A widowed mother gets a second chance at love with a high school crush in this heartwarming holiday romance by a New York Times bestseller.
Facing foreclosure on her California home, widowed Kylie Wayne is grateful to accept her aging aunt Muriel’s offer to return to small-town Branding Iron, Texas, and help out on the ranch. But when an early storm rolls in, Kylie’s dream of a perfect Christmas for her kids is blown away with the unexpected snow. Comfort and joy seem unlikely, unless a certain long, tall Texan with a bad boy’s charm can rope some holiday cheer . . .
No one imagined restless, independent Shane Taggart would work his parents’ ranch all these years. But with his father gone, Shane is ready to sell his land and see the world—until sweet, sexy Kylie shows up. The dutiful good girl he remembers has turned into a spirited woman, and Shane wants to give her the warm family future she longs for, puppy and all. One kiss under the mistletoe may not convince her, but Shane knows that love is a gift that will last forever . . .
Praise for Janet Dailey and her Christmas novels
“The spirit of Christmas permeates this charming holiday romance.” —RT Book Reviews on Merry Christmas, Cowboy
“In what has become a delightful annual tradition, Dailey creates a lovely Christmas romance.” —RT Book Reviews on A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree
“A definite stocking stuffer.” —Library Journal
“A surefire winner.” —Publishers Weekly
Dailey's standalone contemporary western never quite hits its stride. Kylie takes her children home to the small town of Branding Iron, Tex. She hopes to repair her life, but feels helpless without a man around. When a series of poor decisions threatens to ruin Christmas for her children, only former bad boy Shane can save her. Needing rescue isn't a new theme for romance, but Kylie's errors range from bafflingly careless (burning cookies) to entirely inexcusable (browbeating her children at every opportunity). Dailey (Santa in Montana) makes Kylie so inept that it imbalances the power dynamic with Shane, who does everything right: he gave up his life to take care of his dad, helps elderly neighbors, and immediately tames Kylie's rebellious son. The compressed time line of three days around Christmas leaves this chaste romance rushing to hit an abrupt happy ending that doesn't satisfy.
Good Christmas romance
I loved this book and I’m off to read the next book.
Long, Tall Christmas
Well written story. What a Christmas treat to read.