In the wild and untamed West, it takes cowboy’s embrace to see you through a long winter’s night. Stay toasty this holiday season with heart-warming tales from bestselling authors Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas.
The Beating Heart of Christmas
Whether it’s a lonely spinster finding passion at last…an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman reaffirming the love that keeps him whole…a lost and broken drifter discovering family in unlikely places…a Texas Ranger risking it all for one remarkable woman…two lovers bringing together a family ripped apart by prejudice…or reunited lovers given a second chance to correct past mistakes…a Christmas spent in a cowboy’s arms is full of hope, laughter, and—most of all—love.
What People Are Saying:
“Greenwood is a master at westerns.” —RT Book Reviews for Leigh Greenwood
“An emotional powerhouse! This classic historical western is destined for the “keeper” shelf.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick for Rosanne Bittner
“Fun and sensual...great for fans of history, romance, and some good old Texas grit.”—Kirkus for Linda Broday
“A great story by a wonderful author.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author DEBBIE MACOMBER for Margaret Brownley
“The perfect read.” —RT Book Reviews for Anna Schmidt
“A genuine page-turner...electric and absorbing.” —Kirkus for Amy Sandas
Greenwood takes top billing in a collection of six flimsy stories in which cowboys and pioneer women seek their soulmates against the backdrop of Christmas. In "Father Christmas," the strongest of the collection, Greenwood introduces readers to Joe Ryan, who is determined to find the gold his mining partner, Pete, stole before Joe went to jail for a crime he didn't commit. Surprised to only find Pete's young daughter and his heavily pregnant and ill widow isolated on a poorly kept farm, he settles in to see them safely through Christmas, unsurprisingly gifting himself with a new family. Most of the tales suffer from a lack of character development, particularly Anna Schmidt's "A Christmas Baby," which recounts Louisa's determination to get her family to accept her marriage to Rico, a Mexican-American ranch hand. Louisa and Rico share so little conversation that it's impossible to discern their love connection. Fans of Rosanne Bittner's Outlaw Hearts series get a glimpse of the Harkner family in "A Chick-a-Dee Christmas," which benefits from significant backstory. Character development, plot, and dialogue all fall by the wayside in these Christmas clunkers.