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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wiggs Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lakeshore Chronicles Series Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781423375968
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Baseball hopeful Bo Crutcher is about to get his shot at the majors. That is, until life throws him a curveball. When AJ, the son he’s never met, lands on his doorstep, Bo’s life becomes a whole new ball game. He needs help—fast. Enter Kimberly van Dorn. Hired to smooth Bo’s rough exterior for the media, she expects the kind of shallow pro athlete she’s used to handling. But Bo is willing to sacrifice everything for his vulnerable son. Kim can train him to hit a home run with the press, but over a breathtaking winter on frozen Willow Lake, she realizes he has far more to teach her about the game of life…and putting love first.

“Susan Wiggs paints the details of human relationships with the finesse of a master.” —Jodi Picoult

“With the ease of a master, Wiggs introduces complicated, flesh-and-blood characters into her idyllic but identifiable small-town setting.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Winter Lodge (Best Books of 2007 selection)

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 2/14/2014

    " I love Debbie Macomber's stories - this one too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed the Alaska locale. Typical Debbie Macomber formula. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 2/2/2014

    " I generally like this author for the blossom street books. I made it thru this book, but won't be reading anymore in this series. Yuck! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tyra Voll | 1/31/2014

    " Seriously lacking in character and story development. But I guess if you are not a reader then this might be a place to start. It could have used some realism to help make the story seem somewhat plausible and draw the reader in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/14/2014

    " A standard light read - quick and enjoyable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne Mitchell | 1/13/2014

    " Love the stories. I couldn't book the down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/2/2014

    " Corny as all get out, but a good escape beach-read. I listened to the audiobook version - the narrator was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Whitney | 12/26/2013

    " Light enjoyable read. I kept it in my beach bag and could easily get lost in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla Jo | 12/3/2013

    " they were sweet...its nice to see big men fall.....lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/2/2013

    " Looking forward to reading the next in the 3 volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ellen Eye Lounsbery | 11/22/2013

    " Romance and knitting, what more could you ask for? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 11/11/2013

    " Not great writing but I enjoy the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey Taylor | 11/9/2013

    " The writing was lazy and the romance was overly simplified and ultimately unbelievable, but both stories were sweet. Very tame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cori | 10/30/2013

    " I read this book to keep me occupied on a plane. As far as Debbie Macomber books go, I think I liked this one best so far. I didn't wish quite so many calamities on the characters as usual. Or, maybe I was just in a better mood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/17/2013

    " Basic romance stories... Nothing amazing, but I did appreciate that the author kept all sexual relationships in the bounds of marriage and only hinted at, no explicit detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 7/1/2013

    " Just picked it up from the library.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/14/2013

    " Volume 1 of Macomber's Midnight Sons series, 2 short reads in one. Heartwarming, feel-good and great escapism. I really enjoyed the small town Alaska setting. Looking forward to reading the other 2 volumes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 4/10/2013

    " This book was just all right. I felt like it moved slowly, and I didn't love the reader's voice. I don't think I'm going to try listening to the others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoDee Paulsen | 3/25/2013

    " Students-This one was just for me:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/24/2012

    " This book was really cute and it totally made me want to move to Alaska! How awesome would it be to live there? I need to read volume two now - there are three brothers and we've only got brides for two of them so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 carabellisima | 10/7/2012

    " Lovely little story. The end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jacob | 9/1/2012

    " I started off really enjoying this book, but it went south quick and was so cheesy and predictable I couldn't take it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrsinserra | 6/13/2012

    " i loved these books, I did the audiobook version and loved them. I love that Debbie Macomber does not make sex before marriage look like a positive thing. great shot romance stories. It made me want to move to hard luck! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandie | 9/21/2011

    " Another good read.. I enjoyed this book a lot. You kind of know what is going to happen, but keep reading anyway... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Lutz | 9/2/2011

    " A nice book about falling in love in a small town. A feel good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/29/2011

    " I will definitely read the other volumes. Fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 5/2/2011

    " Not as good as some of the others but worth the read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/28/2011

    " WOW Great story could not put this down!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/28/2011

    " Bo Crutcher first appeared in Sophie's book and he's back! A son is dropped into his lap and also a chance at the big leagues. It's a fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope4flowers | 3/11/2011

    " Like Susan Wiggs - especially The Lakeshore Chronicles. I really like how each book explores a different character in the same community "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/21/2011

    " I really liked it, but wish there was more followup with the ending... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amar | 2/17/2011

    " Just couldn't get into this one, Bo was kind of a himbo, he seemed more appealing in the other books as a background character and I couldn't get into Kim's character...on the plus side, I do feel like reading Sophie/Noah's story now, which I was hesitant about before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/5/2011

    " I'll rate this one a little better than the one about Greg Bellamy. I just wasn't that into Bo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/4/2011

    " Ah, back to Avalon for the holidays. Always a nice place. Amid the hustle and bustle of modern life, wouldn't it be wonderful if this place actually existed. A kinder, gentler time. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 11/5/2010

    " Addresses the issue of children left behind when their parents are deported. Formulaic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 7/13/2010

    " Not as gripping as the Bellamy stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 7/2/2010

    " This story about the making of a professional baseball player was very entertaining in this series. A different premise showing some of the unfairness of the immigration system made for a good twist in keeping the interest of the leader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 6/18/2010

    " I really enjoyed her characters. She does children so well! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 6/16/2010

    " Listened to this on CD "

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About the Author
Author Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs lives at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound and commutes to her writers’ group in a seventeen-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field’s End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world’s top authors to her seaside community. She’s been featured on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” and is a popular speaker locally and nationally. She is the recipient of three RITA awards and four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. Her novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have made national bestsellers lists, including the USA Today, Washington Post and New York Times lists. She is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier, and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.