Candlelight Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles Series #10)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR SUSAN WIGGS INVITES YOU TO AN UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS IN THE CATSKILLS

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.

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR SUSAN WIGGS INVITES YOU TO AN UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS IN THE CATSKILLS

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 the 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
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

Library Journal
★ 10/15/2013
Wiggs pays another satisfying visit to Avalon and its inhabitants (after Return to Willow Lake), although newcomers will enjoy this holiday entry as much as series fans. Single dad Logan O'Donnell just wants to give his son, Charlie, a great Christmas. When Logan meets beautiful, independent Darcy Fitzgerald, though, he begins to dream of having a whole family again. Despite her initial trepidation about getting involved with someone once more after her divorce, Darcy soon begins to fall for Logan, too. They're all definitely in for a great Christmas. VERDICT A warm and witty story that romance readers will find delectable—along with the included recipes.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-05
A single father hosts family and friends at his home and hopes that the magical season will end with a new love. Logan and Darcy are two victims of broken marriages, but where Logan is looking to move forward, Darcy is still feeling scorched and cautious. When they meet through India--Logan's sister and Darcy's best friend--sparks fly, but it will take a Thanksgiving weekend before they express their attraction and a sprawling family Christmas event to bring them together. However, as much as Darcy wants to be with Logan, she is convinced that their goals are too different for a long-term relationship. Besides, he's just taken on the huge responsibility of a managing partnership for an area ski resort, a fulfilling opportunity but one that needs a lot of work as well as a large influx of cash to build it into Logan's dream of a viable all-season family destination. And then there's Charlie, Logan's son. Darcy's been burned by stepchildren once already, and she's sure she's not ready for that kind of heartbreak again, even if Logan's a much better parent than her ex ever was. And Charlie's a much nicer kid than his children were. Perhaps a blizzard, some lonely Christmas orphans, and the most wonderful, not-quite-perfect Christmas ever will soften hearts and smooth the way for a bright future. Wiggs revisits her popular Lakeshore Chronicles for another sweet Christmas tidbit, and series fans will love watching Logan--Daisy Bellamy's ex--fall in love with his own perfect match. Add in some of Santa's magic for two temporarily motherless children, yummy Christmas recipes, the famous, Christmas-card-perfect backdrop of Willow Lake, plus cameo appearances by other series favorites and readers will be ready for the season as quickly as they can say "hot chocolate." A romantic, heartwarming Christmas charmer, especially for Wiggs and Willow Lake fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455837090
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Series: Lakeshore Chronicles Series , #10
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Wiggs is the author of many beloved bestsellers, including the popular Lakeshore Chronicles series. She has won many awards for her work, including a RITA from Romance Writers of America. Visit her website at www.SusanWiggs.com.

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Summer's End

Logan O'Donnell stood on a platform one hundred feet in the air, preparing to shove his ten-year-old son off the edge. A light breeze shimmered through the canopy of trees, scattering leaves on the forest floor far below. A zip line cable, slender as a thread in a spider's web, hung between the tree platforms, waiting. Below, Meerskill Falls crashed down a rocky gorge.

"There's no way I'm going off this." Logan's son, Charlie, drew his shoulders up until they practically touched the edge of his helmet.

"Come on," Logan said. "You told me you'd do it. The other kids had a ball. They're all waiting for you on the other side, and I heard a rumor about a bag of Cheetos being passed around."

"I changed my mind." Charlie set his jaw in a way that was all too familiar to Logan. "No way. No W-A-Y-F."

Logan knew the shtick, but he went along with it. "There's no F in way, dude."

"That's right. There's no effin' way I'm going off this thing."

"Aw, Charlie. It's almost like flying. You like to fly, right?" Of course he did. Charlie's stepfather was a pilot, after all. Logan crushed the thought. There were few things more depressing than thinking about the fact that your kid had a stepfather, even if the stepfather was an okay guy. Fortunately for Charlie, he'd ended up with a good one. But it was still depressing.

