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Mass Market Paperback Fireside Book

ISBN: 0778326179

ISBN13: 9780778326175


(Book #5 in the Lakeshore Chronicles Series)

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Book Overview

Baseball hopeful Bo Crutcher is about to get his shot at the majors. That is, until life throws him a curveball. When AJ, the son he's never met, lands on his doorstep, Bo's life becomes a whole new ball game. He needs help--fast. Enter Kimberly van Dorn. Hired to smooth Bo's rough exterior for the media, she expects the kind of shallow pro athlete she's used to handling. But Bo is willing to sacrifice everything for his vulnerable son. Kim can train...

Customer Reviews

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Another heartwarming story from Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs is one of those authors that you can trust to write a book which is an enjoyable read, whatever its subject. In 'Fireside' the main character, Bo Crutcher, is a baseball player. As an Englishwoman I know next to nothing about baseball and wondered if this would put me off the book; no it didn't, partly because the baseball isn't that central a part of the plot, but more because the author knows how to create a story and how to write characters about whom we care. As the story begins we meet Kim van Dorn who has fled her collapsed relationship and returned to her mum in the small town of Avalon. Kim's life has changed hugely but her skills as a publicist for baseball players might actually come in handy when she meets Bo Crutcher who has just got the big break of his career. But Bo's career isn't the only thing going on in his life. He has suddenly had to take responsibility for his twelve year old son, a boy he has never previously seen, and as Bo tries to begin to be a father as well as learning to perform for the media, he may have an opportunity to form a relationship with Kim. But with Bo's career and his care for his son at odds, what future is there for them? This was an enjoyable story with appealing characters, particularly as the relationship between Bo and his son AJ unfolds. The romance side of the story felt subordinate to much of the action but it was well told nonetheless and this is a very worthwhile read for those who like gentle love stories. Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009

My favorite of the series!

This was a perfect comfort-read with a lot of depth and interesting characters. Like all Susan Wiggs books, Fireside is both well-written and thoroughly entertaining. For a Susan-Wiggs fan, this book delivers everything we've come to expect: fantastic writing, rich characters, and a captivating plot. For a new reader, this is wonderful introduction to a phenomenal author. I'm already looking forward to the next book in the Lakeshore Chronicles!


How can you not like a Susan Wiggs book? And how can you not love Bo Crutcher? This is an entertaining read and a great study of human nature.

My fave

This is my favorite Willow Lake book so far. Bo Crutcher is hilarious, and his personality just jumps off the page. I loved the "fire and ice" combination he and Kim created. A.J.'s storyline really got to me -- it was such a stark portrayal of what could really happen.

Another Willow Lake Home Run

I've read all the Willow Lake books so far and this one, set in the dead of winter, is my favorite. The story of Kimberly, Bo and AJ is another great example of Susan Wiggs's ability to build a love story that is insightful, interesting, and charming.
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