Random circumstances brought them together. Love made them family.
It’s been fifteen years since Madeline Kirby adopted four girls and welcomed them into her home for Christmas. The holiday season has always been a special time for the family, and when one of her daughters plans a Christmas Eve wedding at the Cedar Mountain Lodge, Maddie looks forward to spending the week together in joyous celebration.
With the cancellation of the ceremony mere days before the family’s arrival, Maddie insists they must all forge ahead to the lodge to pull together and support the jilted bride. Luckily, love is swirling with the snow in the mountain air, and it seems no one is immune, not even Maddie.
She’d given up on romance when a tragic auto accident took her beloved husband along with her only child the year she adopted the girls, but a chance encounter with a handsome stranger ignites a spark that Maddie can’t ignore. As she tries to convince her daughters that love is a risk worth taking in their own lives, can Maddie be convinced she’s not too old for another chance?
Christmas Hope by Violet Howe
(Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge, #4)
Fifteen years earlier, Maddie needed a purpose in her life, a place to spread the love overflowing in her heart since the death of her young daughter and husband. She found it in the four young girls she took into her home, cementing a family bond that would never die.
Now they are all together at Cedar Mountain Lodge, it’s Christmastime and love is in the air. Could this be the time that love finds Maddie? Is she ready to let go of her past and share her heart with another man? Is it time for her to practice what she has told her daughters time and again, that love is worth taking a risk for? Could Robert be the man she is willing to take that risk for?
CHRISTMAS HOPE by Violet Howe is proof that love isn’t only for the young, but for everyone, regardless of age and it is always worth taking a chance on. Warm, heart-melting and filled with moments of insecurities, humor and the feeling that one is reading about real people, Ms. Howe has nailed what love and romance is all about! It’s about the heart, and if it is still beating, there is always room for companionship, fumbling like teenagers and learning to be a couple committed to sharing.
As the fourth book in this multi-author series all centering around one place and the holidays, I have to say, each book deserves recognition as “truly romantic.” Each author has stamped their personal style on each tale, but they all flow so well together and none feel as if there wasn’t a collective atmosphere to bring warmth and sweet romance alive!
Sit back, get comfortable, and fall in love with the magic of the season and the magic of another very talented author! I think I particularly enjoyed that we know these characters are “more experienced” in life, yet they are still unsure, still a little unprepared about what to do next, yet able to dig through the muddling feelings and not waste time when they know what they want!
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Violet Howe and Ev Bishop! This is my honest and voluntary review.