Charlie spent every summer with Logan. During the school year, he lived with his mom and stepfather in Oklahoma, a million miles away from Logan's home in upstate New York. It sucked, living that far from his kid. Being without Charlie was like missing a limb.

When he did have his son with him, Logan tried to make the most of their time together. He planned the entire season around Charlie, and that included working as a volunteer counselor at Camp Kioga, helping out with the summer program for local kids and inner-city kids on scholarship. The zip line over Meerskill Falls was a new installation, and had already become everyone's favorite feature. Nearly everyone.

"Hey, it's the last day of camp. Your last chance to try the zip line."

Charlie dragged in a shaky breath. He eyed the harness, made of stout webbing and metal buckles. "It looked really fun until I started thinking about actually doing it."

"Remember how you used to be scared to jump off the dock into Willow Lake? And then you did it and it was awesome."

"Hel-Zo. The landing was a lot different," Charlie pointed out.

"You're going to love it. Trust me on this." Logan patted the top of Charlie's helmet. "Look at all the safety features on this thing. The harness, the clips, the secondary ropes. There's not one thing that can go wrong."

"Yo, Charlie," shouted a kid on the opposite platform. "Go for it!"

The encouragement came from Andre, Charlie's best friend. The two had been inseparable all summer long, and if anyone could talk Charlie into something, it was Andre. He was one of the city kids in the program. He lived in a low-income project in the Bronx, and for Andre, it had been a summer of firsts—his first train trip, his first visit upstate to Ulster County, where Camp Kioga nestled on the north shore of Willow Lake. His first time to sleep in a cabin, see wildlife up close, swim and paddle in a pristine lake…and tell ghost stories around a campfire with his buddies. Logan liked the fact that at camp, all the kids were equal, no matter what their background.

"I kind of want to do it," Charlie said.

"Up to you, buddy. You saw how it's done. You just stand on the edge and take one step forward."

Charlie fell silent. He stared at the waterfall cascading down the rocky gorge. The fine spray from the rushing cataract cooled the air.

"Hey, buddy," Logan said, wondering about his son's faraway expression. "What's on your mind?"

"I miss Blake," he said, his voice barely audible over the rush of the falls. "When I go back to Mom's, Blake won't be there anymore."

Logan's heart went out to the kid. Blake had been Charlie's beloved dog, a little brown terrier who had lived to a ripe old age. At the start of summer, she'd passed away. Apparently Charlie was dreading his return to his mom's dogless house.

"I don't blame you," Logan said, "but you were lucky to have Blake as your best friend for a long time."

Charlie stared at the planks of the platform. "Yeah." He didn't sound convinced.

"It sucks, losing a dog," Logan admitted. "No way around it. That's why we're not getting one. Hurts too bad when you have to say goodbye."

"Yeah," Charlie said again. "But I still like having a dog."

"Tell me something nice about Blake," Logan said.

"I never needed an alarm to get up for school in the morning. She'd just come into my room and burrow under the covers, like a rabbit, and she'd squirm until I got up." He smiled, just a little. "She got old and quiet and gentle. And then she couldn't jump up on the bed anymore, so I had to lift her."

"I bet you were really gentle with her."

He nodded. After another silence, he said, "Dad?"

"Yeah, bud?"

"I kinda want another dog."

Aw, jeez. Logan patted him on the shoulder. "You can talk to your mom about it tomorrow, when you see her." Yeah,, he thought. Let Charlie's mom deal with the mess and inconvenience of a dog.

"Okay," said Charlie. "But, Dad?"

"Yeah, buddy?"

"Kids were telling ghost stories in the cabin last night," he said, picking at a thread in the webbing of his harness.

"You're at summer camp. Kids are supposed to tell ghost stories."

"Andre told the one about these people who committed suicide by jumping off a cliff above the falls."

"I've heard that story. Goes way back to the 1920s."

"Yeah, well, the ghosts are still around."

