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Lakeshore Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles, Bk 6)
Lakeshore Christmas - Lakeshore Chronicles, Bk 6 Author:Susan Wiggs MAUREEN DAVENPORT LIVES FOR CHRISTMAS -- AND THERE'S NOTHING MORE MAGICAL THAN CHRISTMAS ON WILLOW LAKE — 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 a... more »bout.
Because 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 spar over every detail of the pageant, from casting troubled kids to Eddie's original -- and distinctly UNtraditional -- music. Is he trying to sabotage the performance to spite her? Or is she trying too hard to fit the show into her storybook-perfect notion of Christmas?
And how is it possible that they're falling in love?« less
I love the Lakeshore Chronicles series, but this story fell short. Wiggs made the main character, Maureen, so boring the romance between her and former child-star Eddie quite unbelievable. The pageant auditions, and whole "Angel of the Lord" take was mega-cheesy. And you can get away with cheesy for Christmas, but this was a little much.
This installment of the Lakeshore Chronicles is a sweet holiday romance kept from being to angelically sugary by the skeptic who scorned Christmas, Eddie. He brings a special flavor with his "shut up and sing the blues" attitude although he has met his match in Mo. Fans of the series will enjoy the spending the Yuletide season with the Willow Lake crowd complemented by cynical disbeliever Eddie and a kind but strange individual Jabaz.