by Susan Wiggs

August 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2475-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Fans of Susan Wiggs will be delighted when they walk into the bookstore and find her much-anticipated book sitting on the shelf. Dockside will transport readers back to the small town of Avalon and Willow Lake. They will become better acquainted with Greg Bellamy, his daughter Daisy, and his son Max. They will also learn more about the former mayor of the town Nina Romano.

Years ago when Nina and Greg were both much younger their paths intersected at Camp Kioga the summer camp run by Greg’s family. Greg being a member of the privileged class, and Nina being a member of a large working class family appear at first glance to have little if anything in common.

Now it’s many years later and while Nina and Greg has matured into adulthood their path to get there wasn’t as different as it might have appeared that summer when they were teens. Both had dreams that were sidetracked by unforeseen circumstances. While neither regrets the path they had to take they’re both unsure of the path on which they find themselves today.

Ms. Wiggs writes of the fictional town of Avalon and its residents in such a way that readers feel as though they’re experiencing the slight breeze from the lake, the smell of campfires burned long ago, and the happy yells of people plunging into the lake on a hot day.

I have read the previous titles in The Lakeshore Chronicles and enjoyed them. However, not one touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes as Dockside did. It’s time to sit back, have a cool drink, and immerse yourself in the lives of Greg and Nina and their families as they find their true paths.

Reviewed in July 2007 by Sandi.

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