Cowboy Christmas [NOOK Book]

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Get ready for a fun and suspenseful Christmastime romance. Trouble follows singer Annette Talbot to Wyoming—and rancher Elijah Walker finds himself directly in its path. Though still wounded by the betrayal of his ex-fiancée, Elijah finds himself attracted to the secretive singer. When it appears Annie is a threat to his mother’s life, Elijah must decide if Annie’s deep faith and love of God is genuine or if it’s all just a ruse. He decides to trust her—until he discovers she’s a wanted woman. As Christmas draws...

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Overview


Get ready for a fun and suspenseful Christmastime romance. Trouble follows singer Annette Talbot to Wyoming—and rancher Elijah Walker finds himself directly in its path. Though still wounded by the betrayal of his ex-fiancée, Elijah finds himself attracted to the secretive singer. When it appears Annie is a threat to his mother’s life, Elijah must decide if Annie’s deep faith and love of God is genuine or if it’s all just a ruse. He decides to trust her—until he discovers she’s a wanted woman. As Christmas draws near, will Elijah respond to God’s gentle persuasion to find the truth before he loses Annie forever?

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Editorial Reviews

MY OWN LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD BLOG

How willing are you to pick up your cross DAILY and live for the Lord? Annette was willing to do this and then some! Lost in a world of what she thought was a great mission work, Annette soon learns that not everyone who says they are believers really are. With a tragic situation on hand, Annette finally chooses to escape her current situation and try to better herself. Little does Annette know, this is yet another cross to pick up and carry. This book has several tragic starts but has a heartwarming lesson about sticking to the faith and doing what is right. Annette solely leans on the Lord and brings a cowboy to a new found version of life with crosses. This was my first read by Mary Connealy. She is now on my list of authors to read more of!

— JULIE JOHNSON

A CURIOUS READER BLOG

COWBOY CHRISTMAS has one of the scariest pursuits from villains as I've ever seen in a Christian fiction novel. Connealy continually surprises me with her intensely graphic scenes. They blend so seamlessly with her incredibly tender moments that readers will find themselves feeling the gambit of emotions. Connealy's stories demand your complete attention until the last page is turned. A welcome book for the upcoming holiday season.

— CHELSEA WINER

Romance Junkies
COWBOY CHRISTMAS is a book that grabs you from the first paragraph and never lets go. I was moved to tears by the end, and the journey of seeing Annette and Elijah make their way to one another is touching and sweet. Wonderful characters fill this book as well as some of the most evil villains you would ever want to be missed. If you love a good Western romance, this will not disappoint.

— CINLEE

Christian Book Previews
Through her humorous transitions and gentle pokes at gender differences, Mary Connealy keeps readers turning pages in an otherwise predictable plot. Some of the frustrations with each other that Annette and Elijah face are entertaining, but others may cause readers to pause and reflect on their own lives. Elijah’s struggle to trust Annette stands out, as does Annette’s battle to understand the Matthew 16:24 concept of bearing crosses for the Lord. Although this is a fairly typical cowboy romance, the plot twists will keep readers interested. Connealy’s writing style is amusing, and she offers a satisfying story. Lovers of historical romances will especially enjoy this book.

— RUTH ANNE BURRELL

ROMANCE JUNKIES

COWBOY CHRISTMAS is a book that grabs you from the first paragraph and never lets go. I was moved to tears by the end, and the journey of seeing Annette and Elijah make their way to one another is touching and sweet. Wonderful characters fill this book as well as some of the most evil villains you would ever want to be missed. If you love a good Western romance, this will not disappoint.

— CINLEE

CHRISTIAN BOOK PREVIEWS

Through her humorous transitions and gentle pokes at gender differences, Mary Connealy keeps readers turning pages in an otherwise predictable plot. Some of the frustrations with each other that Annette and Elijah face are entertaining, but others may cause readers to pause and reflect on their own lives. Elijah’s struggle to trust Annette stands out, as does Annette’s battle to understand the Matthew 16:24 concept of bearing crosses for the Lord. Although this is a fairly typical cowboy romance, the plot twists will keep readers interested. Connealy’s writing style is amusing, and she offers a satisfying story. Lovers of historical romances will especially enjoy this book.

