Sonnet Romano’s life is almost perfect. She has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. There’s nothing more a woman wants – except maybe a baby brother? When Sonnet finds out her mother is unexpectedly expecting, and that the pregnancy is high-risk, she puts everything on hold – the job, the fellowship, the boyfriend – and heads home to Avalon. Once her mom is out of danger, Sonnet intends to pick up her life where she left off. But when her mother receives a devastating diagnosis, Sonnet must decide what really matters in life, even of that means staying in Avalon and taking a job that forces her to work alongside her biggest, and maybe her sweetest, mistake – award-winning filmmaker Zach Alger. So Sonnet embarks on a summer of laughter and tears, of old dreams and new possibilities, and of finding the home of her heart. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Return to Willow Lake plumbs the deepest corners of the human heart, exploring the bonds of family, the perils and rewards of love, and the true meaning of home.
This book just happens to be number nine in Ms. Wiggs’s Lakeshore Chronicles, and it also happens to be the first of her books that I have read. I found it very easy to follow along, and did not feel like I needed to read the first eight before proceeding with this one.
This was a hard book for me to get through. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great read. It just hit really close to home. I don’t want to throw any spoilers out there, but I will say that Sonnet’s mom is diagnosed with cancer. The reason I am telling you this is because I for one, am tired of reading books that have a storyline of someone with cancer.
There were lots of ways that the storyline seemed almost like real life happening on these pages. When Sonnet learned who would be there for her, and who wouldn’t. The feelings were real.
It took a while to get to the happily ever after, but it was written in a way that kept me wanting to hang out with these characters a little longer. Then on the other hand, I wanted to finish it to see what happened. I am hoping to find time to go back and read the other eight books in this series.