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Lakeshore Christmas | [Susan Wiggs]

Lakeshore Christmas

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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?

Number-one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2009 Susan Wiggs; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jane Saginaw, TX, USA 10-19-09
    Jane Saginaw, TX, USA 10-19-09
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    "Christmas-in Wiggs Style"

    Great Christmas story

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 11-29-14
    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 11-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    What would have made Lakeshore Christmas better?

    It is wonderful to have a main character exhibiting some wholesome values, BUT she lost me when she decided to meddle in her love interest's family affairs in the name of Christmas. The book became very annoying at this point.


    What could Susan Wiggs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't know if Susan Wiggs was trying to make the book more "Christmasy" by resolving an old family matter, but it just seemed that Maureen knew much too little about Eddie and his past to start trying to fix his relations with his family. The book lost me here.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joyce Bean?

    Joyce did alright EXCEPT for Maureen's voice. Her voice was so annoying to listen to.


    What character would you cut from Lakeshore Christmas?

    Eddie's parents.


    Any additional comments?

    I generally save all my audiobooks after I have read them, but this is one book I know I will not miss. It gets deleted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Ewing, NJ, United States 01-06-14
    Carla Ewing, NJ, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow moving"
    Would you try another book from Susan Wiggs and/or Joyce Bean?

    not sure if I would try another book by Susan Wiggs. When I read the synopsis it seemed interesting, but the listening was hard. It just moved along so slowly. I had to force myself to continue, but in the end I couldn't finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Woodside, CA, United States 12-26-13
    Anne Woodside, CA, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Okay except for main character"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The main character had an arc that was simply not believable. No one who is in drama or theatre could possibly be wounded by a love affair to the degree that this woman was, even a first love affair, unless she was living under a rock without any media her entire life (which makes the theatre thing rather implausible), or perhaps if this story took place in the early '50s or before. You can't have it both ways. Either you're a free spirit, or you're completely closed off and paranoid.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Wiggs again?

    Probably not, although I could have sworn I'd read something of hers a few years ago that was entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't remember anything specific; ti was all pretty generic RO-mance.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Reality. Something approaching the latter part of the 20th century and I don't mean more cell phones.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose this might be enjoyable to pure RO-mance fans who don't require more than a labored approach to The Consummation and can ignore characters that really don't make much sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-16-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-16-13 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Warm Christmas Story"

    I really enjoyed this story by Susan Wiggs, but it isn't as good as Debbie Macomber's Christmas books. I grew to love the librarian and identified very much with her and her safe choices, as well as her love of books and stories. Eddie, the former child star, who is so rough around the edges, like a lots of folks, turned out to be more than meets the eye. I do agree with the reviewer that said that there is some political correctness in Lakeshore Christmas . . . that isn't necessary.

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    Pure Jonel 12-15-13
    Pure Jonel 12-15-13

    Pure Jonel

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    "Not so bah-humbug afterall"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    Overall, this imaginative and heartfelt tale will put you in the mood for Christmas and for romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia Lithonia, GA, United States 12-17-10
    Cecilia Lithonia, GA, United States 12-17-10
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    "Not quite up to Wiggs standards"

    First, this is a nice Christmas story. However, I expected more of Susan Wiggs from previous books I had read by her. From the early parts of the story, I really expected the Chirstmas ghost/angel to have a bigger part in the outcome. This just didn't develop, leaving the predictable conclusion feeling empty. In other words, the ghost really could have been dropped without affecting the story, I think.

    I think I kept waiting for more throughout the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles-Henri Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada 12-03-09
    Charles-Henri Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada 12-03-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Terrible!"

    The characters are mere cardboard cutouts of traits, the plot is transparent and predictable, and Maureen, the librarian, is so stilted and prissy, that her appealing to anyone other than a 1500's pilgrim preacher would be a Christmas miracle in itself. I knew not to expect reality in a genre such as this, but that was directed towards the plot rather than in the belief that someone would want to publish this. Unbelievably bad!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Edmond, OK, United States 12-15-10
    Denise Edmond, OK, United States 12-15-10 Member Since 2010
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    "poor choice for Christmas story"

    The language was foul, the story tried to be PC with little or no mention of God. Shallow plot and characters popping into the story for no purpose. Poor excuse for a Christmas story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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