Review: Longing For a Cowboy Christmas by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, Amy Sandas

Posted December 5, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 6 Comments

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Review: Longing For a Cowboy Christmas by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, Amy Sandas
Longing For a Cowboy Christmas

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Series: Paradise Valley, Outlaw's Mailorder Brides, Haywire Brides Runaway Brides #1.5 #2.5, #2.5, #2.5, #2.5, #3.5, #3.5, #3.5
Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on September 24, 2019
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

This talented team of writers all focused on the holiday theme is a supreme Christmas gift to reading fans and newcomers alike.  I couldn’t click fast enough to have all western historical Christmas romancing by all familiar and greatly enjoyed writers onto my device.


Review

Fairytale Christmas by Leigh Greenwood
As far as I could tell this is a standalone and takes place on a farm in a Shenandoah Valley small town.  Christmas comes for a lonely, worthy woman, Nan, who thinks her chances of love and family have passed her by until she takes in a sick widower, Will Atkins, and his young sweet girl, Clara, who has never had a home Christmas or family togetherness.
Simple country charm, reflective romance.

Christmas in Paradise by Rosanne Bittner
#1.5 Paradise Valley
I read Paradise Valley so long ago, but with the built in details of their past in this novella, I was right back in the thick of things in no time.  I never expected to get more of Maggie and Sage’s story so this was a real Christmas treat to a fan.

Settling in to their home and ranch life in Paradise Valley, Wyoming, Sage and Maggie must come to terms with their past if they are to have joy for the future.  Maggie is secretly fearful that Sage will one day wake up to realize she isn’t the gorgeous, sophisticated woman that his ex-wife was or that he can’t love a woman who was raped and carries another man’s child.  And, Sage’s outlaw past, half-Cheyenne race, and abandonment by adoptive parents has him wondering when all this blessing and good fortune will be taken away especially when people come to stir up trouble and there is a drought condition and worry of fire.
They both take some convincing and I enjoyed their Christmas surprise.

A Christmas Wedding by Linda Broday
#2.5 Outlaw Mail Order Brides
This novella falls between a few of the larger stories of the series and gives a sweet Christmas story for the whole town paired with the specific romance of side characters Travis the outlaw that a bounty hunter caught up with and Rebel the former saloon gal.  It standa alone just fine for those new to the series.

Rebel is moping with Travis gone indefinitely, the two orphans she has adopted struggling with a bully and abandonment issues, and no one thinking of Christmas.  So Rebel decides they all need some cheer.  She gets her own Christmas surprise even as the whole town feels the wonder of Christmas.

A Love Letter to Santa by Margaret Brownley
Haywire Brides #2.5
This is easily read as a standalone between books in the series.  Holly attempts to whip her grandfather and his friends into a Christmas choir and has plans to bring Christmas cheer to the town and children even after the hard year.  Her plans are big and she gets help from the shy, new to town blacksmith, Tom Chandler, with the adorable dog.  Her aunt is pushing her toward the prosperous hotel and property owner, but there is something about Tom.

So sweet and I loved the humor laced throughout.

One Snowy Christmas Eve by Anna Schmidt
As far as I know, this is standalone.  A second chance romance comes for once drifting cowboy, Collin Foster, and new doctor, Evelyn Prescott.  They had quarreled years back when he wanted her to marry him and stay at his side and she wanted to pursue medical school after being recently accepted.  Both had a stubborn, independent streak, but now when Collin arrives sick and looking for a doctor and she’s had time to reflect, the feelings are still there on both sides.

I liked how the author brought out both sides, showed that both still harbored feelings and regrets, and they both took ownership for it not working out even while finding themselves in a different place in life when the decision can be different.

Through the Storm by Amy Sandas
#3.5 Runaway Brides
A lovely standalone story about side character, outlaw Gentleman George, and a mountain man’s half-Cheyenne daughter in a snowed in romance.  I recently discovered this series and loved Gabriel’s story so it was fun coming right back into that world when George and Lucy encounter and then end up stuck together which had surprising and engaging results just in time for Christmas.

So, six wonderful holiday stories that, series or not, easily offered a delicious taste of each author’s talented writing chops in the western historical romance world.  I found each story well developed in setting, characters, and romance with a strong holiday element for most.  I went in with high anticipation for certain author’s stories, but ended up deeply impressed with each so that I couldn’t choose a favorite if I wanted to.  I have no hesitation recommending these to other western historical romance fans.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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About Rosanne Bittner

Rosanne Bittner is an award-winning novelist who is highly acclaimed for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West—from Canada to Mexico, Missouri to California—and are often based on personal visits to each setting. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I haven’t tried these authors, but often anthologies like this turn me on to them. Great review!

Sophia Rose
7 months ago

That is true with me, too. I loved the last Christmas antho that they all did together and hope to eventually hit all their backlists.

Nadene
7 months ago

This looks like a nice collection of Christmas stories. I think I am going to get this one.

Sophia Rose
7 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

Glad I could point it out to you, Nadene. 🙂

Carole Rae
6 months ago

Awww what a fun collection!

Sophia Rose
6 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It really was. Made me want to go read all the backlist books by the authors. Whew! That would take a bit as they have all written quite a bit. 🙂