Find your very own cowboy to keep warm these long, wintry nights as you cozy up with six sweeping, epic tales of heroism, passion, family and celebration from bestselling authors Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas.
Fall in Love with Christmas
Whether it's a widower finding an unexpected new start, a former outlaw and his new wife welcoming their very own Christmas miracle, a long-lost lover returning just in time for a special holiday celebration, a second chance at love between two warring hearts given peace at last, an unlikely pair working together to bring joy to a small Texas town, or a cowboy and his dark-eyed beauty snowed in one unforgettable wintry eve...every Christmas with a cowboy is filled with light, laughter, and a forever kind of love.
What People Are Saying:
"Greenwood is a master at westerns." RT Book Reviews for Leigh Greenwood
"An emotional powerhouse! This classic historical western is destined for the "keeper" shelf." RT Book Reviews, Top Pick for Rosanne Bittner
"Fun and sensual...great for fans of history, romance, and some good old Texas grit."Kirkus for Linda Broday
"A great story by a wonderful author."#1 New York Times bestselling author DEBBIE MACOMBER for Margaret Brownley
"The perfect read." RT Book Reviews for Anna Schmidt
"A genuine page-turner...electric and absorbing." Kirkus for Amy Sandas
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About the Author
Leigh Greenwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular Seven Brides, Cowboys, and Night Riders series. The proud father of three grown children, Leigh resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He never intended to be a writer, but he found it hard to ignore the people in his head, and the only way to get them out was to write. Visit him at www.leigh-greenwood.com.
A native of Michigan, USA TODAY bestseller and award-winning novelist ROSANNE BITTNER is known as the "Queen of Western Historical Romance" for her epic love stories and family sagas. Her award-winning, well-researched books span 1800's America from coast to coast. The descriptive words used most often by Rosanne's devoted readers are "awesome," "realistic," and "unforgettable!" Rosanne and her husband live in southwest Michigan.
At a young age, Linda Broday discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. After years of writing romance, it's still tall rugged cowboys that spark her imagination. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers' Choice Award and the Texas Gold. She resides in the Texas Panhandle where she's inspired every day.
Margaret Brownley penned her first novel at age 11 and has been writing ever since. She's now a New York Times and CBA bestselling author and has penned thirty-five novels and a non-fiction book. Margaret and her husband have three grown children and make their home in Southern California.
Award-winning author Anna Schmidt delights in creating stories where her characters must wrestle with the challenges of their times. Critics have consistently praised Schmidt for her ability to seamlessly integrate actual events with her fictional characters to produce strong tales of hope and love in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She resides in Wisconsin.
Amy Sandas writes historical romance about dashing and sometimes dangerous men and women who are often reckless, bold, and unconventional. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children in Wisconsin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love a good anthology book. Reading one allows me to revisit authors I love (hello Linda Broday!) and fall in love with new authors (hello Amy Sandas!) This time around, we have 6 historical novels featuring cowboys, so there is even more for me to love! Let’s look at each story: A Fairy Tale Christmas by Leigh Greenwood: The writing in this story is very descriptive. For example: She felt like a pumpkin dusted with November Frost. In this story, we find Nan Carson in a not very Christmas-y spirit til the arrival of Will Atkins and his daughter Clara. Nothing like a child to bring in the Christmas spirit in a romance story. I think this story did suffer from the downside of anthologies. The romance between Nan and Will moved very quickly. Honestly, I think Nan’s love for Clara is more authentic than her affection for Will. In this instance, I would have preferred more back-story on the characters and the opportunity to see their love grow over time. Christmas in Paradise by Rosanne Bittner: This story makes a lot more sense after reading the Author’s Note that followed. We meet Maggie and Sage Lightfoot in Christmas in Paradise after the actions of Ms. Bittner’s novel Paradise Valley. I haven’t read Paradise Valley, but after reading this short story, I’ve added it to my TBR! I enjoyed meeting Maggie and Sage. Their story is very touching. Sage is clearly a great protector and husband. A Christmas Wedding by Linda Broday: This is a great, but short, visit back to Hope’s Crossing. I’ve loved my other visits to this town of characters. For this visit, we meet up with Rebel and Travis. It was great to reacquaint myself with these two characters and to see how their love overcomes some serious adversities. What I enjoyed most about this story, though, is it shows how the community of Hope’s Crossing bands together to celebrate Advent and Christmas. A Love Letter to Santa by Margaret Brownley: A sweet and touching story with a hint of humor. Holly Sanders is the small-town teacher determined to give every child their Christmas wish. Tom Chandler is the new to town blacksmith who volunteers to help. Plus, cute dog alert! Like A Christmas Wedding by Ms. Broday, the townspeople shine here, donating time and gifts for the children. One Snowy Christmas Eve by Anna Schmidt: Plucky heroine alert! And old loves reunited! Two of my favorite tropes. Evelyn Prescot is a doctor in 1903 New Mexico. Colin Foster is the one who walked away from their relationship years ago. Colin may be delirious with fever, but he knows Evie will make everything better. I enjoyed this rekindled romance. But I especially admire Evie and her can do attitude. Through the Storm by Amy Sandas: This one by far is my favorite in the anthology. It blew me away. It’s a great final story to the whole book. Witty banter and super sexy times between Lucy and Gentleman Jack while they are stuck together during a blizzard. The two characters are well developed for a short novel. I appreciate how independent Lucy is and I’m a bit in love with Jack myself. After all, ginger Scots are my weakness! Especially so when they read poetry and make breakfast. I’ll certainly be checking out more of Ms. Sandas’s novels to see if there are more flirty conversations between the main characters! I utterly enjoyed this anthology, visited some old friends and made some new ones. Each story is unique, but tied together with Christmas ribbons. And maybe some twinkly lights, as those are my
Longing for a Cowboy Christmas 3.5 stars This is a cute compilation of Christmas short stories by six great authors; all are standalone, no cheating, happily ever after, historical romances with some heat. If you are a fan of any of these authors, well versed in their genre, you can see their writing style shining through each of the stories. I would give the book 3.5 stars just because I like a little longer read, this rounds to 4 stars. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest opinion.
