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Snowflakes and Stetsons an Anthology


Cover art: Snowflakes and Stetsons Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Snowflakes and Stetsons
Author: Jillian Hart, Carol Finch, Cheryl St.John
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-29659-0
Release Date: October 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Christmas 1880's/Western United States
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual (Christmas at Cahill Crossing)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate (A Magical Gift at Christmas)
Authors Websites/Blogs: www.jillianhart.net, www.harlequin.com/author.html?authorid=435, www.cherylstjohn.net

The Cowboy's Christmas Miracle by Jillian Hart
Pain has been a constant for both of them for far too long. Caleb McGraw because he had been wrongly accused and wrongly imprisoned; he lost more than he ever realized during his time behind prison walls. Caroline Dreyer due to the deaths of her husband and young son.

She’s determined not to give too much of herself or her heart to her young ward, Thomas. He’s longing for the son he never knew he had as well as respect, acceptance, and a permanent, loving home.

Will Caleb and Caroline be blessed with a Christmas miracle? Chances look slim when Caleb’s past comes back to haunt him and Caroline believes the worst of him.

Of course we should carry the true meaning of Christmas within us throughout the year and let it shine so everyone can see, and Caleb and Caroline’s story only reaffirms the spirit of Christmas, and the gift of hope and love.

Truly a heart-touching story from a master storyteller.

Christmas at Cahill Crossing by Carol Finch
The mixed blood pulsing through his veins caused Lucas Burnett to live on the edges of society. He’s become accustomed to keeping to himself, his only trusted companions being his faithful horse, Drizzle, and his dog, Dog. Lucas never knew he needed or wanted more. Until the night Rosalie Greer came into his life and turned it upside down.

Rosa never expected to get caught in a blizzard or that the blasted horses she rented would be so skittish. It all resulted in her getting stuck, all alone, her life in jeopardy and her precious cargo potentially never getting delivered. She never expected to fall in love.

By some miracle, this man rescued her, saved her life. The sparks fly between them and the attraction is undeniable, like a magnetic pull. Time will tell if these two, from totally opposite ends of society can and will find their HEA together.

Rosa is the type of heroine I like getting to know; she knows her own mind and fights for what she wants and what’s right, while at the same time has a compassionate heart. Lucas is rough around the edges; the pain of his mixed heritage causes him to close himself off from everyone and everything. He doesn’t want to expose himself to any more rejection, all of which endears him to the reader.

A tale of the power of love healing the wounds of the heart.

A Magical Gift at Christmas by Cheryl St.John
He takes his job seriously. Jonah Cavanaugh is one of several Marshals aboard a train guarding a gold shipment. It’s his duty to see the payroll safely to its destination. The last thing he anticipated was being snowbound in a plush Pullman car with Meredith Abbott; he doesn't need to babysit a frightened, cosseted woman subject to vapors. And when they discover two young stowaways, the responsibility settles even heavier on his shoulders.

No one has ever asked Meredith what she dreams for her future. She’s always done what she was told, and what she was expected of her. Even her thoughts were dismissed. Noah changed everything. He truly listened. He treated her as an equal, and when danger and possible death loomed overhead he trusted her to be by his side, protecting the children, no matter the outcome.

Had Jonah and Meredith had the opportunity to get to know each other in different surroundings and conditions they’re sure it wouldn’t have made a difference. He has plans for his life. Her father has plans for hers. When it’s time for them to return to reality, it’s seems doubtful they’ll be able to act on their feelings.

It’s obvious to the reader, but perhaps not to Jonah and Meredith (yet), that there is a strong emotional bond. Physically they are attracted to each other. But it goes deeper than that. They work together like a well-oiled machine. They respect each other, they enjoy each other’s company.

Once again, Ms. St.John strikes all the right cords with the reader; strong, likable, and kindhearted characters, and a tale that is charming and heartening. She always leaves the reader wanting more.

Each of the novellas are special in their own way. Love, the Christmas spirit, forgiveness, and healing all touch the reader in some way. To pick a favorite would be difficult. So enjoy my fellow readers, and let the Christmas spirit be rekindled in your heart.

Happy reading,

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