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Lakeshore Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles #6)

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Maureen Davenport finally gets to direct Avalon's annual holiday pageant, and she's determined to make it truly spectacular. But former child star Eddie Haven is turning out to be a tattooed lump of coal in her stocking. Eddie can't stand Christmas, but a judge's court order has landed him right in the middle of the merrymaking. He and Maureen spar over every detail of the
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ebook, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Mira Books (first published 2009)
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I feel like I really could have liked this book.

Really. I could have. Maybe. If not for the blatantly pious, purse-mouthed, sanctimonious, rod-far-up-her-ass librarian. I just couldn't like Maureen. And yes, I know she's been through some shit and it made her all emotionally distant, but really? She was, what? 19, 20 when she went through it? She had a relatively happy childhood, an emotionally supportive upbringing amongst a large, emotionally supportive family? And Eddie? Eddie was cute and s
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Rhonda Rae Baker
I was so surprised about this novel...it is so much more than a Christmas story! After reading the first five books in the Lakeshore Chronicles, I couldn't bring myself to read this one. Have had it along with the next two in the series on my bookshelf. Wanted to read #7 and #8...which are waiting on my self...but in a series, I have to read them in order. Would never dream of reading this story around Christmas...well, that is until I read it today.

Oh my...the story hit my heart strings with su
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Katherine Coble
I have to start by saying I love Susan Wiggs. She writes wonderfully fun and escapist books that are like a safe place to curl up and just relax. I save her books for times when I want to have the novellish equivalent of a spa treatment.

This was not one of my favourite books of hers. The main heroine is a librarian straight out of Central Casting circa 1963. Because of that I never felt--unlike with other Wiggs books--that I was reading about a real person. Which was extremely ironic, because o
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Steve Pifer
Dec 06, 2013 Steve Pifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every year, just before Thanksgiving, I begin to crave and then search, sometimes extensively, for a good "Holiday Read". I have to admit, more often than not, I end the holiday season disappointed. I find several books from the 3 or 4 libraries that I frequent and reasearch man more on Amazon and other sites, but I find that the overwhelming majority of holiday theme books are either non-fiction, craftsy, or historical type of books, OR are a quickly written, not well though out novel by trendy ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 09, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful Christmas story!
Kate Vale
May 08, 2014 Kate Vale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp-romance
Yet another Lakeshore Chronicles, we watch as Maureen Davenport, unlucky in love in the worst possible place (Paris, France) who has declined into curve-hiding clothes and a wearing her hair in a bun. But she loves being librarian in little Avalon. Unfortunately, the library may have to close owing to not enough funds to keep it going. In the meantime, she promised to run the annual Christmas pageant, but oh no, former child star and local rocker, Eddie Haven, is required to be her co-producer, ...more
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Jan 26, 2011 EZRead eBookstore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jenifer-reviews
Susan Wiggs’ book covers have the same font and Thomas Kincade paintings as Debbie Macomber, so you can understand what I expected with “Lakeshore Christmas”. Shockingly, while this book is filled with poinsettias and cookies, it’s really nothing like Macomber’s style. I gave myself a wrist-slap for judging a book by its charming snowy cover.

Both Wiggs and Macomber write romantic tales of small-town splendor, but Wiggs is actually a little more “adult” than Macomber, leaning more towards the rom
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Jonel Boyko
Jul 02, 2015 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
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
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Jenny
What drew me to this book (besides the fact that I've read the previous 5 in the series...it's the type of series that's about the same town so you don't necessarily have to read all of them) is the fact that the main character is a librarian. I'm glad to report that the librarian wasn't portrayed in the stereotypical way. I also like that she wore glasses but did point out that contacts irritate her eyes. I have that same problem. I'm not trying to look like a librarian just like the book chara ...more
Liesl
Oct 27, 2010 Liesl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While Susan Wiggs is a good writer and I love some of her books (especially her earlier ones like Lightkeeper) I couldn't enjoy this one at all.
The whole romance/christmas story consists of one cliché followed by another. The narrative is peppered with cheesy and simplistic oneliners about christmas and the main character Maureen was not engaging at all. I even hoped her romantic interest Eddie (the only character I found interesting) would fall in love with someone less self righteous and emot
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Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jan 18, 2012 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
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Cbeagle
Aug 22, 2015 Cbeagle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shirlene
A new kid had come to town. His name was Jabez Canton. He was standing outside the library when he was nearly run over by the librarian, Maureen Davenport. She was in a hurry and hadn't seen him. She introduced herself but he already knew who she was.
Maureen was headed to the Sky River Bakery to meet with Eddie Haven. Eddie had been in a Christmas movie as a child and his popularity led to his entertainment parents taking him out on the road every Christmas to do shows. It was on Christmas Eve
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Sarah
Nov 15, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-candy
Fun, but, as with all of her books, overwritten, redundant, contrived. She excels at dialog and story. She just needs a better editor to move beyond the forceful way she tries to get her points across and let the story do it for her.
I will be reading more, however, because she left multiple plot lines unfinished--and one was more important to me than the primary story. They should have been separate books but they weren't. Now I'm sucked in. Oh well.
Annia Lennox
To be completely honest, this was kind of disappointing read. The writing felt very passive and was often repetitive. I don't plan on reading another Susan Wiggs book. At least not anytime soon.

Maureen really bothered me. She was incredibly uptight and self-righteous. And the way she talked often felt very unnatural. She loosened up a little towards the end, but not enough for me.