"They won't mess with the zip line."

"How do you know?"

Logan pointed to the group of kids and counselors on the distant platform. "They all got across, no problem. You saw them." The other campers appeared to be having the time of their lives, eating Cheetos and acting like Tarzan.

"Show me again, Dad," said Charlie. "I want to see you do it."

"Sure, buddy." Logan clipped Charlie to the safety cable and himself to the pulleys. "You're gonna love it." With a grin, he stepped off the platform into thin air, giving Charlie the thumbs-up sign with his free hand.

His son stood on the platform, his arms folded, his face screwed into an expression of skepticism. Logan tipped himself upside down, a crazy perspective for watching the waterfall below, crashing against the rocks. How could any kid not like this?

When Logan was young, he would have loved having a dad who would take him zip-lining, a dad who knew the difference between fun and frivolity, a dad who encouraged rather than demanded.

He landed with an exaggerated flourish on the opposite platform. Paige Albertson, cocounselor of the group, pointed at Charlie. "Aren't you forgetting something?"

"Oh yeah, my only son. Oops."

"Why is he staying over there?" asked Rufus, one of the kids.

"I bet he's scared," said another kid.

Logan ignored them. On the opposite platform, Charlie looked very small and alone. Vulnerable.

"Everything all right?" Paige put her hand on Logan's arm.

Paige had a crush on him. Logan knew this. He even wished he felt the same way, because she was great. She was a kindergarten teacher during the school year and a Camp Kioga volunteer during the summer. She had the all-American cheerleader looks, the bubbly, uncomplicated personality that most guys couldn't resist. She was exactly the kind of girl his parents would want for him—pretty, stable, from a good family.

Could be that was the reason he wasn't feeling it for her.

"He's balking," said Logan. "And he feels really bad about it. I thought he'd love zip-lining."

"It's not for everybody," Paige pointed out. "And remember, if he doesn't go for it, the world won't come to an end."

"Good point." Logan saluted her and jumped off, crossing back to the platform on the other side, where Charlie waited. The zipping sound of the pulley and cable sang in his ears. Damn, this never got old.

"Just like Spider-Man," he said as he came in for a landing. "I swear, it's the coolest thing ever."

Charlie shuffled across the wooden planks of the platform. Logan reached for the clips to attach him to the pulley. "That's gonna be one small step for Charlie," he intoned, "one giant leap for—"

"Dad, hang on a second," Charlie said, shrinking back. "I changed my mind again."

Logan studied his son's posture: the hunched shoulders, the knees that were literally shaking. "Seriously?"

"Unhook me." Beneath the helmet, Charlie's face was pale, his green eyes haunted and wide.

"It's okay to change your mind," Logan said, "but I don't want you to have any regrets. Remember, we talked about regrets."

"When you have a chance to do something and then you don't do it and later on you wish you had," Charlie muttered.

Which pretty much summed up Logan's assessment of his marriage. "Yep," he said. "At the farewell dinner tonight, are you going to wish you'd done the zip line?"

Logan unhitched himself. Charlie studied the cables and pulleys with a look of yearning on his face. Okay, Logan admitted to himself, it bugged him that Charlie had conquered the jump off the dock with his mom, but Logan couldn't get him to push past his fear of the zip line. He had a flashing urge to grab the kid, strap him in and shove him off the platform, just to get him past his hesitation.

Then he remembered his own pushy father: get in there and fight. Don't be a chickenshit. Al O'Donnell had been a blustering, bossy, demanding dad. Logan had grown up resenting the hell out of him in a tense relationship that even now was full of turmoil.

The moment Charlie was born, Logan had made a vow. He would never be that dad.

"All right, buddy," he said, forcing cheerfulness into his tone. "Maybe another time. Let's climb down together."

The final dinner of summer at Camp Kioga was served banquet-style in the massive dining hall of the main pavilion. There was a spaghetti feed with all the trimmings—garlic bread, a salad bar, watermelon, ice cream. Awards would be given, songs sung, jokes told, tributes offered and farewells spoken.

