Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs

Title:  Candlelight Christmas
Series:  Lakeshore Chronicles #10
Author:  Susan Wiggs
Publication Date:  October 28/14 by Harlequin MIRA
Length:  384pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:


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.

My Review:

What a picturesque return to Willow Lake. Wiggs has once again painted a beautiful backdrop for her heartfelt novel. She portrays emotions in a realistic manner while tackling some tough topics. At the same time, she tells a beautiful story of love and risking it all.

I loved seeing Logan finally become himself. The transition from surviving to living was fantastic. The alignment of his priorities with the way that he wants to live his life, rather than the way his family thinks he should leads such insight into who he truly is. Countered by the difficulty that he’s having being a long distance father, this created a complete picture of the loveable individual that Logan’s become. Darcy’s charismatic exterior clashes with her cautiousness in an intriguing manner. I loved the complexity and liveliness of her. I definitely got a kick out of how Darcy was named. It was priceless. Getting to know the O’Donnell clan better was also a treat. We’ve met some of them in passing throughout the series, but this up close and personal look at them left me with a smile on my face.

This is the type of novel that is perfect for the holidays, yet loveable all year round. Wiggs has created an intimate Christmas full of love & family.

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