On the otherhand, Eddie was great. I really enjoyed his POV and story. He was a nice take on the celebrity trope. And
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Chrissy
Dec 08, 2009 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Lakeshore series and this latest book was no exception. I enjoy reading updates on the previous characters, while being introduced to new ones. The ongoing story of Daisy and Julian keeps me wanting more. Can't wait until there's a book devoted to the two of them. Thanks Susan!!!
Rachael Johns
Aug 02, 2011 Rachael Johns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED it! I read this book because I'm going to the Australian Romance Writers' conf next week and wanted to have read some Susan Wiggs before hearing her speak. WOW - I'm hooked. I love contemporary romance and this is feel-good, emotional romance at it's best. I'll be buying her back list!
Sue
Feb 18, 2010 Sue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the books I've ever read, (and I can't believe I'm going to finish this one)this book hits absolutely every steretype image that you've ever had about a. Librarians, b.child actors, c. romance and the prim librarian,d.christmas. There are more but I am appalled at this book.
Barb
Nov 17, 2014 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maureen Davenport finally gets to direct Avalon's annual holiday pageant, and she's determined to make it truly spectacular. But former child star Eddie Haven is turning out to be a tattooed lump of coal in her stocking. Eddie can't stand Christmas, but a judge's court order has landed him right in the middle of the merrymaking. He and Maureen spar over every detail of the pageant, from casting troubled kids to Eddie's original--and distinctly nontraditional--music.
Is he sabotaging the performan
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Julie
Wasn't too sure about this book, but as soon as I started reading was drawn into the story. It's just a lovely read, easy to lose yourself in. Am looking forward to reading more about the town of Avalon.

Re-read in Jan 2016. Loved this cute little story just as much.
Ann Haefele
Every December I read a holiday story, and this is one of the better ones I have found. I had not read any others in the Lakeshore series, but it did not seem to matter as this stood on its own, though it does leave a minor character's (Daisy) future uncertain. I loved that the main character was a librarian and she was trying to save the town library from closing for lack of funding. My librarian background really appreciated an author who understood the world of libraries and librarians and po ...more
Laura Beasley
Give this book 3.5 stars. Nice sweet love story. Good reminder of the real meaning of Christmas. Maureen is the town librarian who fell in love and was hurt and now is determined to not fall in love again. Eddie is a former child star that had a rough childhood and Christmas was a bad time for him young and then when he got older he proposed to a woman at Christmas and she turned him down, he gets drunk and wrecks his car and that night changes his life . He meets Maureen and she is not his type ...more
Linda
Dec 22, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!!! This is a series about the town of Avalon, NY and I just love the characters and setting. Great holiday book.
Lizz
Jan 03, 2010 Lizz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed this series, but I find that I need to reread some of the older ones as I've forgotten how some of the relationships work.
Mikka Gottstein
Dec 26, 2013 Mikka Gottstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pro:
Das hier abgebildete Cover der regulären Ausgabe finde ich sehr schön und voller Weihnachtsstimmung (ich besitze leider nur die Weltbildausgabe, deren Cover ich weit weniger mag)! Das stimmt wunderbar ein auf ein Buch, dass randvoll mit Weihnachtsstimmung, Romantik und Humor ist und dass ich mit viel Vergnügen in einem Rutsch durchgelesen habe.

Die Protagonistin, Maureen Davenport, war mir am Anfang vielleicht ein klein wenig zu kratzbürstig, empfindlich, bestimmend und überkorrekt, und ständ
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penelopewanders
The mysterious J.C. was a bit not so mysterious... Not quite what I'd come to expect in books by this author, but why not. Maureen was a bit over the top, especially at the beginning, but as with the other Lakeshore Chronicle tales, it was a very good read. I always enjoy the connected characters from other books in the series, and this one did leave a bit of a cliff-hanger around Daisy. To my relief, I have collected most of the series, so can forge ahead at leisure (assuming I can locate the b ...more
Lindsay Amanda Racen
I just love Susan Wiggs and her Lakeshore Chronicles! After my most recent 1000 page fantasy book, an easy Chick Lit read was absolutely perfect for a pleasant brain break so I continued on with Book 6. I love reading about Camp Kioga during the Summer months - it reminds me of my own camp experience of young adulthood - and the charming snow capped town in the Winter months. You may notice however that this trend is currently flipped with Summer dawning shortly here in Southern California, and ...more
Chris
Jun 29, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ill, susan-wiggs-read
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
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R.G.
Jun 07, 2014 R.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, apparently this is part of a series... I have read none of the others so I'm guessing you don't have to because I thoroughly enjoyed this one... it's the fairly typical of opposites attract... the supposedly uptight Maureen who wants everything to be perfect, and Eddie who apparently could care less about it all... blah blah blah... what I think made this so great is all the side stories... in some ways Eddie's family and figuring out what the deal with Eddie really was... but most of all ...more
Linda
Maureen Davenport is Avalon's town librarian. She is totally devoted to the library and her patrons, but she's just received word that the library will be closing unless funds can be raised to operate it. Although she is devastated by this news, she is also excited about the fact that she will be the director of the town's annual Chritmas pageant, a dream she's always held. The only rub is that her co-director is Eddie Haven, a former child movie star, who is perfiorming court ordered community ...more
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Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers' group in a 17-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field's End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world's top authors to her seaside community. (See www.fieldsend.org ...more
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Lakeshore Chronicles (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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