The Cowboy's Christmas Baby

The Cowboy's Christmas Baby

by Jennifer Hoopes

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Stranded in the middle of the road in big sky country, Wyoming, at eight months pregnant isn’t exactly what Sofie Pennington had planned when she decided to pack up and surprise her sister. Fly Creek is a fresh start for her, one where she’s finally free from her controlling ex and can figure out this whole single parent thing. First, though, she needs to get there. To her shock, her rescuer comes in the form of a frustratingly handsome cowboy.

Dan Rigby is on his way out of town—for good—when he stumbles across a very pregnant Sofie. She’s the most obstinate, exasperating woman he’s ever met…and the most appealing. She drives him crazy, in more ways than one. When her sister suddenly has to leave, and Dan becomes Sofie’s welcoming committee, they find themselves growing closer despite their desire for conflicting things. Can Dan convince Sofie that Christmas miracles do happen?

Each book in the Fly Creek series is STANDALONE:
* Her Cowboy's Promise
* The Cowboy's Homecoming Surprise
* The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640637177
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Series: Fly Creek , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 90,795
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jennifer lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. When not writing, she can usually be found elbow deep in flour or inhaling chlorine as she cheers her daughter on at a swim meet. She loves musicals, caramel and roller coasters, and lists Machu Picchu at the top of her bucket list. She is a member of RWA and is the President of her local chapter, Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers. Find out more about Jennifer and sign up for her newsletter at

