This is a beautiful Christmas story! Mar 25, Becky rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 Ugh. Even finding out what was really "wrong" with her didn't garner her any sympathy in my book. She was annoyingly obtuse and went out of her way to keep others a good couple of feet away from her at all times and I have no idea why the other characters even kept trying to be close to her at all, let alone what on earth drew Eddie to her.
Eddie's character alone might have bumped my review up a star, but by the end of the book he was just as annoying as Maureen, so I can't even begin to calculate the number of happy hours I've spent in them throughout the years. The fact that we could walk to ours from our house was a big selling point when we bought it, actually. I have myself been involved in efforts to keep our local branch open in recent years so that my kids can have as many good memories there as I did. The way librarians were portrayed in this book was fairly insulting to the librarians I have known and do know, and the struggle to keep their local library open was, quite frankly, just not at all inspiring.
Daisy's character was just thrown in the novel for no apparent reason okay, I've read book eight so I know WHY she was there. Her connection with Maureen is so laughingly tenuous that she really can't even be considered a secondary character here. It's as if Wiggs took another story and just crudely smashed it into the one that she was originally writing and voila--there's Daisy! Every time she was the focus I was drawn right out of the story--and I really wasn't all that connected to it in the first place, so it was particularly annoying. Plus, knowing that we'll hear all about the pertinent details later on in Daisy's book just make having to read them here completely unnecessary.
Which brings me to my final point--there was constant telling and retelling in this book. It honestly made the whole experience twice as long and painful. How many times do we need to hear that Eddie spent every childhood Christmas driving from venue to venue? That Maureen's always found magic in Christmas? That Eddie's always taken refuge in alcohol, just like his parents? That Maureen has a close and loving family?
Who, by the way, always knew that Maureen wanted a nickname, but never thought to give her one? Why wouldn't they give her one, then, being so close and loving and all? And it's not like it takes a genius to come up with "Mo", it's pretty standard. I could go on and on here I gave myself a wrist-slap for judging a book by its charming snowy cover. You know what I mean.
Let the plot blimp come! I really hated the immediate cranky banter between uptight librarian Maureen and rockstar Eddie Haven. The awful stereotypes fell like snowflakes in a blizzard, and I never once believed Maureen let her guard down enough to let Eddie get all moogly googly with her. Maureen is really, really cranky. Aug 28, Kate Vale rated it really liked it Shelves: 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, 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. 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, the result of a judge's court order following his DUI years earlier.
Eddie is certain Maureen is NOT his type, but she keeps reappearing in his dreams as the angel who saved him after his crash into the nativity scene and the front of the church when his van burst into flames. Maureen knows Eddie could never be attracted to her. He's into big-bosomed blondes with long legs. Besides, they do not like the same kind of music and he professes to hate Christmas. Well, get on with it and make the pageant the best ever, even while Maureen is grieving the loss of her job and the library as of New Year's Day. But what further complicates matters is she finds herself falling for him and he can't get her out of his mind.
What's a person to do? 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 This is a very well written and put together story that will tug at your heart. 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. Overall, this imaginative and heartfelt tale will put you in the mood for Christmas and for romance.
Jul 24, Rachael Johns rated it it was amazing.
The books are awesome and I want to read what happened to them. I know the next book in the Lakeshore Series working title is Fireside. There are more but I am appalled at this book. Will not read those until I have read Lakeshore Christmas! Is he sabotaging the performance to spite her, or is she foricng the show into her storybook-perfect notion of Christmas? Makes me laugh…makes me cry. Everything about Christmas was magical and heartwarming and magical
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! Feb 18, Sue 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. There are more but I am appalled at this book.
Sep 11, Jennifer 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! 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 First of all, I am a big fan of how Susan Wiggs writes her books! Also, we were introduced to a character called Jabez and I was interested in finding out what his mystery was but to my displeasure, the author didn't elaborate on who this character was other than he was mysterious.
Since this is a chronicle, maybe he will show up in a later book. Overall, the book had an interesting story line that had me turning the page to see what would happen next. I liked the plot and was satisfied with the way the book ended. I of course feel the end result was a tad unrealistic because everything turned out perfectly but since this is a "Christmas" novel, I guess I understand why there was such a happy ending. It was still a great book despite the faults I had with it!
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. Et elle vit avec ses chats!!! So much for the French lover… Anyway. Un certain Jabez Canter vous voyez les initiales: Le point positif du livre: Elle lit des histoires aux enfants. What drew me to this book besides the fact that I've read the previous 5 in the series 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 What drew me to this book besides the fact that I've read the previous 5 in the series I'm not trying to look like a librarian just like the book character isn't.
We can't help it that our eyes reject contacts. On a serious note this book does tackle a serious issue A lot of towns are dealing with this. It does reference some famous cases like how the libraries in John Steinbeck's hometown were being closed but they were saved. Of course, not all stories can have happy endings. I'm not going to ruin this for you but it does also mention of real life library funding issues that weren't solved.
There isn't enough "library talk" in here to scare away non-library people. I just think if you are a library user to completely understand what they're going through. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I love the series, and this plot ranks with the best of them. I was not happy with the two lead characters, I thought the description of the alcoholic's motivations and struggle for sobriety were not deeply enough described to be convincing. The female lead's insecurities were well described, but the description of her causes for them did not seem to me to be a sufficient catalyst to have caused the result.
I did enjoy the updates of what's going on in the lives of ongoing characters, especially I love the series, and this plot ranks with the best of them. I did enjoy the updates of what's going on in the lives of ongoing characters, especially the unwed teen mom. This was well-written except for what I've noted above. Nov 22, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. Jan 01, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. Prim librarian Maureen Davenport is finally getting her. Lakeshore Christmas has ratings and reviews. Katrina said: I feel like I really could have liked this book. Really. I could have. Maybe. If n.
Am looking forward to reading more about the town of Avalon. Re-read in Jan Loved this cute little story just as much. Oct 31, Dorothy Timm 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.
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