LOVE IN THE LAND OF LAKES
This anthology’s contributors boast that readers will indulge in 17 stories of “love, laughter and life,” and each author delivers on that promise. Although the novelettes are quite similar, the entire collection individually gives fans of romance a message of hope, a whisper of a kiss and just enough spice to keep it interesting. Additionally, all proceeds from the purchase of this book are going toward providing training and learning opportunities for writers.
Some of the collection’s standouts include Jana Otto’s “Coming Home,” where a young widow learns to love again. Her late husband’s best friend is on military leave and she invites him to a weekend getaway at the cabin in Lake Makawa. Who will be the first one to profess their love? In “Lake Dreams,” by Rosemary Heim, a childhood crush comes into fruition 10 years later. One single kiss and a steamy night together could turn into a lifetime of happiness — or anguish. And in, “Hooked” by Barbara Mills, a young woman who loves the outdoors takes her city-slicker boyfriend to her family’s cabin on the lake and teaches him a thing or two about fresh air and boatloads of loving. These and many more tales will jumpstart your heart! (MIDWESTFICTION.COM, Feb., 263 pp., $13.99 )