The Rancher's Christmas Bride

The Rancher's Christmas Bride

by Brenda Minton

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The Rancher's Christmas Bride by Brenda Minton

A Cowboy for Christmas

After being jilted at the altar, all Marissa Walker wants for Christmas is to escape her life. Fleeing to Bluebonnet Springs and the ailing grandfather she’s never known seems like the perfect solution. But when her limo breaks down, neighboring rancher Alex Palermo comes to her rescue. With his ranch in jeopardy, Alex can’t afford any distractions right now—until he sees a bedraggled runaway bride on the side of the road. Alex can’t turn his back on the spunky city girl, and soon his priority becomes convincing her to stay. Because Christmas—and his future—would be much merrier with Marissa as his bride.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373623174
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Series: Bluebonnet Springs Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 821,073
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brenda Minton lives in the Ozarks. She's a wife, mom to three, foster mom to five and grandma to a princess. Life is chaotic but she enjoys every minute of it with her family and a few too many dogs. When not writing she's drinking coffee on the patio, wrangling kids or escaping for an evening out with her husband. Visit her online at

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The Rancher's Christmas Bride 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
I love Brenda's books! Her character's are so real and entertaining! Bluebonnet Springs is a place I wish existed! I was to go and visit! This book begins in such a fun way - Alex is just driving along the road when he sees Marissa in a wedding gown on the side of the road having car problems! What man - especially a Texas cowboy - wouldn't stop and offer aide! Marissa is supposed to be getting married today but her groom has run off the caterer so she runs off to meet the grandfather she's never met! What a great story! I loved Marissa's grandfather! A gruff old man who has had a rough life but Marissa doesn't give up on him and she doesn't quite showing him love. There's a lesson in there for all of us. This is a wonderful holiday story about redirecting our lives when challenges come and showing love to those who don't always give it back to us. I loved meeting the townspeople of Bluebonnet again and more of Alex's family. Some wounds in people are very deep and they don't go away overnight but understanding and love go a long way to help the healing. I encourage people to pick up this book and enjoy the characters, the story and the message, especially this holiday season
HeidiMain More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. This is a good book! I mean, let's be real, Alex is driving along in his truck and sees a bride in a white wedding dress walking along the side of the road, he stops, it starts raining. Come on people, a premise can't get better than that! I loved that Marissa had never met her grandfather, yet that's the one place she wants to be after she is jilted at the altar. Marissa's grandfather is such a lovable character, gruff yet welcoming at the same time. Both Marissa and Alex have strong and interesting backstory's. Brenda Minton did a nice job stringing out the romance and never really allowing Alex and Marissa to get together, until the end of the story of course. I also loved that the last thing either character wanted was a relationship Pick up your copy of The Rancher's Christmas Bride today!
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Bluebonnet Springs series, however I feel it is a stand alone book. I have not read book one and had no problem following what was happening. I do feel that the history of one of the sub characters in this book was the main character in book one but it played no part in any confusion. Alex Palermo, is a handsome cowboy, with a past he would so love to forget. He knows he is not husband material, so when a bride is in need of rescue it may be more than he can fathom. Alex has such a good heart, but sometime getting over circumstances beyond your control can weigh heavy on your soul. Marissa Walker, is a beautiful woman with some family issues of her own. When she is rescued by a handsome cowboy, will she regret allowing him into her life or is he exactly what she needs? Marissa is trying to connect with her cranky grandpa. I love the chemistry between Marissa her grandfather and Alex. This book is full of family, forgiveness, learning to trust God and of course romance.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable and sweet story, with heartfelt characters who are trying to find a peace of mind and their place in the world where they feel loved, accepted, and at home. Marissa Walker was supposed to get married and start a new life with a husband and a new job, instead, she finds herself living in a tiny trailer with her cranky grandfather she just met for the first time and falling for the neighbor who is always willing to lend a helping hand. Marissa's family has lived in the shadow of her sister's death. The secrets and pain from the past have kept the family distant from each other. Living with her grandpa, Marissa seems to come truly alive, to flourish. She is generous, kind, determined, if not a little stubborn. Alex Palermo has a good heart the size of Texas, yet the nightmares of his childhood are still very much alive and real in his mind, causing him to avoid any longterm relationships, marriage, and fatherhood. Until Marissa comes to town. I liked the chemistry between Marissa and Alex. The banter between them was delightful, and the trust and bond not only came fast but was also natural and believable. The people of Bluebonnet Springs were entertaining, and the preparations for Christmas had me smiling. Even though there are character development and personal growth in the story and the main characters are eagerly part of the community and the church within it, I missed the growth in faith aspect in this Love Inspired story, especially with Marissa. Just participating in the church Christmas events and being friends with the minister does not a Christian make. A sweet and hearty Christmas romance story about coming home spiced up with little family drama and town troubles. ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side