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The Lodge on Holly Road

(Life in Icicle Falls #6)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,026 ratings  ·  138 reviews

How Santa Gets His Christmas Spirit Back…

James Claussen has played Santa for years, but now that he's a widower, he's lost interest—in everything. So his daughter, Brooke, kidnaps him from the mall (in his Santa suit!) and takes him to Icicle Falls. She's arranged a special Christmas at the lodge owned by long-widowed Olivia Wallace and her son, Eric.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2014)
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Gail Hollingsworth
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy books filled with new beginnings, hope, love and family and The Lodge on Holly Road delivers it all. Sheila Roberts has a knack for drawing you into the lives of those in Icicle Falls, making you wish you lived there. Olivia has a lodge that is filled with guests for Christmas. A single mother with two children, a widowed man playing Santa with not much Christmas spirit and his two grown children, two older ladies, a couple celebrating by themselves and a young man hoping to plan the per ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A delightful Christmas story! My new favorite Icicle Falls book. So heartwarming. So many great characters that come together for the Christmas season. A kidnapped Santa, a single mom scrapping by and trying to give her two kids an awesome Christmas, A young man planning a romantic get away for the girl he hopes to marry. The inn keeper Olivia and her two sons. So many stories going on at the same time but so connected with each other. It will show you that Christmas Dreams can come true. Make s ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s a lazy Sunday morning, and I just finished Sheila Roberts The Lodge on Holly Road late last night. Of course with all of Ms. Roberts’s books, I loved this one. In case you do not already know, this book is the latest in the Life in Icicle Falls Series. As I sit here, I’m sipping a cup of coffee laced with Baileys, which is my preferred way to drink coffee. But of course I’m really longing to be at that lodge in Icicle Falls sipping Olivia’s homemade hot chocolate laced with Peppermint Schna ...more
Angela Holland
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this book. This is one of my all time favorite series. With each new installment in this series you get to go back to the great town of Icicle Falls and revisit your old friends and meet some new ones. This is a town I would love to live in. In this book we get to meet Missy who is a single mother trying to do the best she can and just needs a break. We also meet the Claussen family who lost their wife/mother just a year ago and are trying to have a happy Ch ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Sheila Roberts. This time she has just outdone herself. Icicle Falls is my favorite place to be and I simply can not wait for the next book from there. I just love how Sheila lets you be a part of such a wonderful small town and make you feel like you know everyone. I feel like I could walk in to the Tea Shop and just say hello to Bailey or visit Dot at the Pancake Haus. And of course I want to go and visit Olivia at the Lodge on Holly Rd. Sheila takes us to a small fairy ...more
Debbie Bothwell-palmer
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was wonderful to head back to Icicle Falls for Christmas! Christmas is such a magical time of the year and so many prayers and wishes go with it. Before you ever make it to the Lodge that Olivia owns with her son Eric you meet John and Missy. I found myself wanting them together only to find out he had a girl. Her kids help to take you back to maybe a Christmas or two of your own growing up.

This romance makes you believe in Santa and all that he can do if enough prayers and wishes are made.
Lori Church
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another superb book by Sheila Roberts, we are reminded prayers really still get answered and miracles really still do happen.
We see familiar names and some new ones coming to the lodge in quaint Icicle Falls. We feel empathy for Missy and her kids as well as the doldrums James is feeling as he wears the "santa suit" but has lost his joy playing santa.
We rejoice to see Missy enjoying herself at the lodge. Christmas turns out to be a truly caring, sharing time of year and Missy's family gets bl
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! I enjoyed every minute of it!! In this book we are introduced to James Claussen, he is a widower and he played Santa at the local mall. His daughter Missy kidnaps him and takes him on a journey to Icicle Falls where he meets and falls in love with Olivia. Her son Eric falls in love with James daughter, Missy, and so our story begins. Poor John Truman tries to surprise his girlfriend with a ring on Christmas only it backfires in his face. She turns him down and he is fallin ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I pulled The Lodge on Holly Road out of the virtually towering TBR pile because I’m scheduled to review the 8th book in this series, Christmas on Candy Cane Lane, early in November. I totally forgot that Holly Road was last year’s Christmas book in the Life in Icicle Falls series. So I get two heaping helpings of Christmas spirit in time for the upcoming holidays.

