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Published by MIRA on 2015-08-25
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance
#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs sweeps readers away to a sun-drenched summer on the shores of Willow Lake in a stunning tale of the delicate ties that bind a family together…and the secrets that tear them apart When caregiver Faith McCallum arrives at the enchanted lakeside estate of Avalon's renowned Bellamy family, she's intent on rebuilding her shattered life and giving her two 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 a worthy match for her sharp-tongued client, she often finds herself at a loss for words in the presence of Mason Bellamy—Alice's charismatic son, who clearly longs to escape 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 McCallum 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 freedom to return to his no-attachments routine. For Faith, it means stability for her daughters and a much-needed new home. When Faith makes a chilling discovery about Alice's accident, Mason is forced to reconsider his desire to keep everyone, including his mother, at a distance. Now he finds himself wondering if the supercharged life he's created for himself is what he truly wants…and whether exploring his past might lead to a new life—and lasting love—on the tranquil shores of Willow Lake.
Susan Wiggs’ Willow Lakeshore Chronicles series was my gateway to romance novels as an adult – and thus my gateway to obsessive reading! And all these years later? I still adore this series as much as I did in the beginning!
I have to admit, Starlight feels like a whole new series, we’ve got a new branch of the Bellamy family! (And oh boy do I hope that Susan Wiggs has books planned for all of Mason’s siblings!!) Mason is in Willow Lake temporarily, helping his mom (Alice) adjust to life after she broke her collar bone — Alice was paralyzed in a skiing accident a year before, which also left her widowed, and as a result was moved to Willow Lake to live a quieter lifestyle.
I absolutely loved the romance between Mason and Faith. But more than that? I love Faith! I love her relationship with her daughters. I love watching her recover from her own tragedy. I love how she brings Alice out of her shell and turns life around for the whole Bellamy family.
This book really grabs your heart and gives it a great big tug! If you’ve not had the pleasure of reading a Susan Wiggs book? I highly recommend her to fans of contemporary romance novels!!