Sonnet Romano’s life is almost perfect. She has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. There’s nothing more a woman wants—except maybe a baby…brother?
When Sonnet finds out her mother is unexpectedly expecting, and that the pregnancy is high risk, she puts everything on hold—the job, the fellowship, the boyfriend—and heads home to Avalon. Once her mom is out of danger, Sonnet intends to pick up her life where she left off.
But when her mother receives a devastating diagnosis, Sonnet must decide what really matters in life, even if that means staying in Avalon and taking a job that forces her to work alongside her biggest, and maybe her sweetest, mistake—award-winning filmmaker Zach Alger. So Sonnet embarks on a summer of laughter and tears, of old dreams and new possibilities, and of finding the home of her heart.
At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Return to Willow Lake plumbs the deepest corners of the human heart, exploring the bonds of family, the perils and rewards of love, and the true meaning of home. Profoundly emotional and resonant, this is Susan Wiggs at her finest.
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"The soft and gentle voice of this author comes through clearly in Return to Willow Lake. Her insistence that I deal with two life-changing experiences--breast cancer and pregnancy in a 40ish woman--had me swinging between tears and laughter, chilling fear and the joy of a new day breaking. The addition of Sonnet's two relationships--with the smarmy Orlando (why couldn't she SEE how calculating he was? Because she didn't want to)and her friend from kindergarten days, Zach. Their increasing awareness of each other proves that friendship truly is essential in any lasting love. Like other titles in the Lakeshore Chronicles, I know I'll be re-reading this book."
Kate (5 out of 5 stars)