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Susan Wiggs

USA flag (b.1958)

aka Susan Childress

Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends... and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers' group in a 17-foot motorboat.

Her novels have appeared in the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and have captured readers' hearts around the globe. She is a three-time winner of the RITA Award, the highest honor given for a work of romantic fiction. Her novel, The Apple Orchard, is currently being made into a film.

Susan is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book.

Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, General Fiction, Mystery

Picture Books
Series contributed to
Bachelor Auction / Heart of the West
   Husband for Hire (1999)
     aka The 10-Year Reunion
Non fiction
   How I Planned Your Wedding (2011) (with Elizabeth Wiggs Maas)
Short stories
Homecoming Season (2008)

Rita Awards Best Novel winner (1994) : Lord of the Night
Rita Awards Best Novel winner (2001) : The Mistress
Rita Awards Best Novel winner (2006) : Lakeside Cottage

Susan Wiggs recommends
The Constant Heart (1996)
Trisha Alexander (Patricia Kay)
"A stunning book from a master storyteller. Alexander writes from the heart about matters that touch us all."
Ever His Bride (1997)
Linda Needham
"A touching story... told in a delightfully refreshing voice. A real treat for readers."
Wind Warrior (1998)
(Soul Survivors, book 3)
Vella Munn
"Vella Munn is a major talent in historical fiction. Her stories never fail to lift the spirit and warm the heart."
The Midnight Moon (1998)
Stobie Piel
"This distant time and place Stobie Piel depicts will capture your imagination - and the romance and triumph of its characters will touch your heart."
Conquer the Mist (1998)
Susan Kearney
"A marvelously entertaining read!"
Ship of Dreams (2000)
(Americana Dreaming, book 1)
Brenda Hiatt
"A rousing adventure and a grand romance... a true original."
Wild Thing (2000)
Anne Stuart
"The incomparable Anne Stuart delivers romance, passion and adventure in this exciting tale. Don't miss it!"
The Wrong Child (2000)
Patricia Kay
"[Kay] writes from the heart about matters that touch us all."
Very Truly Yours (2001)
Julie Beard
"Julie Beard has a true gift for bringing the past to life."
Be My Valentine (2002)
Sheila Rabe
"Don't miss this delightful look at modern love, filled with humor and heart."
The Rebel (2002)
(Rebel Promise, book 2)
May McGoldrick
"The classic rebel-in-disguise story has never been more fun, exciting, or romantic... fabulous!"
Heart of the Tiger (2003)
(Big Cat Trilogy, book 2)
Lynn Kerstan
"Am unforgettable romantic adventure. Don't miss it!"
Moon in the Water (2004)
Elizabeth Grayson
"A master storyteller."
The Duchess's Next Husband (2005)
Terri Brisbin
"A welcome new voice... you won't want to miss."
When You Went Away (2009)
(Hearts of Men, book 2)
Michael Baron (Lou Aronica)
"Michael Baron writes with deep sensetivity of the power of love to transform and heal in the face of overwhelming tragedy. A lovely read."
Lake Magic (2010)
Kimberly Fisk
"A celebration of all the deepest things in life - family, friendship, and the healing power of love... an emotional roller coaster of a story."
How to Knit a Love Song (2010)
(Cypress Hollow Yarn, book 1)
Rachael Herron
"The perfect book to curl up with, as warm and cozy as your favorite sweater."
Miss You Most of All (2010)
Elizabeth Bass
"An exuberant celebration of life, love, family and friendship, told with a sassy Texas flair. It's a perfect balance of humor and heartache, a sweetly satisfying novel that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned."
Of Flesh and Blood (2010)
Daniel Kalla
"Daniel Kalla deftly portrays the triumph and heartbreak of life-or-death matters."
Angel's Rest (2011)
(Eternity Springs, book 1)
Emily March
"A beautiful story of family, community, second chances, and the power of love... Don't miss it!"
The Bentleys Buy a Buick (2011)
(That Business Between Us, book 5)
Pamela Morsi
"Pamela Morsi is a perennial favorite for good reason... She writes the perfect feel-good read."
The Queen's Gamble (2011)
(Thornleigh, book 4)
Barbara Kyle
"Riveting, heady, glorious, inspired."
Three Good Things (2013)
Wendy Francis
"A warm, witty and wise story of sisters on their journey through love and life."