I really enjoyed each of these stories. They were all quick reads and enjoyable during the festive holiday season. Some of the stories were part of a series and one could even be considered a long epilogue to a previous story the author wrote.
This is a wonderful collection of Christmas short stories - each one giving a couple hour dose of a feel-good story to snuggle up with. I totally read this book out of order, going first with the stories I was looking forward to the most and working my way through the rest, and not being disappointed in any of them! Christmas in Paradise by Rosanne Bittner I was so thrilled when I found out we were getting more of Sage and Maggie from Paradise Valley (one of my favorite RB books)! I had faith going in I'd love the follow up to their story, and I wasn't disappointed. Sage is still all protective of Maggie, and patient with her as she's settling into her spot as his wife. He knows he's got a treasure in her and makes sure she knows it deep down. Maggie is still as sweet, determined, and strong, as much as she's vulnerable and struggles with some insecurities. But Sage won't let those fears keep their grip on her. Loved the touch of adventure and drama, and the beauty of their Christmas miracle, both in seeing them settled, and in seeing their happily-ever-after come full circle. Honestly, this just made me want even more of their story, and I'd love to see a sequel novel someday for Sage and Maggie and their family. A Christmas Wedding by Linda Broday Christmas in Hope's Crossing, pouring out good on people who deserve all the good they can get! Loved getting to know Rebel even more, watching her big heart dig deep to find joy and spread it around. And then Travis finally getting the new start he needed and finding his way home again to wrap his family up in his protective arms and shower them with love. Add in some breath-catching moments and some giggles along with a few tears, and you get a sweet addition to Linda Broday's Outlaw Mail Order Brides series. So glad that there's more coming for this town and hopefully we'll get to see more of Rebel and Travis in future stories. Through the Storm by Amy Sandas Through the Storm starts off with a sweet, slow burn that builds to an inferno, keeping you needing more. George is fully captivated by Lucy when he first meets her, and fate helps to bring her back to him. George is an interesting character with his charm and gentleman ways mixed in with outlaw edginess. Lucy is an adorable mix of sweet and capable, the best match for George! Loved watching the embers of their attraction grow into a steady burning flame. This story probably surprised me the most in how much I ended up enjoying it! A Fairy Tale Christmas by Leigh Greenwood This is a super sweet story of a man and a woman who both desperately need something the other can provide, but fears and plans and a touch of stubbornness get in the way. Nan desires a family with everything she has, but isn't willing to settle for less than what she deserves or wants. But she does know how to open her heart and grasp to what she is given. Will has a mapped out plan for his life, even if he's struggling with some of the consequences and hanging onto the past. Luckily, a winter storm, the love of a child, and some words of wisdom combine to grant dreams and love to three people who deserve their family and own special happily ever after. A Love Letter to Santa by Margaret Brownley Holly and Tom's story melted my heart with all the joy and goodness that Christmas can bring. Holly brought a smile and cheer to a town that was hurting, and wiggled her way into the heart of a man who was lost. Loved her heart and charm. Tom proved to be a man
Highly entertaining, fun, engaging and emotional collection of romantic adventures set in wide open spaces.... Loved it! Each one of these stories are filled with intriguing charters, witty banter, heartwarming holiday cheer and undeniable passion. Excellent reading from beginning to end.
This is 6 Christmas stories. My favorite was A Love Letter to Santa by Margaret Brownley. 5 I loved this wonderful story. It was filled with love, hope and the magic of the season. A Christmas Wedding by Linda Broday 5 was my second favorite. It was a wonderful, inspirational story about hope and love. A Fairy Tale Christmas by Leigh Greenwood 4 Nan nursed Will when he was sick and took care of his daughter at Christmastime. Together they formed a bound and became a family. One Snowy Christmas Eve by Anna Schmidt 4 A short sweet story about a second chance at love. Through the Snow by Amy Sandas 3 It was sweet story. Christmas in Paradise by Rosanne Bittner 3 It was a sweet story.
