Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them ! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talkshe’d so appreciate it.
This week I’m picking a book I read a few years ago and loved!!
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!
THE LODGE ON HOLLY ROAD is book six in the Life In Icicle Falls series, one of my all time favorites. Sheila Roberts pulls you in each and every time and before you know it, you are emotionally invested in all of the characters’ lives. Well, she’s done it again with THE LODGE ON HOLLY ROAD. I read this wonderful story in one afternoon and Ms. Roberts left me aching for more. As an added bonus, Sheila Roberts also included some of the recipes from this heart-warming story at the end of the book.
Missy Monroe is one of the characters who really pulled at my heart strings. She is a single mother raising two young kids. Missy, a hairdresser, has saved all year to bring her children to The Lodge for a special Christmas because she believes they deserve it. She hasn’t had an easy life and this Christmas isn’t an exception. Her daughter Lalla wants a grandma for Christmas, and her brother, Carlos, wants a dog. Missy can’t provide either one of these and it breaks her heart. All of the guests pool together to try and make this the best Christmas ever for her children. Keep the tissues handy because you are going to need them.
I love the story of Olivia, the owner of the inn, and James Claussen, a guest. Both are widowed and both miss their spouses terribly. These two are lonely and not everyone in their families can see that. By the end of THE LODGE ON HOLLY ROAD, they grow close by sharing some of what they had gone through. I really enjoy just how much heart both of these characters had, especially Olivia. THE LODGE ON HOLLY ROAD is a winner all around. It has wonderful characters, romance, lots if second chances, and an amazing setting that I can’t wait to revisit!
THE LODGE ON HOLLY ROAD is filled to the brim with family, new beginnings, love, and hope. It is a wonderful Christmas story. I read it in July and loved it. A little girl getting a Grandma, a little boy needing his very own dog, and Santa himself needing a Mrs. Claus! Grown children learning that their Dad can miss their Mom and still love again. There are a lot of wishes and prayers fulfilled this Christmas season at THE LODGE ON HOLLY ROAD. Sit back with some hot chocolate brimming with whipped cream and another wonderful story from Sheila Roberts! This tale should become a delightful Christmas movie very soon!
More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere…
Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe
Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews
Amanda at Literary Weaponry
Cathy at Between the Lines
Julie at Novel Thrills and Chills
Cathy at What Cathy Read Next
Noriko at Book Fiend
Amy at NovelGossip
Lynne at Fictionophile
Nicki atThe Secret Library Site
Mischenko at Read Rant Rock and Roll
Caryl at Mrs Bloggs Books
Sam at Clues and Reviews
Annie at The Misstery
Katie at Katie Creative Writer Blog
Rebecca at Boofsbooks
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND THANKS FOR READING!