Table for Five

Author:  Susan Wiggs                                                        
Publisher:  Mira
Pages:  384
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Source:  Purchased

Goodreads:  Sometimes it takes a leap of faith in order to soar . . . 
A gifted teacher, Lily Robinson adores her students, but fiercely guards her independent lifestyle. Deep inside, she is afraid of loving too deeply for fear of getting hurt. Only her best friend, Crystal, has ever been able to get close. Now an unthinkable tragedy has drawn Lily into the shattered lives of Crystal’s family — a family that suddenly needs her. 

Sean McGuire is a rolling stone used to living in the shadow of his famous brother, Derek. He’s made his own way in life, playing by his own rules. Then one April night everything changes when a fatal car crash orphans Derek and Crystal’s three children. In an instant, Sean finds himself in the role of guardian. 

Sean and Lily are brought together by tragedy, joined in their grief and their mutual love for these children. But raising three kids is a monumental job, and Sean realizes he’s in over his head. And though Lily has been the unofficial aunt to these children since they were born, planting emotional roots means taking risks — and Lily’s not sure she can. 

The ups and downs of love and family life can be a roller-coaster ride — thrilling, unpredictable and downright terrifying, yet filled with incredible delight. and Sean and Lily are about to discover the possibilities that make everything seem worthwhile — a future filled with hope, happiness and the certainty that trusting love is the best choice of all.

Ope’s Opinion:   This was my first Susan Wiggs book and I hope to read more by her.  I thought the story line was wonderful, believable, and kept my attention.  The story sucks you in and makes you root for the best for each person.

                                         The main characters in the this book were authentic. They each have flaws and difficult issues from their past, both of which make you like them even more.  Your heart goes out to each one of them.  You can see how they react to their loss and how they begin to heal.  It all seems to happen in a realistic way and in a realistic time frame.  It is a happy ending book, but it doesn’t just happen all at once and it isn’t a straight line.    

                                         I really like the way Wiggs handles the love and sex in this book.  You saw the attraction, they were adults, you know what is going to happen, but she left the details behind the closed doors, where they belong.  

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.


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