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Publisher Description

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....

Fiction & Literature
September 26
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Snbrownlee ,

Waiting for Yellowstone

Filling my time between Yellowstone seasons. This was perfect! I can imagine this being made into a movie with Sam Elliott playing Sam! I couldn’t put it down until the end. I loved the setting & having been to Bitterroot Valley I could visualize every word.

alezay ,

Loved it!

My favorite author love her stories and have learned a lot from them would recommend this and all her books!

Marge_Roberts ,

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.]

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