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Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: Sweet Lake by Christine Nolfi

Sweet Lake: A Novel (Sweet Lake, #1) 
 Synopsis (from Goodreads):  

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:

I have read a few of Ms. Nolfi's novels and while I have enjoyed them all, I think Sweet Lake is my favorite.  It was a sweet, feel good story that had some romance, turmoil and some family issues that desperately needed to be resolved.

Linnie is working hard to undo the trouble that her older brother, Freddie, imposed on her family and her town.  The inn that her parents have put her in charge of when Freddie ran off with stolen money is finally in the black again.  Linnie is in charge of a big event that will definitely help the inn when she finds out her brother is in town for some mysterious reason.  

Linnie is hurt when her long time friend, Daniel, helps Freddie.  Daniel is an attorney so he is unable to break client/attorney privilege and tell Linnie why Freddie is in town or what issues Freddie is dealing with.  Freddie is a film maker in California and brings his whole entourage to the inn to wreak havoc and cause Linnie stress.  Add to this chaos Freddie brings, Linnie also has to deal with the town and the group of older women called The Sirens that are ready to hang Freddie.  Oh, and did I mention Linnie also has to deal with her parents who think that Freddie does no wrong and a romance that is beginning with Daniel?  Poor girl has a lot on her plate!

I loved most of the characters in this book.  The Sirens were hilarious.  They were a group of older women who were trying to protect Linnie as best they knew how, which included good luck charms, good energy and wisdom of their years.  Daniel was very sweet and has had feelings for Linnie for a long time.  You can tell he cares deeply for her but he has his morals and cannot bring himself to break his client's confidentiality.  Cat and Jada, Linnie's best friends, are hysterical and I found myself agreeing with them about how Linnie should approach her family drama.  Freddie was an immature child and I couldn't stand him or Linnie's parents.  Linnie would annoy me slightly when she wouldn't stand up for herself with her parents but in the end, I was very proud of her.
I thought this was a very entertaining and uplifting book.  I can't wait to read more about Sweet Lake and its crazy characters!


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