Christmas in Winter Valley by Jodi Thomas
Series: Ransom Canyon #8
Also in this series: Sunrise Crossing, A Christmas Affair (Ransom Canyon #6.5), Mistletoe Miracles (Ransom Canyon #7)
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Westerns
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Ransom Canyon welcomes you back for a Christmas that has everything you’re looking for: romance, family and a whole lot of Texas.
Cooper Holloway would take nature over people any day—especially visiting relatives. That’s why he’s headed for a rustic cabin in remote Winter Valley, where he’ll care for a herd of wild mustangs. But Cooper’s plans are quickly thwarted by the arrival of two unexpected guests: one, a stranger in desperate need of his help, and the other, a very attractive young veterinarian.
Elliott is busy trying to keep Maverick Ranch running smoothly with Cooper gone, which is no easy task with family visiting. And when a long-lost love suddenly reappears in his life, Elliott knows he’ll have more than just books to balance this season.
With a big, chaotic family Christmas around the corner and love blooming in surprising ways, the Holloway men will have to make big choices about the future—just in time for the holidays.
Christmas in Winter Valley is a group of smaller romances all set in one book/story based around the Griffin family and their place, Maverick Ranch.
First there’s the story of Cooper Griffin and Hayley. Cooper is hurt while out checking on wild mustangs but Hayley, the vet that was out there to help him, saves his life.
Then there’s Tye and Dani who can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. Tye is an ex-rodeo star and is now a ranch hand at MV (Maverick Ranch). He falls fast and hard for the Griffin family cook, Dani, but here grown sons don’t like that too much.
Elliot Griffin was hurt 10 years ago by Jessica who he was engaged to. He had to leave school when his dad died and each of them think it’s the other’s fault that they didn’t stay together after that. Jessica shows up at MV to do the taxes and sparks fly between the two.
Creed (a ranch hand) and Dallas (cousin-in-law to the Griffins), end up as a couple, I think, but it’s hard to say as not much, if any, time was spent on their relationship. Could be they just ended up FB’s. lol
While all of these people are falling in love with each other, all between December 10th and December 24th (yes, very fast), there are friendships growing and intertwining all of these characters. Men and women alike are finding out who they truly are and how they see life and love. It was well done, but I never felt that I was too invested in any of the relationships. I’m not sure if that was because there was so much going on, or what. Despite that I liked the book overall.
That said, I have to say that my favorite part of the book was a 9-year-old boy named Tatum. Tatum was shipped off to his grandma’s house when his dad and then his mom died. When his grandma died the evil neighbor lady told the sheriff that this small boy carried death wherever he went, was half-wild and they should take him to the pound. WTAF? I wanted to crawl through the book and thrash that woman! Tatum ended up running away before social services could get him and was found by Cooper Griffin right before the boy would have frozen to death. I won’t tell you the amazing cuteness that comes out of Tatum’s mouth on the regular, but let me just say that he’s the sweetest thing in the world! The relationship between Cooper and Tatum is heart-warming and I loved it. Jodi Thomas wrote his character wonderfully well and I actually found myself wishing he was more on-page than he was. Yes, it’s a romance novel, but Tatum made the book for me!
Overall a nice Christmas story about love and family.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5