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The Summer Hideaway (Lakeshore Chronicles, Bk 7)
The Summer Hideaway - Lakeshore Chronicles, Bk 7
Author: Susan Wiggs
Never get attached – private nurse and protected witness Claire Turner lives by this motto. Fleeing a treacherous past, she knows no other way. — Never give up – In the twilight of his life, George Bellamy makes it his final wish to reconcile with an estranged brother. He and Claire journey to Willow Lake – where it all went wro...  more
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780778327998
ISBN-10: 077832799X
Publication Date: 2/23/2010
Pages: 400
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Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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The Lakeshore Chronicles

George Bellamy finds that his brain tumor has become inoperable and untreatable without a great deal of pain, so he decides to stop treatment and live his remaining days enjoying life. He has made a list of all the things he want to do before he dies and that means traveling back to Willow Lake and Camp Kioga. He hires a private nurse and sets out on his way.

Meanwhile, George's grandson, Ross is returning home from Afghanistan as he has completed his tour of duty and the whole family is counting on him to "talk sense" to his grandfather and get him to return home for treatment. When he reaches Camp Kioga and talks to his grandfather, Claire the nurse and reviews his grandfather's medical reports, even talks to some doctors after a trip to the emergency room for George, he realizes he has to bend to his grandfather's wishes.

One of the first things George wants to do is reunite with a brother he has not seen in 55 years, then he also wants to skydive, ride a Harley, and have a big family reunion. As Claire and Ross work together to make everything happen they grow closer and closer, (something that was also on George's list.) but her past keeps holding her back.

Yes this story was a little predictable but there were some surprises too. Susan Wiggs is one of the best current day storytellers around. She weaves the words so wonderfully and takes us right into the story. The flashback parts of the story are truly a treasure. There are so many characters that have come from all the books in the series and most where present for the family reunion and it is no small task to keep them all fresh, and remind us of their history. If you have read the other books in this series this is a family you want to read this and find out what is going to happen next at Willow Lake.

As a side note, the covers on the books in this series are fabulous.

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I just finished this book, and loved it. I read it in 1 day. The characters are well rounded and believable. I loved the character of George Bellamy, an elderly gentleman who wants to see his grandson happy in love before he dies. I love the way Susan Wiggs recognizes the importance of family. I highly recommend this book. Have tissue ready.
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Another wonderful addition to the Lakeshore Chronicles by Susan Wiggs. A private duty nurse with a shadowy past, a rich, elderly gentleman, a tough and handsome grandson all combine with long estranged relatives to provide several additional stories to Willow Lake and Kamp Kioga.

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This book was certainly different from the others in the series, but I really liked it. Still had a lot of the usual characters, but had a lot of mystery and excitement, sadness and sorrow, but ultimately a very good read. Loved it.
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This book really contains two stories: Ross and Claire plus George's flashback relationship with Jane and his brother, Charles. I was completely caught up with George's story even though Ross/Claire's story had top billing. It was just so heartbreaking filled with regret and lost opportunities.

The story had a lot of humor in the midst of fulfilling George's bucket list. Ross and Claire's story was okay but really nothing that memorable. Oddly enough Ross felt more like a side character because the concentration was on Claire's past and George's reconciliation with his lost family. There was a bit spent on the traumas of military life and possible PTSD treatment but Ross's problems are overshadowed by others quickly and never mentioned again.

The book was enjoyable, had some closure. I came off feeling really bad for Charles though and somehow felt their relationship was tainted by Jane and George. Still worth the read.
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