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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.