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Susan Wiggs

Author of The Lost and Found Bookshop

126+ Works 19,802 Members 593 Reviews 46 Favorited

About the Author

After graduating from Harvard University, Susan Wiggs became a math teacher. While working, she started writing her first novel which was published in 1987. She has written numerous romance novels since then including Home Before Dark, A Summer Affair, The Charm School and Candlelight Christmas. show more She has won three RITA awards for Lakeside Cottage, Lord of the Night and The Mistress. She has written a number of notable series, including; Lakeshore Chronicles and Bella Vista Chronicles. Susan's title, Family Tree, is a New York Times, USA Today, Toronto Globe and Mail, and Publisher Weekly bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Susan Wiggs

The Lost and Found Bookshop (2020) 1,052 copies, 47 reviews
Summer at Willow Lake (2006) 921 copies, 27 reviews
Just Breathe (2008) 732 copies, 17 reviews
The Winter Lodge (2007) 707 copies, 6 reviews
Table for Five (2005) 650 copies, 15 reviews
The Apple Orchard (2013) 629 copies, 37 reviews
Snowfall at Willow Lake (2008) 601 copies, 11 reviews
Summer by the Sea (2004) 600 copies, 9 reviews
The Charm School (1999) 599 copies, 18 reviews
Dockside (2007) 579 copies, 7 reviews
Lakeside Cottage (2005) 563 copies, 12 reviews
Fireside (2009) 550 copies, 10 reviews
The Oysterville Sewing Circle (2019) 531 copies, 26 reviews
The Summer Hideaway (2010) 475 copies, 12 reviews
Lakeshore Christmas (2009) 470 copies, 13 reviews
Family Tree (2016) 448 copies, 29 reviews
The Beekeeper's Ball (2014) 441 copies, 28 reviews
The Ocean Between Us (2004) 440 copies, 23 reviews
Marrying Daisy Bellamy (2011) 383 copies, 8 reviews
The Horsemaster's Daughter (1999) 380 copies, 5 reviews
Home Before Dark (2003) 372 copies, 8 reviews
Map of the Heart (2017) 348 copies, 23 reviews
The Firebrand (2001) 348 copies, 5 reviews
Return to Willow Lake (2012) 348 copies, 15 reviews
The Hostage (2004) 343 copies, 7 reviews
The Mistress (2010) 313 copies, 6 reviews
The You I Never Knew (2001) 312 copies, 6 reviews
Passing Through Paradise (2002) 304 copies, 4 reviews
The Goodbye Quilt (2011) 286 copies, 15 reviews
At the King's Command (1994) 282 copies, 7 reviews
Between You and Me (2018) 280 copies, 12 reviews
Halfway to Heaven (2001) 276 copies, 5 reviews
The Lightkeeper (2003) 250 copies, 3 reviews
Candlelight Christmas (2013) 249 copies, 12 reviews
Starlight on Willow Lake (2015) 245 copies, 11 reviews
Enchanted Afternoon (2002) 233 copies, 6 reviews
The Maiden's Hand (1995) 232 copies, 4 reviews
A Summer Affair (2003) 221 copies, 1 review
At the Queen's Summons (1996) 212 copies, 4 reviews
The Drifter (1998) 202 copies, 4 reviews
Sugar and Salt (2023) 201 copies, 25 reviews
Texas Wildflower (1987) 179 copies, 1 review
Irish Magic (1995) — Contributor — 145 copies, 1 review
Lord of the Night (2002) 128 copies, 1 review
Irish Magic II (1997) — Contributor — 125 copies, 3 reviews
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices (2011) — Contributor — 125 copies, 19 reviews
The Mistress of Normandy (1991) 120 copies, 3 reviews
Welcome to Beach Town: A Novel (2023) 103 copies, 2 reviews
Miranda (1996) 80 copies
The Maiden of Ireland (2014) 77 copies, 1 review
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas: A Novel (2023) 66 copies, 7 reviews
The Raven and the Rose (1994) 61 copies, 1 review
More Than Words: Stories of Courage (2008 Publication, 3-in-1) (2008) — Contributor — 57 copies, 1 review
The Story of Us (2010) 57 copies
The Mist and the Magic (1993) 52 copies, 1 review
Merry Christmas, Baby! (Anthology 3-in-1) (1716) — Contributor — 43 copies
Briar Rose (1994) 35 copies
Kingdom of Gold (1994) 30 copies
October Wind (1991) 30 copies, 1 review
Snowfall in the City (2019) 24 copies
Winds of Glory (1988) 24 copies
The St. James Affair (2014) 18 copies, 1 review
Embrace the Day (1988) 17 copies
Jewel of the Sea (1993) 17 copies
More Than Words, Volume 3 (2006) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Borrowed Bride (2010) 16 copies
Moonshadow (1989) 16 copies
This Time ... Marriage (1996) 16 copies
Cinderfella [and] Lady of the Night (2002) — Contributor — 14 copies
Island Time (1998) 12 copies
The Key Ingredient (2016) 12 copies, 2 reviews
A Fairytale Christmas (2014) 6 copies
Home for Christmas [2007, Anthology] (2007) — Contributor — 6 copies
Romancing the Holidays Bundle 2009 (Anthology 5-in-1) (2009) — Contributor — 4 copies
Kerst aan Willow Lake (2023) 3 copies
Home for Christmas [2009, Anthology] (2009) — Contributor — 2 copies
Le chemin du coeur (2019) 1 copy
Sommer der Herzen (2013) 1 copy
Fallen Angel 1 copy

