by Susan Wiggs

February 2011
ISBN: 978-0778329251
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Readers following The Lakeshore Chronicles have finally gotten their wish. Marrying Daisy Bellamy has been a book in-progress since Daisy appeared in the first book of the series. Watching the sullen teenager cope with her parents divorce, new marriages and her own mistakes have given us plenty to absorb. Applauding Daisy's bravery when faced with teenage pregnancy and her determination to stand on her own has struck a chord in us all.

The star-crossed romance with Justin Gastineau is finally reaching a turning point. Finishing his college education, Justin must fulfill his military obligations. In love with Daisy since their first encounter, Justin has remained steadfast in her corner through many difficult times. Now he wants to make sure there is no doubt about where he stands with Daisy.

Daisy has made so many mistakes. Is making a commitment to Justin just one more? Can she cope with his military career or should she take the easy road Logan O'Donnell offers. As the father of her son, Logan has shocked everyone with his insistence on sharing parental duties and has proven to be a first-rate father to little Charlie. He offers security and companionship, but not the passion Daisy feels for Justin. Never has her decision mattered so much.

Marrying Daisy Bellamy has exceeded all my rather-high expectations. From soaring joy to the depths of despair author Susan Wiggs gives readers a book to cherish, re-read and remember. Readers will be swept up in the story and quite probably moved to tears. There were several moments when I was reaching for the Kleenex or trying to swallow past the lump in my throat. I cannot remember when a story has moved me more. Ms. Wiggs has set the bar high not only for herself in future books, but for many others who write series like this. If Marrying Daisy Bellamy was an opera the standing ovation would last for hours.

Reviewed in January 2011 by Paula.

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