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Lakeshore Christmas

(Lakeshore Chronicles #6)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  5,451 ratings  ·  319 reviews
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 c
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Published September 29th 2009 by Brilliance Audio
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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
Rhonda Rae Baker
I was so surprised about this 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
Katherine Coble
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Aug 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Kara Hansen
3 stars. It took some time for me to get to book six of The Lakeshore Chronicles series, mainly due to this book being hard to locate. I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous books, and while I liked this one, it was not the best book of this series. Lakeshore Christmas introduces us to Maureen Davenport- town librarian, and Eddie Haven- former child star, now grown up, but suffering from star burnout and angst. An unlikely pair as they team up to put on the annual Avalon holiday pageant. I found ...more
Steve Pifer
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful Christmas story!
Mar 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
Ugh. What a total waste. I had picked this book to listen to on audio to put me in the Christmas mood while I worked on holiday presents, but instead it gave me no end of frustration. I couldn't stand Maureen. She did more to perpetuate the prim-librarian-who-has-no-life label herself than anyone else did for her. She instantly judged other people harshly, and then decided how they in turn would view her and went with her views even when actual facts went in another direction. Even finding out w ...more
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Jan 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Kate Vale
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print
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
Rachael Johns
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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!!!
Feb 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
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, There are more but I am appalled at this book.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all, I am a big fan of how Susan Wiggs writes her books! She has great character development and emotions and you feel like you have an emotional connection with the characters which I really love in a book! However... I feel in this book the development of the relationship between Maureen and Eddie was very stereotypical and drawn out. It didn't feel exciting or interesting and went from really slow to very fast. Also, we were introduced to a character called Jabez and I was interested ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
The best way to summarize this book would be to say, "No library is a failure who has friends, George." It's a feel-good holiday story about a stereotypical small-town librarian and a former child actor who fall in love and work to save a public library from closing. Were it not a Christmas book, it would probably be too cheesy to stomach, but as it suits the holiday mood, I liked it well enough to stick with it and finish it even though Christmas was almost two weeks ago. I'm also not bothered ...more
Laurie Way
This book was okay but not as enjoyable as others in this series. It read really slowly and I just could not connect with these characters.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eddie Haven, ancien enfant star devenu rockeur, est condamné à des travaux d’intérêt général: depuis plusieurs années, il doit s’occuper de mettre en place le spectacle de Noël de l’église de la petite ville d’Avalon. Maureen Davenport, bibliothécaire, est fascinée par Noël, et cette année elle peut enfin réaliser son rêve: organiser le spectacle de Noël. Seulement, elle devra composer avec Eddie, qui lui est imposé. Ces deux là n’ont rien en commun, et pourtant, la magie de Noël va opérer…

What drew me to this book (besides the fact that I've read the previous 5 in the'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
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Dec 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
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Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dorothy Timm
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
A very superficial read about a librarian, a "sexy" rock star, and a Christmas pageant. Although sometimes I like this kind of book because you don't have to think too much, this was just way too superficial for me
Dec 13, 2009 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.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two-haiku review:

She directs pageant
He's court ordered to assist
They can't help loving

Super sweet story
Great characters plus angel
Perfect for Christmas
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has very few regrets in life, one of them is not going back to school to become a librarian, I absolutely found Maureen to be my spirit-sister. Every time she wandered through her library waxing nostalgic I would get teary-eyed. A few times I even downright cried over the possible loss of that library.

I didn’t exactly fall head over heels for Eddie, but I did feel for him and wanted to see his wounded soul to find healing. I love his connection to the kids in the community as well
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this book well enough, but it just fell short for me when it came to the two main characters. I felt they were too cliche'd and there wasn't any real character development. Bland, single, mousy, cat-lady librarian meets attractive, coarse-talking, outgoing celebrity and dislikes him initially, but he "grows on her" as time goes by. Introduce the crisis of finances and the potential closing of the library and resolve it with the male lead character saving the day. Pretty predictable. Ther ...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 ...more

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