REVIEW: Christmas Longings by Ev Bishop is book 15 in the Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge series. You must know by now that I love this series and all of these books have been winners in my estimation. I bought the final books I needed to get caught up with this series. They were already out so, I will be posting my reviews of them shortly. I’m so excited to say I have read all of the books. I hope the series continues. I have grown to know and love so many of the characters and I know it will be hard to say goodbye.
WOW! Ev Bishop knocked it out of the park with this one. It is so good in so many ways.
The main characters were new. The ones we have already met were in the background or made cameo appearances except for one. Nell McMurphy is the main character and she meets a man named Owen. Special circumstances brought them together and he has a pretty wonderful family except for one daughter who thinks Nell might be a gold digger. We get to know Stevie’s birth mother a little more and what she has been through. If you remember, her name is Marilyn and she is married to one of Owen’s sons.
I want to tell you all of the details of this book but, I can’t give away all of the fun. I really enjoyed this installment. It is full of Christmas activities at Cedar Mountain Lodge, new and old loves, memories of days gone by and it is just a very special story. These books aren’t long and they are perfect to fill a quiet evening snuggled in your favorite reading chair. I highly recommend them. Unitl next time…Happy Reading!
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SYNOPSIS: Random circumstances brought them together. Love made them family.
Christmas has been a hard time of year for 73-year-old Nell McMurphy since her daughter Katie passed away, but now that she’s a widow, retired, and has lost her beloved old dog? It’s excruciating. She wants to be strong, to find some way to carry on and to do something with meaning while she still has time left, but she is just so tired, so very, very tired.
Needing to flee memories, she books a stay at Cedar Mountain Lodge, a beautiful remote ski resort, where she plans to hide away from the holidays. Before she retreats, however, she’s determined to go through with her personal annual memorial for Katie, part of which involves handing out her daughter’s favorite treats to homeless people. While doing so, Nell runs into a man named Owen, who is far too interested in her well-being for her liking, and a woman named Marilyn, who runs an art therapy class and whose family runs a local soup kitchen. Nell enjoys the encounter, but it underscores her deep loneliness.
Arriving at Cedar Mountain Lodge, she is shocked when chance throws her, Owen, Marilyn, and family together again. As she spends more time with Marilyn and her daughter Stevie, her longing for family and connection intensifies. And as she gets to know Owen, she is appalled by the desires he kindles.
It might be better to have loved and lost than to never to have loved at all . . . but Nell can’t handle any more loss, so where does that leave her?
If you’re a fan of heartwarming second-chance holiday romances with later-in-life heroes and heroines, along with a few furry friends, you’ll love this volume of the Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge series!
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Book 1: Christmas Sisters – perma-FREE prologue book
Book 2: Christmas Kisses by Judith Keim
Book 3: Christmas Wishes by Tammy L. Grace
Book 4: Christmas Hope by Violet Howe
Book 5: Christmas Dreams by Ev Bishop
Book 6: Christmas Rings by Tess Thompson
Book 7: Christmas Surprises by Tammy L. Grace
Book 8: Christmas Yearnings by Ev Bishop
Book 9: Christmas Peace by Violet Howe
Book 10: Christmas Castles by Judith Keim
Book 11: Christmas Star by Tess Thompson
Book 12: Christmas Joy by Judith Keim
Book 13: Christmas Shelter by Tammy L. Grace
Book 14: Christmas Secret by Violet Howe
Book 15: Christmas Longings by Ev Bishop