After Army Capt. Nash Lamont falls while rescuing a kitten and suffers concussion-induced amnesia, he believes that Kasey McKay, his new neighbor from the ranch next door, is his wife. Because he has post-traumatic stress disorder, his doctors suggest maintaining the fiction will aid in his recovery, so Kasey agrees to stay with him until he can safely drive. She and her three adorable children move in, and nature slowly takes its course. Nash’s PTSD is aggravated by the guilt he feels for the death of a man under his command. Naturally, Kasey’s husband was his fallen comrade, something easily discerned before chapter two and a signal that, by genre convention, Nash will not reveal his secret until doing so causes maximum damage. Brown’s sequel to Toughest Cowboy in Texas may not be novel, but the narrative is genuinely sweet and filled with the joy of Christmas as a good man learns to live in the aftermath of war and a loving woman realizes she can move on from two long years of grief. Agent: Erin Niumata, Folio Literary. (Oct.)
A heartwarming holiday read from USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown
Nash Lamont is a man about as solitary as they come. That's exactly why ranch life in middle-of-nowhere Happy, Texas suits him. So what the heck is he doing letting a beautiful widow and her three rambunctious children temporarily move in? Before he knows it, they're stringing Christmas lights and decorating the tree... and he's having the time of his life. But after everything he's been through, Nash knows this kind of happiness doesn't last.
Kasey Dawson thought she'd never get over the death of her husband. Nash, with his strong hands and infinite patience, is stirring something she hasn't felt in a long time. Kasey knows the sexy cowboy isn't telling her everything about this past, though. And she refuses to risk heartbreak all over again. But her kids have a plan of their own: Nothing will keep them from having a real family again-even if it takes a little help from Santa himself.
"Genuinely sweet." Publishers Weekly
"Genuinely sweet and filled with the joy of Christmas." Publishers Weekly on Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas
"A truly romantic cowboy story...full of love, hope, loss, and second chances."Fresh Fiction, Fresh Pick on Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas
"Of Carolyn Brown's books,this one has the most emotional complexity and tugged heartstrings. It's a lovely sentimental sugarplum of a Christmas story that is bound to make you long for Christmas...and the next Carolyn Brown book."The Romance Dish on Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas
"Top Pick! Carolyn Brown writes about everyday things that happen to all of us and she does it with panache, class, empathy and humor. 4 ½ stars."Night Owl Reviews on Merry Cowboy Christmas