Susan Wiggs' New Favorite Scene

Romance novel queen Susan Wiggs shares her very favorite scene from her newest novel. (No spoilers, she promises!)

The good news is, my favorite scene in Marrying Daisy Bellamy is touching, funny, emotional and entertaining. The bad news is, I can’t tell you what happens in that scene.

Why? Well, because it wouldn’t be fair to people who haven’t read the book yet. It’s got too many spoilers in it.

Part of the fun of Marrying Daisy Bellamy is the excruciating who-will-win-her-heart tension that has been running through all of the Lakeshore Chronicles, ever since Daisy burst onto the scene in Summer at Willow Lake, a troubled teen with a chip on her shoulder. Through the subsequent books, she has felt the push and pull of her heart between Logan–the father of her child–and Julian–the hunky Air Force pilot. So I can’t talk about that favorite scene and risk a spoiler.

However. We mustn’t let it be said that I can’t follow instructions. I am tasked with writing about a favorite scene in Marrying Daisy Bellamy, and I do not want to disappoint. So here goes. One of the most entertaining scenes is about an activity that is sure to please any reader right down to the cockles of her heart. No, get your mind out of the gutter. I don’t mean that. I mean the second-most-fun a girl can have. Yep–shopping.

Daisy is at an emotional low when her uber-stylish cousin Olivia takes her shopping. Nothing perks a girl up like shopping, right? Here’s what I love about this scene. It’s really not about the shopping, no about what they buy or try on or walk out of the store with. It’s about transformation. Daisy goes into the scene feeling terrible about herself but determined not to be defeated. So like a latter-day Cinderella, she sheds her old self and emerges from the scene stronger than she’s ever been. The new clothes and hairstyle are really just a metaphor for something we all look for when we’re culling through the sale racks, trying on shoes or settling into the salon chair. A new self.

Something else I like about this scene is that it references a classic movie I greatly admire – It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. The boutique where the girls shop is called "Zuzu’s Petals." Remember that from the movie? To prove to himself that he didn’t die after all, George Bailey digs in his pocket for some flower petals his daughter Suzannah (aka Zuzu) gave him earlier in the day, and he cries, "Zuzu’s petals!" Another reference is that the boutique’s owner is named–yep–Suzannah Bailey. I think she might get to star in a future book of her own.

So. I’ve managed to spoil the movie for you, but not the book. Tell me what you think at

- Susan Wiggs

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