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sweet lake book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Hold on to your hats! If you don’t, it’ll surely be blown away by the eccentric batch of nutty older ladies known as the Sirens. (Nothing wrong with being a nutty older lady – I am one myself, after all) but this batch is particularly concerned (read: nosy) and active (read: fantasy-oriented), although their intentions are always good. Their motto is ‘Do kindness in secret’.

The Wayfair is a resort hotel on a lake in Mid-Southern Ohio, having been in the same family since its inception in the previous century. It has been handed down to the only child throughout its history and always a son, as the family was not very prolific until the most recent generation, which has produced a son Freddie, and a daughter Linnie. Freddie has zero interest in the hotel, becoming a respected indie-film producer, while Linnie has lived her entire life in service to the family tradition, and cannot imagine herself doing anything else.

That description doesn’t begin to explain the enormous split between the siblings, or the torturous relationship between the parents and the kids. The parents want Linnie to reconcile with her brother, she just wants to keep the Wayfair alive. Then there’s the fact that she has no love life nor time to develop one, being unable to see the treasure that’s right in front of her–the local, very sexy attorney Daniel Kettering.

When the blow-up between Linnie and Freddie happens, all she can think of is the massive betrayal by everyone she thought was a friend. And then Mom pays a visit.  Still, there’s something to be said for just hanging on for dear life, while hoping that somehow, it’ll all come out right in the end. As it does.

I really enjoyed Sweet Lake. The characters are people you’d like for friends (even if they are a tad scatty around the edges at times) and nearly everyone approaches life with a smile. Humor abounds as well.

I think The Wayfair would be a fabulous place for a vacation! You just might, too.


First and foremost, Kelly is a reader, then a writer and editor. She adores Regency-set novels, and cozy mysteries. Every now and then, however, she finds something else to enjoy if it has a great premise with characters who belong in there, and fabulous writing! She writes under her own name, as well as her pen-name, Hetty St. James.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Lake Union Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.