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Posted January 8, 2014
Her Christmas Wish by Tracy Garret has the power to turn the most citified woman into a cowgirl at heart. Ms. Garret has spun a story about, Kathryn and Will, teenage loves gone wrong, kept apart by their meddling parents and their selfish wishes. But that doesn’t keep Ms. Garrett from finding a way to bring them back together, make sure they loved each other forever, and ensure they fulfilled an unrequited love when fate brings them back together as adults. Katie runs a stage depot in 1860s Texas, alone, after the passing of her late husband. Will strides in, ever the confident cowboy, ready to take charge of her herd of cattle, and her heart. He helps Katie out in a time of need, but all she truly wants and needs is Will. And she gets him. And YOU should get this book. It is filled with happiness and cuteness and sweetness of a cowboy and his woman. You’ll feel the warmth. Wrap it around yourself, and let Ms. Garrett’s story of happy ever after make you feel like it’s Christmas…all year long.
Posted December 3, 2013
Wishing For A Cowboy contains wonderful Old West short stories by eight different authors. Each centers around Christmas, offering tales of mail-order brides, starchy schoolmarms, rugged renegades and Texas Rangers.
In “A Christmas Miracle” by Phyliss Miranda, Mattie Jo must beg the town doctor, Grant, to come to her homestead and treat her sick, and possibly dying, baby sister. The fact that Mattie Jo is shunned by the townsfolk because of her outlaw father makes Grant’s help all the more shocking. Snowed in, an affection soon develops between them.
In “Outlaw’s Kiss” by Cheryl Pierson, Talia finds a wounded Jake on her doorstep in a blizzard. Five months prior, he’d ruined her reputation by publicly kissing her at an auction, a kiss she’s been finding hard to forget. Now, they both have a chance to reconcile their motives and their desires.
In “A Husband For Christmas” by Sarah J. McNeal, Jane and her son, survivors of the Titanic and still reeling from the trauma of losing a husband and a father, find solace with Teekonka, a Lakota who loves them both. But before they can be together, he must help them heal their wounds.
In “Peaches” by Kathleen Rice Adams, the tone lightens a bit when impatient rancher Whit must contend with new schoolmarm Ruth and her three rambunctious boys. When he ultimately helps her in the kitchen baking dozens of pies, you’ll smile and root for the happy ending.
In “A Gift For Rhoda” by Jacquie Rogers, Rhoda, a jilted mail-order bride, must confront a stranger at the homestead she tends, believing him to be her drunken betrothed. But Nate, who isn’t the groom, is just as confused as she since he never intended on saddling himself with a bride. But he wins the prize for the fastest proposal in history.
In “Her Christmas Wish” by Tracy Garrett, Kathryn and Will cross paths years later in a remote stagecoach station, rekindling a love that had left them heartbroken and confused. Both must reconcile the past before finding happiness again.
In “Covenant” by Tanya Hanson, Ella waits for Carsten, the husband who abandoned her three months ago. This story has a darker tone due the death of Carsten’s young daughter, but it’s this grief that gives the ending a poignancy and sweetness.
And finally, in “Charlie’s Pie” by Livia J. Washburn, Lauralee simply wants to bake her son his favorite pie on Christmas Eve. But when Burke arrives at her doorstep, wounded and hounded by a posse of men, she must trust her instincts. With Burke, they serve her well; when it comes to her pie, maybe not so much. This story also has a sad undertone, but Burke proves just the man to heal Lauralee’s deep grief.
Each story brought the west alive, with wonderful characters and genuinely heartwarming stories. As an added bonus, a recipe relevant to each tale is included at the end. I’ve got my eye on Rhoda’s Wedding Pie. Don’t miss this wonderful collection.