Thursday, February 9, 2017

Whispers at Willow Lake by Mary Manners

With a father known as the town drunk and a mother who fled when he was only six, Ryder learned early on that the world can be a cold, unforgiving place. Only two people in his life ever understood him "Mama" Stallings and sweet Ali Maclaren. But after a tragic accident, guilt chases Ryder from the town that's labeled him trouble, and from Ali.


Mary Manners is a country girl at heart who has spent a lifetime sharing her joy of writing. She has two sons and a daughter, as well as three beautiful grandchildren. She currently lives along the sunny shores of Jacksonville Beach with her husband Tim. 

A former teacher as well an intermediate school principal, Mary spent three decades teaching math and English to students from kindergarten through middle grades. While growing up in Chicago and as a student at the University of Illinois, Mary worked her way through a variety of jobs including paper girl, figure skating instructor, pizza chef, and nanny. Many of these experiences led to adventures that may be found between the pages of her stories. Mary loves long sunrise runs—she’s completed three marathons—ocean sunsets and flavored coffee.

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My Review

Whispers at Willow Lake is  the beginning of a new series by Mary Manners. 
Ryder Hawkins has been gone from home almost 8 years. Away from all the hurt of his life to find who he really is. Back to where he left a girl he loved very much! He had two people in his life that understood him and cared. Mama Stallings took him under her wing caring for him as a son she was not able to have. Then there was Ali the girl of his dreams till a tragic accident. Feeling to blame and not knowing how Ali felt or her family towards him he just leaves town. Now being back how will the people treat him most of all Ali?
Wonderful story. Few tears, but that is always a sign of a good story. Loved the characters. A book of faith trust and forgiveness! 

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