Unexpected Gifts by Elena Aitken

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    The combination of sweet story and lovely narration is a delight!

    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?

    Review by K. April Holgate:

    Elena Aitken
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    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! I loved seeing her find a match in Colin, he is great at teaching her to enjoy fun again.

    They both have things to work out and it is heartwarming to see them find their way. I really felt for Andi and her situation. While it was sad, it didn’t weigh the story down.

There is plenty of chemistry, but things stay pretty much PG-13. Some steamy kisses but nothing past that. It is a very cozy romance.

    The story flows nicely and is sweetly engaging. I love the leads and the supporting cast. I hope we get their HEA through the series! 

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jennifer Drake Ford, she is a perfect fit for the read. I loved her smooth and easy tone throughout the book. She has a consistent pace and great voices.

    The combination of sweet story and lovely narration is a delight!

I am eager to see what happens next in the series! The characters are engaging and have potential for more happy ever afters.

    Review by Eleanor H T&T:

    This romantic novel really reminded me that this could happen in real life as depicted by the author. I should know, and the main character, Andi, does just that as she tries to escape the humdrum of her real life for the Christmas vacation.

    Only to find love awaiting her there, when she accepts an invitation that the Castle Mountain Lodge resort sent to her office.
After spending time living in the Caribbean, Colin enters, determined to enjoy the true Christmas spirit, with snow, ice-skating, mountains and he rescues a damsel in distress. The blossoming attraction is on, although romance can be depicted without the ‘heat.’

    This story is a wonderful blend from start to finish, with a delightful pair of main protagonists, and a great mix of secondary characters.

Jennifer Drake Ford was great in her depiction of the various personalities and it was a pleasure to listen to this audiobook as narrated by her.

    It was exciting, thrilling, romantic and thoroughly enjoyable and I would strongly recommend this book.

The cover pulled me in and the story didn’t let me down. Love your writing style Elena.