Five by the Sea

Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs

The Book:

Maureen Davenport lives for Christmas—and there is nothing more magical than Christmas on Willow Lake. The prim librarian is finally getting 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 co-director 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. 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?

Amid the holiday bustle of crackling fixes, caroling singers and delicious secrets, the season of goodwill becomes the backdrop for Willow Lake’s most unlikely love story yet.

My Review:

Who doesn’t love a romance any time of year, but especially during the holidays? Author Susan Wiggs has a holiday must-read with her newest book- Lakeshore Christmas, the sixth book in The Lakeshore Chronicles. This book spins a tale of people fighting to save a library, their personal interactions and the aid an angel brings to their struggles.

Set in the sleepy, upstate New York town of Avalon with a cast of eclectic characters, Susan Wiggs has created a realistic, charming setting for this romantic tale. The story is about accepting the past and learning to embrace the future- whatever it holds. Maureen is a librarian, she loves her job and feels safe surrounded by the familiar stacks of books, but struggles with heartbreak in her past; Eddie is trying hard to stay sober; Daisy is an unwed mother- working, taking care of her child and dealing with family issues. The circle of friends also includes one very happy and in love pregnant couple.

The story takes off when the cast of characters becomes involved (some more than others) in a Christmas pageant at the local church. Maureen and Eddie are the co-directors with two very different styles of directing, one laid back and very easy, the other super organized. Jabez, our angel, helps the group get through it all and finds a fresh way to save the library that amazes them all.

Susan Wiggs brings to life each scene and character with vivid description. Each character is beautifully developed with detailed personalities and situations that are completely believable. The interaction between her characters is well thought out and holds the reader’s attention. I could see each character and scene in my mind. I really enjoyed the main characters, Maureen and Eddie, and their struggles to deal with their own personal problems and perceptions. Wiggs clearly portrayed the position of public libraries and their importance to all communities in the past and the present.

I would happily recommend “Lakeshore Christmas” by Susan Wiggs to anyone, but particularly if you enjoy a well written novel, are interested in angels or just want a good ole fashioned holiday romance.

 “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by MotherTalk on behalf of Lakeshore Christmas and received a copy of the book to facilitate my candid review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”