Cowboy Christmas Homecoming by Julie Lessman, Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, Anna Schmidt

Friday, December 9, 2016

About the book:

They’ve weathered a lot worse than winter. For widow June Harper, another cold front is about to hit. Most call him Hugh. She’d call him Scrooge, except as the man ensures her needs are met, June can’t help but wonder how to meet the needs of his heart.

Netty Lewis can take care of herself, has for a while now. Some hired help over the holidays doesn’t change that. And even if Roy does take care of her, that doesn’t mean he cares for her or that he’ll stay past Christmas.

Pastor Colton McCabe is having the opposite problem. He’s not sure he’ll make it through the holidays with his new housekeeper. Grace can’t seem to do anything right but love. Perhaps being a homekeeper will earn her a permanent residence in his heart.

And no one longs for a home more than Connie Lancaster. She’s determined to return to St. Louis, and no cowboy can change her mind. But if Isaac can change her heart, maybe Connie will see the homecoming she’s been waiting for isn’t to a place but a person.

My Thoughts:

I don't believe it's any secret that Julie Lessman is my absolute favorite author. Not that I don't have other faves but there is just something special about Julie. Color me surprised when I found this little jewel in the first few pages of this book . . .
I had no idea that Julie had placed my name in her story and I read this at a particularly difficult time and reading this made my year!
Each of the stories in this book build on each other and are perfect for the Christmas holiday. Two of the authors Ruth Logan Herne and Anna Schmidt are new authors to me and I really enjoyed their stories. If you are looking for a good Christmas collection, you can't go wrong with cowboys and Christmas. Highly recommended!!

First Line Friday

About the book:

“I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.”

It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing.

At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.

Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.

First line:

February, Present Day

The sound of the fan coming on brought me out of a heavy sleep.

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