Longing For a Cowboy Christmas is an anthology of, well, cowboy Christmas stories set in the late 19th century. Some of these authors were familiar to me; some were new. I thought perhaps it was too early for me to get into the holiday spirit. I started this late yesterday afternoon. I guess it wasn't too early for me - I couldn't put this book down and totally forgot that it was 90 degrees in Southwest Georgia! These stories are perfect for any season. Leigh Greenwood's A Fairly Tale Christmas featured Nan, who is asked to care for an extremely ill stranger, Will, and his adorable daughter Clara. Rosanne Bittner's Christmas in Paradise brought back her characters Sage and Maggie, newlyweds who are expecting a blessed event. Linda Broday's A Christmas Wedding is a return to Hope's Crossing where Rebel, whose man Travis was taken by a bounty hunter and she has no idea of his fate, tries to bring Christmas cheer to the entire town. Margaret Brownley's A Love Letter to Santa has school teacher Holly and newly arrived blacksmith Tom joining forces to bring gifts from Santa to the community's children during hard times. Anna Schmidt's One Snowy Christmas Eve is a second chance romance for Colin and Evie, who parted ways when Evie left for medical school. And last but not least, Through the Storm by Amy Sandas gives us George and Lucy, who are trapped in Lucy's cabin after she finds George lost in a snowstorm. There is not a single dud in this entire collection; I was enchanted by them all. However, there are some standouts. Linda Broday had me absolutely bawling like crazy when Rebel and Travis are reunited, and a devastating hardship occurs. My poor puffy face! Margaret Brownley also had me crying over her sweet story. Seriously, who can resist a Christmas story with a lovable dog? No one, that's who! And Amy Sandas brought the heat with George and Lucy, trapped in their isolated hideaway complete with a fireplace and furs. Treat yourself to this beautiful anthology to prepare you for the Christmas season. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
My Thoughts A Love Letter to Santa by Margaret Brownley Schoolteacher and all around kind soul Holly Sanders works hard to find a way for every child in her small Texas town of Haywire, population less than 80, to have a present from Santa under the Christmas tree in the year of 1886. Local blacksmith Tom Chandler and his faithful little dog Winston are also convinced to join her in this endeavor, which of course leads to the pair finding more than helping grant Christmas wishes to others when all is said and done. The miracle of this Christmas holiday novella is two-fold and gives the children back their belief in Santa and Holly her very own special present as well as Tom getting one for him. Very sweet as expected. A Christmas Wedding by Linda Broday The small Texas Panhandle town of Hope's Crossing is home to Rebel Avery, her daughter Jenny and son Ely. Rebel is in love with former outlaw Travis Lassiter who had been captured seven months prior to this story by a bounty hunter. Taking place during the Christmas holidays this tale focuses on the beauty, joy and wonder that is Christmas as well as new beginnings for the towns inhabitants. Most especially that of Rebel, her children and Travis. A Fairy Tale Christmas by Leigh Greenwood Having resigned herself to spending the Christmas holidays lonely Nan Carson gets an early gift when ill Will Atkins and his 5-year-old daughter Clara are brought to her farm. Now with two people who need her to care for them Nan finds her Christmas spirit rekindled. A delightful young child to share that joy with and a handsome man who makes her long for the family of her own that so far has not been realized also rekindle dreams Nan had almost given up on. For all three this particular Christmas does become a season of miracles and one none of them will ever forget! One Snowy Christmas Eve by Anna Schmidt Formerly an itinerant cowboy, now foreman for local rancher Tom Madison, Colin Foster makes his way into the town of Sagebrush New Mexico looking for Doc Williams on Christmas Eve. What he finds is former flame Evelyn Prescott, now the practicing physician instead. This Christmas miracle novella is a second chance romance with an HEA as it's ending. Through the Snow by Amy Sandas Taking place in Chester Springs Wyoming this novella finds Edmund Alistair George Linwood, otherwise known in America’s western territories as Gentleman George, and Lucy Jones as it’s leading characters. When the pair weather a blizzard snowed into Lucy’s cabin they find that a mutual attraction becomes impossible to withstand, and neither really wants to after all is said and done. Love blooms and the rest is inevitable as well as fraught with excitement as one last effort to exact revenge on the pair results in a change of life for the both. Christmas in Paradise by Rosanne Bittner This is a story of 2 people finding happiness together and weathering all hardships, both manmade and that of nature. Their Christmas miracle is a time of new life and a stronger, deeper bond than both thought possible. 6 authors I enjoy reading the work of with 6 western romance novellas set at Christmas that uplift the reader with their positive messages and strong leading male/female characters. [EArc from Netgalley]