The beloved author of the Mystic Creek series gifts readers with a novel of homespun holiday cheer, as two families discover the joy of hope and redemption....
Widow Maddie McLendon has uprooted her life to move to Rustlers Gulch with her son and grandson. But as a brutal Montana winter looms on the horizon, contractors have yet to break ground on their new house, leaving them to live in a makeshift camp of trailers, tents, and sheds....
Since his wife died six years ago, millionaire rancher Sam Conacher has been content to wallow in his grief alone while keeping a tight rein on his twenty-six-year-old daughter. But now the girl has gone and fallen in love with his foolish new neighbor’s no-good son....
Maddie and Sam will never see eye to eye on anything, until a near-tragedy gives them a true glimpse into each other’s souls. And as the first snowflakes begin to fall, they’ll discover that an open heart is the biggest gift of all....
Anderson (the Mystic Creek series) strikes a vein of romance gold with this tender contemporary tale of two feuding Montana families, the McLendons and the Conachers. Crotchety rancher Sam Conacher refuses to let his 26-year-old daughter, Kirstin, consider any potential suitors. Embittered by the death of his wife, he's determined not to let go of the last remaining person he loves. Reluctant to distress her father, Kirstin abides by the old man's wishes even though it might cost her the love of her life, her neighbor Cam McLendon. But Cam refuses to be shut out, confronting Sam. Upshot: one bloody nose, one unrepentant father, one fuming daughter. There's no bloodshed when Sam gets into fights with Cam's widowed mother, Maddie, but those arguments are still explosive. Then a bull named Satan administers a harrowing reminder of human fragility, and a room bursting with Christmas love delivers peace and the promise of wedding bells. Readers seeking comfortable characters in a gently paced story will fall in love with Anderson's tale of unexpected connections.
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A real homecoming
I felt welcome in Montana, where the author and her characters co-exist. I loved this book, as it is written from the heart. With the setting in the Bitterroot Valley, I was taken to breathtaking scenery with its mountains, wildlife, and river. Maddie, Cameron, and Caleb McLendon have just moved from California to have a home built on their newly acquired land in Rustler's Gulch. Meanwhile, they are living in a trailer, two tents, and a cabin. Sam Conacher and his daughter Kirstin live across the river. With lots of land on the Conacher Ranch, and with little help, it is a hard life. Sam does not welcome having new folks living like tramps nearby. He is a bitter and lonely man who through his actions and temper, rid of his friends and those that worked for him. A chance for any romances forming within the two families seem unrealistic, but circumstances can change. I laughed a lot, shed tears, and felt a lot of warmth inside, even though the weather became brutal towards Christmas. It is well written and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. [I received an early copy from the publisher, Penguin Random House.]