The Season of Silver Linings A Sweet Lake Novel by Christine Nolfi
ISBN: 9781503903395 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781978605916 (audiobook)
ASIN: B0799LYXWB (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: July 17, 2018 (paperback)
She can’t change what’s come before. But letting go could bring healing—and the rare love that comes once in a lifetime.
When Ohio pastry chef Jada Brooks and her two best friends restored the glorious Wayfair Inn, it was a boon to Sweet Lake—and to their own lives. Now Linnie and Cat are focused on private matters: one engaged, the other swept up in newlywed bliss. Jada has also begun looking to the future by dating widower Philip Kettering and forging a sudden, sweet bond with his six-year-old daughter.
But the past isn’t finished with Jada. When a curious guest checks into the Wayfair, her delving questions stir Jada’s guilt about the heartbreaking events that scarred the town seven years ago. The risks Jada must take by revealing the truth will test every assumption she’s made about the meaning of family and the magic of enduring love.
Welcome back to Sweet Lake, Ohio and the Wayfair Inn. Since we originally were introduced to this inn and town, the inn’s majority owner and manager, Linnie Wayfair, has gotten engaged and is in the final planning stages for her wedding. A wedding that is only weeks away. The inn’s marketing manager, Cat Mendoza, is a newlywed and finds every minute she can to sneak away to grab time with her husband. As a result, the primary management of the inn is now on Jada Brooks’ shoulders, along with being the pastry chef for the inn. She is now tasked with hiring, ensuring proper training, overseeing all departments, accounts receivable, as well as being the maid of honor for her best friend and putting a host of emotional fires as Linnie prepares for her wedding. Jada doesn’t seem to have time for herself much less romance, but she always finds time for six-year-old Fancy Kettering and her dad, Phillip. She often brings them food in the evenings, helps with bath time for Fancy, and is a sounding board for both Fancy and Phillip when needed. When a stranger calls the inn and makes a special request to spend time with Jada, Jada fears the worst, especially since the Sweet Lake Sirens (the towns matriarchs and sage women) have issued her a warning of sorts and made her a talisman of rosemary to keep as a protection. Protection from what? The visitor is a retired college professor! But before you know, this visitor is asking all kinds of questions about Phillip’s deceased wife and Fancy’s mother and Jada is torn between trying to help this woman receive the answers she desires and protecting the people she loves. Can she do the right thing without alienating them all?
The Season of Silver Linings by Christine Nolfi is the third book in the Sweet Lake series. The first book, Sweet Lake, dealt with sibling issues and attempts to rejuvenate the inn in a dying town. The second book, The Comfort of Secrets, dealt with spousal and child abuse issues. The Season of Silver Linings touches on a variety of subjects including mental health problems, suicide, the guilt of those left behind when dealing with a suicide, and even gay marriage. Yes, there are lighthearted moments especially the parts dealing with Fancy and, of course, romance, but there are some heavy topics introduced as well, including the always timely issues of mental health and suicide. I have yet to read a story by Ms. Nolfi that I didn’t enjoy, and The Season of Silver Linings is no different. I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Jada and Phillip a bit better and Fancy is my favorite character in this series. (Come on, what’s not to like about a 6-year-old that loves to dress up and has her own opinions about fashion. Can you say fashion diva?) If you enjoy reading stories that deal with real-world issues but have an HEA, then you’ll definitely want to read the Sweet Lake series. There’s humor, family drama, friendship, romance, timely societal issues, romance, and more. If you’ve already read Sweet Lake and The Comfort of Secrets, I encourage you to grab a copy of The Season of Silver Linings as soon as possible.
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The Comfort of Secrets (Sweet Lake #2) by Christine Nolfi
ISBN: 9781542045711 (paperback)
ASIN: B01N4N00OR (Kindle edition)
Publication date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Cat Mendoza needs a win. After a business failure and years of dating the wrong men, she’s ready to turn things around.
First, she must convince the residents of Sweet Lake, Ohio, that she’s taking her responsibilities seriously. As the events director of the newly restored Wayfair Inn, she has the support of her best friends, Linnie and Jada. But everyone else—including her overprotective mother and the well-meaning Sweet Lake Sirens—can’t help but chime in with advice about her plans, her apparently too-tight clothes, and her undeniable attraction to Ryan D’Angelo, the charming ad exec hired to promote the inn.
Cat knows she should keep Ryan at a distance, but she’s drawn closer by the heartbreak he tries to hide. Will uncovering his secrets derail the new life Cat hopes to achieve…or will she gain something to cherish forever?
Author Christine Nolfi returns to the idyllic Sweet Lake, Ohio and its wonderful and quirky small-town inhabitants in The Comfort of Secrets. This amazing follow-up to the first book in this series, aptly named Sweet Lake, sees another romance on the horizon between Sweet Lake resident Cat Mendoza and big-city ad executive Ryan D’Angelo. While they both work to help the Wayfair Inn with marketing, they must overcome their initial attraction to one another that quickly becomes much more. Adding spice to the mix are all of the secrets that abound around them, individual secrets, family secrets, and Sweet Lake Siren secrets. Will these past secrets come back to haunt everyone’s present or can they be finally be laid to rest?
I’ve read and enjoyed a number of Ms. Nolfi’s books and The Comfort of Secrets has been added to the list of enjoyable reads by this author. I found this to be a pleasing and quick read. Ms. Nolfi provides a bit of comic-relief, by way of the Sirens (trust me, these ladies and their antics are hilarious) along with much more serious tones. The Comfort of Secrets touches on some weighty matters such as family estrangement, domestic abuse, child abuse and depression. The author may not go into depths about these matters but she doesn’t sugarcoat them either as these themes are crucial to the storyline. Obviously, there’s a lot more going on in this story, but if I tell you everything then you won’t need to read it. It is sufficient for me to tell you this if you enjoy well-written, women’s fiction then you’ll need to grab a copy of The Comfort of Secrets. For those of you that read Sweet Lake, you already know you’ll need to get yourself a copy of The Comfort of Secrets and I presume you have it on pre-order. If you haven’t read anything by Ms. Nolfi (and I don’t know why because I already recommended Sweet Lake to you), get a copy of Sweet Lake to read and then grab a copy of The Comfort of Secrets to read. These might just be the perfect vacation or even staycation reads! I’m enjoying the Sweet Lake series, thoroughly enjoyed reading The Comfort of Secrets, and can’t wait for the next installment in the Sweet Lake series just to see what the Sirens will get up to next.
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