A small-town Texas Christmas story, where hearts are lost, love is found, and family always brings you back home.
Griffin Holloway is desperate: the Maverick Ranch has been in his family for generations, but lately, it’s a money pit. He’d sooner marry one of his horses than sell the ranch. Marriage, though, could be a solution. If he can woo a wealthy bride, he might save the ranch—just in time for Christmas.
Jaxon O’Grady likes his solitude just fine, thank you very much. But when a car accident brings the unexpected to his door, he realizes just how much one person can need another.
Crossroads is the perfect place for Jamie Johnson: avoiding nosy questions about why she’s single, she’s happy to keep to her lakeside home. So she’s baffled when she gets the strangest Christmas present of all, in the form of a Mr. Johnson, asleep on her sofa. Who is he, and why does everyone think he’s her husband?
In this uplifting novel, three unlikely couples discover just what Crossroads, Texas, can offer: romance, belonging, and plenty of Christmas spirit.
Hope is the defining characteristic of Thomas's eighth Ransom Canyon contemporary (after Mornings on Main), which loosely connects three couples who find holiday-season love in trying times. Griffin is a die-hard rancher trying to save his family's legacy, Jaxson is a physically and emotionally compromised former firefighter, and Wyatt is an Army captain in search of a home. Each man needs a wife, and each woman is found in the small town of Crossroads, Tex., as Christmas approaches. Their meetings and courtships are memorable and meaningful especially Wyatt and Jamie's. They share a last name, and, thanks to a misunderstanding, the townspeople already believe Wyatt to be her husband. Pregnant Sunlan has the money Griffin needs, and he can help her avoid scandal. Mallory, carrying her own wounds of body and spirit thanks to a brutal ex-boyfriend, knows how to help Jaxson face his demons. Deeply poignant moments and artfully rendered characters create a rich story that transports readers to an idyllic place.