— RUTH ANNE BURRELL

My Own Little Corner Of The World Blog
How willing are you to pick up your cross DAILY and live for the Lord? Annette was willing to do this and then some! Lost in a world of what she thought was a great mission work, Annette soon learns that not everyone who says they are believers really are. With a tragic situation on hand, Annette finally chooses to escape her current situation and try to better herself. Little does Annette know, this is yet another cross to pick up and carry. This book has several tragic starts but has a heartwarming lesson about sticking to the faith and doing what is right. Annette solely leans on the Lord and brings a cowboy to a new found version of life with crosses. This was my first read by Mary Connealy. She is now on my list of authors to read more of!

— JULIE JOHNSON

A Curious Reader Blog
COWBOY CHRISTMAS has one of the scariest pursuits from villains as I've ever seen in a Christian fiction novel. Connealy continually surprises me with her intensely graphic scenes. They blend so seamlessly with her incredibly tender moments that readers will find themselves feeling the gambit of emotions. Connealy's stories demand your complete attention until the last page is turned. A welcome book for the upcoming holiday season.

— CHELSEA WINER

MY OWN LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD BLOG - JULIE JOHNSON
How willing are you to pick up your cross DAILY and live for the Lord? Annette was willing to do this and then some! Lost in a world of what she thought was a great mission work, Annette soon learns that not everyone who says they are believers really are. With a tragic situation on hand, Annette finally chooses to escape her current situation and try to better herself. Little does Annette know, this is yet another cross to pick up and carry. This book has several tragic starts but has a heartwarming lesson about sticking to the faith and doing what is right. Annette solely leans on the Lord and brings a cowboy to a new found version of life with crosses. This was my first read by Mary Connealy. She is now on my list of authors to read more of!
A CURIOUS READER BLOG - CHELSEA WINER
COWBOY CHRISTMAS has one of the scariest pursuits from villains as I've ever seen in a Christian fiction novel. Connealy continually surprises me with her intensely graphic scenes. They blend so seamlessly with her incredibly tender moments that readers will find themselves feeling the gambit of emotions. Connealy's stories demand your complete attention until the last page is turned. A welcome book for the upcoming holiday season.
ROMANCE JUNKIES - CINLEE
COWBOY CHRISTMAS is a book that grabs you from the first paragraph and never lets go. I was moved to tears by the end, and the journey of seeing Annette and Elijah make their way to one another is touching and sweet. Wonderful characters fill this book as well as some of the most evil villains you would ever want to be missed. If you love a good Western romance, this will not disappoint.
CHRISTIAN BOOK PREVIEWS - RUTH ANNE BURRELL
Through her humorous transitions and gentle pokes at gender differences, Mary Connealy keeps readers turning pages in an otherwise predictable plot. Some of the frustrations with each other that Annette and Elijah face are entertaining, but others may cause readers to pause and reflect on their own lives. Elijah’s struggle to trust Annette stands out, as does Annette’s battle to understand the Matthew 16:24 concept of bearing crosses for the Lord. Although this is a fairly typical cowboy romance, the plot twists will keep readers interested. Connealy’s writing style is amusing, and she offers a satisfying story. Lovers of historical romances will especially enjoy this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628361636
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 194,849
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award winner. She is the author of the Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, the Montana Marriage Trilogy, and the Sophie's Daughters Series.

Mary lives on a Nebraska ranch with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters: Joslyn (married to Matt), Wendy, Shelly (married to Aaron), and Katy. And she is the grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Rollicking Christmas Fun!

    Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy Mary Connealy's books? She is one of only a handful of authors where I feel that if they write a book, I must buy it. Period. Everything she writes brings me joy and makes me laugh, and in today's society I'll take my laughs anyway I can get them... so bring on Mary's new book!

    Cowboy Christmas is her new stand alone book and it is great. Two broken, hurting people meet on a stagecoach where sass and sparks fly, but roles are laid out. Annie is the innocent young woman setting herself up for disappointment as she travels back home to her father after years away and is hoping for a happy ending. Elijah is the rancher that is recovering from his father's death a year ago at the hands of his then fiancee who is now languishing in prison. He has lost his faith, is full of guilt and to top it off he is now falling into the role of protector over this young thing that he knows is going to be heart broken when she gets out to her father's ranch.