The families of the campers were invited to the event. Parents arrived, eager to reunite with their kids and hear about their summer.

A sense of tradition hung like the painted paddles and colorful woven blankets on the walls. The old Catskills camp had been in operation since the 1920s. People as far back as Logan's grandparents remembered with nostalgia the childhood summers they'd spent in the draughty timber-and-stone cabins, swimming in the clear, cold waters of Willow Lake, boating in the summer sun each day, sitting around the campfire and telling stories at night. In a hundred years, the traditions had scarcely changed.

But the kids had. Back in the era of the Great Camps, places like Camp Kioga had been a playground for the ultrawealthy—Vanderbilts, Asters, Roosevelts. These days, the campers were a more diverse bunch. This summer's group included kids of Hollywood power brokers and Manhattan tycoons, recording artists and star athletes, alongside kids from the projects of the inner city and downriver industrial towns.

The organizers of the city kids program, Sonnet and Zach Alger, pulled out all the stops for the end of summer party. In addition to the banquet, there would be a performance by Jezebel, a hip-hop artist who had starred in a hit reality TV series. The show had been filmed at Camp Kioga, chronicling the efforts of the outspoken star to work with youngsters in the program.

Tonight, the only cameras present belonged to proud parents and grandparents.

Charlie was practically bouncing up and down with excitement, because he knew he was getting a swimming award. Andre was next to him as they took their seats at their assigned banquet table.

Paige, who stood nearby, handing out table assignments, leaned over and said, "Those two are such a great pair. I bet they're going to miss each other now that summer's over."

"Yeah, it'd be nice if they could stay in touch. Tricky, though, with Andre in the city and Charlie off to an air force base in Oklahoma."

"Must be hard for you, too."

"I can't even tell you. But…we deal. I'll see him at Thanksgiving, and he's mine—all mine—for Christmas."

At the moment, Christmas seemed light-years away. Logan wondered how the hell he'd keep himself busy after Charlie left. He had his work, a thriving insurance business he'd founded in the nearby town of Avalon. If he was being honest with himself, he was bored stiff with the work, even though he liked helping friends and neighbors and made a good living at it.

Initially, the whole point of setting up a business in Avalon had been to enable him to live close to Charlie.

Now that Charlie's mom had remarried and moved away, Logan was starting to think about making a change. A big change.

His sister India arrived to join in the festivities, and Logan excused himself to say hi. Her twin boys, Fisher and Goose, had spent the summer here. Charlie had had a great time with his two cousins, who lived on Long Island, where India and her husband ran an art gallery.

Red-haired like Logan and Charlie both, and dressed in flowing silks unlike anybody, India rushed over to her twin sons, practically in tears.

"I missed you guys so much," she said, gathering them against her. "Did you have a good time at camp?"

"The best," said Fisher.

"We made you some stuff," said Goose.

"Real ugly jewelry, and we're gonna make you wear it," Fisher told her.

"If you made it, then I'm sure it's beautiful," she said.

"Uncle Logan taught us how to light farts."

"That's my baby brother," India said. "Now, you need no introduction, but I'll introduce you, anyway." She indicated the woman behind her. "Darcy, this is my brother, who probably needs to be sent to the naughty corner, but instead, he's a volunteer counselor."

"And head fart lighter," said the woman, sticking out her hand. "I'm Darcy Fitzgerald."

He took her hand, liking her straightforward expression. She had dark hair done in a messy ponytail and a direct, brown-eyed gaze. Her hand felt small but firm, and she had a quirky smile. For no reason Logan could name, he felt a subtle nudge of interest.

"Are you here to pick up a kid?" he asked her. "Which one belongs to you?"

"None, thank God," she said with a shudder.

"Allergies?" Logan asked.

"Something like that."

