THE WINTER LODGE by Susan Wiggs

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The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book 2

Jenny Majesky runs the  family bakery since her grandparents died. Her mother disappeared when she was a toddler and was never heard from again. Jenny has accepted it but still always wonders why. In the first book in the series, she finds out who her father is and then in this book, she starts to get to know him and her sister, but that’s only a small part of the story. This is a romance, after all.

The local police chief, Rourke McKnight, has some sort of relationship with Jenny that slowly unfurls as the book moves between their childhood meeting and their present day. They don’t really speak to one another, in fact, they avoid each other. But then there is a horrific fire in the middle of the night – Jenny’s house burns to the ground and Rourke is frantic that she may still be inside. It turns out she was at the bakery, and is now homeless. Rourke insists she move in with him and their relationship starts moving forward, in a very rocky way.

The mystery of the missing mother lends another layer to this story, and it is an excellent sequel to Summer at Willow Lake.

4/18 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE WINTER LODGE by Susan Wiggs. MIRA; a edition (December 22, 2009). ISBN 978-0778328919.  416p.

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