After enjoying Lakeshore Christmas so much I wanted to read another in the series. Oops, this is Lakeside, not Lakeshore. No matter, it was a delightful contemporary romance, with some very interesting details.
Single mom, very protective of son who is desperate for a father figure, spends the summer at her family’s beautiful old summer house. Two strangers come into her life and will change her life. One is a teenage girl on her own, the other is a devastatingly sexy man, J.D. He is there hoping to get away from the press that has hounded him since he saved the President’s life. A Green Beret EMT heroism comes to him naturally, but he doesn’t like to think that. Both spend the summer learning to let love into their hearts. I liked the angle of her (yes, I forgot her name) welcoming the stray girl into her home and helping create a family for her, while at the same time being encouraged by the teen to work on her career.
I’d say Susan Wiggs is a reliable writer for a satisfying romance.
Oh how I love cheesy Christmas stories (especially romances.) This was an absolutely wonderful book to read on Christmas Eve Eve and Christmas Eve. I don’t care if it was predictable and unbelievable, it was a perfect Christmas story. And the main character was a librarian, to boot! A librarian who is embracing the stereotype and given up on men, to be sure, but since she’s only in her 20s there is apparently still hope. Though really she does her best to push away men. The community she lives in is just too magical and charming (and I think there are many other books set in this idyllic town), complete with the fact that everyone celebrates Christmas and the town library does too.
I’ll just throw out the elements of this story and I’ll be you can figure out the story: the library is going to have to be closed due to money woes, Maureen (the librarian) is co-directing the town Christmas pageant, the co-director is former child star Eddie Haven who is too sexy to be believed, as well as being kind good hearted and keeping that all to himself, years ago Eddie was in a fiery crash from which he was miraculously unhurt, and….a beautiful voiced boy whom no one seems to know shows up.
It was all a bit hokey, but in the most wonderfully Christmas way. And actually, I might just go ahead and read the other Lakeshore books!