would categorize it as contemporary women s fiction, as opposed to a romance novel There were no sex scenes in this book The author describes a couple kissing and the next sentence was similar to they woke up at dawn in each others arms I don t require sex scenes to enjoy a book For example, Claire Cross wrote two relationship books having litt OK, but not recommended.This is a book about relationships floating around and developing from three different unmarried teens getting pregnant I would categorize it as contemporary women s fiction, as opposed to a romance novel There were no sex scenes in this book The author describes a couple kissing and the next sentence was similar to they woke up at dawn in each others arms I don t require sex scenes to enjoy a book For example, Claire Cross wrote two relationship books having little or no sex which I thoroughly enjoyed Therefore, when comparing Susan Wiggs to Claire Cross I would not recommend Susan unless you specifically desire the subject matter The words I used to described Claire Cross books were charming, witty and unpredictable for All or Nothing and fulfilling, enjoyable and thought provoking for One More Time I wouldn t put any of those adjectives with Dockside, unless I might say somewhat thought provoking The book just didn t hold my interest Nothing surprised or delighted me Greg hires Nina to work for him after he gets a divorce He and she are in their 30s I enjoyed their developing relationship, but I did not enjoy all the back stories about their earlier lives as teens and then being parents for fifteen plus years which were significant parts of the book But, for those who might want to read about teen pregnancies, I will mention some things under spoilers, below.CAUTION SPOILERS Nina gets pregnant but does not tell the father because it would hurt his career plans and get him kicked out of West Point She raises the girl by herself, but tells the father four years later He stays in the girl s life even though he marries someone else and has children with his wife Sophie breaks up with Greg not knowing she is pregnant Several months later she shows up with the baby and Greg feels he must marry her for the child s sake Greg does not love her but marries her anyway He is angry but he tries to do the right thing Eventually they divorce Greg s daughter Daisy gets pregnant due in part to teen anger at her parents divorce This book is about choices and results It is also about happy vs unsuccessful marriages.DATA Sexual language none Number of sex scenes none Setting around 2005, small town of Avalon in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York Genre comtemporary women s fiction I felt that this wasabout Greg Bellamy his daughter Daisy and son Max then about Nina and Greg or the Inn at Willow Lake Nina and Greg as a couple felt likeof a filler story As far as Daisy and Max go I think Max isof a brat then Daisy and I pretty much think that Greg Bellamy is a spoiled brat also I don t care how good looking he is or how much money he has Nina Romano should have ran the other way from him. Author Susan WiggsFirst published 2007Read in Susan Wiggs Lakeshore Chronicles Series Books 1 3Length 5987 kindle locationsSetting Contemporary Avalon, New York Sex With the blinds drawn.Hero Architect Landscape Gardner Now owner of inn.Heroine Former mayor now inn manager.Note Teenage pregnancy.An odd coupling the uncle of the Heroine in book 1 Olivia and her friend, Nina But Nina was a teenage single mum 15ish and Greg is only a few years older, married young but now divorc Author Susan WiggsFirst published 2007Read in Susan Wiggs Lakeshore Chronicles Series Books 1 3Length 5987 kindle locationsSetting Contemporary Avalon, New York Sex With the blinds drawn.Hero Architect Landscape Gardner Now owner of inn.Heroine Former mayor now inn manager.Note Teenage pregnancy.An odd coupling the uncle of the Heroine in book 1 Olivia and her friend, Nina But Nina was a teenage single mum 15ish and Greg is only a few years older, married young but now divorced, so it does work.There are some issues with the forced situation and the subsequent romance but it works overall.2.5 stars rounded down It s okay.Lakeside Chronicles Book 1 Summer at Willow Lake Olivia Bellamy and Connor DavisBook 2 The Winter Lodge Jenny Majesky and Rourke McKnightBook 3 Dockside Nina Romano and Greg BellamyBook 4 Snowfall at Willow Lake Sophie Bellamy and Noah ShepherdBook 4.5 Homecoming Season in More than WordsBook 5 Fireside Bo Kutcher and Kimberly van DornBook 6 Lakeshore Christmas Eddie Haven and Maureen DavenportBook 7 The Summer Hideaway Claire Turner and Ross BellamyBook 8 Marrying Daisy Bellamy Daisy Bellamy and Logan O Donnell or Julian GastineauxBook 9 Return to Willow Lake Sonnet Romano and Zach AlgerBook 10 Candlelight Christmas Logan O Donnell and Darcy FitzgeraldBook 11 Starlight on Willow Lake Faith McCallum and Mason BellamyReferences Author s website Read in Susan Wiggs Lakeshore Chronicles Series Books 1 3 ISBN 9780857993564 CR It is official, I have fallen in love with this series What I have discovered about this series is that these books are about the have s and the have not s The have s seem like they have it all.money, society class, and family, while the have not s seem to struggle for the things that money can buy, but they have lots of love But all is not what it seems, the have s seem to be slowly finding out that money and the status will not get you what you need The other thing that these books are It is official, I have fallen in love with this series What