Sweet Lake by Christine Nolfi
Series: Sweet Lake #1
Print and e-book, 304 pages
Published: February 28th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.
Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her heart—to new possibilities. And her hilarious lifelong friends Jada and Cat are dropping none-too-subtle hints for her to ignite a romance with Daniel Kettering, the sexy attorney who’s been pining for her for years…
Now a shocking turn of events will open old wounds and upend the world Linnie has carefully built. She has to make changes quickly—and the results, though not entirely what she expected, might be what she’s been yearning for all along.
My thoughts about Sweet Lake ~~
First line—"Coconuts bouncing down a bowling lane."
How is this not one of the best first lines ever? What on earth does that line have to do with this story and where is the author going to take me from here?
I loved my visit to Sweet Lake and getting to meet all of the wonderful and quirky residents of this beautiful community. This story is filled with an abundance of great character and there are plenty of complicated relationships among the townsfolk that kept it very interesting. Let's see, there's Linnie and Daniel, Linnie and Freddy, Freddy and Francis, just to name a few.
And then there is this elite group of women (this is where the quirky comes in) who call themselves the Sweet Lake Sirens. They are such a hoot! I loved the Sirens! There were plenty of humorous parts throughout the book that made me laugh out loud, especially the parts that involved the Sirens. They loved to freely give their advice to anyone, whether it was asked for or not. I'll just say 'organism' and leave it at that. 😉
But there is so much more to this story than the humor and the Sirens. There are interesting characters who are put to the test, who have to learn to grow and stand up for what they want. And there are those who have been there for each other and have been for years, just waiting for things to fall into place. So many great relationships in this beautiful story.
Sweet Lake is truly a wonderful story that grabbed me from the start and held my attention to the very end. I am so excited that Christine is writing Sweet Lake #2 so that I can visit Sweet Lake again and catch up with all the interesting people that I just met. Hopefully I will be able to take many more trips back there.
I received a copy of this book from the author and am voluntarily reviewing it.
About the author
In 2004 I made the wisest and most irrational decision of my life–I began writing fiction full-time. All those years of hard work pay off daily in sweet notes and comments by readers. Please continue the mail, tweets and comments on FaceBook, GoodReads and other sites. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers.