Sweet Lake: A Novel

Sweet Lake: A Novel

by Christine Nolfi


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ISBN-13: 9781503942516
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: A Sweet Lake Novel , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 860,514
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Award-winning author Christine Nolfi writes heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her debut novel, Treasure Me, was a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. Many of her novels have enjoyed bestseller status and have been listed as “highly recommended” by the Midwest Book Review. A native Ohioan, Christine currently resides in South Carolina with her husband and four adopted children. For the latest information about her releases and future books, visit www.christinenolfi.com. Chat with her on Twitter @christinenolfi.

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Sweet Lake: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
There’s something about stories that are written around inns and bed & breakfasts that draws me in. I like to read about the daily running of them and the guests and other characters that reside there. There’s no lack of colorful characters at the Wayfair Inn. There’s Linnie, daughter and owner of the inn, struggling to bring it back to it’s former glory after her black sheep of a brother, Freddy, nearly put it in bankruptcy. She’s tough in business but soft where the human condition figures into things. You’ve got her two close friends, Jada and Cat, who constantly pull Linnie’s head out of the sand when she tries to hide from confrontations and personal decisions. Friends like that are handy indeed. There’s the Sweet Lake Sirens. Among my favorites. A group of older ladies who mind the P’s and Q’s of everyone else. They remind of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and such a hoot. And there’s local attorney and hottie, Daniel Kittering. He’s carried a torch for Linnie for a long time and things are starting to heat up. Plus, now Freddy is back in town. So you can imagine the tongues wagging as everyone wonders what the devil he could want. He’s got some nerve as he’s done things to make most everyone angry with him. I’m very much into character driven stories and this book has a plethora to engage with. And the author has you wishing for happiness for all, even the brother who lost his way. It all flows fast and furious, keeping the reader immersed in the story, eager for the conclusion, and crossing fingers for a happy ending. An enjoyable read and great beginning to a fun series. This is the perfect read to enjoy at the beach, or any time, anywhere.
DanieleK 10 months ago
SWEET LAKE, the first book in the Sweet Lake Series, is a heartwarming, uplifting story full of love, humor, and a little family drama. I really enjoyed story and getting to know the residents of this small town in Ohio. Linnie runs her family’s inn, a job she was forced into when her older brother ran away from home taking all of the inn’s profits with him. His betrayal affected all of the residents, and Linnie is surprised when her estranged brother and his entourage arrive after years of estrangement and cause all kinds of havoc at the inn. Linnie is devastated when she learns the details of the inheritance contract she signed, sending her straight into the fight of her life. Luckily, she has the help of her dear friend and romantic interest Daniel and the support of the town. Linnie is a likable character, loyal to a fault. The way her parents treat her is despicable, and I do not think I would be as cool as she is under pressure if faced with the same circumstances. Daniel is my favorite character, steadfast and devoted to Linnie. They make a good team. Of course, Linnie’s brother Freddie is wretched, but even he has some good hidden by his flamboyant, narcissistic shell. Linnie’s friends at the inn and the group of woman known as the Sweet Lake Sirens add color to the tale; everyone should be so lucky to have people like these in their lives. The book moves along at a steady pace and is a perfect vacation, and escapist, reading. We need more happy endings in our lives, right? I recommend SWEET LAKE to reader who enjoys a small town setting and a gentle romance. I received a copy of this title from the author and voluntarily shared my unbiased opinions here.
StoreyBookReviews More than 1 year ago
If you want to read about trying family dynamics, this is the book for you. The Wayfair's own a inn in a small OH town and it has been in their family for many generations and always run by a male. However, after the proprietor has a stroke he retires and leaves his daughter, Linnie, to run the inn. What we don't realize is that Linnie's brother has a stake in the inn. Freddie also caused a lot of turmoil 7 years previously that has set up some hard feelings on Linnie's part. So a lot of this book centers around her actions and reactions to his behavior all those years ago. But this book is not without romance. Daniel and Linnie grew up together and I think they both secretly liked each other but never did anything about it....until now. I found the story intriguing with the variety of characters including the Sirens (matriarchs of the town that had their own group) and Linnie's best friends Cat and Jada. Freddie is deplorable, but we see a hint of goodness in him and perhaps he is despicable because he thinks that is what is expected. Linnie has a lot of growing up to do in this book when it comes to her family. She has always been the dutiful daughter and that is not always a good thing because she never puts herself first. The only negative I have about this book is that when there was a change in time/scene there wasn't a break in the text. Sometimes there was and sometimes there wasn't and at times I'd be reading along and it would jump to another time/location without any warning. This didn't happen often and didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book, after all I read it in a day!
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
This delightful book is set in the small town of Sweet Lake, Ohio. It's about family (good relationships & bad relationships), family business (owned & the the other kind of business people want to get into), friends (that are much closer than family), mentors (who have been waiting for just the right moment), and oh so much more! It's a chance for kindness, forgiveness and love to conquer all.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Sweet Lake is full of unique characters that caught my interest and had me wanting to know more about these people. Twists and turns and ups and downs in relationships from the past and present are found in this great story. I enjoyed reading this one and look forward to reading more by Christine Nolfi.
