Sweet Lake: A Novel (Sweet Lake #1) by Christine Nolfi
ISBN: 9781503942516 (trade paperback)
ISBN: 9781536609264 (audiobook MP3)
ASIN: B01IH81XUM (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: February 28, 2016
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.
Linnie Wayfair always grew up in the shadow of her older brother. Primarily because the Wayfairs were known to have only one child per generation and that child has always been a son. Her parents broke that tradition by having not only a second child but a daughter. It isn't that her parents don't love her exactly, it's just that tradition dictates the son takes over the management of the Wayfair Inn and they don't buck tradition. Linnie's parents don't seem to be overly concerned that their son took funds from the family and the Inn in order to leave town and start his own business elsewhere. Her parents won't even acknowledge that it has been Linnie that has kept the Inn operating for the past seven years bringing it back from the brink of bankruptcy. What's worse, is that her brother is back in town and even he doesn't seem to care or acknowledge that Linnie has kept things going all these years. Linnie's friends, the older ladies of the town known as the Sweet Lake Sirens, and her friend and probably-not-so-unrequited love interest, Daniel Kettering, all know and respect everything Linnie has and continues to do. Is it possible for Linnie to stand up for herself, confront her brother and parents about the Inn, and finally make a move on Daniel?
Just so you know, I absolutely love reading books by Christine Nolfi. Needless to say, when offered the chance to read and review her newest book I jumped at the chance. Sweet Lake was an incredibly fast-paced read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the small-town setting of Sweet Lake and the idea that everybody knows what's happening in their neighbor's lives, personal and business. I enjoyed the machinations and, yes, eccentricities of the Sweet Lake Sirens. I enjoyed getting to know Linnie and can't wait to really get a feel for her friends, Cat and Jada, as well as others in Sweet Lake. I truly felt for Linnie and wanted to smack her brother and parents at times. Sweet Lake was equal parts coming-of-age and romance for this reader. Ms. Nolfi has provided tons of drama, hints of intrigue, bits of humor, and romance (and the romance had its own dramatic moments). Yes, there's a lot more going on in this story...read the book to find out more! If you enjoy reading stories set in small towns or romance, then you'll definitely want to read Sweet Lake. If you haven't read stories set in a small town or a really good romance in awhile, then you'll also want to grab a copy of Sweet Lake to read. I am quite anxious to read the next installment of this new series and while awaiting that book, I'll be reading and rereading other books by Ms. Nolfi.
Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from the author for review purposes. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."