The Summer Hideaway

The Summer Hideaway

Book - 2010
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Never get attached--Private nurse and protected witness Claire Turner lives by this motto. Fleeing a treacherous past, she knows no other way.

Never give up--In the twilight of his life, George Bellamy makes it his final wish to reconcile with an estranged brother. He and Claire journey to Willow Lake--where it all went wrong for him fifty years ago.

Never let go--George's grandson Ross is ruled by a fierce devotion to family and a deep mistrust of the mysterious Claire...yet sparks fly whenever she's near. In the face of a wrenching loss, amid the enchantment of Willow Lake, Ross and Claire dare to risk everything for love.

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA, c2010.
ISBN: 9780778327998
077832799X
Characteristics: 421 p. --

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bibliosara Sep 20, 2018

In the seventh addition to the Lakeshore Chronicles series, Wiggs proves that family is worth the heartache. Private nurse Claire has plenty to hide - and a very good reason not to open up to anyone - but finds herself drawn in by her client, George Bellamy, and his family. George doesn't have much time left, but he doesn't want any regrets, and he wants to ensure that his grandson is happy. So he convinces Claire to take him on a final summer trip to Willow Lake. When Ross, George's grandson, arrives days after being honorably discharged from the military, he doesn't expect to find his grandfather dying - or a woman who captures his heart. Will Claire and Ross be able to break free from the pain of the past and embrace a future before it is too late, or will the past they run from finally catch up to them? Wiggs' prose is as steady and sure as it is profound, and the way she approaches romance is far from shallow. Still, the idyllic context and nearly-perfect ending might be a bit too sweet for some. The Summer Hideaway is still one of the best entries into Wiggs' popular Lakeshore Chronicles series!

MedinaReads Jan 30, 2015

This is a wonderful mix of a murder mystery, romance and reconciling with family.
George Bellamy wants to reconcile with his brother Charles and make sure his Grandson Ross finds a wife before he dies from a reoccurring brain tumor. George wants to die at his childhood vacation place at Camp Kioga in Upstate New York. The story moves quickly with enough family drama to keep things interesting. Susan Wiggs skillfully incorporates elements as the long-term effects of polio, end-of-life decisions, and the personal costs associated with choosing to do the right thing in a tale centered on family. Recommended by R.D., Medina Library, MCDL

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