#4 - Willow Valley

My Darling Christmas

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Publisher Description

Darling Ranch. It was a family name in this town, a family business and a family way of life.

Over the past year, the place hadn't felt like family, or home, and I was barely staying in business.

My wife had died from an aneurism while pregnant with our first child. It happened one morning while I was out in the field tending to the animals. The doctors told me it wouldn't have mattered had I of been by her side, the outcome would have been the same. Still, I beat myself up. My best friend and neighbor, Gabe Bentley knew this. He let me mourn my own way, but now he's pushing me harder than ever.

"What's the rush?" I asked him one morning.

"I'm being deployed. I need to know my sister and the farm are taken care of….by the only man I trust in this town…you."

I'd known the army was recruiting again but I didn't know he'd been called upon. I also didn't know Cadence was back in town. I really didn't know if I could be the man, the friend, the rancher that he needed me to be.

What I did know?

No matter how much it pained me, I'd try to do whatever it took to make sure that I didn't let Gabe down. 

Then I saw Cadence and for the first time since my wife died I actually thought I could heal. She made me feel alive, made the pain go away. So why did I feel so guilty? One minute I was longing to hold her, the next I was pushing her away, until I finally pushed too hard and sent her running.

I didn't want to fail my best friend, and I didn't want to fail Cadence. We all needed our Christmas wish and I decided to do whatever it took to make sure we got it.

Fiction & Literature
October 19
S.L. Sterling
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

Michele7874 ,

Emotional, healing read

This is one of the most emotional stories I’ve read in quite a while. Connor had a crush on his best friend’s sister, Cadence, when they were younger. Her brother set him up with her best friend, whom he married. Cadence fled to live with her grandparents, she also had a crush on Connor. Their worlds collide when his wife dies unexpectedly. I was also shocked by that. Their story had a great foundation and they definitely knew each other and how they think. I really enjoyed this story and all the feels it brought with it.

#EchoandConnorFan🥰 ,

All the feels

Wow this book had all of the feels. It took me on a roller coaster ride full of unexpected things, emotions, hurt and misunderstanding. Cadence has been in love with Connor for the longest time. They both wanted each other years ago but Cadence’s brother stepped in and messed everything up. Years later Conner’s wife has died and Gabe, Cadence’s brother is about to be deployed and before he goes he wants to fix what he messed up all those years ago. Cadence and Conner deserved to be together and they were the perfect pair. This story just took me on this beautiful journey.

I received an Arc copy and I am voluntarily leaving my review.

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