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Candlelight Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles) Hardcover – October 29, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 278 customer reviews
Book 10 of 11 in the Lakeshore Chronicles Series

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Wiggs delights with this Christmas-themed installment in her Lakeshore Chronicles contemporary series (after Return to Willow Lake). Darcy Fitzgerald is still reeling from her divorce from Huntley Collins, a situation complicated by the fact that Darcy's sister is married to Huntley's brother. When Darcy meets single dad Logan O'Donnell, she is unwilling to get involved with a man who already has a child, but soon she and Logan realize they can't easily ignore their mutual attraction. With the romantic backdrop of falling snow and Christmas lights, Logan's upstate New York ski lodge is the perfect setting for their sizzling attraction to renew. Darcy's fierce independence as a sports marketing executive and expert snowboarder gives her special appeal, as her successful professional exterior hides her vulnerability. The evolution of Darcy and Logan's relationship makes enduring love believable. (Nov.)

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"Wiggs delights with this Christmas-themed installment in her Lakeshore Chronicles series... the evolution of Darcy and Logan's relationship makes enduring love believable." -Publishers Weekly on Candlelight Christmas

"Wiggs tells a layered, powerful story of love, loss, hope and redemption." -Kirkus, Starred Review on The Apple Orchard

"This brilliant and epic family drama...fills the senses...courtesy of Wiggs' amazing narrative and supreme skill as a writer." -RT Book Reviews, Top Pick! On The Apple Orchard

"Wiggs hits all the right notes in this delightful, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant Christmas treat, which will please Lakeshore Chronicles fans as well as garner new ones."

-Library Journal, starred review on Lakeshore Christmas

"Wiggs, a consummate storyteller, has few equals when it comes to evoking deep emotion in readers. Richly detailed and textured, the characters are superb. But it's her observations about our modern lives and times that really stand out."

-RT Book Reviews on Lakeside Cottage

"With the ease of a master, Wiggs introduces complicated, flesh-and-blood characters into her idyllic but identifiable small-town setting."

-Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Winter Lodge

"Rich with life lessons, nod-along moments and characters with whom readers can easily relate. Delightful and wise, Wiggs's latest shines."

-Publishers Weekly on Dockside

"Wiggs's storytelling is heartwarming...[and] this book should appeal to romance and women's fiction readers of any age."

-Publishers Weekly on Summer at Willow Lake
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Product Details

  • Series: Lakeshore Chronicles (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077831474X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778314745
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Once in a while I will finish a book, close the cover and know without a doubt that it deserves 5 stars. Candlelight Christmas is one of these.
For readers familiar with Susan Wiggs Lakeshore Chronicles series you'll recognize many of the characters we know so well and for those of you who maybe aren't familiar with this author and this series but are looking for an honest, heartwarming Christmas tale told by a talented author, you've come to the right place. I love Christmas stories and have read 9 so far this season and I have to say this is one of my favorites.

Wiggs deals with some difficult issues realistically and sensitively, especially in her portrayal of the children Charlie and Andre. Charlie's father Logan O'Donnell is a divorced, single dad who cherishes every holiday and summer that he has with his son and every time he has to return him to his mother it's like a little piece is ripped out of his heart. Logan's life feels empty when he isn't with Charlie and he's ready to fall in love again and have a family but so far he hasn't met a woman who makes his heart stir... until he meets Darcy.

Darcy Fitzgerald married the wrong man and she's got the broken heart to prove it and one of the hardest parts of her divorce was giving up the stepchildren she had come to love like her own. So when Darcy accepts an invitation for Thanksgiving from her best friend and she meets her brother Logan... Darcy senses she may be in trouble. Logan is handsome, charming and fun... but he also has a ten year old son and she is determined not to risk her heart on loving another child. When they all come together again for the holiday at the beautiful ski resort Logan owns, Darcy enjoys one of the best Christmases she has ever had.
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Candlelight Christmas is a superbly written novel that has a lovely cast of characters and a compelling storyline. In this latest addition to the Lakeshore Chronicles series, Susan Wiggs expertly blends complex life issues with a charming romance and the resulting story is a magical love story that tugs at the heartstrings.

Candlelight Christmas is a leisurely paced romance between Logan O’Donnell and Darcy Fitzgerald. At the end of summer, they are introduced by Logan’s matchmaking sister India who just happens to be Darcy’s best friend. While there is a spark of interest on both sides, the timing is just not quite right for them to pair up. Fast forward to Thanksgiving where the two share a hot kiss and that spark between them gets a little more notice from both Darcy and Logan. But it is not until Darcy joins the O’Donnell family for Christmas that their relationship gets the attention it so richly deserves.

Since her divorce, Darcy has been fiercely guarding her heart. She has decided the only way to protect herself from ever feeling that much pain again is to avoid any type of emotional entanglement. While she is not averse to casually dating, she does not plan on getting too seriously involved and men with children are definitely off limits.

Logan’s marriage may have ended in divorce, but he still dreams of having a large family. He is devoted to his son Charlie and he treasures the time they have together. After returning Charlie to his ex at the end of their latest visit, Logan is struck by the realization that he needs to make some changes to his life. He jumps at the chance to purchase his favorite ski lodge and throws himself into making a go of his new business. The only thing missing in his life is the big family he has always longed for.
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I usually like Susan Wiggs' books. The story of Candlelight Christmas was only mediocre. The two protagonists, Darcy and Logan, are both wounded by love. She has been betrayed and he just grew apart from a youthful indiscretion. Both have been guarding their hearts in their ways. Of course, they fall for each other with a happy ending. That is usual in romances; it is the "in between" that disappointed me. Both have ideal families, both are very good people, the settings are fantastic, even the "issues" are minor and easily resolved. It is all just too perfect to be believed. I am a big fan of Christmas stories, but not this one. There wasn't any drama in the story.
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Logan O’Donnell owned a successful insurance business that he started to be near his son Charlie in a small town in upstate New York. However, when his ex-wife’s husband was transferred Oklahoma, he only gets to see Charlie during the summer and holidays. Logan sold his insurance business and bought a ski resort in Avalon, a town on the shores of Willow Lake. Though Logan has had his share of dates since the divorce, he is not ready for a serious relationship.
Darcy Fitzgerald is still reeling in the aftershock of her divorce from her unfaithful husband, Huntley Collins. She is not ready for involvement with another man, especially one with a child, but when her best friend India introduces her to her brother Logan, Darcy cannot deny she is attracted to him.
The Fitzgerald’s and the Collins’ families go way back and they vacation and do holidays together. Darcy’s sister is married to her ex’s brother, and Darcy cannot bring herself to celebrating the holidays with her family since Huntley will be there. When India invites her to spend the holidays with her family, she accepts.
Will their pasts drive Logan and Darcy apart, or can the romantic backdrop of the wintry ski resort and the spirit of creating a Christmas to remember for Charlie and his cousins allow them to drop their guard?
This is a delightful read. Susan Wiggs is a master storyteller, and CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS is no exception. Her characters are very believable and the plot has enough detail to keep interest high without overwhelming the reader. It is a quick read, just right for the busy holidays.
You can read more about Susan and her books on her website Susan Wiggs, her Goodreads author page, FaceBook author page, her blog The View from Here, or on Twitter.
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