"Then you came to the wrong place." He gestured around the dining hall, swarming with excited, hungry kids. To him, it was a vision of paradise. He liked kids. He liked big, loud, loving families. It was the tragedy of his life that he was restricted to summers and holidays with his only child.

"Except for one thing," said Darcy, turning toward the dais where the band was setting up. "I'm a huge Jezebel fan."

"You must be. We're a long way from anywhere."

She nodded. "I came along for the ride with India when she invited me to pick up her boys. Thought it would be nice to get out to the countryside for a weekend."

"So you live in the city?" he asked.

"In SoHo. I didn't have anything thing else going on this weekend. Yes, I'm that pathetic friend everybody feels sorry for, all alone and getting over a broken heart." She spoke lightly, but he detected a serious note in her tone.

"Oh, sorry. About the broken heart. Glad to hear you're getting over it."

"Thanks," she said. "It takes time. That's what people keep telling me. I keep looking for distractions. But hearts are funny that way. They don't let you lie, even to yourself."

"Not for long, anyway. Anything I can do to help?" He instantly regretted the offer. He had no idea what to do about someone else's broken heart.

"I'll spare you the details."

Good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Awesome!

    I love the Lakeshore Chronicles series, but I wondered how I'd feel about Landon as a hero. To be hones, he was not one of my favorite characters. In Candlelight Christmas he's grown up. He's a great father to Charlie, a great uncle, son and businessman, but he's lonely. Charlie is only with him for summer, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Logan wants a real family. Darcy is recovering from a divorce. She doesn't want to spend the holidays with her family where her ex is included, and she doesn't ever want to be involved with a man who has children.

    What was great about their story was that they did not fall in love in a weekend and then live happily ever after. They met. There was attraction. Their attraction grew over time and culminated with one of my favorite proposals ever. (It's a romance, so that is not really a spoiler.)

    You can definitely read this book without reading the rest of the series-even more so than some of the other books in the series. However, characters from the other books are mentioned, and you'd understand more about his divorce and childhood if you read the others.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

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    Afraid to believe¿ Logan and Darcy, brought together by the hol

    Afraid to believe…

    Logan and Darcy, brought together by the holiday, are unprepared for the growing attraction between them.

    Confirmed she’ll never risk her heart again, Darcy can see no chance in hell she will ever fall for another single father. But that was before she met Logan and his heart melting smile.

    A family man at heart, all Logan dreams about is finding just the right someone to be a mother to his son Charlie and open to adding brothers and sisters. Falling for Darcy brings a reality check and an altered perspective.

    Will Darcy and Logan listen to their inner voices or their hearts?

    Well written with clear descriptions to open the imagination, interesting characters you can relate to and some twists and turns that make this a great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Amber

    I KEEL U!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Violey

    This is not me!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Loved it

    I love all of Susan Wiggs books especially this series! Wonderful author, fantastic realistic characters, and full of fun adventures. I have read the whole series so far and hope there will be more in this series.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    I enjoyed this story of family and trusting again. It is a prett

    I enjoyed this story of family and trusting again. It is a pretty typical plot but I loved that Darcy was so athletic and the winter lodge project. It was great how everyone worked out their own hang-ups and were able to move on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    To natalie

    I am a boy singel 16 hot

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

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    Susan Wiggs' Candlelight Christmas is a heartwarming, page-turni

