In brief: The final part in the Cedarwood Lodge trilogy reveals all – what is the secret of Cedarwood’s past? Will Clio and Kai ever get together?
The good: 100% delightful.
The not-so-good: The end of the series.
Why I chose it: Love Rebecca Raisin’s books – thanks HQ Digital for the eARC!
Publisher: HQ Digital
Setting: Evergreen, USA
My rating: 9.5 out of 10
The final part in the Cedarwood Lodge trilogy takes us to what is for some the laziest part of the year between Christmas and New Year – and for others, the busiest. Clio definitely falls into the latter as old flame Timothy asks her to put on a fancy New Year’s Eve party for his boss in order to impress. The group of friends and family celebrate Christmas together, with Amory getting a surprise present – a dog. Is this a plan by Cruz to entice her towards children or simply a sweet present?
Even though it’s chilly in Evergreen, tensions and relationships are thawing. Clio’s mum finally opens up to her about the events at Cedarwood Lodge so long ago, which results in a sweet reunion between mum and daughter. Aunt Bessie learns how to use Instagram, gaining an instant cult following for her Puft doughnuts that grows exponentially. And Clio…she’s torn between revealing her feelings for Kai and risking rejection as he deals with the real reason he came to the US. Plus, Timothy is no longer hinting at a reconciliation, he’s laying his cards out in full. All this comes as Amory and Clio set about organising the New Year’s Eve party, finding out at the last minute that Timothy’s boss likes to change his mind…a lot. It also gives Timothy the excuse to email Clio constantly with follow up phone calls…who will Clio choose?
The finale of the series is everything the reader could wish for – more of the Rebecca Raisin trademark sparkle and warmth, plus all the loose ends tied up in a satisfying bow. I’ve enjoyed my time with Clio, Amory, Kai, Cruz and the others…I’ll particularly miss Aunt Bessie, who is the second best foodie character after CeeCee of The Gingerbread Café. It’s been a set of charming reads, wonderful to sit and relax with over the holidays. I’ll miss the lodge, but I can’t wait to meet the next set of characters Rebecca Raisin creates as they will definitely be memorable!