The Lodge on Holly Road

Mira: Harlequin. (Life in Icicle Falls, Bk. 6). Nov. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780778316619. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460341599. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Brooke Claussen is concerned that her dad, who used to love Christmas, is losing his interest in life since her mom died. So Brooke kidnaps him and takes him to idyllic Icicle Falls for a family celebration with no sad memories. Naturally, James Claussen rebels, but as the holidays progress, the landscape shifts and soon passion is igniting everywhere. Colorful characters, both old and new, bring the season to life in this light-hearted, engaging romance. A recipe for gumdrop cookies is a bonus.
VERDICT A daughter takes matters into her own hands to bring joy and love back into her father's life in this richly peopled heart-warmer that features several memorable couples and is perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Robyn Carr. Roberts (The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane) lives in Bremerton, WA.

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