    Susan Wiggs' Candlelight Christmas is a heartwarming, page-turning, must-read for your holiday bookshelf!
    I love receiving books from authors I never read. I'm loathe to admit the number of authors I still need be introduced to, but Susan Wiggs is no longer counted among them. When I received Candlelight Christmas, book 10 in her The Lakeshore Chronicles series, I made the determination to read books one through nine first. I'm so glad I did.
    If Wiggs had set her Lakeshore Chronicles anywhere in the US or abroad, I'd find it a wonderful series. Having her set it in what is, essentially, my backyard - a small Catskill Mountain town in Ulster County - is just a fabulous and fun read for me. I loved seeing her refer to small stores in Phoenicia, including Sweet Sue's (the best pancakes around), Mohonk, Kingston (where I was born), and so much more! It was like reading a Valentine to a place I love to live.
    May I also say I found each of the books impossible to put down. It's easy to say that they are all page turners, but Lakeshore Chronicles is a true series page-turner. From the moment I was introduced to her characters, whose lives and history all revolve around an old Catskill summer camp. From the first book where the charge is to restore it, through various stories that involve either the camp, the family who owns it, or the community where it is located - and usually a mix of all of those features - this series wraps itself around your heart.
    Each character becomes a friend by the time the last page of "their" story and Wiggs provides updates throughout subsequent volumes, so we (the readers) can keep up with our newfound friends' activities and lives. Sometimes the news may be traumatic (she handles breast cancer diagnosis in one heroine's life after she's found her HEA), but the stories are always engrossing. Wiggs is able to keep several secondary plots going that she weaves throughout the series until she's ready to tell the full story.
    That's the case with the story of the hero of Candlelight Cbristmas, Logan O'Donnell. He's the father of an adorable son, Charlie, with the daughter of one of the aforementioned much-loved characters. We saw the two of them deal with an unexpected pregnancy, dance around possible involvement with one another, become involved then, then have their relationship dissolve. Now, he's in search of meaning in his life while he shares raising his son with his former wife and her new husband.
    Logan was quite the wild child at first glance, then he became a stalwart supporter of the single mom and fabulous dad, then he became a little wild after his divorce. Now, he's searching for a job that will have meaning beyond just a paycheck at his insurance agency - and he finds himself considering running a ski resort. Is he returning to his wild child ways as his ex-wife and husband consider moving to Japan? We see Logan meet and fall a little in lust with Darcy Fitzgerald, a friend of his sister, when he meets her at the end of summer while at the camp with his son, Charlie.
    Darcy's just come through a tough divorce, where she not only lost her husband, but his two children whom she had taken to her heart. The last thing she wants to do is become involved with another single father. However fate seems to be playing a part as they find themselves together at the O'Donnell family Thanksgiving celebration in Florida - and the heat level between them is scorching.
    By this time, I was devouring the story whole. I won't say more as you would be much better served reading Wiggs' prose, but will recommend this book highly - both as a romance and as another addition to your holiday romance shelf. Please make sure you have a box of Kleenex at hand for each of the books in the Lakeshore Chronicles as Wiggs is able to tug at your heartstrings as easily as she can transmit the warmth and happiness of true love.
    If, like me, you haven't read the Lakeshore Chronicles yet, please do so. Definitely add Candlelight Christmas to your must-read shelf.
    On another note, I'd like to recommend to my county legislators that they hire Wiggs as a county planner. We desperately need the passenger train service she makes an integral part of her series (we've only had freight service in Ulster County since the 1950s). In addition, I could see the very major benefit in having a small commuter airport in Ulster (the nearest is actually in Orange County to the south of us). I studied flying at the Ulster Airport and it's much smaller and unfortunately could not handle the travel or size of the planes that Wiggs mentions. But it should expand to what she described!
    So, to recap, five tree-top stars for Susan Wiggs' Candlelight Christmas!
    I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

    Candlelight Christmas is the perfect choice for a holiday read,

    Candlelight Christmas is the perfect choice for a holiday read, or any time of year.  It’s an addictive, feel-good, happy-ending, give-you-the-warm-and-fuzzys story that should not be missed. - Full review available at RomanticReadsandSuch on wordpress or BookTrib's website.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    another in a great continuing series

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

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    3.5 This was a sweet Christmas romance about two divorcees. Loga

    3.5
    This was a sweet Christmas romance about two divorcees. Logan a single father looking for love again and Darcy who is afraid to love again. The secondary characters in the book are charming and you can't help but fall in love with the children. This book was a solid 3* for me until the end when it became very emotional and heartfelt. I'll worn you you will need tissues. This book is #10 in The Lakeshore Chronicles but can be read as a stand alone book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Love Lakeshore Chronicles series