I have discovered about this series is that these books are about the have s and the have not s The have s seem like they have it all.money, society class, and family, while the have not s seem to struggle for the things that money can buy, but they have lots of love But all is not what it seems, the have s seem to be slowly finding out that money and the status will not get you what you need The other thing that these books are about is second chances, how most often in life doing what others expect you to do is not what is going to be what makes you happy A three year age difference doesn t seem like it would be too much for a relationship, but when the ages are 15 an 18, those 3 years are so far apart, in fact there is a very good term for it, jailbait Greg immediately feels the attraction to Nina, but when he learns her age, he very quickly backs off They seem to keep running into each other when they are at their worse, the attraction still strong Fast forward a great many years and we run into these 2 again Life has become interesting for them, Nina is just hitting the empty next stage of her life, after giving birth at 15, while Greg is coming off a divorce to a marriage that shouldn t have happened in the first place and dealing with his pregnant 18 year old daughter.Unfortunately both Nina and Greg have the same dream, the Inn It is something that Nina has dreamed about since she started working there at the age of 13, while Greg is hoping the Inn will salvage his broken family, giving him a new home for his daughter and son Most of the book deals with Nina and Greg s issues Nina not sure what to do with her life and Greg rebuilding his As they work close together the old attraction heats up again, but with new complications, both of their kids, their own reluctance, and the interference of all their family and friends Can they both get over their issues to do what they really want The other very sweet aspect to this story was watching Daisey becomeconfident and sure of herself and just what she needs to do for her and her baby.I can t wait until I can get the next book and get back to this crazy, but lovable family and community With her daughter grown and flown, Nina Romano is ready to embark on a new adventure She s waited a long time for dating, travel and chasing dreams But just as she s beginning to enjoy being on her own, she finds herself falling for Greg Bellamy, owner of the charming Inn at Willow Lake and a single father with two kids of his ownGreg lost his first marriage to a demanding career Now he s determined to make a new start before it s too late Juggling work, raising his young son and helping his nearly grown daughter face life s ultimate challenge, he has no time to fall in love Still, with Nina Romano, love feels just right this time around ❮Reading❯ ➺ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – Lavons.co.uk Nina Romano is ready to embark on a new adventure She s waited a long time for dating [Reading] ➷ Jazz Age Stories By F. Scott Fitzgerald – Lavons.co.uk travel and chasing dreams But just as she s beginning to enjoy being on her own ❰Read❯ ➱ Much Obliged, Jeeves Author P.G. Wodehouse – Lavons.co.uk she finds herself falling for Greg Bellamy ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Wrong Blood By Manuel de Lope ❤ – Lavons.co.uk owner of the charming Inn at Willow Lake and a single father with two kids of his ownGreg lost his first marriage to a demanding career Now he s determined to make a new start before it s too late Juggling work [KINDLE] ❁ The Customer-Funded Business ❄ John W. Mullins – Lavons.co.uk raising his young son and helping his nearly grown daughter face life s ultimate challenge [PDF / Epub] ✐ The Affair ☃ Emma Kavanagh – Lavons.co.uk he has no time to fall in love Still ☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ Summer People & The Little House By Shirley Jackson ✐ – Lavons.co.uk with Nina Romano ❮Epub❯ ➥ Beautiful Creatures ➤ Author Lulu Taylor – Lavons.co.uk love feels just right this time around


About the Author: Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs s life is all about family, friendsand fiction She lives at the water s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers group in a 17 foot motorboat She serves as author liaison for Field s End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world s top authors to her seaside community See www.fieldsend.org She s been featured in the national media, including NPR s Talk of the Nation, and is a popular speaker locally and nationally According to Publishers Weekly, Wiggs writes with refreshingly honest emotion, and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is one of our best observers of stories of the heart who knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book Booklist characterizes her books as real and true and unforgettable She is the recipient of three RITA sm awards and four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly for her books The Winter Lodge and Passing Through Paradise have appeared on PW s annual Best Of lists Several of her books have been listed as top Booksense picks and optioned as feature films Her novels have been translated intothan two dozen languages and have made national bestseller lists, including the USA Today, Washington Post and New York Times lists The author is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book Readers can learnon the web at www.susanwiggs.com and on her lively blog at www.susanwiggs.wordpress.com.


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