While Merry Ex-Mas is still my favorite Christmas book in this series, at least so far, The Lod
Janet Robel
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful holiday treat. All the characters bring this story to life. There are several romances at work here which totally fit. Grab some hot chocolate and settle in with this special story that will warm your heart.
Carmen Lang
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Lots of likeable characters and happy endings. Great holiday read.
Book Info
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
ISBN 0778316610 (ISBN13: 9780778316619)
edition language English
series Life in Icicle Falls #6
other editions None found
Source:Netgalley EARC

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How Santa Gets His Christmas Spirit Back…

James Claussen has played Santa for years, but now that he's a widower, he's lost interest—in everything. So his daughter, Brooke, kidnaps him from the
Dean Frech
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again, one of my favorite authors doesn’t disappoint with her latest novel, The Lodge on Holly Road. The latest in the Life in Icicle Falls Series, as well as her latest holiday read, this time we follow Olivia Wallace and her two sons and get a peek at life at her B&B in the mythical tourist town of Icicle Falls. This time we get to see a typical Christmas celebration at the Lodge and two special families that converge on Icicle Falls for Christmas. Sheila pulls out all the stops for a fu ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For me, the Holiday season never truly begins until I have read and indulged within the latest Holiday masterpiece written by Sheila Roberts. Her stories are filled with warmth, real people, real issues, hope, inspiration, fun and brimming with can't-wipe-the-smile-off-your-face moments from start to finish. I had actually read this book about a month or so ago and it is still so fresh in my mind and heart. The characters and story have left an amazing, lasting impression on my mind and heart.
Cindy Reifel
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There is a place in Icicle Falls called The Lodge on Holly Road. This Christmas, James Clausen's daughter Brooke has decided that she is kidnapping him for a special Christmas since his wife and her mom died the Christmas before and she wants to make new memories for her dad and brother. Missy Monroe, a hairdresser, has saved all year to bring her children to The Lodge for a special Christmas because she believes they deserve it. John Truman comes to The Lodge because he's decided he's going to ...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
It’s Christmas and what better place to spend your Holiday than in the small town of Icicle Falls. There you will find a Lodge that is owned by the widow Olivia and her son Eric. This year the Lodge is full of guest like Missy and her two children, John who is waiting for his girlfriend to join him and the Claussen family. Each of these people has their own story to tell as they get to know one another during this wonderful time of the year.

The Lodge on Holly Road is the sixth book in the Life
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love visiting Icicle falls and it's great residents. This Christmas story gives us 3 great romances and plenty of info for book # 7. You don't need to read any of the previous stories to enjoy this one. A kidnapped Santa, a desperately needed getaway by a single mom a man ready to propose and an innkeeper who loves Christmas all ad to this fantastic read. Get this one for sure.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the characters in this book in the series - although some of the story lines did seem rushed at the end to provide a happily ever after. And thank goodness there was only a very brief mention of the cheating, whiny, untrustworthy brat Bailey so I didn't have to skip through too much to avoid her in this book.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Truly puts you in the holiday spirit. I'm never disappointed with her books. I can never stop reading her books! You feel like your part of the town. I greatly appreciate getting a advanced copy of this book from Sheila.
Harlequin Books
"Heartwarming and full of second chances at love, Roberts’ latest is a fun holiday read complete with Christmas charm and chock-full of genuine, colorful characters" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars).

Life in Icicle Falls #6
Another good read in this series!
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story! If Icicle Falls was real, I'd move.
Ria F
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Quick read --- really too predictable even for this genre
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The Lodge on Holly Road
by Sheila Roberts

In the same vein as Debbie Macomber but not quite as sappy I think.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A predictable and easy read but so well written! Some Christmas romance novels are so cheesy but this one was enlightening, sweet and heart warming. A Hallmark worthy book.
Such an awesome series!!
Shelly Hammond
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a terrific feel good Christmassy story that takes place in that idealistic town of Icicle Falls. You'll be reunited with old friends from previous books and meet some new ones as well. Though I suppose you don't really have to read the books that came before this one in the series, I would highly recommend you do. It makes each one that much better when you go in order but if you are just looking for a Christmas book, you could easily pick this up and just read it.
This book takes pl
Gina Marie
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts encompasses everything magical and beautiful about Christmas! The town of Icicle Falls is idyllic and whimsical with gingerbread houses and shops, a charming town square with glittering trees, a skating rink and snowy hillsides. The lodge is a charming family owned bed and breakfast which captures the spirit of Christmas with its ornate and cozy atmosphere. I could almost taste the cookies and casseroles, smell the hot chocolate and peppermint. Each chap ...more
My Bookish Delights
Cover: 3/5 (I like it)

Story: 3/5

So this one was fine. I liked the setting and I liked the characters. It felt cozy. Insta-love was all over the place. Not once, not twice, but three times! It was a bit too much. I think I would have liked it more if it had just focused on one set of characters and added more depth to them. The other romances could have gone on too, but more emphasis on one. While I liked all the characters in the story and the plot (for the most part), I didn't feel attached to
Lisa Cornelius Ashby
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It was sweet, fun, and full of Christmas spirit. It had me wanting to visit Icicle Falls and spend time with the wonderful characters who live and visit there. I have found a new author and can’t wait to read all of her books!
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Sheila Roberts is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her books are best-sellers, and have been made into movies for the Lifetime and Hallmark channels. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences or hanging out with her hubby or girlfriends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

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