From #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
Susan Wiggs’s Lakeshore Chronicles series has captivated thousands of readers with its relatable characters, warm humor and engaging stories. Return to the tranquil shores of Willow Lake with The Winter Lodge.
On the longest night of the year, Jenny Majesky loses everything in a devastating house fire. But as she finds comfort in the predictability of running the family bakery, she’s surprised by the ongoing support of the Avalon community, especially local police chief Rourke McKnight. When she finds an unusual treasure among her grandfather’s belongings, she embarks on a search for the truth, and on a path she never imagined.
The Winter Lodge, a remote cabin owned by her half-sister on the shores of Willow Lake, becomes a refuge for Jenny as she seeks the truth. In the peaceful quiet, she can focus on rebuilding her life — and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. But when a blizzard traps her there with Rourke, Jenny suddenly doesn’t feel so secure. Unlocking the secrets of the past might just mean walking away from her one chance at love.
Read the Lakeshore Chronicles Series by Susan Wiggs:
Book One: Summer at Willow Lake
Book Two: The Winter Lodge
Book Three: Dockside
Book Four: Snowfall at Willow Lake
Book Five: Fireside
Book Six: Lakeshore Christmas
Book Seven: The Summer Hideaway
Book Eight: Marrying Daisy Bellamy
Book Nine: Return to Willow Lake
Book Ten: Candlelight Christmas
Book Eleven: Starlight on Willow Lake
In her latest bustling romance, Wiggs cooks up a rich stew of family plots past and present, spiced with plenty of generations-old Polish recipes, in this second installment of the Lakeshore Chronicles (after Summer at Willow Lake). Returning to Camp Kioga in Avalon, a small New York town where the wealthy Bellamy family has deep roots, Wiggs trains the spotlight on Avalon native Jenny Majesky, a food columnist and bakery owner who learned in the last Lakeshore tale that Phillip Bellamy is her birth father. Alone and grieving following the death of her beloved grandmother Jenny's mom left her at age four Jenny's life turns even worse when her house burns to the ground. Stunned, homeless and keeping afloat with a little help from the medicine cabinet, Jenny moves in with Avalon police chief and notorious lady's man Roarke McKnight, a friend she fell out with after a night of drunken, mind-blowing sex a decade before. With the ease of a master, Wiggs introduces complicated, flesh-and-blood characters into her idyllic but identifiable smalltown setting, sets in motion a refreshingly honest romance, resolves old issues and even finds room for a little mystery. The result is as appealing as the heroine's Polish Apple Strudel, the recipe for which is thankfully included.