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Christine Nolfi and it won't be the last. I loved Sweet Lake and can't wait for the next book. This town drew me in from the first page and didn't let go. The Sweet Lake Sirens had me laughing out loud and I can not wait to find out more about this crazy group of women.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
There were so many wonderful characters. Most were very likable some were not so likable. Yet even those who were not likable were interesting. Linnie, Jada, and Cat were working hard to keep Linnie’s family inn open. It seemed that with every good thing that happen something else happen to counter it. Linnie’s brother, Freddie, comes to town and throws everything in an upheaval. He is selfish, rude, and undeserving of anyone’s forgiveness. I felt like he was never held responsible for his actions and the problems those actions caused. He was not likable but he was Linnie’s brother so she still cared about him. I liked that Linnie did not just give up on him. He forced her to push him to be responsible or at least take some blame for his actions. While Freddie was not a “good guy” he wasn’t all bad and he did make Linnie stand up for herself and push to get what she deserves from her family. My favorite character was Daniel. The feelings between Linnie and him were a big part to the story. While keeping a big secret, he still kept Linnies best interest in mind. He went beyond what was expected of a friend and lawyer to help Linnie keep the inn open and get what she deserved. The relationship between these two was sweet. It was an easy, no pressure friendship with an undertone of more than that. Daniel knew he couldn’t push too hard but that he had to nudge Linnie in the right direction. I recommend picking up your own copy of Sweet Lake.
GammieJeanne More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library. Imagine my surprise when I checked out my Ohio library and found a copy of this book days before it was published. I immediately put it on hold. Finding the author through events on Facebook, I read her Second Chance Grill and immediately fell in love with her writing. While most would classify this as a romance, it is also belongs in Womens' fiction. The story is isn't just a girl meets guy, girl falls in love with guy, something breaks them apart, and then they live happily ever after. It is a novel of growth, love, some mystery, romance, and the unusual circle of women that one loves immediately. One wants to live in the town. Walk the streets, visit the inn. Party with the Sirens. You must read to see what the sirens are and see if you will be as delighted by them as I was. It isn't a book to start at bedtime, because you won't want to put it down
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Sweet Lake is the first installment in Christine Nolfi new fiction series. Set in the fictional town of Sweet Lake, Ohio we find heroine Melinda Petronia Wayfair (Linnie) barely holding her family's Wayfair Inn in the black after many years barely making it. Seven years prior Linnie's brother Freddie cleaned out the family accounts to begin his film business in L.A. Soon after, her father suffered a stroke and her parents retired to Florida, leaving Linnie literally holding the bag. Much to her dismay, she had to let people go, cut back the repairs, and close down areas of the historic inn. In turn, the economic effect on Sweet Lake was disastrous. Linnie felt responsible for so much angst in her community. She then learned that even after all her work, long days, lack of personal life, her brother was co-owner or the inn and at a certain point he would have the option of buying her out and there was nothing she could do. When Freddie arrives in Sweet Lake, Linnie fears he is there to force her out. Enter the voodoo hi-jinx of the Sweet Lake Sirens, the match making efforts of her two best friends Cat and Jada, and the unending support of attorney Daniel Kettering, and you have a story of friendship, loving support, and budding romance. Plus, you watch the transformation of Linnie from lady who hates conflict to lady who stands her ground and comes out on top. With engaging characters, lovely setting, and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, Sweet Lake is a well written novel. I do recommend this book.
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Linnie runs her family's inn the Wayfair. Her brother Freddie years ago took off and took all the family's money. Linnie has been running the inn and it has consumed her life. Now Freddie is back and the family drama is on! There is a group of older women, the Sirens, that want to protect Linnie and show her there is more to life than work. Daniel has loved Linnie for years but Linnie thinks they are just friends. This is a wonderful story of family, friendship, and love. I can't wait to read all the books in this series! Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC of this book for an honest opinion.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
The Wayfair legacy was set in stone long before Linnie was born. Now she's trying to save that legacy and regain the glory the Inn once knew. When Linnie pictured her life as a kid, she never saw the path she was now on. The question she's facing is can she incorporate her dreams and her future. This book is a warm, feel-good, easy read. It's well written and the plotting is fantastic. The characters are relate-able and fun. The pacing is very comfortable. I love that Ms. Nolfi included some humor in this book. It just gives you a more realistic view of life in Sweet Lake. You'll have lots of cozy feelings as you work your way through this book. I did find one minor issue. In chapter one you start out saying it's Autumn. A couple pages later it's summer. I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 because it's a terrific read. ~Copy of book provided by author and I voluntarily reviewed it.
Bookaholic_Cindy More than 1 year ago
Sweet Lake is the first book in a new series set in a charming small town in Ohio. Seeing the lovely picture on the book cover and after reading the book, the author makes you want to move there. The descriptions make you feel as if you are there staying at the Wayfair Inn or walking on the beach. I loved the story from beginning to end. It was well written and entertaining. There is some romance, humor that will make you laugh out loud, family disagreements, and good friends. All things that readers can connect with. Now, about characters! Linnie is the main one and you'll get to meet her best friends, love interest, brother, and a good portion of this town. They are caring, interesting, funny, quirky (The Sirens, who you will love), and of course, we have one that will be the bad guy. You will hurt for Linnie as she struggles to keep her dreams alive. I highly recommend this heart warming novel. I'm looking forward to my next visit to Sweet Water! * I was provided an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley. Reviewing it was my voluntary decision.