Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love going back to Willow Lake, it really represents somewhere I wouldn't mind living if I was to ever leave my crazy suburban life.
I really like that we got to see some past characters, but it wasn't forced on us to make the story fit into previous books in the series. It's a small town and you can expect for the lives of people to overlap so Faith's friendships all made sense. That said, I wish there was a family tree so I could be clear on how this branch of the Bellamy family connects to the other Bellamys we've met over the series.
I enjoyed Faith and Mason's story. I like that it wasn't the typical they get together, face some hurdles, then happy ending. There were hurdles to them even getting together and even more to face after they finally realize they belong together. It made the novel compelling and kept me hooked (but really anything set in Willow Lake has me hooked).
As much as the story was about Faith and Mason is was also really about Alice, Mason's mother, and Faith's daughters Ruby and Cara. It was about these five lost people finding what they needed with each other. It was about creating a family and how that word means more than blood connections. Even though Alice and Mason are mother and son, they needed to create a different bond, a new bond for the new challenges they are facing in life. Alice was in a horrible accident that has left her nearly completely paralyzed and neither of them now know how to deal with the other. Faith is brought in to care for Alice and in doing so she brings her daughters who are also kind of caretakers for Alice. They help heal her heart and in helping her the girls are also helped by Alice.
I could really go on talking about all the little things I loved, but that would spoil the book and it is a really great book. I personally don't like reading books out of order in a series but in all honesty this book could stand on its own. Just go back and read the rest of the books if you haven't already fallen in love with Willow Lake like I have.
I received an ebook copy from Netgalley for an honest review.