It’s crazy to think about how many Christmas stories I’ve already read since July!
I do enjoy Christmas novellas. They are just the right length to allow me to get into the story, to be well-developed enough to make it believable and to make the characters relatable, and not so long that it can’t be finished in a couple of hours.
Combine those elements with a little snow, handsome cowboys, horses, and a feisty woman and you have the perfect recipe.
Sleigh Bells Ring in Romance
Series: Christmas in Romance #1
Publication Date November 1, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance, Western
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 60+
Written for: Adults
You're never too old to fall in love . . .
Will over-the-hill neighbors embrace a holiday romance?
Rancher Jess Milne lost his wife years ago, but he’s finally ready to give love a second chance. It’s a shame the one woman in Romance who captures his interest is a prickly, wasp-tongued she-devil. She used to be one of his closest friends until he asked her out. Her vocal, vehement refusal made her thoughts on dating him crystal clear. Despite her animosity, Jess can’t help but be attracted to her fire and spirit.
Widowed more than ten years, Doris Grundy tries to convince herself she’s content with her life. Her recently married grandson and his wife bring her joy. The ranch she’s lived on since she was a young bride gives her purpose. She’s an active member of their close-knit community. But the old coot who lives down the road continually invades her thoughts, keeping her from having any peace. Doris will be the last to admit she longs for the love and affection of her handsome neighbor.
When the two of them are unexpectedly thrown together, will they find a little holiday spirit and allow the love of the season to ring in their hearts? Find out in this sweet novella from USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Another fun Christmas novella by Shanna Hatfield!
I really enjoy stories where the hero is completely in love with the heroine and not afraid to let her know. And handsome Jess was in love with Doris. The fact that their families had been close made this even sweeter, in my opinion.
It was clever and fun the way the author carried on the pig theme from her previous book set in Romance. Doris’ grandson, Blayne, and his new wife, Brooke, still have the potbellied pigs she adopted in the previous story and named after the Winnie-the-Pooh characters. And now Jess has a pig that he claims is one he will be using for food, but everyone knows that the kindhearted rancher now has a pet. (And in case you missed it, Jess’ last name is Milne – the same as the author of the Pooh stories!)
The banter between Jess and Doris is amusing. The way they each tried so hard to pretend they weren’t attracted to the other was endearing.
This is another sweet Christmas story that would be a great addition to your library.