The Rancher's Christmas Song

The Rancher's Christmas Song

by RaeAnne Thayne

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“RaeAnne Thayne is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors… Once you start reading, you aren’t going to be able to stop.” —Fresh Fiction

"RaeAnne has a knack for capturing those emotions that come from the heart." —RT Book Reviews

Keep a song in your heart this holiday season…

Music teacher Ella Baker’s plate is already full. But when single dad Beckett McKinley’s wild twin boys need help preparing a Christmas song for their father, Ella agrees on one condition: they teach her to ride a horse. She’s hoping that’ll help mend her strained relationship with her rancher father; it certainly has nothing to do with the crush that’s lingered since her one and only date with Beck.

It isn’t disinterest spurring Beck to keep his distance—if anything, the spark is too strong, with Ella reminding him of his ex-wife. Soon what started as an innocent arrangement is beginning to feel a lot like family. But with the holidays approaching, Beck and Ella will have to overcome past hurts if they want to keep each other warm this Christmas…

Don’t miss other heartfelt stories from the fan-favorite The Cowboys of Cold Creek mini-series!
The Holiday Gift
A Cold Creek Christmas Story
The Christmas Ranch

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373623808
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: The Cowboys of Cold Creek , #16
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at

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The Rancher's Christmas Song 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The twins want to do something special for their Dad. They learn his favorite song to sing at the Christmas Show. I wonderful Christmas Story you will love.
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
A captivating holiday read that had me wishing for a longer book by the time I finished it! RaeAnne writes the best holiday stories! As we get to know Ella, the music teacher in a small town, we know she is frustrated by everyone expecting her to return to Boston and be a "city girl". She loves the Idaho town and ranch where she was supposed to grow up but was deprived of because of something that happened in her childhood. Instead, she was mainly raised in Boston, which was ok, but now that she's an adult and has returned to Cold Creek because of her father's ailing health, she wants to stay - her father has other ideas. Next to her father's ranch lives Beckett. All around gorgeous rancher with two adorable twins that love mischief! At first Ella only knows them as their music teacher and is exasperated by their hijinks! However, she soon learns that they have a heart of gold and love their daddy a lot. She knows Beckett doesn't like her but she can't quite figure out why, except that she wants his sons to be a little more "obedient" when she's teaching them! Beckett's first wife, however, was a "city girl" and he wants no part of another one! I absolutely LOVED Ella and Beck's journey together. I love all the Cold Creek books. This one was extra special and involved several characters from other books which I adored! I definitely recommend this book - curl up on the couch and enjoy the holidays with it!
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne’s Christmas stories always touch my heart, and this one is no exception. No one crafts small town stories with unforgettable characters like Ms. Thayne does. The setting is captivating, and the main characters, Ella and Beckett, are realistic and endearing. Beckett’s rambunctious but lovable twin sons can soften the heart of even the biggest Christmas Scrooge. I would recommend this story to those who enjoy sweet Christmas stories. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
With that special voice that we adore, RaeAnne Thayne never fails to wrap a cowboy around our heart and reel us in! She writes endearing characters who have overcome loss and tragedy to go on to thrive and find love. This story brings us a single dad with a set of rowdy twin sons that could try the patience of a saint ... but their teacher happens to adore them ... and their daddy! Ella Baker has been back in Pine Gulch for over a year now, and is still trying her best to mend her strained relationship with her ailing father. She wishes he could see her as more than just the city upbringing she had with her mother. She's enjoying her job teaching music to the kids of the town, but she wants so much more. Neighboring rancher Beckett McKinley can't deny he likes seeing Ella around town and working with his son's for the upcoming Christmas pageant, but she reminds him a little too much of his former wife who hated ranch living and wanted the excitement from the city life she was used to. When his boys agree to teach her to ride a horse in exchange for her helping them prepare a song surprise for him for Christmas, he finds himself enjoying her company around his ranch more than he should!
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book and I am glad that Ella got her story. I just love the twins. Ella moved back home to help her father. She loves living on the ranch, but her father seems to think she is better off in Boston with her mother. Beck does too. He made the mistake of marrying a city woman before and he isn't going to do that again. Except, he is so drawn to Ella. Ella is so great with his twins and he is so sure that she won't stay, so he doesn't want to get involved and then she leave to go back to the city. Why doesn't her father and Beck understand how much she loves the country? They just assume that she wouldn't be able to make it in the country. They are wrong. The twins want Ella to help them learn a song for their father's Christmas present and she is very happy to help them. It just puts her near Beck and it is getting harder and harder for her to deny her feelings for him. She knows he will never return them because he thinks she is too much of a city girl.