Sanctuary Island (2013)
(Sanctuary Island , book 1)
Lily Everett
"A beautifully told story that will live in your heart long after the book is closed."
Here, and Again (2014)
Nicole R Dickson
"A celebration of the power of love to heal even the most broken of hearts."
Snow on the Bayou (2014)
(Tante Lulu, book 2)
Sandra Hill
"Always fresh, romantic, inventive, and hilarious."
The Bargain (2014)
Deb Stover
"Suspense, romance, and humor--this book has a heart of pure gold."
Night Blindness (2014)
Susan Strecker
"This is rewarding, up-all-sight reading at its best."
The Bourbon Kings (2015)
(Bourbon Kings, book 1)
J R Ward
"Get ready for summer's most sinful indulgence. The drama never stops in this tale of family secrets, lost love found, rivalries, delightfully nasty villains, and deliciously appealing heroes. The clothes, the whiskey, and the gorgeous Kentucky backdrop will sweep you away. The privileged and the downtrodden never had it so good. Put on your derby hat and join in the fun."
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (2015)
Kelli Estes
"The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is a beautiful, elegiac novel, as finely and delicately woven as the title suggests. Kelli Estes spins a spellbinding tale that illuminates the past in all its brutality and beauty, and the humanity that binds us all together."
The Space Between Sisters (2016)
(Butternut Lake, book 4)
Mary McNear
"Butternut Lake is so beautifully rendered, you'll wish it was real."
Every Wild Heart (2017)
Meg Donohue
"Every Wild Heart... [is] a heartfelt, funny, poignant and suspenseful story of a good woman trying her best, making mistakes, picking up the pieces and moving on -- a celebration of what it means to be a working mother."
White Sand, Blue Sea (2017)
Anita Hughes
"This is escape reading at its most lush and exotic. Anita Hughes hits all the right notes in WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA – glamour, intrigue, adventure, and a sweep-you-away love story that feels like a mini-vacation to the Caribbean, no matter where you are. Indulge yourself!"
The Valentine Games (2017)
Sheila Roberts
"Don't miss this delight look at modern love, filled with humor and heart."
Before I Knew (2017)
(Cabots, book 1)
Jamie Beck
"Jamie Beck's deeply felt novel hits all the right notes, celebrating the power of forgiveness, the sweetness of second chances, and the heady joy of reaching for a dream. Don’t miss this one!"
The Night Child (2018)
Anna Quinn
"Anna Quinn writes with bright and assured authority, making this a remarkable debut novel you won’t soon forget. Her haunting story, expertly and lovingly crafted, leaves you breathless with both terror and hope."
A Curve in the Road (2018)
Julianne MacLean
"A Curve in the Road keeps you turning the pages—and reaching for the Kleenex. It’s a tragic but ultimately hopeful story of second chances, and a deftly woven tale that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit."
Good Luck with That (2018)
Kristan Higgins
"If you like stories that celebrate women's challenges and triumphs, you'll love this book."
Before We Were Strangers (2018)
Brenda Novak
"Riveting drama and suspense from a master of the craft. I loved this twisty tale of friends, enemies, lovers, liars, and a family fractured by secrets. It's the perfect read to cozy up to on a long winter night."
The Lieutenant's Nurse (2019)
Sara Ackerman
"The Lieutenant's Nurse illuminates the attack on Pearl Harbor with a riveting drama told from a unique perspective. Sara Ackerman brings a time and place to vivid life, putting a human and heroic face on events that changed history. I savored every page!"
Me for You (2019)
Lolly Winston
"I loved this novel, an immensely readable, emotionally honest examination of the aftermath of grief and loss. Lolly Winston masterfully weaves humor with pathos in this story of second chances, all-too-human foibles, unlikely love, and an uplifting message of hope."
The Long Flight Home (2019)
Alan Hlad
"Based on true events, The Long Flight Home has everything I love in a novel—the sense of discovery, the epic drama of a life-or-death situation, and the soaring sense of hope gained from the depths of despair. It’s a gorgeous, impressive first novel by a hugely talented author."
The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets (2019)
