Big Sky Christmasby C. J. Carmichael
A Holiday For Healing
Jackson Stone will always be grateful to the Lamberts, who took him in when he was just a kid. But since the accident that killed his foster brother, Brock, he stays away from the family at Coffee Creek Ranch. Especially now that Brock's former fiancée, Winnie Hays, is back in town with her little boy.
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Hott Synopsis: Winnie Hays has finally returned to Coffee Creek to try to get her life back in order after a series of devastating blows. Losing your fiance on your wedding day and then finding out you’re pregnant would devastate anyone but Winnie’s son is almost one and it’s time to return to life and stop hiding. The first thing she needs to do is to introduce her son to his paternal family. Since her intended’s mother never liked her she’s sure this isn’t going to be an easy reunion but hopefully they’ll be able to work through it… but not if she keeps lusting after the man who feels responsible for the destruction of your life. Hott Review: Don’t laugh but I picked this up thinking it went with Linda Lael Miller’s Parable County Series that all start with “Big Sky”. So it was quite a shock when I started reading. Luckily, though, I enjoyed this even more! What I liked: Though there was quite a lot of back story I really enjoyed this. It’s definitely a stand alone & a great Christmas read but I’m certain that you’re going to want to go back & read the others as well. I think my favorite part is how close the family is. I really enjoyed feeling like part of the family. Plus… I adore books about single moms finding someone to love them. What I didn’t like: I REALLY didn’t like the mother-in-law. Even though I tried to understand where she was coming from I really never could develop more than a basic acknowledgement of her character. More… Author: C.J. Carmichael Source: Harlequin via Netgalley Grade: A Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Series: Coffee Creek #4
Rating: 4.5 Stars In Big Sky Christmas by C.J. Carmichael, Jackson Stone has always been grateful to the Lamberts for taking him in and giving him a family when he most needed it. But after the death of Brock, for which he still blames himself, he can’t be near them for the guilt kills him. Not only the guilt that he was driving in the accident that killed him, but also that he always coveted his fiancé, Winnie Hayes, even if he never acted on it. Which I why he left Coffee Creek to go help and works with Olive Lambert’s sister Maddie. Now after a year and a half, Winnie return to town with her and Brock’s son Bobby. But things won’t be easy for her. Olive never wanted her as a daughter-in-law and made it well known, but since Winnie kept away with Bobby for so long, it just added to the reason why Olive dislikes her. To make matters worst, she arrives for a Lambert family wedding. Which only brings back memories of her own wedding day and being informed of Brock’s death in the chapel. Thankfully she is sat next to Jackson, who seems to sense her discomfort and helps her to relax during the ceremony. But her peace will not last, for during the reception Olive will corner and start attacking her. So when in her periphery vision she sees Jackson coming close, she finds an exit to the current problem by telling him that they should dance now before she leaves. Only as the dance, she realizes that Jackson is a handsome man and he is awaking an attraction she never had to him before. But Jackson doesn’t want to act on his feelings. He believes that he does not deserve to take Brock’s place after taking away his life. So when helping Winnie lead to a kiss, he backs away from her and keeps more distance than he did before. But no matter what the feelings, chemistry and attraction cannot be denied for long. But first they will have to get past their own guilt of their relationship, before they face the rest of the family and make them accept them as a couple as well. This was an awesome ending to the Coffee Creek, Montana series. Jackson always seemed so serious and closed up that I just felt that he had a great story and even bigger heart and love to give. I loved that he always respected the Lamberts and was grateful to them even if they did not adopt him, but just by fostering him and giving him a home and family they helped to make him into a great man. And finding out the truth of Jackson’s parentage and how he came to be with the Lamberts was a great and pleasant surprise. Now Winnie I just loved how strong she was for the sake of her son. She put up with a lot of things that not many would. And the way she helps to end the feud between Olive and Maddie, who is dying of lung cancer, is just so sweet and a perfect ending.
4 STARS Coffee Creek, Montana series book 4 This was the last book in the Coffee Creek series. I thought it ended on a good note. Somehow I missed reading book 3. I have given the three I have read all 4 stars. Big Sky Christmas is a feel good story. Some tender moments, some funny moments and just joy of a mother enjoying her son. I have been waiting to see Winnie Hays back in Coffee Creek. Winnie in book 1 of the series it was her wedding day but her groom Brock never made it to the chapel. He was killed on the way in an accident. His older brother almost died too. His foster brother Jackson was driving. Winnie had stayed with her parents and almost lost the baby she was carrying. Winnie tried to tell her almost mother-in-law that her son was going to be a father. Olive refused her calls. After Bobby was born she was too stubborn to let her know she was a grandma. Olive did not think Winnie was good enough for her son. Jackson Stone never knew his father. His mom got sent to prison when he was a teenager. He came to the Coffee Creek Ranch as a foster son. Bob treated him like his own. His wife Olive never really warmed up to him. Brock became his best friend Corb also accepted him. In fact all 4 Lambert children welcomed him into their lives and treated him like another brother. He feels so guilty for not seeing the moose come out and hit his truck. He also feels guilty because when Brock first brought Winnie to the ranch he fell in love with her. He tried to stay away from her. Jackson has left the Coffee Creek Ranch and is now working for Olive's sister Maddie that she has not spoken to for 40 years. Olive made her family have nothing to do with Maddie. Maddie is dying of lung cancer and she told Jackson that if he came and lived at the ranch she would leave it to him. She was not a good business woman and the ranch was down on its luck. Before Brock died he had been coming and helping Maddie take care of some of hard ranch work for her. Jackson had tried to step in Brock's shoes and help Maddie when he was done with his work. This book dealt a lot relationships, forgiveness and what makes a family. What was best for Bobby. This had some twists I was not expecting. It was a quick read. Bobby at 11 months is a cute kid. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give a honest review of it when finished by Netgalley and Harlequin. publication: October 1st 2013 by Harlequin Romance 224 pages ISBN:0373754744