SUMMER AT WILLOW LAKE

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Making real estate more attractive for prospective buyers is Olivia Bellamy's business, so who better to give her grandparents' old resort camp in the Catskills a badly needed facelift? The timing is perfect because Olivia's eager to escape New York since her most recent engagement has just ended. But spending time at Camp Kioga stirs memories of her summers there -- of her awkward girlhood and also of love, laughter and secrets.

It also brings contractor Connor Davis back into Olivia's life. She needs his help to restore the camp -- and both of them need to settle their unfinished business at long last.

Wiggs' prose is both compelling and moving, conjuring images of hot summer nights and painfully intense young love that anyone can relate to. Each and every character is finely detailed, and finishing the book feels like saying goodbye to dear old friends. (Aug., 416 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer