Table for Five ) is a quiet, character-based romance set at the Catskills camp that Olivia Bellamy is renovating for her grand"/>
 

Summer at Willow Lake

Susan Wiggs, Author
Susan Wiggs, Author . Mira $7.99 (534p) ISBN 978-0-7783-2325-9
Reviewed on: 06/12/2006
Release date: 08/01/2006
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The latest contemporary from Wiggs (Table for Five ) is a quiet, character-based romance set at the Catskills camp that Olivia Bellamy is renovating for her grandparents' 50th anniversary. Helping out is contractor Connor Davis, who initially doesn't recognize Olivia as the girl whose heart he broke a decade before at the very same camp. Now, both hold grudges against the other that hide their insecurities; although he's become successful and sophisticated, Connor believes Olivia's social status puts her out of his league, while Olivia remains buried in her awkward-little-fat-girl memories. The narrative switches off between present-day action and the summers Olivia and Connor spent at Camp Kioga, filling in the spaces of their relationship with each other and with their dysfunctional families. Wiggs's storytelling is heartwarming, but avoids schmaltz, and her chick-lit–ready leads seem older than their 20-some years, adding weight to their stories. Happily clutter free—no subplots to take attention away from the intelligent, appealing couple—this book, first in a series, should appeal to romance and women's fiction readers of any age. (Aug.)

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