Starlight on Willow Lake
The Lakeshore Chronicles #11
by Susan Wiggs
Contemporary Romance, Literature and Fiction: Women's Fiction
February 23, 2016
Available in: Paperback (reprint)
Originally published September 2015 in hardcover.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
sweeps readers away with a stunning tale of the delicate
ties that bind a family together…and the secrets that
tear them apart.
Faith McCallum is intent on rebuilding her shattered life
and giving her two daughters a chance at a better future.
But she faces a formidable challenge in the form of her new
employer, Alice Bellamy. Recovering from a tragic accident,
she opens her historic lakeside home to Faith and the girls.
While Faith proves a worthy match for her sharp-tongued
client, she often finds herself at a loss for words in the
presence of Mason Bellamy—Alice's charismatic son, who
clearly longs to escape the family mansion and return to his
fast-paced, exciting life in Manhattan…and his
beautiful, jet-setting fiancée.
The last place Mason wants to be is a remote town in the
Catskills, far from his life in the city, but his
mother’s devastating mishap—and a long-buried
family scandal—has called him home. Faith McCallum,
with her lengendary nursing skills, is supposed to be the
key to his escape. But when Faith makes a chilling discovery
about Alice, Mason is forced to reconsider his desire to
keep everyone, including his mother, at a distance. Now he
finds himself wondering if the supercharged life he’s
created for himself is what he truly wants…and whether
exploring his past might lead to a new life—and
lasting love—on the tranquil shores of Willow Lake.
Using blunt scissors, pages from a Big Chief tablet, a borrowed stapler and a Number Two pencil, Susan Wiggs self-published her first novel at the age of eight. A Book About Some Bad Kids was based on the true-life adventures of Susan and her siblings, and the first printing of one copy was a complete sell-out.
Due to her brother's extreme reaction to that first prodigious effort, Susan went underground with her craft, entertaining her friends and offending her siblings with anonymously-written stories of virtuous sisters and the brothers who torment them. The first romance she ever read was Shanna by the incomparable Kathleen Woodiwiss, which she devoured while slumped behind a college vector analysis textbook. Armed with degrees from SFA and Harvard, and toting a crate of "keeper" books by Woodiwiss, Roberta Gellis, Laurie McBain, Rosemary Rodgers, Jennifer Blake, Bertrice Small and anything with the words "flaming" and "ecstasy" in the title, she became a math teacher, just to prove to the world that she did have a left brain.
Late one night, she finished the book she was reading and was confronted with a reader's worst nightmare--She was wide awake, and there wasn''t a thing in the house she wanted to read. Figuring this was the universe''s way of taking away her excuses, she picked up a Big Chief tablet and a Number Two pencil, and began writing her novel with the working title, A Book About Some Bad Adults. Actually, that was a bad book about some adults, but Susan persevered, learning her craft the way skydiving is learned--by taking a blind leap and hoping the chute will open.
Her first book was published (without the use of blunt scissors and a stapler) by Zebra in 1987, and since then she has been published by Avon, Tor, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Mira and Warner Books. Unable to completely abandon her beloved teaching profession, Susan is a frequent workshop leader and speaker at writers' conferences, including the Romance Writers of America conference, the PNWA and Maui Writers Conference. She won a RITA award in 1994, and her recent novel The Charm School was voted one of RWA's Favorite Books of the Year. She is the proud recipient of several RT awards, the Peninsula RWA's Blue Boa, the Holt Medallion and the Colorado Award of Excellence.
Susan enjoys many hobbies, including sitting in the hot tub while talking to her mother on the phone, kickboxing, cleaning the can opener, sculpting with butter and growing her hair. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jay, her daughter, Elizabeth, and an Airedale that hasn't been groomed since 1994.