    Annie is hiding some secrets of her own (a boatload of them really) and is being tracked by some people that do not have good intentions for her. Can Elijah protect her when she doesn't want protecting and can he save his heart from hurt again? In typical Mary style, we travel the road to the answers with many smiles along the way. I will add this book to my Mary Connealy shelf and at the rate that she writes, it will be full very soon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    A GREAT romantic comedy

    Whoa! This book is a wild gallop on an excited pony, but you won't want to pull back on the reins until the very last word on the last page. A fun ride.

    Elijah Walker is sick to death of wily women and their evil ways, and with good reason. That's why he's so disgusted with himself for caring about Annette Talbot. He finds her half starved and needing help and just can't seem to stop himself from helping her. Although he might have succeeded if it hadn't been for his interfering Ma, who's taken a shine to the little homeless orphan, Annie.

    I enjoyed this book completely. It has hate-able villains whose hearts are as black as sin, a loveable hero who needs the love of a good woman, and an equally loveable heroine who needs the protection of a good man. It has surprise twists and daring adventures. What more could you ask for? I was glued to the pages and could hardly wait to find out what was going to happen next. Just like all of Mary Connealy's books, it was funny, exciting, touching and romantic all at the same time. And just like the rest of her books, when I finished reading it, I was sure it was my favorite one so far.

    I highly recommend it! Can't wait to read the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    a terrific western romance

    In 1879 in a mining camp in Missouri, Claude Leveque orders hymn singer Annette Talbot to perform in a revealing dress or watch her elderly friend Elva die. Fearing the brute will beat Elva, Annie is shocked when her pianist gives her money for a one way ticket out of town saying she is dying from a bad heart. Vowing to never forget her beloved friend, Annie heads to her widower father's home in Ranger Bluff, Wyoming Territory; six years since she left him a bitter hardened man.

    Elijah Walker still reels from the death of his Pa and the betrayal of his beloved Priscilla that destroyed the family ranch. He vows to never trust a woman ever again.

    Annie and Elijah meet on the stagecoach and each remembers knowing each other as children. Although attracted to one another, he assumes a young woman traveling alone must be another Priscilla. She thinks he is an obstinate yahoo. As they fuss and fight they fall in love, but he seems incapable of getting past the haunting hardening of his heart.

    COWBOY CHRISTMAS is a terrific western romance that grips the audience from the moment the vile Claude grips Annie's blouse and unlike him never let's go of the reader. The lead couple is a wonderful pairing, but it is the strong cast even those who have short appearances make this tale work by bringing a sense of time and place to the plot. Sub-genre fans will relish Mary Connealy's super late nineteenth century romance (see MONTANA ROSE).

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Great

    Excrllent Holiday read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2010

    Great book.

    Great book.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Cowboy Christmas

    Annette Talbot is in trouble, sent to a girl's school after her mother died, working with a mission group after school is finished, the mission group is taken over by a ruthless man, and his plans for Annette are not good. He tries to make her sing bawdy songs and dress like a tart, and when she refuses he slaps her around and beats on her.



    A dear friend rescues Annette by giving her all the money she has and telling her to run, and run Annette does, straight home. Arriving home, Annette discovers her father is gone, and no one knows where, but her troubles have not ended, in fact they are getting worse. Claude and Blanche Leveque show up, determined to make her sing in their unholy show, and determined to make her pay for running away. Claude is a cruel and evil man, intent only on stealing her away and making money off her God given voice and talent.



    Follow this exciting story as Annette discovers who her friends are, who will take care of her, and how God will intervene in a desperate situation. This story is fast paced, easy reading and exciting. Mary Connealy has once again shown us that she writes awesome books. Most definitely a book to share with friends and family. 303 pages 4 star rating.



    This book was provided for review purposes only, no cash or payment was received for this review.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Wester Romantic Fun

    Mary Connealy has done it again. Another gripping story of the early westerners struggling with next to nothing, against horrendous odds, yet succeeding because of faith in God and incredible guts and stamina. I love Mary's knack for developing characters with humor, wit and determination or could it be just plain stubbornness? But then that "stubbornness, determination, drive, and sometimes pride, often get them deeper in trouble but also help the hero and heroine to overcome the obstacles thrown their way. And you can picture the era of the old west with her vivid descriptions and portrayal of the time period.
    Cowboy Christmas was a great read. I will always look for this author.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    Wild West Adventures

    I read the title of this book and plunged in, thinking I might read about a cowboy Christmas. What does that look like? If you are looking for the answer to that question you won't find it here. What you will find is one wild, action filled adventure story, cowboy style. I'm so glad I received a review copy to read.

