When we met Daisy Bellamy in the first Lakeshore book, she was a teenager. She was mad at her parents, who later divorced, and she was acting out. Partying too hard, surly, etc. And then...she got pregnant and her life changed.
We have followed her trials and tribulations and the two guys who both love her: exotic Julian and home town boy and father of her son, Logan.
Daisy and Julian have never really had a chance. They meet at Camp Kioga one summer when he is visiting his brother, Connor (who is married to Daisy's cousin, Olivia). He leaves to go home and Daisy gets pregnant.
They stay in touch but Daisy is busy raising young Charlie and Julian is in the ROTC.
Logan, meanwhile, moves to Avalon to spend time with Charlie and he's become a stand up guy.
How does she choose because a choice must be made.
I loved the telling of this story (no I'm not going to say who she ends up with) but the problem is that I was TOLD the story. There was no emotion.
No, struggle over whom she ends up with. No emotion of any kind in this book. It was simply a recitation of facts with a few embellishments.
Sadly, after waiting so long, this book just fizzled out.
Readers of this series already know the earlier part of Daisy's story, a spoiled wealthy teen with divorced parents, attending an exclusive private school, becomes pregnant at a drunken teen party but rises to the occasion to become a loving and independent mother. She continues her education and leads a busy but lonely life, committed to her son Charlie, but separated always from the love of her life, Julian, while maintaining a pleasant but platonic relationship with Logan, the father of her son. This book has a more intricate plot than many others in this series and almost anything I write about the book after this point becomes a spoiler, so if you dont want to know the plots ups and downs before reading the book, best to stop reading now. Okay, for those who dont mind more information about the book, Julian, product of a broken home and raised in a dangerous neighborhood, soars despite the odds to become an Ivy League graduate and Air Force officer, and after proposing to Daisy most romantically, races off to another continent on a secret mission, which goes tragically wrong, and is suddenly out of Daisy's life and dreams. The funeral scenes for the young soldier were so tragic and sad, they actually had me weeping. After Julian's death, Daisy makes more selfless life decisions and remains unhappy and lonely in a loveless marriage for most of the rest of the book, but don't despair, Susan Wiggs takes pity on her readers and gives us a happy ending to warm our hearts. I'll confess to being so depressed and sad halfway through the novel that I shamelessly read the ending to see if things got better for Daisy before continuing the book, something I almost never do. This book is an emotional roller coaster, and another great addition to a series I have loved.
I've been patiently waiting for this book for so long and.....I have to say I felt let down. BIG TIME! Daisy & Logan shoudl; have never did what they did...it would have been better if they had made them get close and leave it there....that being said, I was disappointed that the readers did not get to see Daisy & Julian happily ever after.
So glad to have the rest of Daisy's story! It's amazing how much Wiggs was able to get into this novel. That might be my only complaint though...towards the end a lot of time was passing and a lot of things were happening. At times it felt a little rushed. But all-in-all Daisy's story has finally been told and it was done in a believable and truly heartwarming way. Our roads are not always easy, but Daisy ultimately finds love when she follows her heart. Would love to know how her life continues. Hopefully this isn't the last we see of Daisy and Charlie!
Wow. All I can say is wow!
Like many others, I have been waiting for Daisy's story for a long time - since book 1 I think! This does not disappoint. You will not believe some of the twists and turns this story takes. I could not put it down - it keeps you hanging on until the very, very last page. What an amazing story Susan Wiggs has created for Daisy. WOW!