Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs (CLOSED)

***Congratulations to Kelly Blackwell & Britney Adams, winners of the giveaway!!! Thanks to all who entered!  
Title: Candlelight Christmas 
Author: Susan Wiggs  
Series: Lakeshore Chronicles, #10
Published: October 2013, Harlequin MIRA
Format: ARC e-copy, 336 pages 
Source: Netgalley via publicist 


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 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.

My thoughts: I've been a fan of Susan Wiggs' Lakeshore Chronicles books for a while now and was super excited to see that a new book was coming out this year - and that it had a holiday theme! I was definitely not disappointed and devoured the book in one sitting.

I was excited to see that Logan was getting his own story, once I realized who he was in relation to the series. It's been a while since I read the last story and since it was two books prior that Logan was really featured in, it took me a while to place him - but once I did - it all came back. I think that's what I love most about this series - no matter how much time goes by between each book, it just takes a few pages of Susan Wigg's writing for it all to come back.

I admit that I was not a huge fan of Logan's in the earlier books, but in this book he has grown up into a great guy - he's trying very hard to be a good father to his son, Charlie - someone his son will look up to. He's even willing to take risk's - not only in business, going after a passion, but also with his heart.

From the moment Darcy is introduced, I just loved her character. I felt there was something about her that made her the type of person I could instantly be friends with. After her divorce, she put some pretty hard and fast "rules" in place and came to realize, after time, that those rules really weren't going to make her happy.

I think the kids really steal the show in this book. Between Charlie, Andre and Angelica, it's hard to say who I loved the most - but suffice to say, all three had me in tears at one time or another during the story. And, I loved the idea of the Christmas Pickle Ornament...I've never heard of it before, but definitely think it would make a great gift for my siblings and their families if I can find them this year!

Books in this series:

  1. Summer at Willow Lake             6.  Lakeshore Christmas
  2. The Winter Lodge                        7.  The Summer Hideaway
  3. Dockside                                          8.  Marrying Daisy Bellamy
  4. Snowfall at Willow Lake             9.  Return to Willow Lake
  5. Fireside                                            10.  Candlelight Christmas

Thanks to the publicist I have two copies of Candlelight Christmas to give away to my readers.

To enter… 

  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
  • Please include email address so I can contact you if you win.
This giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only and ends December 6th.  

Good luck!


  1. I've been wanting to read a Christmas-themed feel-good novel this year. Sometimes I just want the written equivalent of a Hallmark Special. Do you know what I mean? Anyway, do you think one needs to have read the previous books or does this one stand well enough on its own? I haven't read her others, but this sounds fun. Mcstone84 (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. No, you don't need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one - Susan Wiggs gives enough of the back story to fill you in when needed.

  2. I hope one doesn't need to read the rest because this one is on my christmas read list :)

    1. No you don' works as a stand-alone. SW does a good job giving back story when needed!

  3. I've missed a couple of books but know that it won't matter! I love this series too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. I am so looking forward to reading this book. I love the cover and I know the book will be wonderful.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  5. Wow..
    Great giveaway / contest.
    I hope I can have similar giveaway like this too.
    Hope everyone enjoy it. Good luck.


  6. I love Susan's books and Christmas stories are the best.

  7. I love Susan's books and Christmas stories are the best.

  8. I love Susan's books and Christmas stories are the best.

  9. I love Susan's books and Christmas stories are the best.

  10. I am glad that this is part of a series. I love to get to know characters and kind of grow with them. I am adding to my wish list now. Thank you for the chance to win.


  11. I have shared your giveaway on Twitter:

    Thank you again!


  12. This looks like a great book to read by the fire!

  13. I love The Lakeshore Chronicles and can't wait to read CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  14. I tweeted:

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