by Susan Wiggs
Release Date: September 29, 2009
Book #6 in the Lakeshore Chronicles series
Number of pages: 353
Contemporary Romance/Holidays M/F
Read 3/10/19 to 3/11/19
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 untraditional—music.
Is he sabotaging the performance to spite her, or is she forcing the show into her storybook-perfect notion of Christmas? And is it possible that they’re falling in love?
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 as his drive to help others while not really taking the credit for all he does. So, although it wasn’t a quick fall for Eddie, he grew on me throughout this story.
Once again, Daisy’s storyline amazed me and has me screaming for more, More, MORE! Plus, we got a few more young teens added to the mix that have me curious. So much growth can happen with these new characters if the author decides to go in that direction.
Back to the center of this story though…Maureen and Eddie seem like they shouldn’t work but somehow they do. With a little help from Jabez, everything ends up working out for the Christmas pageant and the library. Maureen learns to let other in and open herself up while Eddie finds he’s been holding onto more resentment through the years than he realized. In other words, this is a perfect Christmas story.