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The Cowboy's Christmas Baby 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KivicCT140 More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review" Pregnant and stranded in Wyoming in a the middle of a snow storm, Sofie Pennington is rescued by all around good guy Dan Rigby. As they get to know one another, Dan and Sofie learn to stop running away and to love and trust again. This is a wonderfully sweet Christmas romance that will have you cheering the happy couple on.A big thumbs up for the Cowboy's Christmas Baby.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
After divorcing her controlling and manipulative husband, Sofie Pennington decides to move away from his influence and goes to visit her sister in Fly Creek. However, she doesn't tell her sister she's coming - or that she's eight months pregnant! En route she's stopped by a herd of cattle and rescued by a handsome cowboy, Dan Rigby, who was travelling in the opposite direction. He's secretly endeavouring to leave the community where he was brought up and where everyone knows him to be so reliable that his nickname is Dependable Dan. He wants to be more than dependable but isn't sure he can find himself and what he really wants whilst remaining there. However, he can't abandon Sofie, so gives up on his escape plan and takes her to her sister, wondering as he does so how he can be so attracted to such a very pregnant lady he's only just met! I have mixed feelings about this one, mainly because of the heroine. Having escaped such an emotionally abusive relationship, Sofie is determined not to be controlled again and takes being independent very seriously, even when it isn't appropriate. She assumes anyone who tries to help her is trying to control her and is actually quite nasty to others - at times I really didn't like her. She seemed determined to tar everyone with the same brush as her ex-husband and not to want to see the good in them. Dan is so patient and caring, totally dependable - and she's horrible to him, too, and he definitely doesn't deserve it - he needs a medal for sticking by her IMHO! It does get resolved nicely and at no stage did I consider not finishing it but it isn't my favourite book by this author though others may well love it, so give it a go and see what you think! I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this review is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I loved how this book began--Sofie's middle of the night arrival at Fly Creek delayed by slow-moving cows was definitely unique, and made me smile. She's left her disastrous marriage behind her and is determined to do things on her own from now on (though this is kind of undermined by the fact that she's making a surprise move to the small Montana town where her sister now lives, isn't it? If she really didn't want any help from anyone, wouldn't she move somewhere where she knows no one instead? But I digress...) She meets Dan before she even gets into town--he was sneaking out of town, intending to leave for good but also runs into (not literally, thank goodness!) the cattle road block, and ends up deciding to stay. Sofie, of course, ends up playing a pretty big role in that decision... Their relationship develops fairly quickly--it is a bit insta-love-ish--and most of the obstacles in the way of them really being together are caused by Sofie's "I'm going to do it on my own" 'tude and the hangups she still has from her marriage. I couldn't help but feel that her actions often didn't match up with her words--if she was really determined to do it all herself, then why wasn't getting things ready for her baby's arrival her #1 concern when she got to town? Two weeks before her due date she still didn't have anything at all--for a first time mom who's anticipating the birth happily, this just didn't make sense to me. So, yeah, Sofie wasn't always my favorite character. Dan was better, though I couldn't help but feel if he had just talked to the people who cared about him a little more often about what he perceived as their treatment of him made him feel, 95% of his hangups would have gone other words, there was a lot of exasperated hmphf-ing going on over here while I read parts of this book. Still, it did keep me turning the pages, waiting for them to figure out how to get to an HEA. The epilogue was very sweet, and I closed the book the same way I started--with a smile. The Cowboy's Christmas Baby is a feel-good holiday read with a fun start and a sweet ending, even if the middle part is sometimes problematic. I haven't read any of the previous books in this series, but that didn't effect my enjoyment of this one--it worked just fine as a standalone. Rating: 3 stars / C+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
LoraJ More than 1 year ago
3 out of 5 stars This story is good, but I think it is a little too formulaic - girl gets hurt then hurts guy because she’ll never trust another guy then realizes her mistake and begs forgiveness. Dan was a super nice guy and I couldn’t understand why Sofie wouldn’t just go with it. It drove me crazy the WHOLE book that she was so hesitant to just accept that he was a good guy, but she nearly broke me when she broke him. This is the first book for me by this author and the first one I’ve read in the series. I didn’t have any trouble with the storyline having not read anything else, but it would have probably aided in places had I known all the histories. I have a soft spot for books about babies and pregnant women so I couldn’t wait to read this one...since it’s also a holiday book! It wasn’t a total disappoint, but not my favorite. *** I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby is the third and final book in Jennifer Hoopes’s Fly Creek series. I love this series. However, when it comes to this story, my feelings are all over the place. One of my issues is that I didn’t realize TCCB and The Cowboy’s Homecoming Surprise overlapped at certain times. I kept expecting one important conversation between two characters to take place, but it never did. More on that to come. Dan has lived in Fly Creek, WY his entire life. When he was younger and found himself in a tough situation, it was Shelby and Mitchum Marks who took him in. They welcomed him into their home at Sky Lake Dude Ranch and treated him like a son. But unbeknownst to everyone, Dan never felt like he belonged. Things came to a head for Dan when Ryder Marks, Shelby and Mitchum’s biological son returned in TCHS, after a ten year absence. At that point, Dan pretty much felt as if he was just simply “Dependable Dan”. He was “the tagalong son and friend, the man good enough for now, but never enough.” Thus, Dan felt the only solution to his problems was to leave Fly Creek. And so in the middle of the night, Dan makes his escape, only to run into a herd of cows and an intriguing, very pregnant woman. Sofie is mad and determined. She’s mad at herself for marrying an up and coming politician who thought image was everything. She’s mad at herself for allowing her now ex-husband to take away her control and make decisions for her. Now eight months pregnant, Sofie has decided to take back control of her life. She’s determined to make her own choices and raise her son on her own, the way she sees fit. Thus, Sofie now finds herself driving cross-country to Fly Creek to surprise her younger sister Emily and start a new life. What she doesn’t expect, is to find the only road leading to Fly Creek blocked by a herd of cows. To say Sofie and Dan’s first meeting was memorable would be an understatement. Who can forget a woman banging on your truck window, demanding you do something to move cows from the road? And that right there is where I started to have issues with the story. Sofie immediately comes off as being rude and demanding. Throughout the story, just when I was starting to like her, something would set her off and she would return to her rude and ungrateful self. While I completely understand why Sofie wants to make her own choices and do things herself, I just feel there was a better way for her to express herself. Dan is why I continued to read the story. From past books, I know him to be a man with a good heart. I really wanted to see him get his own happy ending. I just wish he didn’t have to be on the receiving end of Sofie’s verbal attacks. Despite having a difficult to like at times heroine, I enjoyed TCCB. Jennifer has written some tender moments. She’s even added in some laughs. I love that she’s left the door open for a possible fourth book, with a hero I would love to read more about. I just wish that there was more of Ryder Marks in this story. As I said before, I didn’t realize TCHS and this story overlapped. I truly believe that if Ryder and Dan had had their much needed conversation about the past, that Dan would have been in a better place. TCCB is a standalone read. If you can get past Sofie standing in her own way of finding happiness and contentment, you will be treated to a very nice story of a family coming together.
