Single mother and writer Kate Livingston and her little boy Aaron, make their annual trek to the lakeside house that her family has owned for generations. This is supposed to be their first year alone in it, however an enigmatic stranger is their neighbour - the mysterious yet handsome JD. They also take in an orphaned, teen-aged girl - Callie, trying to reshape her life. If this little group can work through all their secrets and issues, they will have a patchwork family filled with love yet failure. This is a heart-warming real story, full of wonderful descriptions of human relationships as only Susan Wiggs can do. This story had an interesting blend of drama, action and romance. I especially appreciated that our lead characters were in their 30's and had mature ideas about life's priorities. It's admirable that the focus was on doing what was best for the children, and I was touched at the difference Kate made in Callie's life, and JD made in Aaron's. In the process, everyone's life was enriched and there was a lovely sense of moving forward and not dragged back by pain filled pasts. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone that wants a heartwarming mature read. Not to mention it ends with some fabulous summer lakeside recipes I can't wait to try!