Santa in a Stetsonby Janet Dailey
Stars In Her Eyes
Though Diana Palmer left the bright lights of the big city behind for New Mexico, she misses the excitement now that Christmas is coming. But she's about to find out the joys of the season are just as big in the Land of Enchantment�and just as romantic. They do things differently, thoughthe rancher at her door with a fresh pine tree/b>
Stars In Her Eyes
Though Diana Palmer left the bright lights of the big city behind for New Mexico, she misses the excitement now that Christmas is coming. But she's about to find out the joys of the season are just as big in the Land of Enchantment�and just as romantic. They do things differently, thoughthe rancher at her door with a fresh pine tree slung over his shoulder arrives unannounced and she can't help but invite him in for a cup of cocoa. Tall, sexy, and single, Lije Masters is all man�and all she ever wanted for a Christmas as warm and happy as two hearts can make it...
Praise for Janet Dailey's Christmas Novels
"A classic battle-of-the sexes Christmas story�with unexpectedly romantic results." Library Journal
"Dailey's charming tale sparkles with romance�the perfect holiday read." Romantic Times
"A good old-fashioned Christmas gift." Publishers Weekly
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I'm positive that this is a re-release of Land of Enchantment, originally released in the mid 1970's. I thoroughly enjoyed this book when I first read it many years ago. If I had to rate the book then I would give it 4 out of 5. Reading the book now, after 20+ years I'd give it a 3 out of 5. Some aspects of the story just haven't stood the test of time, especially as I can't see anywhere on the BN page for Santa in a Stetson that indicates that it is the re-release of an earlier Harlequin/Mills & Boon book.
When you read the back of the book, you expect Lije Master to meet Diana when he brings her a Christmas Tree and to be offered a cup of cocoa. Well the only christmas trees were the one in an advertisement and the one the town gave them. Diana never offered him anything to drink except a whiskey. the story was choppy with poor editing. Confused.
On a Texas ranch, model Diana Mills and cowboy Elijah "Lije" Masters meet during a shoot there. They are attracted to one another, but seem worlds apart. Yet they fall in love and marry. The newlyweds go to live on his New Mexico ranch. However, Diana is stunned by the isolation after several years working runways in big city shows. There is no one for miles except Lije and his friend Jim Two Pony who seems to censure the new wife as not belonging here. Although not enchanted by the land, she decides to give her marriage until Christmas to work or else she leaves for the lights. Lije is over the top with rage when he spots Diana with another man; Jim Two Pony intercedes with wisdom. This throwback to a gentler writing style is fun to follow although the path to happiness is straight and narrow. Fans of the author and anyone who relishes a sweet sensuous story starring two likable protagonists and a stereotype Native American sage will want to read Janet Dailey's latest Christmas offering even though there is not a Calder for miles. Harriet Klausner