She’s Got a Way (Echo Lake #4)

Author: Maggie McGinnis 

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Novel in Series 

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Gabriela O’Brien is devoted to the girls at Briarwood Academy—even when their bad behavior earns them an entire summer at a remote campground in Echo Lake, Vermont. When the headmaster assigns Gabi to be their chaperone, how can she refuse? A long, hot summer with neither indoor plumbing nor wireless access might be just what she needs to get her own life in order…right?

Before Briarwood took over Camp Echo, Luke Magellan spent years there helping troubled boys. When four spoiled rich girls and their seemingly uptight den mother show up for the summer, it’s hard to hide his amusement as he watches them tackle the great outdoors. But it’s even tougher to resist the passion he sees in Gabi—especially when he learns about her past, and sees how much she cares about her students. Is this destined to be just a grownup version of a summer-camp romance—or can they find enough in common to build a love for all seasons?


Review: What a great story about growing up and turning into the kind of person you want to be. Mingled with a sexy romance and side stories about the main characters, it makes for a great read.

Life is never lived in a vacuum. Gabriela had attended Briarwood as a girl and had returned as a teacher. But she hadn’t come back to teach girls who were living the life she’d grown up in.

Gabi had seen the damage her entitled brother had done to a friend, and worse–watched her parents pay everyone off so that her brother again faced no consequences for his behavior–she’d begun to feel like she really wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. When she’d confronted her parents about her brother, her parents had cut her out of their lives, and especially from their money. So, she’d had to find a way to support herself. What they didn’t realize was that she was proud to make her own way. Further, she wanted to find a way to get these overly entitled children to develop a conscience, and to share the great advantages of a good education with others who hadn’t come from a privileged background.

Luke Magellan had come from a less than advantageous background, but he’d made a home at Camp Echo, teaching boys about nature and themselves. He’d been rescued by Oliver, the camp’s former owner, and the two of them had devoted themselves to carrying on their work. Their concern with the Briarwood takeover was that they were going to turn it into a fancy camp for privileged girls, not the at-risk boys who really needed it.

This was an original romance with characters that were not only believable but interesting and funny. I’ll have to read more from this series. Thanks!

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