Review: Summer at Briar Lake by Roxanne Rustand

couple kissing at sunset sitting in jetty I really enjoyed reading Summer at Briar Lake. It is a contemporary, sweet romance. This is not an inspirational title, but is completely clean and a very nice story.

I really liked the heroine, Lauren’s, character. She has had some very painful things happen in her personal life, yet she has continued to be a person with a good moral foundation. She is doing the best she can to raise her daughter, Hannah, who is another character that grabbed my heart. She has had such hurt in her young life and I found her to be a very realistic child. Michael is a great hero, but not without fault. Some of his initial reactions to situations may not be what the reader hopes they will be, however, they do make sense when seen through his eyes, with the information he has. The attraction between the two is very well done and believable. There are some things that go wrong in the story and seem inexplicable. Following the clues to figure out what was going on made this sweet romance an even more interesting story. (4 stars)

I would like to express my appreciation to the author for the complimentary copy that I received in exchange for an honest review.


couple kissing at sunset sitting in jetty

In Summer at Briar Lake, a disillusioned lawyer searching for a quiet life in a small resort town ends up sharing a house with a woman who has a dark past, a troubled daughter and a menagerie of epic proportions.

The situation is challenging enough, but add a miniature goat with a penchant for roses and adventure, and an unknown enemy who will stop at nothing to achieve his own goals, and life becomes even more…interesting.

Originally published in paperback as The House at Briar Lake, this e-book version has been fully revised and updated for readers who enjoy a sweet (not hot) light romantic suspense.



Roxanne Rustand is an award-winning author of thirty romance and romantic suspense novels. She also contributed to the serial mystery, ORCHESTRATED MURDER (a trade paperback for Iowa Public Radio.) She now writes inspirational fiction, and is completely thrilled about this change in her career!

Back in 1995, Roxanne’s first manuscript won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart in Long Contemporary, and in 1998 her second manuscript was a Golden Heart finalist. More recently, A Man She Can Trust (a February, 2006 release) won RT Bookclub Magazine‘s award for Best Superromance of 2006.

Roxanne was nominated for RT’s Career Achievement Award in 2005.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, International Thriller Writers, RWA, Author’s Guild, Novelists Inc., the Faith, Hope and Love chapter of RWA, RWA’s Mystery & Suspense Chapter, Christian Writer’s Group International, and the Heart of Iowa Fiction Authors.

Out on their acreage, Roxanne and her husband have three horses, two border collie mixes (one adopted from a shelter–a sweetie named Elmo), and an abundance of barn cats who much prefer cat food to mice. Roxanne has a Master’s Degree in nutrition, is a registered dietitian, and until leaving her position to write full time, she worked as a clinical dietitian at a residential psychiatric facility.

You can connect with Roxanne on her website/blog, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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