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Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy


Cover art: Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: Cowboy Christmas
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-145-1
Release Date: August 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Inspriational Romance
Year/Setting: 1879/Ranger Bluff, Wyoming Territory
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Mary's Website: www.maryconnealy.com

Elijah Walker was through with women! They simply couldn’t be trusted – except for his ma. He saw his fiancé kill his pa and now after seeing justice done he’s on his way home to reclaim his life – if only he could forgive himself for believing her lies.

Annette Talbot was running from evil to the one place she thought was safe – home. But she ended up next to Elijah and she had no choice but to stay right there. No one was home to protect her but Elijah and his sweet mother took her in not knowing of the evil that Annette had nipping at her heels.

Soon Elijah is fighting the growing feelings for the pretty, sweet Annette – though she was a woman and they always lied except for his ma. Elijah just wasn’t sure what to believe. Annette seemed like a good Christian woman but could she tell the truth?

Annette knew she loved Elijah and his mother but she couldn’t stay knowing that they could be in danger because of her. She knew that she deserved everything that has and will come her way because she felt she didn’t stand up for her belief in God. Should she trust the Walkers with her past and will they believe her or will they believe the lies that are circulating town? Annette can only do one thing and that is to run away to protect the ones she loves.

God has a lot of healing to do with Annette and Elijah and we all know that He’s up to the task. But accepting His forgiveness is one thing; can Annette and Elijah each forgive themselves?

Mary Connealy has a knack for weaving her stories with just the right amount of strong – yet subtle inspiration laced with lots humor that will make you LOL. Cowboy Christmas is no exception. It is a tender loving story of two people that need to forgive themselves as God has already forgiven them. Sometimes that’s the hardest forgiveness to receive – from ourselves.

I enjoyed visiting Ranger Bluff and you’ll enjoy it too. Take some time to follow Annette and Elijah’s journey that led to forgiveness just as that star – so long ago – led the shepherds to the Baby who would forgive us all.


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