by Susan Wiggs
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Book #10 in the Lakeshore Chronicles
Number of pages: 328
Contemporary Romance/Holidays M/F
Read 6/8/19 to 6/9/19
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 the 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.
It’s not really Logan’s fault I have such an issue with him. It’s not exactly that I dislike him, but I have never been able to attach myself to him in this series. I know it’s because of the Daisy/Julian thing. Logan didn’t ask to be the 3rd in their love triangle. He’s not to be blamed that I ship Daisy & Julian super hard. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to be team Logan, even when it’s his story being told this time.
I ended up appreciating seeing the single dad side of Logan. The things he did in his life to be the best dad possible when it became clear he’d never get to be a full-time parent. Especially when his ex moved out of state so he only sees Charlie a few times a year. Reading this story through the eyes of Logan, being privy to his feelings when Charlie has to say goodbye, really helped me to form a better attachment to Logan.
I really like Darcy, but she ended up being a hard nut for me to crack. I felt like I wanted to know the other Darcy. The one Logan’s sister has known all along. The one pre-marriage, and definitely pre-divorce. To me, it felt like I was reading about a character from a different series that was crossing over into this series. Like I should have known more. I understand what she went through on a surface level, but I needed more depth. It’s very unusual for me to feel so disconnected from a character written by Susan Wiggs so it threw me off even more. I really WANTED to feel for Darcy, yet it almost felt like the more surface feelings I often get from characters in much shorter stories.
All that being said, I still enjoyed this book. I was rooting for Darcy and Logan to find their way. Logan definitely redeemed himself in my eyes. And while I don’t necessarily feel like I needed a Logan story, I think the series would have felt like things were unfinished without him getting his HEA.