Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Review: The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts

Title: The Lodge on Holly Road
Author: Sheila Roberts
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:

How Santa Gets His Christmas Spirit Back… 

James Claussen has played Santa for years, but now that he's a widower, he's lost interest—in everything. So his daughter, Brooke, kidnaps him from the mall (in his Santa suit!) and takes him to Icicle Falls. She's arranged a special Christmas at the lodge owned by long-widowed Olivia Wallace and her son, Eric. And yet…Brooke wants Dad to be happy, but she's not ready to see someone else's mommy kissing Santa Claus. 

Single mom Missy Monroe brings her kids to the lodge, too. Lalla wants a grandma for Christmas, and her brother, Carlos, wants a dog. Missy can't provide either one. What she'd like is an attractive, dependable man. A man like John Truman… But John's girlfriend will be joining him in Icicle Falls, and he's going to propose. 

Of course not everything goes as planned. But sometimes the best gifts are the ones you don't expect!

My thoughts:

This is a cute holiday read, nothing too complex or crazy, just a sweet story about a jumble of lost souls who all are celebrating Christmas together at a B and B in Icicle Falls. There are a myriad of characters all looking for someone to love, be it a romantic partner, a grandma, or a dog. The settings of Icicle Falls and the lodge are quaint, charming, if not a little twee.

The characters all have their issues, big and small, and it seems like the Lodge becomes a place of healing. And what better time to do so than Christmas? My only complaint is that a few of the younger male characters seem a little shallow, and one of them was so clueless and shallow, that he grated on my nerves big time. Overall though, everyone got what they needed, including me. I was looking for some light entertainment, and I got it.

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