Saturday, February 26, 2011

Review: Marrying Daisy Bellamy by Susan Wiggs

First line: The bridegroom was so handsome, Daisy Bellamy's heart nearly melted at the sight of him.

From the back cover:
There are days on Willow Lake...
Daisy Bellamy has struggled for years to choose between two men - one honorable and steady, one wild and untethered. And then, one fateful day, the decision is made for her.

When the wind is so still and the water so calm...
Now busy with a thriving business on Willow Lake, Daisy knows she should be happy with the life she's chosen for herself and her son. But she still aches for the one thing she can't have.

You can almost hear your heart beat...
Until the man once lost to her reappears, resurrected by a promise of love. And now the choice Daisy thought was behind her is the hardest one she'll ever face...

My thoughts: This is the eighth installment of Susan Wiggs' Lakeshore Chronicles and it is Daisy's story - a story that many of us who read this series have been waiting for. Since meeting Daisy in the first book, we've watched her grow up - and what a roller-coaster her life has been from early teens to adulthood. She became a single mom at eighteen and grew up real fast. Marrying Daisy Bellamy takes us along as Daisy tries to support herself and her son Charlie with wedding photography, even though her real hope is to make it as a professional photojournalist. Still in the picture, however, are both Julian, Daisy's love interest from her first summer at Willow Lake and an adrenaline junkie, and Logan, Charlie's father, who's from a well-to-do family. This is definitely a character-driven story, where each of the three main characters, Daisy, Julian and Logan, are well-developed. They may not always be likable, but you find yourself feeling empathy towards them just the same. Watching the love triangle play out, with the many twists and turns thrown in, makes you not want to put the book down. I particularly loved the flashbacks to Daisy and Julian's first summer together. It helped refresh in my mind on some things that had happened in the earlier books. I found this story to be heart-warming and filled with hope and pray that this is not the last book in this series.

(I purchased this book.)


  1. I have The Summer Hideaway by Susan Wiggs, on my pile of TBR. I will have to keep an eye out for this book about Daisy.

  2. @Gigi Ann It's a great story - I read it in one sitting because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and who Daisy would end up with! I have enjoyed all the stories in this series.

  3. I too have The Summer Hideaway to read and then I'll read this book. I skimmed your review and glad to see you liked it. It's been an enjoyable series.

  4. @Mary I'm just hoping there will be more books in this series - I can think of a few good characters whose stories we haven't heard yet.


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