Holiday Gifts

· Castle Mountain Lodge Book 7 · Elena Aitken
11 reviews

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He's given up on the idea of love. She's a busy mom who wants to give her daughter the world. Is it the magic of the season…or is love really the best present of all?


For Ryan, working as the manager at a mountain lodge known for love and romance definitely has it's perks, but falling in love for himself doesn't seem to be one of them. He's resigned himself to the reality that the 'magic of the Lodge' will never work for him.

Single mom, Julie's number one focus has always been raising her teenage daughter. Julie would do anything for her, including organizing a special Christmas crafting retreat at a remote lodge so her daughter can experience the true magic of the season in the mountains. 

Julie's way overdue for a little love of her own, and her daughter can't seem to resist playing matchmaker. When she sees a potential match between her mother and the handsome manager of the hotel, she sets out to give the ‘magic of the Lodge’ a little festive help. After all…what’s more romantic than Christmas at Castle Mountain Lodge?

11 reviews
Barbara Renczkowski
November 24, 2015
Once again Elena Aitken has put her talent as an author to the pages and came up with another fantastic, sweet, tender story that I couldn’t put down. This time it even had the beauty of Christmas and Castle Mountain Lodge added to it to make it even better. I have read the other Castle Mountain Lodge Romance books and this just fit in nicely but you could read this as a standalone as well. Holiday Gifts is about a single mom, Julie, raising a teenage young lady Shay. Julie decided to give her daughter a great Christmas memory by going to Castle Mountain Lodge and doing a special crafting retreat. Castle Mountain Lodge has the reputation of being a place where people fall in love and Shay has it on her mind that this might work out for her mom so when she sees handsome Ryan Morrison who is the Customer Service Manager, she sorta pushes him towards her mom. Sparks do fly but nothing is easy. The book is great, the characters are all very well written as in all of Aitken’s books and it’s just a delightful book to read for the holiday season. I was given the book to read for an honest review and it has nothing to do with my review. I look forward to more books in the Castle Mountain Lodge series.
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Nancy Stopper
November 23, 2015
Holiday Gifts is a sweet novella that returns you to the magical Castle Mountain Lodge for Christmas. I really enjoyed the book because both characters are relatable. Ryan is feeling that life is starting to pass him by and is interested in finding a woman and getting married. Julie has been relying on herself to raise her daughter alone for a long time. She isn't looking for love but finds it when she all but trips over it. Julie was especially relatable because every step in her relationship with Ryan was fraught with anxiety and second-guessing his feelings for her as well as her feelings for him - a very realistic emotion for someone who has been fending on her own for so long. Sweet story with a Christmas theme and a precocious teenager.
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Bette Hansen
November 23, 2015
Love is in the air again at the magical Castle Mountain Lodge. Although Ryan Morrison has seen many couples fall in love there, he doesn't think it's in the cards for him. That is until Julie Pitts and her matchmaking daughter Shay arrive at the lodge. Ryan is attracted to Julie immediately but can he get her to stop working long enough to notice him??? Great story with very interesting characters! Definitely a great holiday read that I would recommend to everyone.
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About the author

Elena Aitken is a USA Today Bestselling Author of more than forty romance and women’s fiction novels. The mother of ‘grown up’ twins, Elena now lives with her very own mountain man in the heart of the very mountains she writes about. She can often be found with her toes in the lake and a glass of wine in her hand, dreaming up her next book and working on her own happily ever after.

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