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Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin
No stranger to difficulty, Faith McCallum has weathered significant hardship for someone so young. Before she turned thirty, her husband died, leaving her to raise two daughters on a meager income, while struggling to pay off medical bills from her husband’s illness. Months behind on her rent, she applies for a variety of home health positions, hoping better employment might be found. Nearby, but socially worlds apart, lives Alice Bellamy. Beautiful, wealthy and well-educated, she is also a recent quadriplegic from an accident that killed her husband. Needing round the clock care, she wields a sharp tongue, angry disposition, and proclivity to fire her staff for the slightest infractions, leaving her son Mason with the difficult job of finding replacements on a regular basis.
When an unfortunate accident leads to Faith working for Mrs. Bellamy, it represents a fresh start for all involved, even as an unspoken connection seems to exist between Faith and Mason. As a live-in aid, Faith brings her daughters with her to stay at the Bellamy home on Willow Lake. Having lived through their own broken past, they are able to connect with Alice in a unique way that begins to give her hope and purpose. But when Faith makes a discovery about Alice’s most recent accident, it results in her son Mason coming to live at Willow Lake for the duration. Struggling to make sense of his own past and family secrets, he is torn between his well-planned life and fiancee and the connection he feels to Faith.
In her book, Starlight on Willow Lake, Susan Wiggs sets the stage for a stirring tale involving every flavor of emotion. Her characters are real and their personal stories will connect with readers from all walks of life. This book was the first of her works that I have read and I found her writing to be colorful, and heart-warming. A novel with a strong family theme, her focus on redemption will bring you hope, make you smile and cheer for the underdog. I can’t wait to read more by this talented author.
Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.
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