    Mary Connealy doesn't hold back in this Christmas tale, get a grip on your seat belt when you start reading this book. On the first page there's fist fighting, gun slinging and everything breaking loose at the seams. I've read some of Mary's other books and they are a hoot. This one's no exception.

    Mary usually has at least one character in her stories that just gets under your skin, in this book it's Annette Talbot, her main character. Annette is the smartest dumb person I've read about. She's a strong willed, stubborn young lady that doesn't know when to give up when the getting's good! Ha! Ha!

    Elijah the other leading character is crazed by Annette and her ways. He's fed up with her and her stubborn streak. Why won't she just listen to reason? After all he was the man and knew about things out in the west. Elijah thinks this about Annette, "even if he couldn't quite pin down Annette's lies, he knew for a fact she was a full-blown idiot. She'd pretty much only survived this long through direct, miraculous intervention from God. A woman shouldn't need a miracle a day to stay alive. Not even God had time for that nonsense. A person needed some survival skills and Annette had none."

    Annette did trust God with her life how did she end up in such a mess? Hadn't she heard and followed his lead?

    If you are looking for a cozy, warm and fuzzy Christmas story you won't find it here. What you will find are every loveable, characters like Ruby Elijah's mother who loves the Lord with all her heart and her son knows that and so does Annette.

    Ruby takes a liking to Annette and tries to do a little match making. She tells Elijah to lighten up in regards to giving Annette a bad time. It's almost Christmas they have to enjoy the time they have and forgive. They all had a past they needed to get unstuck from, so they can enjoy the future. Don't miss another wild adventure from Mary, it's guaranteed a good time, with a good message just in time for Christmas.

    Nora St.Laurent
    Finding Hope Through Fiction
    www.psalm516.blogspot.com

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    An Anytime Christmas Romance

    Cowboy Christmas Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy


    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    At first while reading the latest of Mary Connealy, a special Christmas book, "Cowboy Christmas", I was not quite as impressed as every other western comedy romance that I have read by such a fabulous author. Yet then I got to read chapters twenty-six and twenty-seven and every reason that I love to read Mary's books came out. I was just about hooting and hollering with chuckles. I even kept reading segments aloud to my dear hubby, who just does not care, yet even he enjoyed them. With this story, overall I love it. But I never really did connect to the main protagonist Miss Annette Talbot. She frustrated me too much. The character in this novel that I really enjoyed and anticipated each next page about was the other protagonist Elijah Walker. It was just everything about him that I loved.

    This is a Christmas novel, yet can be enjoyed anytime of year. The plot just tells and anticipates of the special day to come. Once again we have a fabulous cast of characters with the good guys and the bad. This time we have both a woman that needs to understand growing in her faith, and a man who needs to find it again. Trust is a big issue, and moving past pain is another. Serious events are portrayed and of course the wonderful Mary laughs are filled through out bringing a fabulously enjoyable lightness to a page turner.

    *A copy of this book to review was provided thanks to Angie Brillhart of Barbour Books and NetGalley.*

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

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    Put This Book Under The Tree!

    Annie Talbot is on the run from an evil, terrifying man. With no one else to turn to, she goes home to her father's ranch and finds it in ruins. Elijah Walker swears never to trust women again after the last one left an enormous hurt in his life. But when he meets Annie, he knows she needs him in her life. Which she indeed does, if she wants to survive her past.

    COWBOY CHRISTMAS has one of the scariest pursuits from villains as I've ever seen in a Christian fiction novel. Connealy continually surprises me with her intensely graphic scenes. They blend so seamlessly with her incredibly tender moments that reader's will find themselves feeling the gambit of emotions.

    Connealy's stories demand your complete attention until the last page is turned. A welcome book for the upcoming holiday season.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

    Western Christmas

    Another wonderful book by Mary. This book is back to my favourite genre and I loved it. I love the way Mary writes her characters and gets inside there heads. Nothing is ever simple but you get to see what everyone is thinking. I loved the story. Loved Annie she is so courageous even when she doesn't know it. I also enjoyed Elijah's character I love how Mary gets into his head. If you have enjoyed Mary's other books this does not disappoint and if you enjoy historical westerns you will love this book.

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