In the wild and untamed West, it takes cowboy's embrace to see you through a long winter's night. Stay toasty this holiday season with heart-warming tales from bestselling authors Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas.
The Beating Heart of Christmas
Whether it's a lonely spinster finding passion at last...an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman reaffirming the love that keeps him whole...a lost and broken drifter discovering family in unlikely places...a Texas Ranger risking it all for one remarkable woman...two lovers bringing together a family ripped apart by prejudice...or reunited lovers given a second chance to correct past mistakes...a Christmas spent in a cowboy's arms is full of hope, laughter, and—most of all—love.
What People Are Saying:
"Greenwood is a master at westerns." —RT Book Reviews for Leigh Greenwood
"An emotional powerhouse! This classic historical western is destined for the "keeper" shelf." —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick for Rosanne Bittner
"Fun and sensual...great for fans of history, romance, and some good old Texas grit."—Kirkus for Linda Broday
"A great story by a wonderful author."—#1 New York Times bestselling author DEBBIE MACOMBER for Margaret Brownley
"The perfect read." —RT Book Reviews for Anna Schmidt
"A genuine page-turner...electric and absorbing." —Kirkus for Amy Sandas
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About the Author
USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is highly acclaimed for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West-from Canada to Mexico, Missouri to California-and are often based on Rosanne's personal visits to each setting. She lives with her husband and two sons in Michigan.
Linda Broday resides in the panhandle of Texas on the Llano Estacado. At a young age, she discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. Cowboys fascinate her. There's something about Stetsons, boots, and tall rugged cowboys that get her fired up! A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers' Choice Award and the Texas Gold Award. She blogs regularly at www.PetticoatsandPistols.com. Visit her at www.LindaBroday.com.
Margaret Brownley penned her first novel at age 11 and has been writing ever since. She's now a New York Times and CBA bestselling author and has penned thirty-five novels and a non-fiction book. Margaret and her husband have three grown children and make their home in Southern California.
Award-winning author Anna Schmidt delights in creating stories where her characters must wrestle with the challenges of their times. Critics have consistently praised Schmidt for her ability to seamlessly integrate actual events with her fictional characters to produce strong tales of hope and love in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She resides in Wisconsin.
Amy Sandas writes historical romance about dashing and sometimes dangerous men and women who are often reckless, bold, and unconventional. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children in Wisconsin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book contains stories by a couple of my favorite authors and others by new to me authors. The anthology leads off with FATHER CHRISTMAS by Leigh Greenwood, an author I have been wanting to try. This is a story of a man on the run paying for something he didn't do and a woman and child struggling to keep their farm going. They are connected by a good for nothing man who has betrayed them all. They deserve better than the hand life has dealt them. Next is A CHICK-A-DEE CHRISTMAS by Rosanne Bittner. This story is an epilogue to the Outlaw Hearts series. This family has known tragedy, hard times, and worked hard for the good they have in their lives. The main character started out as a ruthless killer, reformed, and was a lawman. He is now a husband, father, and grandfather, but still fights the demons of his youth. In this story, he confronts a young man who reminds him much of his younger self. He attempts to show the young tough what kind of life he is heading for if he doesn't change his ways. Next is THE CHRISTMAS STRANGER by Linda Broday. This is a side story to her MEN OF LEGEND series and contains the same sense of time and place. I have read this series and highly recommend it. A man with no future and no place to go gets trapped in a blizzard. He is found by a woman from the Legend ranch and brought there to recover. A good man has been wronged, a lonely woman finds hope, an old woman regains something lost, and a crime will finally be punished. A TEXAS RANGER FOR CHRISTMAS by Margaret Brownley. Can a Texas Ranger with no initial interest in settling down and a young widow with an infant make a future together when she doesn't like or trust the call to duty all Texas Rangers feel. She has no desire to be left alone again. A CHRISTMAS BABY by Anna Schmidt. A marriage her parents do not approve of and a baby on the way have a young couple facing rejection and prejudice. Not everyone is against them, but that doesn't stop the hurt of rejection. As the future looks brighter a near tragedy and small Christmas miracle help set things right. A CHRISTMAS REUNION by Amy Sanders. The new doctor in a remote Wyoming Territory town is kidnapped by outlaws to tend to one of their gang who has been shot. What he discovers at the hide-out is a surprise from his past. This book is a strong 4.5 stars.
All six novellas in Christmas in a Cowboy’s Arms are enchanting and perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit. Every time I finished a story, I would say it was my favorite, until I realized all of them were my favorite. While they all take place in the late 1800s, each one is unique and will cast a heartwarming, amorous spell on you. A word of caution: the shortness of the stories means attraction, passion, and all things romantic are whirlwind. No time to waste! The best part about this Christmas collection is that each story has the central themes of family, trust, forgiveness, and second chances. I thoroughly enjoyed all six novellas, but I will admit that I shed a tear or two at the end of A Christmas Baby by Anna Schmidt. Father Christmas by Leigh Greenwood: Sometimes when you go looking for gold as payment for a betrayal, you find something much more valuable instead. A Chick-a-Dee Christmas by Rosanne Bittner: Nothing and no one had better come between a grandpa and his family, because no matter how long it’s been, you can bet your bottom dollar grandpa hasn’t lost his gun slinging skills. The Christmas Stranger by Linda Broday: That strong-willed, independent woman who just saved your life is about to steal your heart as well. A Texas Ranger for Christmas by Margaret Brownley: Sometimes when you ride up to deliver bad news to a widow, you discover the family you never knew you wanted or needed. A Christmas Baby by Anna Schmidt: There is no place for prejudice and hardheartedness at any time of the year, especially at Christmas and a baby’s birth. A Christmas Reunion by Amy Sandas: True love will always find a way, even if it takes years, miles, and sabotage.
A bad boy hero meets his match. An unexpected chance at love heals two broken hearts. A reunion that was years in the making and a chance at a fresh start that is well worth taking. Christmas In a Cowboy's Arms is modern storytelling with a historical theme. Romance at it's best develops when the authors keep readers guessing. Adventure meets scandal. There's a little rogue in every hero and a raging fire in each heroine. Sparks fly and hearts melt in this tempting read.
My Thoughts 6 short tales of love, second chances, new beginnings, family and being true to ones self that encompass the true magic of Christmas and allow both those new to these authors as well as current fans to enjoy a small taste of their work as well. This collection consists of authors I have read recently and even a couple that are new to me but all of them have things in common, their version of HEA romance at the holidays were all well crafted and all enjoyable to settle down with for a short visit.