Holiday Delight Review: A Cowboy Christmas Miracle by Carolyn Brown

Posted November 29, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Holiday Delight, Reviews / 17 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Holiday Delight Review: A Cowboy Christmas Miracle by Carolyn Brown
A Cowboy Christmas Miracle

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Series: #4 Burnt Boot TX
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on September 6, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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This has been a riot of a fun series from start to finish with sassy cowgirls, flirty cowboys, and a family feud that was over the top hijinks.  It was fitting that the last book was told against a holiday that calls for ‘peace on earth; goodwill toward men’ because maybe- just maybe the Gallaghers and the Brennans can find a way to call an end to their feud.  Betsy Gallagher and Declan Brennan sure hope so because they do not want to be the Burnt Boot version of the doomed Juliet and Romeo.

As the fourth and final book in the series, this is not the best one to read out of order.  Both characters and the situation were introduced earlier in the series.

The story opens with Declan participating in the weekly poker game with his cousin and two of the enemy Gallaghers.  Things get heated as they generally do between the two rival families and Declan ends up losing a bet.  He has to make the first woman through the doors of the bar fall for him in thirty days or lose.  And in struts his secret childhood crush, Betsy Gallagher.  Declan isn’t the only man at the table to groan in frustration.  Her own cousins know what will happen if Betsy finds out she was the object of their bet, but pride kicks in and the bet goes forward.  Declan is more frustrated than ever over the stupid feud that won’t allow him to straight up ask out Betsy or have a chance of a future with her, but now, he doesn’t know what to make of this situation caused by the bet.

Betsy is frustrated.  Because of the stupid feud, her grandmother and the Brennan’s matriarch have both refused the usually funds to have the church Christmas programs and Nativity Play.  Betsy’s cousin is even more sad because it was to be her baby that would be the baby Jesus.  She begs Betsy to think of a way for the Christmas activities to go on.  Betsy has to find a way to do an end around her grandmother.  She leaves the bar to head out to her favorite thinking spot only to encounter her childhood secret crush, Declan Brennan parked under her tree by the river.

The meeting at the river results in the two pairing up to help save Christmas.  And all this sneaking around leads to some sizzle between the pair that take advantage of an ice storm, closed roads, a hotel room, and all that lovely snow to ignore the feud and find time to be together.  As Christmas draws near, the pair of them have to decide what is most important to them and will they go for a chance at happiness or heed family duty.

These are light and fun stories and I enjoy the easy of reading them.  I was not surprised to finally have a romance pair from both the feuding families and see that this might indeed be the shake up that it would take to bring it all to a head.  The two were peas in a pod and I loved seeing them figure it out and work together along with the growing feelings that they want more.

The Christmas backdrop was sweet and I loved all the small town festivities.  Christmas was a strong theme that blended well with the romance.

All in all, this was heartwarming and fun with a pinch of Christmas spice.  I’ll miss the series and this whole group of small town characters.  Those who enjoy light cowboy romance should definitely give these a try.

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

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #287 CR
Books N Tunes #37 Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You


This story is loaded with good eats and music.  I’m going to give you a song and a recipe.  The song just fits the sitch for the two main characters.

But the recipe is a simple one that’s common all over America and probably beyond.  I picked it because it matched the Western theme of the story, but also because we serve this as one of our favorite appetizers at family shindigs.  I didn’t have a name for it in our family, but The Good Wife blogger calls it Cowboy Suishi.  I thought that was a hoot so I had to include the link for her blog post on it:

Cowboy Sushi Recipe

6 large whole kosher dill pickles
3 packages Buddig Beef
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

~Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over one slice of beef. Top with another slice of beef and spread cream cheese over the second layer.

~Roll the two slices of beef around one whole pickle.

~Repeat steps one and two so that the pickle ends up with four layers of beef and cream cheese.

~Slice the pickle into thick slices and serve cold.

~Repeat all the steps until all the pickles are covered.

Personally, our family does these with ham wrapped around cream cheese and green onion or salami wrapped around cream cheese and dill pickle.  I’d like to try The Good Wife’s beef version someday.

Oh and I looked up the mention of Cowboy Caviar that she had in her post because that sounded yummo and here is the link to the recipe on that:

About Carolyn Brown

Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!

Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.

I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter… all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.

I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. In 1997 Kensington bought two books for their Precious Gems line. Two years and six books later the line died with only four of those books seeing publication. But by then Avalon had bought a book and another, and another. Ten years later the list has grown to thirty nine. Last year Sourcebooks bought the Lucky Series which is in the bookstores now. They’ve also bought The Honky Tonk Series which will debut with I LOVE THIS BAR in June and will be followed by HELL, YEAH, MY GIVE A DAMN’S BUSTED, and HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS.

Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!

I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my editors who continue to believe in me.

Happy reading!

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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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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
5 years ago

oh boy a family feud, and a Cowboy for Christmas. How could you go wrong! Thanks Sophia Rose!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

No kidding, Debbie! 🙂 I whole-heartedly agree.

AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB
5 years ago

Great review! This author has been on my to be read list for a while, but I still haven’t taken the plunge. I do love a good rivalries become lovers story, and the secret crush factor makes it even better.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Thanks, Angie! I think you’ll have a good time with her books. 🙂

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Thanks, Angie! I think you’ll have a good time with her books. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
5 years ago

oh I just these two feuding families and quite honestly…they are hilarious. I am a bit behind on the series though. Only read books 1 and 2. I am curious about seeing how these two get together and work their issues out especially with such a strong Christmas theme. Gotta read this one. Great Review

And Great pick for the Books N Tunes. Love that song.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

These families and the neutral families really are a hoot, Renee. I thought the whole holiday ‘Peace on Earth’ element worked really well with the grand finale about the feud and their romance. Yes, you really hafta catch up. 🙂

5 years ago

This just sounds fun all around…your review made me smile 🙂

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

It is great fun, Kimberly. I just love how her stories perk me up when I’m tired or stressed. 🙂

5 years ago

sounds fun

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  dholcomb1

You know it, Denise! 🙂

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

That looks like a cute read! Great review!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

These are so cute and make me laugh. Love them.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Yes! I had fun with these two, too. I liked the last one being from opposite sides, too. Man those grannies. They’re something else, aren’t they? lol

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Oh yeah, those grannies are scary types. I think she writes those old gal types well. I just finished a trio from her Cadillac, TX series and her Agnes and Violet in that series had their own private feud going on. Fun times!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I need to check out some of her other series now. I’ve only read in this series, I believe.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

I discovered her books when Sourcebooks released her Cowboys & Brides series so I read all those then these Burnt Boot ones, but then I saw that Forever had her Lucky Penny Ranch ones so I’ve been reading those. I’ve been catching up on her Cadillac, TX series that is re-releasing with new title names for Sourcebooks now. NG might still have A Heap of Texas Trouble up for grabs if you have room to scooch it in. I have one each on my dusty TBR pile from her Spikes & Spurs and Lucky series so I hope to eventually… Read more »