After years of dreaming, Clio Winters is finally fulfilling her childhood dream of renovating the gorgeous old Cedarwood Lodge in Evergreen and turning it into the perfect destination for celebrations, weddings and extravagant birthday parties. The huge property used to be a bustling holiday camp, now Clio wants to bring it back to its halcyon days – which will be a lot of hard work!
Returning back to the small town of her youth she’s glad to have one of her best friends still around to lean on, Micah who is just as solid as he used to be. But with her own secrets pushing her to run from her glamorous life in New York, she’ll have to tread carefully, especially when the far-too-handsome-for-his-own-good contractor, Kai, shows up on her doorstep…
Sure she’s here in Evergreen to change her life, but there is no way she’s falling in love!
Previously published as Celebrations & Confetti, Brides & Bouquets, Midnight & Mistletoe.
Title: Winter at Cedarwood Lodge
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published: (original 3 novellas – 2016) Combined December 1, 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Although it’s possible that you’ve read the three novellas that make up Winter at Cedarwood Lodge (Celebrations & Confetti, Brides & Bouquets, Midnight & Mistletoe), when combined in this re-edited presentation the stories flow and blend into one beautiful and enjoyable book. I make mention of this simply because I dislike finding out too late that I’ve already read a re-presentation of books, so I will always be upfront about that in reviews so that you can make your own choice knowing the background of stories.
I had such fun with Winter at Cedarwood Lodge. It’s full of lively, interesting characters, a mystery to solve, distancing of families to heal and some delightful love stories to warm the heart. The central figure here is Clio who once upon a time left her small home town of Evergreen for the bright lights and cut throat antics of life in New York City, Manhattan specifically. She worked hard, created her career, and was successful… right up until she made the huge mistake of giving advice to a hesitant bride. That decision, unlike her really for she knew better, cost her everything for nothing is as vindictive as a bridezilla who will make anyone else the villain in her own horror story. Clio will head back home to regroup and redirect her life. When the ruined mess of the old Cedarwood property goes up for sale she jumps at the chance to realize a childhood dream. With a dream in mind, a focus to achieve a goal and far too deep in debt, Clio will now set out to take the Cedarwood hotel property back to its original glory – with visions of celebrations, destination weddings and much more dancing in her imagination.
But not everyone wants to see that happen. There is a mystery surrounding the Cedarwood and Clio will face some challenges as she sets out to renovate this property… surprisingly from someone closest to her. Now she simply has to get this new business up and running before her dream location turns into a nightmare she never expected. It’s a good thing she’s got lots of friends on her side… and maybe a bit of a love interest as well.
Love in the air, a mystery puzzle to solve and a dream to realize that is some of what you’ll find within Winter at Cedarwood Lodge. I enjoyed myself in this world full of interesting characters and tons of romance going on. I believe you’ll find an enjoyable holiday story with characters you’ll be cheering on to their happy ever afters.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
*This review first appeared on Keeper Bookshelf*
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