20 Days of Christmas Books – Day 11
The Cowgirl’s Christmas Wish by Barbara Ankrum
(The Canadays of Montana, book 3)
Tule Publishing (October 24, 2016)
The Cowgirl’s Christmas Wish is a feel good, magical Christmas romance. The story is believable as is how the main character’s relationship progresses. Two friends, both attractive to each other, just afraid to mess up the friendship and don’t acted on the attraction. Adding to the magic that occurs during the Christmas season, is a cute little 4-year-old girl who Eve and Ben take care for their friend and experience the Christmas offerings around the town of Marietta. I liked them as a couple and was rooting for them. This is the first book by this author that I have read and will check out more of her books. Note: The book cover is gorgeous!
I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley, but was not required to write a review or influenced in terms of my review.
Event planner Eve Canaday and her secret crush, Dr. Ben Tyler, are unexpectedly drafted to help a little girl fulfill her late mother’s wish—a magical Christmas to create some happy memories. Eve sees this opportunity as a sign; Ben, as a glitch in his plan to leave Marietta behind for good. As the trio checks off the to-do list of Christmas fun, Ben’s ‘bah-humbug’ opinion of the holiday fades, along with ideas about keeping his distance from Eve. Getting involved is the last thing he wants to do but, alas, there’s no accounting for cosmic interference. With the season of miracles upon this jewel of a town, will Eve find it’s possible that Christmas wishes aren’t only for little girls?
The Canadays of Montana
Book 1: A Cowboy to Remember
Book 2: Choose Me, Cowboy
Book 3: The Cowgirl’s Christmas Wish
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Barbara Ankrum grew up in Upstate New York, training to be a ballerina, but secretly dreamed of being an actress. She attributes this to all the Westerns she watched with her city cowboy father and her love of horses. Determined to make it in Hollywood, she moved there after college, where her degree in English Literature did little to help her land her parts. However, she built a career as a successful commercial actress, always on the lookout for a western that needed a ballerina-trained book hound who looked like everyone’s next door neighbor. Many commercials later, she had two amazing children (now grown) with her sweet husband, and, in the downtime between auditions, she started writing. And writing. And writing. The first book she sold was a Western historical romance, and naturally, she cast herself as the lead– in her imagination, of course. But she found that writing complex characters and adventurous stories about the West checked a long empty box for her. Once she sold her first book, she said farewell to Hollywood-Land and never looked back. She’s written both historical and contemporary romances for such New York houses as Zebra/Kensington, Harper Collins and Harlequin/Silhouette and has recently ventured into the indie e-book market with both her backlist and brand new books. In between writing novels, she got her MFA in Creative Writing and optioned a few screenplays. A long-time writing instructor at the prestigious UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, she still loves mentoring other writers. Barbara’s emotional, character driven Western historicals (Wild Western Hearts and Wild Western Rogues Series), her sexy, Romantic Suspense for Harlequin and her heartwarming new, ‘Montana Born’ contemporaries for Tule Publishing, offer a little something for everyone. A #1 Bestseller on Amazon, Barbara’s been honored twice with nominations for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award, and her books have won numerous other writing awards, including Romantic Times’ K.I.S.S Awards. Today, she lives in Southern California with her husband, two rescue cats and a scruffy, adorable rescue dog who supervises every aspect of her writing day.