Shoulder Season

A Lake Michigan Lodge Story #1

Fiction - Chick Lit
216 Pages
Reviewed on 08/11/2019
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Author Biography

My characters are flawed optimists who approach life with energy and wit.

Like me, they believe it’s never too late to live an amazing life, in spite of life’s bumps and challenges. With stories set in the surf, sand and snow of charming Lake Michigan towns, I hope you will cheer for these true life underdogs and smile warmly at the observations and inner dialogue of characters who should never be underestimated.

Some background: I’ve lived and worked in Michigan most of my life as an advertising writer. I met and married my husband Steve while students at Northern Michigan University, and together with our quirky cat Sam we now reside in Western Michigan.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite

Shoulder Season by Kathy Fawcett is a sweet romantic story about a rustic lodge owner who admits that she and the lodge need a little direction. Kay Kerby has been running the lodge for the last twelve years, after the death of her parents. In the past, it was a family business, and they each had a job; alone Kay just exists in her parents' shadow. Daniel Mayne needs to get away, and he remembers his favorite holiday resort was Kerby Lodge. Slipping away from friends and family, Daniel hides while he licks his wounds and thinks about what life has left for him. Kay and Daniel are thrown together by need and desperation. Is Daniel the answer for her lodge? More importantly, will he bring about a love like her parents had?
 
Kathy Fawcett captures the beauty of Lake Michigan’s sunsets, the mystique of a vacation lodge, and the hardships of business owners in tourist towns. Shoulder Season takes two people who are facing the hardest times in their lives and gives them a new focus. This is a common plot, but Kay and Daniel lead each other to a greater purpose than what they could have reached on their own. The depth of the characters makes readers feel they are watching Kay and Daniel grow and heal. The author’s words impressed me as I pictured the beautiful scenic views of the lake and beaches. This charming novel focuses more on repairing life and growing in trust so love can take root. I loved the phrases from the Kerby Lodge Guest Book at the beginning of each chapter, adding to the enchantment of this story.