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The Lodge On Holly Road by Sheila Roberts

Helping To Catch The Wind

The Lodge On Holly Road by Sheila Roberts is the most delightful contemporary festive offering. It is the sixth book in the Life In Icicle Falls series but can be read as a stand-alone.

This really is Christmas in a book. It is warm and welcoming with all the elements of Christmas – snow, cookies, gingerbread, Santa, trees and family. The reader can ‘see’ and experience a traditional Christmas as we enter the world of Icicle Falls for a few hours.

Christmas can be magical – but it can also be hard – we follow a single parent determined to give her two children an unforgettable time. Their wishes to Santa are not of monetary value but of flesh and blood. One wants a dog and the other wants a grandmother for Christmas – but where will we find those?

Two families are facing Christmas with empty seats around the table. We see how hard loss is – whether it was one or ten years ago. “It was spring when I lost George. I’d hear the birds singing and want to shoot them. I love birds.” We can ‘feel’ the pain and empathise with the character. Why does the world still continue when life as we know it, has shattered? “Every morning I wake up and ask myself, ‘Why get up?’ “ Life is hard alone. We need someone to share it with.

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Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts

Delightfully Festive

Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts is a charming, contemporary Christmas novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is the second book in the Life In Icicle Falls series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Christmas is a time for family. Family comes in all shapes and sizes, sometimes it includes ex’s, especially when there are grown up children involved. A wedding could potentially be very awkward until everyone realizes that A family pulls together.

Icicle Falls is a place of community. Even the reader feels included in the warm welcome. Strangers quickly become friends.

Various characters have differing skill sets and own shops within the town. The bakery is particularly appealing, especially at Christmas with all the festive treats.

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On Strike For Christmas by Sheila Roberts

Amusing and Heart Warming

On Strike For ChristmasOn Strike For Christmas by Sheila Roberts is another delightful offering, and just perfect for a heart warming read on an Autumn evening.

As Thanksgiving ends and Christmas approaches, Joy and Laura, fed up with doing all the preparations and parties single handed, decide to go on strike for Christmas. If Christmas is to happen, then their husbands will be organising it. The local paper hears of the strike, and soon many more women have joined it. The men of the town of Holly are going to find out just how much hard work goes into making Christmas appear to run smoothly.

On Strike For Christmas was a highly amusing read, as men all over town launched from one disaster to another, with very humorous results. It was a compulsive read that had me smiling throughout.

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Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

Totally Charming

Nine Lives of ChristmasNine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts is a perfectly delightful Christmas feel good novel. The story is told from three different viewpoints – his, hers and the cat! As a crazy cat lady myself, I found it highly entertaining to ‘hear’ the voice of Ambrose the cat!

Ambrose is on his ninth life when he is rescued from a vicious dog by fireman Zach. Ambrose decides to move in with Zach, and then sets about match making. Zach doesn’t want a cat, but Ambrose is persistent.

Merilee works at a local pet store and volunteers in an animal shelter. As soon as Ambrose sees Merilee, he decides that she is the one for Zach. Can Ambrose achieve his aim?

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