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The greatest gift is love. . .
Ski instructor Annie Bennett doesn't have time to miss the twinkling lights and holiday parties in Aspen and Vail. With her older brothers gone and winter just around the corner, her parents need help with their sprawling Colorado ranch. The most wonderful time of the year isn't always easy for a lot of the folks in their town, but Annie does her best--until the tall, dark, and rugged surveyor on their neighbor's land becomes a potent distraction. . .
Wyoming born and bred, Marshall Stone is a practical man. But there's something about Annie that's as wild and sweet as the mountain wind. He doesn't want to tame her. Just love her. Annie Bennett is all he wants for Christmas. And for always. But she's too wary to believe he means it. Until he takes her in his arms and explains without saying a single word. . .
Lovely Annie Bennett, younger sister of previous Dailey heroes Zach and Sam, reluctantly returns to her parents' Colorado ranch to recover after a skiing accident in Aspen. When Marshall Stone, an inevitably handsome and mysterious stranger, appears on the Bennetts' land and claims to be surveying the backcountry, Annie and her father are deeply suspicious of his story and motives. Marshall can't tell Annie he's really in Velde to investigate a land swindle; this back plot is dreary and their disputes are tedious. Luckily, some severe winter weather and a few matchmakers who have known Annie since childhood throw this prickly pair together long enough for them to discover the spirit of Christmas. Fans will be glad that the late Dailey (1944 2013) managed to finish this book before her death.