December 16, 2013

Review: Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs

Title: Candlelight Christmas
Author: Susan Wiggs
Published: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Hardcover: 336 pgs

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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. of my absolute favorite holidays of the year, and not just for the gifts! Christmas is all about love, family, cheer -- there's just something about it that makes you smile.

Candlelight Christmas will bring you all those light-hearted feelings and more. This is definitely one of those books you could easily turn into a Hallmark Channel film. It's full of Christmas cliches, a little bit of cheesiness, and a story of redemption that makes you feel like anything is possible on Christmas Eve.

Logan and Darcy are two new friends who have been burned by love. (Who hasn't been there, right?) And we all know how much it sucks to have to spend the holidays alone. Or as Darcy finds out -- it's even worse to have to spend it with your ex! Determined to avoid her ex-husband at all costs, Darcy spends the holidays with her friend -- Logan's sister -- and ends up spending most of it with Logan himself.  Their friendship soon blooms into something more, and despite everything that could possibly go wrong, they decide to take that leap of faith into a relationship. And that's what makes this novel truly special -- it's all about the risk. It's about putting yourself first at the time you need to be your happiest. I mean, think about it: what's the point of being with your family around Christmas if you're just going to be miserable? Go with your friends to Vegas instead! Or maybe a trip to some Caribbean island! It's all about doing what makes you happy no matter what anyone else thinks/says or accuses you of. And along the way, you never know what you'll find :)

Candlelight Christmas is a great romance story that will tug at your heart and bring out some of your faith. Faith that anything...or anyone...can happen to you around the holidays. And that when it does...or when they're not afraid to leap.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

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