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Marrying Daisy Bellamy (Lakeshore Chronicles Series #8)

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

An Epic Romance- A must read- A Keeper

Daisy Bellamy has struggled to get where she is today, a coveted photographer, okay it's a wedding photographer and not the free lance artist she's dreamed about, but it's a start. She hasn't always had an easy life even though her family synonymous with and an icon in ...
Daisy Bellamy has struggled to get where she is today, a coveted photographer, okay it's a wedding photographer and not the free lance artist she's dreamed about, but it's a start. She hasn't always had an easy life even though her family synonymous with and an icon in Avalon NY. She's made many mistakes getting to this point and however reckless she and Logan O'Donnell were in the conception of their son they've made up for it by being great parents and staying fast friends. Logan wants more but Daisy's unsure and one of the reasons is sexy Julian Gastineaux, see she's been in love with Julian since that first summer they met, at Willow Lake, the summer before everything changed, the summer before her wild weekend with Logan and the conception of Charlie. She thought over time that those feelings would diminish but she was wrong because Julian is still the erotic star of her dreams both nighttime and daytime. But Daisy knows or should that dreams don't necessarily come true and that happiness is what you make of it. Will she and Julian find happiness, will she find it with Logan, will she find it at all. Believe me the journey will be worth it to find out.
In this episode of The Lakeshore Chronicles Susan Wiggs gives us the plot that all military families can relate to and at the same time be appreciated by the general population as well. She explores emotions that are not always pleasant and she makes her characters look at themselves honestly in their mirrors, while she takes her reading audience through the proverbial wringer. She gives us flowing dialogue that we can actually visualize in our minds eye. Her characters are all from her beloved series, some we've known from the beginning and some are just making our acquaintances but all are impeccably portrayed and important to this story. Her hero and heroine are the ships that pass in the night and unrequited love kind. The ones that you heart cries for but you're never sure what peril will befall them next. And yet they are strong minded people who you could easily see as an acquaintance or friend. Her heroine is an outstanding example of female fortitude and moxie mixed with the angst young people feel especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Her romance is heartbreaking, heart wrenching, sad and happy, full of longing and promise. Her love scenes are hot and sensual without being over descriptive or crude.
If this is your first trip to picturesque Avalon NY, you've certainly chosen a good time to visit because Ms. Wiggs has outdone herself in this epic love story and I assure you that in the annals of romance this will be at the top of the all time best. If you are a fan and loyal reader of The Lakeshore Chronicles you will be happy to see all your old friends to catch up with as well as the featured story. This novel has every bell and whistle a romance fan could want, but if you want to know who marries Daisy Bellamy, well then you'll just have to read it for yourself. This would make an excellent stand-a-lone novel, but after you've read it I'm sure you'll want to go back to the beginning and see where it all began and keep on reading until you're a rabid fan just like the rest of us. When in the far distant future archeologists want to describe the great American Romance, Marrying Daisy Bellamy will be on display. Thank you Susan Wiggs for this first must read of 2011.

posted by dhaupt on December 13, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A little disappointed

Finally, the long anticipated story of Daisy Bellamy. I have to say I was a little disappointed. I am a huge fan of Susan Wiggs and this series. I really enjoyed seeing Daisy's character grow throughout the series.I feel like I have waited forever for the conclusion ...
Finally, the long anticipated story of Daisy Bellamy. I have to say I was a little disappointed. I am a huge fan of Susan Wiggs and this series. I really enjoyed seeing Daisy's character grow throughout the series.I feel like I have waited forever for the conclusion of Daisy's story and I'm sorry to say that I just didn't care for it as much as the others.

posted by aw36 on February 28, 2011

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Tedious; Bad Ending

    Wiggs is not at her best in this one. For those of us who have read the previous novels in this series, we knew Daisy's story. We didn't need it again, but we got it. Additionally, the story was predictable. I figured out how the whole thing with Julien was going to play out when they got engaged so early in the book. Finally, the ending was just a little too easy. Suddenly she nor Logan care about uprooting Charlie from his hometown and extended family? How many times had we heard that Daisy wanted him to have this rooted life in a constant environment with family nearby? And Logan -- come on. He had proven himself to be this devoted involved father who moved to this town specifically to be a part of his sons life. Suddenly he's O.K. with Charlie begin ripped out of his daily life? Not to mention Charlie would now live with the the step-dad whom Logan made clear he did NOT like. Huh? Suddenly all these big deal issues were no longer a big deal and we don't get to learn how that came to be.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Not as excited as other reviews

    I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out--I usually love anything written by Susan Wiggs. Then I noted that the other reviews raved over this book while I was sadly disappointed. In an attempt to make this book totally stand alone there was way too much rehash of the other stories in the beginning-it didn't hook me. By page 77 I was so bored I skipped to the last chapter and didn't find anything in there to encourage me to read the rest of the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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