Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Release Day! Christmas at Mountain View Lodge by Deanna Lynn Sletten ~ My Thoughts and a #Giveaway! #ChristmasAtMountainViewLodge

Happy Release Day!

Congratulations Deanna
on the release today of
Christmas at Mountain View Lodge!

Christmas at Mountain View Lodge by Deanna Lynn Sletten
Holiday Fiction, 145 pages
Published November 14, 2023 by Deanna Lynn Sletten

The magic of Christmas in a mountain ski town brings up long-forgotten holiday memories.

1965 – On a vacation to Big Bear Lake in California, Arnie Burke falls in love with the rustic small town. He finds an old log saloon for sale just outside of town and tries to talk his wife, Edna, into buying it and moving there. With two young children and a comfortable life on the California coast, Edna isn’t thrilled with the idea. But Arnie is persistent, promising they will build the lodge up to one day be one of the grandest resorts in town. Edna finally agrees, and the Mountain View Lodge is born.

Today – Cassandra (Cassie) Nichols has a busy life and a prestigious job in Los Angeles. She has quickly risen to the top of the Public Relations firm where she works and is responsible for many high-profile celebrity clients. She is also engaged to Blake Chandler, a handsome man with a job as demanding as hers. When she receives a call from her old school friend, now the manager of Mountain View Lodge, that her help is needed at her grandparents’ lodge over the holidays, Cassie reluctantly goes. Her grandparents have passed on, and her parents have also died, and now she’s responsible for selling the family business. If she could just get the lodge through a successful holiday season, she could close it until it sells. What Cassie doesn’t know is that the memories of her childhood, her parents, and even the guests who’ve been coming for decades will make her homesick for the place she once thought she’d never want to own.

Can a Christmas tradition and an old love help Cassie find her way home?

My thoughts about Christmas at Mountain View Lodge ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First lines—"Summer - 1965 Edna Burke and her husband Arnie were having a wonderful time vacationing at Big Bear Lake, California."

In my opinion, there is nothing better than reading Christmas stories in the months of November and December, getting me in the mood for the holiday season. And then when it's a Christmas story by one of my all-time favorite authors, it's the epitome of awesomeness.

Cassie gets called back to help out at her family lodge, which is fine because after the first of the year it won't be her problem anymore. The lodge, which was such a big part of her life growing up, is about to be sold. Little did she know that spending time there again would bring back all of the memories, feelings, and love that she had for her family and the people who were such an important part of her life and the lodge. 

There is so much sweetness and love in this story that it brought tears to my eyes many times, and yes, I may get a little emotional this time of year. That's why this was such a beautiful tale to take in right now. It showcases the good in people and the importance of traditions to a person's wellbeing. 

Christmas at Mountain View Lodge is definitely going to be one of my favorite Christmas reads of all time. I got me in all of my feels. Have a tissue handy when you start this book. 

I highly recommend Christmas at Mountain View Lodge as the perfect holiday story to read this time of year. 

P.S. And I'm pretty sure Deanna left a Stephen King Easter egg in the story. 🥚 Let me know if you find it. 

I received Christmas at Mountain View Lodge from the author and this is my honest opinion.


About the author

Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of The Ones We Leave Behind, Miss Etta, The Women of Great Heron Lake, Maggie's Turn, The Lake Harriet Series, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Deanna has recently begun a new murder mystery series, The Rachel Emery Series which includes The Truth About Rachel and Death Becomes You.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing on the lake in the summer. ~ Goodreads

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  1. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading. I like the cover.

  2. Hi Susan - Thank you for this lovely review! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. Christmas books are fun to write and this one was so much fun! Thanks again!

  3. Thank you for the chance to win what looks like a great book.

  4. Thanks for the chance that cover is amazing

  5. Christmas at Mountain View Lodge sounds like a delightful wintery read!

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