Find your very own cowboy to keep warm these long, wintry nights as you cozy up with six sweeping, epic tales of heroism, passion, family and celebration from bestselling authors Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas.
Fall in Love with Christmas
Whether it’s a widower finding an unexpected new start, a former outlaw and his new wife welcoming their very own Christmas miracle, a long-lost lover returning just in time for a special holiday celebration, a second chance at love between two warring hearts given peace at last, an unlikely pair working together to bring joy to a small Texas town, or a cowboy and his dark-eyed beauty snowed in one unforgettable wintry eve…every Christmas with a cowboy is filled with light, laughter, and a forever kind of 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
Brimming with holiday magic, this feel-good anthology of historical romance novellas, all centered on the cowboy mystique and second chances, will delight and charm. Greenwood opens with "A Fairy Tale Christmas," a sweet tale of Nan, a lonely Shenandoah Valley spinster and healer, and Will, a single father at his wits' end. Linda Broday's "A Christmas Wedding" and Anna Schmidt's "One Snowy Christmas Eve" are heartfelt stories of love lost and regained through years of careful kindness. Rosanne Bittner's "Christmas in Paradise" and Amy Sandas's "Through the Storm" showcase couples overcoming external adversity. While all of the stories feature strong, independent female leads, the heroine of Margaret Brownley's "A Love Letter to Santa" steals the show. Holly, a young schoolteacher and reluctant choir director in the small town of Haywire, Tex., during a time of economic hardship, goes to great lengths to ensure the town is touched by the spirit of the season. Few in Haywire are safe from her machinations, including Tom, the newly arrived blacksmith, who is charmed first by her looks and then by her giving spirit. These lighthearted stories will appeal to a wide variety of readers looking for stories of Christmas joy.
I’ve read stories from most of the authors featured and I was great to read smaller stories that tie into other series, highly recommend!
Enjoyable Anthology. Each story is worth reading.
I love a good anthology book. Reading one allows me to revisit authors I love (hello Linda Broday!) and fall in love with new authors (hello Amy Sandas!) This time around, we have 6 historical novels featuring cowboys, so there is even more for me to love!
Let’s look at each story:
A Fairy Tale Christmas by Leigh Greenwood: The writing in this story is very descriptive. For example:
She felt like a pumpkin dusted with November Frost.
In this story, we find Nan Carson in a not very Christmas-y spirit til the arrival of Will Atkins and his daughter Clara. Nothing like a child to bring in the Christmas spirit in a romance story. I think this story did suffer from the downside of anthologies. The romance between Nan and Will moved very quickly. Honestly, I think Nan’s love for Clara is more authentic than her affection for Will. In this instance, I would have preferred more back-story on the characters and the opportunity to see their love grow over time.
Christmas in Paradise by Rosanne Bittner: This story makes a lot more sense after reading the Author’s Note that followed. We meet Maggie and Sage Lightfoot in Christmas in Paradise after the actions of Ms. Bittner’s novel Paradise Valley. I haven’t read Paradise Valley, but after reading this short story, I’ve added it to my TBR! I enjoyed meeting Maggie and Sage. Their story is very touching. Sage is clearly a great protector and husband.
A Christmas Wedding by Linda Broday: This is a great, but short, visit back to Hope’s Crossing. I’ve loved my other visits to this town of characters. (See my reviews here and here.) For this visit, we meet up with Rebel and Travis. It was great to reacquaint myself with these two characters and to see how their love overcomes some serious adversities. What I enjoyed most about this story, though, is it shows how the community of Hope’s Crossing bands together to celebrate Advent and Christmas.
A Love Letter to Santa by Margaret Brownley: A sweet and touching story with a hint of humor. Holly Sanders is the small-town teacher determined to give every child their Christmas wish. Tom Chandler is the new to town blacksmith who volunteers to help. Plus, cute dog alert! Like A Christmas Wedding by Ms. Broday, the townspeople shine here, donating time and gifts for the children.
One Snowy Christmas Eve by Anna Schmidt: Plucky heroine alert! And old loves reunited! Two of my favorite tropes. Evelyn Prescot is a doctor in 1903 New Mexico. Colin Foster is the one who walked away from their relationship years ago. Colin may be delirious with fever, but he knows Evie will make everything better. I enjoyed this rekindled romance. But I especially admire Evie and her can do attitude.
Through the Storm by Amy Sandas: This one by far is my favorite in the anthology. It blew me away. It’s a great final story to the whole book. Witty banter and super sexy times between Lucy and Gentleman Jack while they are stuck together during a blizzard. The two characters are well developed for a short novel. I appreciate how independent Lucy is and I’m a bit in love with Jack myself. After all, ginger Scots are my weakness! 😉 Especially so when they read poetry and make breakfast. I’ll certainly be checking out more of Ms. Sandas’s novels to see if there are more flirty conversations between the main characters!
I utterly enjoyed this anthology, visited some old friends and made some new ones. Each story is unique, but tied together with Christmas ribbons. And maybe some twinkly lights, as those are my favorite. I’ll certainly be checking out more books by these authors.