Number-one New York Times best-selling author Susan Wiggs brings listeners to the lush abundance of Sonoma County in a novel of sisters, friendship, and how memories are woven like a spell around us....
Family Tree is the story of one woman's triumph over betrayal and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained....
Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and settled into the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter, Julie, in a sleepy coastal town....
Lily Robinson and Sean McGuire have nothing in common. She guards her independent lifestyle with a ferocity that hides a fear of love and the pain it can bring. He’s always been a rolling stone, making his own way....
After years of following her navy officer husband on assignment around the world with their three children, Grace Bennett realizes that she’s left something behind - herself....
Come to Spruce Island, off the coast of Washington, and visit Rainshadow Lodge, a rambling Victorian. Three women each spend a month there - a month that will change their lives....
A television talk show host returns to her childhood summer home to rebuild her life after she's fired for falling ratings....
How could the sensible daughter of Trinity Harbor's self-proclaimed patriarch have taken in the boy caught hot-wiring her car? Whether the boy is a modern-day Huck Finn or not....
Kelly Murphy's life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine - up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer....
Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall....
It’s been years since Abby O’Brien Winters set foot in Chesapeake Shores. Then one panicked phone call from her youngest sister brings her racing back....
Straitlaced tycoon Richard Carlton suspects that his Aunt Destiny has more than business matters on her mind when she insists he meet klutzy PR executive Melanie Hart....
Nicole Lord wants to be a good wife, but there's a difference between being supportive and supporting her husband, who quit his job to write a screenplay she's never seen....
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion leads only to pain....
Devastating secrets tear two families apart in this acclaimed novel....
Maddie Townsend might live in a town called Serenity, but there’s been nothing calm or peaceful about her life since her marriage broke up....
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.
Great Christmas story
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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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I selected one of the books the Lakeshore series on a lark from my local library and have gone on to read/listen to the entire Lakeshore Chronicles series. It's and enjoyable series when you are looking for light, easy reading/listening.
No character development - didn't like anything about it! I'm shocked it has such a high rating. The story was absolutely ridiculous!!!!
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>Overall, this imaginative and heartfelt tale will put you in the mood for Christmas and for romance.
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.
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!
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