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Adorable and heartwarming holiday romance story that captivated my mind and heart. The twins with their horses and puppies certainly were a delightful addition to the story, their love towards their father was palpable and desire to please him with the Christmas gift so lovely. Ella Baker is a strong female lead. I liked her strength, patience, and aim to go after what she wants. She has had a tough childhood, her relationship with her father is turbulent, yet she has clear goals in life and is willing to work towards them when needed. Beckett McKinley is a family oriented man, his love for his twins is the driving force in his life. He has big heart, caring nature, he is generous and kind. But what he doesn't want is to fail in a relationship again, so acting upon his attraction towards Ella Baker is completely out of question. Ella's father has a Parkinson's disease and needs constant care and help. Ella's struggle to accept her father's new challenges came close to my heart. I found that part of the story oddly comforting and consoling, my personal feelings and struggles coming into the play. Beckett and Ella, as well as the twins, they all have challenges they are facing this holiday season. And while working on their fears, overcoming obstacles, and learning new skills they get to know each other in a new way. They find their hearts and minds are in tune, and there are new feelings taking root in their souls, feelings they cannot ignore for long. The attraction growing between Beckett and Ella is flaming, palpable force yet the story is sweet in nature leaving the passion to the reader's imagination. With snow storms, ranch life, lots of Christmas caroling, cute kids, and alluring romance the story has all the ingredients that touch the emotions, and make you smile, sigh, and long for the season to start. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
book-addictSR More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne has done it again. The Ranchers Christmas Song is a wonderful story. This is a story about Ella and Beck. Ella needs to overcome a fear of horses and two adorable twin boys want to give their dad a special Christmas gift. They decided to help each other out. This brings Ella and Beck together more often. Their attraction to each other grows the longer they are together. This is a beautiful love story that comes along with a lot of Christmas magic.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
This story and the characters in it stole my heart, especially the music aspects, which are near and dear to me. Ella Baker, who has taught music in Pine Gulch for a year, will be heading up the program for the annual fundraising event that takes place just before Christmas at The Christmas Ranch. The talent she brings out of these youngsters is amazing, and I love her for it. Single father and rancher, Beckett McKinley, has been raising two very rambunctious seven-year-old sons, Trevor and Colter, who are working with Ms. Baker on a Christmas surprise for their dad in exchange for horse-riding lessons. The relationships built between them was magical. Trevor and Colter were definitely main characters - not just Ella and Beckett. I loved it. It can be read on its own, even though it is part of a series.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this story!! Strong female character - check. Yummy single father cowboy - check. Absolutely adorable kids - double check!! All that wrapped in a fun, emotional, heartwarming story. I always look forward to RaeAnne Thayne's holiday stories and she's surpassed all my expectations this year with a fantastic addition to the Cowboy's of Cold Creek series. Sparks fly when two rambunctious boys find a way to get their rancher father and their very pretty music teacher to spend some time together. Now Beck and Ella just need to find a way to make everything work. Put this on the holiday must read list! I highly recommend it.
Cathyquilter More than 1 year ago
A return to the Christmas Ranch is always a trip I look forward to. Rae Anne Thayne did not disappoint. This year’s holiday story includes, as characters, twin seven year old motherless boys, their cowboy single dad, a lonely music teacher and even puppies at Christmas! It doesn’t get better than this. Ella’s parents separated and divorced when she was still quite young. Her mother did not like living on the ranch and Ella was forced to move with her mother to Boston. She always enjoyed going back to spend time with her father, and in fact, would have preferred to live with him. When he is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Ella gave up her job in Boston and moved back to help her ailing father. She was hired to teach music in the elementary and middle schools. She was also coerced into directing the Christmas play at the Christmas Ranch for a second year. Trevor and Colter give Ella a challenge in the classroom as well as out of it. They are natural born (ring)leaders and tend to find mischief wherever they go. After hearing a cowboy band, they ask Ella to teach them how to sing their dad’s favorite Christmas song about a lonely cowboy alone at Christmas. She strikes a deal with them and they agree to behave better and reteach her how to ride a horse. Beckett, the boys’ father, feels an attraction towards Ella but doesn’t want to pursue it. His perception is that Ella is just like his late wife and her own mother. He feels that she should just go back to Boston and be a “city girl”. I wish the book had been longer. I hope that there will be another trip to Pine Gulch in the near future.
Grottoes More than 1 year ago
Charming story about a music teacher and a single Dad of twin boys who owns the ranch next door to her Family home. I enjoyed the slow development of their love and the children's part in all of it. Touches on the meaning of home, the spirit of Christmas and family ties. Couldn't put it down. Perfect for the holidays.
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
Lucky us! We get to visit Pine Gulch and Cold Creek again with RaeAnne Thayne! IMHO, no one does holiday stories like Ms. Thayne and The Rancher’s Christmas Song is another wonderfully warm example. The story starts with Ella Baker, music teacher extraordinaire (!), trying to keep things from getting too far out of control when Becket (Beck) McKinley’s 7-year-old twins start letting loose with enough energy to power the entire county! They really are a hoot, and such a big part of the story, that I am sure they will melt your heart – as they did mine. Short recap of the story: Ella makes a deal with the twins and that brings her into much closer proximity to Beck than either of them is ready to deal with. Their story is really the journey they both must make through their own past mistakes, misjudgments, and just life itself before they can get to their HEA. The story is at times hilarious, especially when the twins get involved, but both Ella and Beck are truly good people and have such vulnerabilities…Ms. Thayne really delivers a touching, fun, warm and loving holiday story. Quick read for me because I always want to make sure I get to the end so I can have my dose of holiday cheer!