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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

Lakeside Cottage - Susan Wiggs Susan Wiggs writes books that make me hopelessly nostalgic for my childhood summers at the lake and at camp. I chose Lakeside Cottage as my summer kick-off and it was the perfect choice. While this is definitely a romance with the required focus on relationship and HEA it also packs in a lot of extra, well-written story that allows four main characters to do a lot of growing and maturing over the course of a summer. Ms. Wiggs excels at describing lake settings and activities. I think she may love them to the point of near obsession! That works well for me when I am in the mood for it. She writes characters very well also. I think her teens may generally be too mature to be rally believable but that is a small quibble. I think teens are hard to write.This is a slow-paced and mostly gentle romance. The tension and suspense that drive the story are pulled out slowly. This fits the setting and mood of the book well. There are no described love scenes. All the action is behind closed doors. But there is plenty love.I'm very glad I chose to read this when I did. Had I not been in the mood for it, I do not think it would have pulled me in. It's a little too slow paced for my usual mood and i think i might have found the amount of story that was focused on characters other than the hero and heroine annoying. But I was in the mood for it, so it was perfect.