Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Book Review: Candlelight Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles #10) by Susan Wiggs
Description from Goodreads
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR SUSAN WIGGS INVITES YOU TO AN UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS IN THE CATSKILLS
A single father who yearns to be a family man, Logan O'Donnell is determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Charlie. The entire O'Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, a postcard-pretty town on the shores of Willow Lake, a place for the family to reconnect and rediscover the special gifts of the season.
One of the guests is a newcomer to Willow Lake— Darcy Fitzgerald. Sharp-witted, independent and intent on guarding her heart, she's the last person Logan can see himself falling for. And Darcy is convinced that a relationship is the last thing she needs this Christmas.
Yet between the snowy silence of the winter woods, and toasty moments by a crackling fire, their two lonely hearts collide. The magic of the season brings them each a gift neither ever expected—a love to last a lifetime.
I started reading the Lakeshore Chronicle books in 2012, and, so far, I've enjoyed all of them. Something about the community of characters, and that a lot of them reappear time and again.
Logan is a character that, I have to admit, I wasn't super excited to read about. But I've read all the other Lakeshore books, so I felt like I needed to read this one, too! (Bookworm justification at it's finest.)
And I'm glad I did, because it is now one of my favorites of the whole series!
I wasn't sure about Logan because of who he was in Daisy's story- her ex husband/baby daddy, not really a "good" guy but getting better. He owns his own insurance agency, and is now steady. He splits custody of Charlie with Daisy, and sees him on holidays and in the summer.
Then he meets Darcy at Camp Tioga, and his whole outlook changes. It's almost love at first sight for both of them, but Darcy is still reeling from a terrible divorce and the loss of her stepchildren, so she is not really wanting to be into Logan because of Charlie.
Through the book, which moves very quickly, Logan and Darcy are thrown together for family holidays because Darcy is Logan's sister India's best friend. She goes to their Thanksgiving, to escape her ex-husband (her family and his family are old friends, and spend holiday's together), and they experience things together and eventually fall in love. And, Darcy and Logan may just discover they can leave their past behind them and move forward together.
This was a great Christmas book. I read this at the beginning of January, but there was still some of that Christmas magic in the air. And this book helped me hold onto that magic just a little bit longer. I definitely could see myself re-reading this next Christmas. It was just a sweet Christmas romance that made me really happy.
I gave this book four stars on Goodreads, and I believe it definitely deserved that. It was sweet and a nice read. I highly recommend checking out the series as a whole, if you like romance novels.
You can purchase a Hardcover copy of this book here, or a copy for Kindle here.
FTC: I borrowed this book from my local library. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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