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

Elena Aitken
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Book Description

When you're looking for a little escape to the rugged mountain landscape
that's as beautiful as it is wild, unwind at Castle Mountain Lodge.



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?
 
~A sweet, contemporary romance~
 
**Author's note: While Unexpected Gifts can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel, check out the rest of the Castle Mountain Lodge Series for more mountain romance!

Book 1: Unexpected Gifts (Andi and Colin's Story)
Book 2: Hidden Gifts (Bo and Morgan's Story)
Unexpected Endings- A companion short story (Andi and Colin)
Book 3: Mistaken Gifts (Jeff and Eva's Story)
Book 4: Secret Gifts (Gage and Megan's Story)
Book 5: Goodbye Gifts (Dylan and Carmen's Story)

And don't forget to check out the steamy new resort romances at The Springs
Book 1: Summer of Change (Trent and Samantha's Story)
Book 2: Falling Into Forever (Rhys and Kari's Story) Coming April 2014
Book 3: Winter's Heat (Slade and Beth's Story) Coming June 2014


Editorial Reviews

Review

"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.

~Elena

Product Details

  • File Size: 3087 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ink Blot Communications; 2.0 edition (November 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066HBGCM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday Read January 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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15 of 15 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shirley January 1, 2014
By Shirley
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Story started out great. I was disappointed in the plot of this "Christian Romance." Loose morals are never acceptable in Christian fiction, no matter the reason or how realistic. I deleted this from my Kindle.
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23 of 25 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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flirty, frozen fun! November 21, 2011
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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. There is outdoor ice skating and hot chocolate around a bonfire! There is a hot tub! There are Christmas trees and Santa and starry-eyed tykes. And there is love, or at least there is the very strong indication of True Love. I ripped through this story in less than a day, and wished it had gone on much longer.
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8 of 8 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good Christmas romance August 21, 2013
By Ohjay44
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Enjoyed this story. Reading this book I could see the lodge, snow, decorations, families, etc. The characters were fun to get close to and learn about.
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8 of 8 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
loving the story so far. Characters are so real.
Can't wait to see w h at happens next with these two .
Published 2 hours ago by Lisa Holler
3.0 out of 5 stars This book was a great short read
This book was a great short read.. A few hours and the tale was told as were the emotions felt. The plot was ordinary but one that could be realistic true. Read more
Published 1 day ago by DeNisa Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story with good ending!
Published 5 days ago by Shirley funk
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Christmas Story
An engaging holiday novel about a woman named Andi Williams who isn't much in a celebratory mood due to a tragedy that happened around that time.
Published 7 days ago by J. Gallen
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet read!
This is a very sweet little romance! It has the feel of Harlequins of old. I miss the easy themes sometimes.

Andi is sassy and fun to read! Read more
Published 9 days ago by K. April Holgate
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the memory
It has been many years since I had a snowy Banff and Canmore Christmas, so thanks for bringing back all those memories. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good story!
Published 12 days ago by pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Will read the next in the series
Great read. Will read the next in the series.
Published 20 days ago by Sherry Cujas
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read
Looking forward to reading Elena's other books in the Castle Mountain Lodge series. This story got me hooked for sure! Off to read the second book!
Published 20 days ago by froggie
5.0 out of 5 stars what a sweet romance
From the beginning to the end, it was a great read. Would of liked to had just a little more at the end. Kept me wanting to read more, and not want to put the story down. Loved it.
Published 20 days ago by Patti
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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!

I LOVE to hear from my readers! Please sign up for my newsletter at www.elenaaitken.com (link on website) so you can stay up to date on my latest releases. Plus there's a link to an exclusive free short story!

Connect with me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elenaaitken.author
Twitter: @elenaaitken

Or send me an email: elena@elenaaitken.com

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