Sunday, December 8, 2013

Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs and a Giveaway!

Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs invites you to an unforgettable Christmas in the Catskills.

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 about Candlelight Christmas ~~

I love Christmas and I love reading Christmas stories. I am not sure why I only read them at Christmas time. Maybe I can find a challenge to join where we read one Christmas book a month, all year. What a great idea!

Candlelight Christmas is another very enjoyable story to add to the list of awesome Christmas stories I've read this year. Susan Wiggs has written a ton of books and I am not sure why this is the first one of her's that I've read. That's what I am loving about this whole blogging gig - finding tons on new titles and wonderful authors that I now 'need' to read!

This is a story of two very likable characters who are each going through their own issues. Logan is a divorced dad, who lives for his son and spends all the time he can with him.
'Since he became a dad, every move he made had been for Charlie's sake.'
And then there's Darcy, going through a bitter divorce and leaving beloved step-children behind. She does not ever want to become that attached to a child again. It hurts too much.
'One important discovery Darcy had made in the wake of her divorce was that friends were the people who took care of you when your family let you down.'
I loved the ease that I found myself entering the lives of these two people. Their relationship and the progression of their friendship felt very natural and real to me. They are both such good, kind-hearted people and deserve only the best.

And in the end, there is the reminder of what the Christmas season should be about.
'It was the Christmas Spirit. It was the thing all the songs and stories were about - putting somebody's happiness ahead of your own.'

About the author

Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers' group in a 17-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field's End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world's top authors to her seaside community. (See She's been featured in the national media, including NPR's "Talk of the Nation," and is a popular speaker locally and nationally.

According to Publishers Weekly, Wiggs writes with "refreshingly honest emotion," and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is "one of our best observers of stories of the heart [who] knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book." Booklist characterizes her books as "real and true and unforgettable." She is the recipient of three RITA (sm) awards and four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly for her books. The Winter Lodge and Passing Through Paradise have appeared on PW’s annual "Best Of" lists. Several of her books have been listed as top Booksense picks and optioned as feature films. Her novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have made national bestseller lists, including the USA Today, Washington Post and New York Times lists.

The author is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book. Readers can learn more on the web at and on her lively blog at

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  1. Sounds like a really good book. I could read Christmas romance books year round!

  2. Candlelight Christmas sounds wonderful.I enjoy reading your books.

  3. Great review! =)

    I love Romance books, and this one sounds really good!
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  4. The cover makes you more than ready for Christmas. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  5. Sounds like a holiday book

  6. Sounds like a wonderful story. I can't wait to read it.


  7. This is a great giveaway for Christmas. Romance is my favorite genre.

  8. I love Christmas books! They have their own folder on my Kindle PW and on my TBR pile.


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