Friday, February 24, 2017

Sweet Lake: A Novel (Sweet Lake #1) by Christine Nolfi

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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…

There were so many wonderful characters.    Most were very likable some were not so likable.   Yet even those who were not likable were interesting.      Linnie, Jada, and Cat were working hard to keep Linnie’s family inn open.   It seemed that with every good thing that happen something else happen to counter it.  

Linnie’s brother, Freddie, comes to town and throws everything in an upheaval.   He is selfish, rude, and undeserving of anyone’s forgiveness.    I felt like he was never held responsible for his actions and the problems those actions caused.    He was not likable but he was Linnie’s brother so she still cared about him.    I liked that Linnie did not just give up on him.    He forced her to push him to be responsible or at least take some blame for his actions.   While Freddie was not a “good guy” he wasn’t all bad and he did make Linnie stand up for herself and push to get what she deserves from her family.

My favorite character was Daniel.      The feelings between Linnie and him were a big part to the story.   While keeping a big secret, he still kept Linnies best interest in mind.       He went beyond what was expected of a friend and lawyer to help Linnie keep the inn open and get what she deserved.   The relationship between these two was sweet.   It was an easy, no pressure friendship with an undertone of more than that.     Daniel knew he couldn’t push too hard but that he had to nudge Linnie in the right direction.  

I recommend picking up your own copy of Sweet Lake.   

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