Associated Works

That Summer Place (Old Things / Private Paradise / Island Time) (1998) — Contributor — 399 copies, 3 reviews
Two of the Deadliest (2009) — Contributor — 157 copies, 6 reviews
In Our Dreams (1998) 66 copies
A Sweet Life: Box Set (2014) — Contributor — 23 copies
Because I Love Her (2009) — Contributor — 14 copies
RDSELP v221 Collared | Between You & Me (2020) — Author — 5 copies
Cinderfella [Manga] (2015) — Original Text — 2 copies
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2018 v07 #361 (2018) — Author — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Wiggs, Susan
Other names
Childress, Susan Marie
Olean, New York, USA
Places of residence
Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA
Harvard University (M.Ed)
Wiggs, Jay (husband)
Wiggs, Elizabeth (daughter)
Romance Writers of America
Authors Guild
Field's End
Novelists Inc.
Bainbridge Island Land Trust
West Sound Wildlife Shelter (show all 8)
Purple Amoeba
Awards and honors
RITA Award (1993, 2000, 2001,2006)
Holt Medallion
Blue Boa Award
Colorado Award of Excellence
Meg Ruley
Peggy Gordijn
Reka Rubin
Short biography
Using blunt scissors, pages from a Big Chief tablet, a borrowed stapler and a Number Two pencil, Susan Wiggs self-published her first novel at the age of eight. A Book About Some Bad Kids [I still have this-CL] was based on the true-life adventures of Susan and her siblings, and the first printing of one copy was a complete sell-out.

Due to her brother's extreme reaction to that first prodigious effort, Susan went underground with her craft, entertaining her friends and offending her siblings with anonymously-written stories of virtuous sisters and the brothers who torment them. The first romance she ever read was Shanna by the incomparable Kathleen Woodiwiss, which she devoured while slumped behind a college vector analysis textbook. Armed with degrees from SFA and Harvard, and toting a crate of "keeper" books by Woodiwiss, Roberta Gellis, Laurie McBain, Rosemary Rodgers, Jennifer Blake, Bertrice Small and anything with the words "flaming" and "ecstasy" in the title, she became a math teacher, just to prove to the world that she did have a left brain.

Late one night, she finished the book she was reading and was confronted with a reader's worst nightmare—She was wide awake, and there wasn't a thing in the house she wanted to read. Figuring this was the universe's way of taking away her excuses, she picked up a Big Chief tablet and a Number Two pencil, and began writing her novel with the working title, A Book About Some Bad Adults. Actually, that was a bad book about some adults, but Susan persevered, learning her craft the way skydiving is learned—by taking a blind leap and hoping the chute will open.

Her first book was published (without the use of blunt scissors and a stapler) by Zebra in 1987, and since then she has been published by Avon, Tor, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Warner and Mira Books. Unable to completely abandon her beloved teaching profession, Susan is a frequent workshop leader and speaker at writers' conferences, including the literary institution Fields End and the legendary Maui Writers Conference. Her novel The Charm School was voted one of RWA's Favorite Books of the Year. She is the proud recipient of three RITA awards for Lakeside Cottage, Lord of the Night and The Mistress, and is often a finalist for the prestigious award. Her books appear regularly on numerous "Best Of" lists.

Susan enjoys many hobbies, including sitting in the hot tub while talking to her mother on the phone, kickboxing, cleaning the can opener, sculpting with butter and growing her hair. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her family.



Contemporary Romance, husband "dies" in car accident in Name that Book (September 2016)


Okay story. Nothing spectacular.
kwagnerroberts | 3 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
A reasonably good story, but could have completed the gist in a few less pages. I do appreciate the struggle of the wife in a time that manipulative men had not just some power, but all the power.
kwagnerroberts | 5 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
I always enjoy Susan Wiggs...I guess I am glad this was the last in the Chicago trilogy (I'm not sure if I read them in order or not). Good overall.
kwagnerroberts | 4 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
The Chicago Fire Trilogy is a good read. I enjoyed this book.
kwagnerroberts | 5 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |



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