Deb_from_Oz More than 1 year ago
Dan needs to leave Fly Creek he was raised by a leading member of the town but now he just feels as though the town takes him for granted It is time to start his life somewhere else. Sophie eight months pregnant and divorced is coming to Fly Creek to live with her sister and restart her life. When a chance meeting throws them into one another's company sparks fly. He takes her to be checked out after a fall he thinks he's doing the right thing she thinks he's interfering. Can two people with such differing views ever have a chance together. This is a well written fun Christmas story that is just a joy to read
kakitatlas More than 1 year ago
The Cowboy's Christmas Baby is a wonderful addition to the Fly Creek series by Jennifer Hoopes. If you haven't read the first two you can read it as a standalone and not feel lost. As always, Jennifer paints an inviting picture of the people of Fly Creek along with Sofie and Dan. I especially enjoy how much you want to root for the characters to find their way, and yet laugh along with them. It is such an inviting place, I would love to visit Fly Creek and meet the residents along with one special horse..... I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
I love these Fly Creek books and this one was great. I need a cowboy like Dan! What a sweetheart. Dan is leaving Fly Creek in the middle of the night at the same time that 8 months pregnant Sofie has driven cross country to her sister in Fly Creek both getting stopped on a herd of cows crossing the road. Neither can move. Sofie getting out of the car tries to shoo the cows along, she makes her way over to Dan who is now asleep in his truck knowing the cows will take their time... Sofie is mad. She thinks Dan holds some magic wand with the cows and Dan can't resist teasing her about not being from there, including the way she's dressed. When she walks off and loses her footing he insists on taking her to the hospital to get checked. She tells him she's staying at the ranch (where he just left) and is there to surprise her sister Emily for the holidays. Sofie has left her controlling ex behind, packed what little she has and is moving to Fly Creek. So Dan returns to the ranch with Sofie and gets her settled. Dan's got his issues with being good old dependable Dan. Sofie has some serious issues with wanting to to everything on her own and refuses help from anyone. Anyone who does anything wants to control her. The people in this town are generous and kind and it's their giving, nosey, busy body nature to help one another. Sofie can't get her head around that. Especially when she and Dan start developing feelings for each other. I wanted to slap Sofie for the way she treated Dan. What a little witch she was. Nasty ex or not, she had no reason to do the things she did. Especially after all they'd been through and she knew how Dan felt about things. This is a great Christmas story. I really enjoyed the book, especially the bussing. Honestly when I read that, the last time I heard that was when I visited family. Not a common word for giving someone a kiss of greeting. Great memories for me there Jennifer, thank you. Great read and another great Fly Creek story! arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review
SherriBabb More than 1 year ago
This was such a sweet romantic Christmas story. When Sofie and Dan meet there is an instant connection that happens between them. Sofie is 8 months pregnant and on her way to Fly Creek to be with her sister She has just come out of an emotion abusive marriage and she wants a fresh start. Dan is actually leaving Fly Creek when he comes across Sofie and he decides to delay his plans. Dan feels like he really does not belong and he is a very lonely man. He feels like he will never find the one. He soon comes to realize that maybe Sofie is the the person that he has been looking for. Although they both feel the connection Sofie fights against its. She wants to prove to herself she needs no one and that she can survive on her own. This book is about finding your place in life and finding someone you belong with. It is about letting go of past mistakes and moving on. I loved this book and I loved Fly Creek. All the side characters were fabulous. They liked to interfere in peoples lives for the great good. This was a really great read. I laughed and I cried. Pick up this book today you will not be disappointed. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
Sofie is on the way to visit her sister in nowhere Wyoming when she is stopped by a herd of cattle that are blocking the two-lane road. Not only has she been driving for what seems like forever, but she is eight months pregnant and only ten miles from reaching her sister. Dan Rigby has left Sky Lake Ranch and is waiting in the opposite lane when they meet on the road. These two main characters are both dealing with personal issues that have made them wary of sharing their feelings. Since this is book number three in the series, I realized that I had missed information about previous characters, but Ms. Hoopes provided enough back story that I didn’t feel lost. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline, but felt that Dan’s continuing concerns about being needed and overlooked seemed to take up too much of the story. All in all, this was a very pleasant western romance. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a nice sweet small town holiday romance. For me though it was almost too sweet. Dan is a great character but he takes nice to an almost unbelievable level. I'm not a fan of Sophie. I understood her need to stand on her own two feet but any mother knows that when there is a baby involved sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and accept the help. Instead of being grateful for the kindness shown to her by Dan and the town Sophie is resentful almost to the point of being rude. I had a hard time understanding why Dan was drawn to Sophie. It seemed that he was in love with the idea of being in love rather than Sophie herself. Perhaps this is just my own cynical view. The book does have good points. It's very well written and like them or not the characters are well developed and memorable. Overall though the story just wasn't for me.
OpheliaOA More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. This is the first book that I’ve read from Jennifer Hoopes and I got to say that I am glad I was not disappointed. I really liked this book. Dan and Sofie might have both been running away from their past but once they meet, they both realized that getting stuck in the middle of the road because of the cows was the greatest thing that could have happened to them. Sofie might have had trust issues and had a hard time believing Dan was not trying to control her but at the end she realized that Dan was nothing like her ex and that true love and second chances do happen. ***Received this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
OpheliaOA More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. This is the first book that I’ve read from Jennifer Hoopes and I got to say that I am glad I was not disappointed. I really liked this book. Dan and Sofie might have both been running away from their past but once they meet, they both realized that getting stuck in the middle of the road because of the cows was the greatest thing that could have happened to them. Sofie might have had trust issues and had a hard time believing Dan was not trying to control her but at the end she realized that Dan was nothing like her ex and that true love and second chances do happen. ***Received this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
Lesley Walsh More than 1 year ago
Sweet Small Town Romance. When Dan and Sofie first meet he is running away from his home town whist she is running towards it. It is in Dan’s character to help people and so he shelves his plans in order to look after a very pregnant Sofie and soon finds a reason to want to spend the rest of his life with her. However Sofie has been hurt and sees help as a form of control, what will it take for her to see that Dan is nothing like her ex?. Lovely story. The epilogue a year later was a nice touch. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.