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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"I first read Marrying Daisy Bellamy and LOVED it so I was excited to read this book as well. I really liked Sonnet as Daisy's best friend and stepsister so it was nice to get to know her as a main character in this book. She is an amazing and truly likeable character with much depth. We watch her struggle with finding her place in the world, learning to live for herself and not her formerly absentee father's expectations for her life. She also struggles with accepting her mother's illness and her feeling for Zach, another great character. The one thing I struggled with in the beginning was Sonnet's surprise over how extremely attractive Zach has become as an adult and it is made to seem as if they haven't seen each other in many years, but in Marrying Daisy Bellamy I recall them spending time together and hanging out with Daisy together shortly before Return To Willow Lake would have taken place. It doesn't affect the overall story but that inconstancy hugged me."
Justin (5 out of 5 stars)