Molly Fader
"The talented Molly Fader will keep you turning the pages right down to the oh-so-satisfying final twist."
When We Believed in Mermaids (2019)
Barbara O'Neal
"There’s a reason Barbara O’Neal is one of the most decorated authors in fiction. With her trademark lyrical style, she’s written a page-turner of the first order. From the very first page, I was drawn into the drama and irresistibly teased along as layers of a family’s complicated past were artfully peeled away. Don’t miss this masterfully told story of sisters and secrets, damage and redemption, hope and healing."
St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets (2020)
Annie England Noblin
"Feel-good fiction at its finest. Annie England Noblin has crafted an utterly entertaining tale of unexpected chances and small-town secrets, and it's as sweet and comforting as a hand-knit sweater and a warm puppy in your lap."
Mercy House (2020)
Alena Dillon
"Never underestimate the power of a group of women. Fierce, thoughtful and dramatic—this is a story of true courage."
The Silent Treatment (2020)
Abbie Greaves
"Abbie Greaves held me spellbound with this intimate, emotional story of the brutal power of silence and ostracism. Yet this deep dive into a troubled marriage is ultimately uplifting as Frank and Maggie make their way through the challenges of isolation, mental health, ageing, and the yearning for connection. Keep the tissues handy for this lovely read."
The Sweeney Sisters (2020)
Lian Dolan
"This is a big-hearted belly-laugh of a book, told with wit and poignancy. Family secrets, laughter and tears, shocking reveals, and an uplifting ending make this a story to savor--and share."
Full Bloom (2020)
Judith Arnold
"Full Bloom is an unforgettable story of family ties, turmoil, and finding the things that truly matter in life. Deeply dramatic and undeniably funny, Judith Arnold's latest will have you up all night reading."
When the Apricots Bloom (2020)
Gina Wilkinson
"A deeply involving and important novel by a master storyteller. Gina Wilkinson highlights the humanity at the center of a brutal conflict. She brings her lived experience to every page of this harrowing, dramatic, and ultimately hopeful book."
A Million Reasons Why (2021)
Jessica Strawser
"Don't miss this searching, fraught family drama by a master of her craft. Jessica Stawser gives us a twisty plot, combined with deeply emotional content, in a novel that examines the most profound questions of our hearts. This is a story that will stay in your heart long after the last page is turned."
The Restoration of Celia Fairchild (2021)
Marie Bostwick
"Perennial fan favorite Marie Bostwick has done something special. This new novel has all the hallmarks readers have come to love about her books...This big-hearted tale of redemption, family ties, secrets, tough choices, and happy endings is filled with her trademark warmth and wisdom that will leave readers deeply satisfied."
The Sweet Taste of Muscadines (2021)
Pamela Terry
"The Sweet Taste of Muscadines is a deeply moving work of Southern fiction that will appeal to fans of Rebecca Wells and Delia Owens. Yet Pamela Terry’s delicious mix of long-held secrets and hard-earned redemption is a unique journey into the heart of a family. A story to remember long after the last page is turned."
The Dictionary of Lost Words (2021)
Pip Williams
"This charming, inventive, and utterly irresistible novel is the story we all need right now. Words have never mattered more, as Pip Williams illuminates in her unforgettable debut."
Winner Takes All (2021)
(Millionaires Club, book 1)
Sandra Kitt
"One of the most tender and rewarding love stories I've ever read. I loved it!."
Paradise Girls (2022)
Sandy Gingras
"This is the book your heart needs. Mary's journey to reclaim joy from disappointment is not only rollicking entertainment; it's a testament to the buoyancy of the human spirit. Her irrepressible resilience will inspire her legions of new fans."
The Witches of Moonshyne Manor (2022)
Bianca Marais
"Richly imagined, gorgeously written, and completely addictive, this exuberant novel is a celebration of womanhood at its brightest, funniest, most honest, and most kind. Bianca has written the kind of insightful, empowering story you can't wait to share with a friend."

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