by Susan Wiggs

August 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2190-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lakeside Cottage is the story of four people; Kate, her son Aaron, Callie, and JD Harris. Each of them are learning to live with the person that they are, and when their lives begin to interact have to learn to deal with becoming a family whether they want to or not.

Kate Livingston has been coming to the lake since she was a young girl. Itís her summer tradition and though the rest of the family wonít be joining her, sheís still determined to go this summer. Her son Aaron is a perceptive young man though he has trouble with his anger, and this has had an adverse effect on both their lives. Through the summer Aaron matures and develops insights that Kate is left wondering at.

Callie, a teen runaway, is trying to prove to the world that sheís tough and doesnít need anyone. Kate uses a strong, yet unobtrusive guiding hand to help Callie realize that not everyone is going to let her down, and that itís okay to depend on others. Through her kindness Callie begins to develop into the young woman she should be with dreams and goals of her own.

JD Harris is an American Hero. He didnít ask for the title, nor does he want it. Heís hoping that if he spends the summer at the lake his five minutes of fame will fade into oblivion. When he finds himself attracted to Kate heís unsure about what to do, and refuses to tell her the truth about who and what he is.

Kate herself is also searching for a direction. Having been fired from her job for putting her family first she now has to reassess what sort of career she truly wants. Itís during her summer at the lake with JD, Callie, and Aaron that Kate decides to pursue the writing career sheís always wanted, and itís with their encouragement that she aims high.

Lakeside Cottage is a story of a small family that grows and encompasses strangers just because they can. It is also a coming of age story not only for Aaron and Callie, but also for JD and Kate as they all learn to become comfortable in the daily flow of their lives, and to live with the roller coaster that daily life is.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Sandi.

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