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Unexpected Gifts (A Castle Mountain Lodge Romance Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Elena Aitken
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Book Description

Let it snow with a sweet contemporary romance!

Cozy up to the Castle Mountain Lodge in the middle of the remote Canadian Rockies for Unexpected Gifts.

Christmas represents everything Andi Williams is supposed to have, and doesn't. Running away to a remote mountain lodge in the Canadian Rockies sounds like the perfect way to escape, until a mix-up finds her sharing a villa with sexy, rough around the edges, Colin Hartford.

Colin's determination to enjoy the holiday he’s missed for the last five years sweeps Andi into a season of joy that she’s not sure she’s ready for. Can Andi open herself up to everything the holidays have to offer...including love?

Editorial Reviews


"This story is a delicious confection from start to finish, with a delightful pair of protagonists, and a wonderfully quirky cast of secondary characters. Add in one of the most spectacularly gorgeous settings - The Canadian Rockies in snowy winter - and the stage is set for a little bit of fairytale romance."

"Captivating! I read this in the sunshine in Cuba and was mesmerized by the descriptions of the mountains, the snow and the emotion."

From the Author

Dear Reader,

I hope you enjoy this seasonal escape to one of my favorite places, The Canadian Rocky Mountains. I've always felt the mountains are magical in their ability to soothe, inspire and heel. And I believe that wonderful things can happen when you're surrounded by their beauty. Including the magic of falling in love.
To me, there is nothing more special than spending the holiday season surrounded by snow, pine trees and the towering peaks of the Rockies.
It is truly my wish that you enjoy this little escape and fall in love with Castle Mountain Lodge during the majestic winter season.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1471 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ink Blot Communications; 2.2 edition (November 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066HBGCM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,479 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet Christmas romance you'll love December 14, 2013
By Roberta
Format:Kindle Edition
Unexpected Gifts is the first book in the Castle Mountain Lodge series, but it's a standalone and from the short excerpt of book two, it's clear that each book has its own characters and the only connection is the setting - the Castle Mountain Lodge resort - and some of the characters, basically the people who work in the resort.
The first chapter pulled me in immediately. We meet Andi, a party planner, and Eva, her funny business partner and friend, while they're at work. Andi is having a hard time surviving the festivities, since she's trying to recover from her ex dumping her after she lost their baby. She's broken and not exactly in the mood for Christmas celebration and, as the last straw, her father calls her to inform her last minute that they will not be celebrating Christmas with her, as his new wife has organized a trip to Disneyworld for their 3-year-old twins. In order to avoid spending Christmas alone, brooding over her life and all that she's lost, Andi accepts an invitation that the Castle Mountain Lodge resort sent to their office. After all, spending a few days in a mountain resort, reading a book and enjoying the snow can be quite inviting.
Enters Colin. He's Canadian too, just like Andi, but has been living in the Caribbeans for the last five years, expanding his business and putting it before anything else. Scarred by a serious relationship that didn't end too well, the last thing he wants is to get involved with someone else. Back in Canada, he's determined to enjoy the true Christmas spirit, in the Canadian way: snow, ice-skating, mountains, Christmas trees and all that he's missed over the last five years. So he gets a room in the Castle Mountain Lodge and he gets there just in time to find a desperate Andi talking to the resort manager.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday Read January 26, 2012
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I really loved this romantic novel. It is always wonderful to think that in real life this could happen just like the author is telling the story. I think it does actually sometime and that is what give us all hope for the main character as she tries to escape her real life for the Christmas vacation only to find love in all the right places.
I live in south Florida and loved the snowy scenes, making it feel like the Christmas season even though it was warm enough to turn on our air conditioning. The description of the resort made me feel in the mood. The cover pulled me in and the story didn't let me down.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! November 14, 2011
By Apreil
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I sat down last night with "Unexpected Gifts", intending to read only the first chapter or two. However the story was so good and the character so "real" that I wasn't able to put it down until the last page was read. I would definitely recommend this book, and am anxiously awaiting for what Elena has for us next!
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised! March 20, 2014
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This book was advertised under Christian romance.

Probably because the Christmas holiday was included.

Definitely should not have been included under that heading.

Explicit sex, corny and predictable plot.
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Story problem February 13, 2014
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Writing ok, but I don't care for books that take casual sex as a given. As far as I could tell that was the plot of this romance. So not interested.
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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars FYI: NOT a sweet innocent Christian romance March 13, 2014
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I was mislead, this book is NOT innocent or Christian like it was billed. The whole lodge concept was intriguing and the storyline had possibilities. There is so much more to a relationship than heat!
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Book in wrong category. May 23, 2014
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This book was listed under Christian romance.....and it is not a Christian romance book. Needs to be placed in another category.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet romance... November 13, 2013
By June
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Andi was not a happy camper when it came to Christmas. Wants nothing to do with it. Colin loves Christmas and couldn't wait to celebrate it. When these 2 meet, can Colin convince her to open up and enjoy it, but there is a reason why she doesn't want to celebrate. Will she confess??? Read it and find out.... ;)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, easy read.
I would not call this a Christian romance. However, aside from heated kisses, the sex was implied, not too graphically described. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Abigail Reece
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Romance
Great book I couldn't put it down. You need to read the whole series, all the books are awesome!
Published 12 days ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected gift ( a castle mountain lodge romance book 1)
This was a enjoyable christmas story and it was free. Worth reading give it try I believe you will like it too if you enjoy reading christmas stories.
Published 13 days ago by Cas
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet holiday romance
A sweet, if somewhat predictable, romance. Great Christmas setting in the mountains and the lodge sounds perfect for holiday activities.
Published 16 days ago by Barbwire58
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very well written book very touching and full feeling story from beginning to the ending
Published 16 days ago by doris parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, but left me wanting more
Sweet enough that you can feel your hearts strings being pulled at their pain.

You can't have so many little hot moments and then leave the reader hanging. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Evelyn M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, enjoyable read
A quick and enjoyable read. Somewhat predictable.
Published 27 days ago by Judith Bennoch
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
A "sweet" romance only in that there was no sex between the hero and heroine. However, she had lived with a man for a long time and had a stillborn baby out of wedlock, and... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Lillian Ammann (Lillie)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I enjoyed it. Looking forward to the rest of the books. I liked the holiday and family atmosphere. Nice one.
Published 28 days ago by Ann W
5.0 out of 5 stars Blizzard of a Xmas
SENSUALITY RATING: Kissing; One euphemistic "code used only ONE time, "breasts"

GENRE: Romance

SETTING: Modern-day Canada; Vacation lodge in the... Read more
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More About the Author

Like a lot of my readers, I'm a busy mom. It often feels like life is pulling us in a million different directions, which is why I love to write romance!
There's nothing better than knowing you have an escape waiting for you at the end of a long day in the form of a good book.

I'm lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the foothills of Alberta, where I can write the stories I love. Whenever I get the chance, I escape into those amazing mountains and I can usually be found sitting with my feet in the lake, working on my next book.

As well as contemporary romance novels, I also like to write women's fiction and my collection of stand alone novels are all part of the Escape Collection. I'm always trying something new, so stay tuned to see what's next!

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