Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs

Title:  Lakeshore Christmas
Series:  Lakeshore Chronicles #6
Author:  Susan Wiggs
Narrator:   Joyce Bean
Published:  September 1st 2009 by Brilliance Audio 
(first published January 1st 2009)
Length:  9h 45mins/384pgs
Format:  audio book 
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  bought
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The prim librarian is finally getting her chance to direct Avalon's annual holiday pageant, and she's determined to make it truly spectacular. But it might just require one of those Christmas miracles she's always read about. The problem is her codirector is recovering former child star Eddie Haven, a long-haired, tattooed lump of coal in Maureen's pageant stocking. Eddie can't stand Christmas, but a court order from a judge has landed him right in the middle of the merrymaking. Maureen and Eddie spar over every detail of the pageant, from casting troubled kids to Eddie's original ? and distinctly untraditional ? music. Is he trying to sabotage the performance to spite her? Or is she trying too hard to fit the show into her storybook-perfect notion of Christmas? And how is it possible that they?re falling in love? #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs conjures the heartwarming holiday tale of two people looking beyond the disappointments of the past to the promise of the future. Amid the holiday bustle of crackling fires, caroling singers and delicious secrets, the season of goodwill becomes the backdrop for Willow Lake's most unlikely love story yet.

My Review:

This is a very well written and put together story that will tug at your heart. Wiggs makes her story pop with her very vivid descriptions while carrying it forward with realistic events and warm Christmas cheer. That said, the story itself is far from stereotypical. It leaves you with a warm sense of contentment at the ending that will have you smiling.
I found the contrast between the two main characters simultaneously astounding and captivating. Wiggs definitely proves that opposites attract with these two. The interactions between the two are so real that when they finally do come together it seems so natural. The supporting cast was equally well developed. There was almost a secondary main couple in this tale. One can only assume that their story is a lead-in for future novels as this story doesn’t come to a conclusion, but rather just starts.

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