    I have read all of the books in Susan Wiggs Lakeshore Chronicles. This was a good book but not the best in the series. I felt that it was too short of a book with under 200 pages and rushed through the story of Logan and Darcy's romance. As always the setting of this small town in the Catskills and updates of all of the memorable characters from past books is heartwarming. The holiday theme was a nice read at this time of year. Looking forward to more books in the Lakeshore Chronicles series.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    My Review: Candlelight Christmas 4 stars Candlelight Christmas

    My Review: Candlelight Christmas

    4 stars

    Candlelight Christmas has everything you want in a Christmas story. Family, friends, cute kids, caring about others, likeable characters who you care about and want to see things workout for everyone. People that try and make Christmas better for others.

    Logan only has his son summer and holidays. He loves his son and tries to be there for him. He goes out of his way for his son's new best friend. Because he can and cares for him. I really admired Logan.

    Darcy does not want to make holidays worse for her family, ex-husband and stepchildren so she spends holidays with her friends family. Darcy does not want anything do again with a single father and his kids. She and Logan feel really close fast.

    Their are a lot of cute animals in this story that enrich it and make holidays better.

    Plot Logan decides to make a lot of changes and risks in his life now. He sells his old business and house to but a ski lodge and opens his house for Christmas their instead of Florida like always. He agrees to take care of two kids while their mom has to be gone over Christmas. Even lets his sister and her friends and family come and enjoy Christmas together. Lots of charm and lots of love that make the holidays inviting.

    Good clean story that draws you into their lives as they celebrate the holidays.

    I was given this ebook for purpose of reviewing it. All opinions are mine.
    10/29/2013 PUB Harlequin Harlequin MIRA 336 pages ISBN 9780778314745

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

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    Amazing! Hott Synopsis: Darcy just can¿t seem to move past her

    Amazing!

    Hott Synopsis:
    Darcy just can’t seem to move past her divorce. Of course, it doesn’t help that her ex is still invited o all of the family get togethers. Yes, that would change if she told them he’d been cheating but Darcy just doesn’t have it in her to hurt others.
    When her best friend India invites Darcy to join India’s family for Thanksgiving Darcy finds herself saying yes… Especially when she remembers India’s sexy brother. Darcy just needs to remember to keep it light – he wants a wife and family, something Darcy can’t give him.

    Hott Review:
    What I liked: Amazing! I loved every word of this book!!! It was Christmassy without being cheesy, emotional without being girly, and steamy without being descriptive.
    What I didn’t like: There were several times I found myself tearing up.

    More…
    Author: Susan Wiggs
    Source: Mira via Netgalley
    Grade: A+
    Steam: YA
    Series: The Lakeshore Chronicles #10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Great reading!

    I have loved all the books by Susan Wiggs' that I have read and this one was no exception. I had a hard time putting it down. Kept my interest from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Ichego

    Takes a blow to the shoulder and then leaves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    A lighthearted story

    Logan and Darcy find love with each other. Other family members learn that you can't force what you want on others just because you want that way. Charlie learns what true friendship is, and how you can have more than one family.

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  • Posted November 3, 2013

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    Beautiful Christmas Romance!

    A very engaging read to set the stage for the Christmas Holidays in the picturesque setting of Catskill Mountains (which I love). I have read most of Susan’s Lakeshore Chronicles series, so always excited to catch up with familiar characters. If you read her earlier books you will recall Logan- when he and Daisy were together and their son Charlie.

    Logan gets his shot at happiness again as a much more mature father. Darcy is a newcomer to Willow Lake (friend of his older sister). These two have a lot in common and find their way in this beautiful town to connect with family and friends with some romance to set the mood for the holidays. Glad to see Logan buying the resort and out of the boring insurance business. I would encourage you to read the entire series.

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    Posted December 28, 2013

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