White Lake

Fiction - Womens
306 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2016
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Author Biography

Susan Amond Todd has lived in North Carolina for the past 30 plus years but was born and raised in Neenah,WI. She is married with two grown daughters and grandmother to one little boy.

Her career has been spent raising her daughters and in banking.

As a young person she enjoyed writing short stories and poetry thinking maybe someday she would pursue more. White Lake is her first novel combining her love of Wisconsin with that of the south. Return Home, her second book, will continue the story of White Lake.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

White Lake is a contemporary women's fiction novel written by Susan Amond Todd. Cynthia Lewis's life had been poised on the brink of new and exciting changes. Some were undoubtedly bittersweet, such as driving her son, Christopher, to his new dorm and knowing he was growing up and soon to be on his own. And there was Millie's sudden romance with a boy Cynthia wasn't quite sure about, which suddenly propelled itself into a marriage of breathtaking beauty as the two young student-lovers began to prepare themselves for parenthood. Cynthia had always loved where she and Philip had raised their family; it was a good, safe neighborhood, and she was quite proud of their two children. When a surprise birthday getaway to the shore enchants her and Philip, they decide to throw caution to the wind, sell their empty nest and buy a waterfront house on St. Simons Island. She could still keep nursing at a local hospital, and he had found a job that might be less stressful. They found the perfect house, closed on it, and began moving in. Then, it all fell apart.

Susan Amond Todd's contemporary women's fiction novel, White Lake, opens with a distraught and suffering woman finding that her entire world had changed. Having her children grow up and leave her house was something inevitable and expected, but having Philip gone just as they were about to enter a grand new adventure together was entirely too much for her to take in. Or was it? Todd's fifty-something heroine seems almost cookie-cutter perfect, even down to her somewhat disapproving attitudes about Jimmy Skidmore, Millie's boyfriend when we first meet her. Her life seems almost too perfect, as though she were playing a role being a wife, daughter, mom and homemaker as well as a full-time nurse. I was pleased to find her post-trauma evolution to be a fascinating and inspiring process as she stops her well-intentioned friends and family from taking charge and determines what she wants to do with her life. And you get the feeling, by the end of the tale, that she will do just that. This is a well-written and engrossing story with finely drawn characters and a plot that moves nicely. White Lake is highly recommended.