Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Cowgirl's Christmas by CJ Carmichael

Title:  A Cowgirl's Christmas
Series:  Carrigans of the Circle C #5
Author:  CJ Carmichael
Published:  October 28/14 by Tule Publishing
Length:  130pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary western romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

For years Callan Carrigan has been her father’s right hand man, so when her dad’s will names city slicker Court McAllister the new owner of The Circle C Ranch, Callan feels betrayed on every level.

Then she and her sisters find their mother’s diaries, hidden from them by their father since their mother’s accidental death 18 years ago, and the shocking revelations explain a lot. Reeling, Callan seeks refuge in the local saloon, where it seems no one can reach her, until Court offers her a challenge.

If she agrees to be foreman at the Circle C for one year, he’ll deed the ranch back to her and her sisters. The deal seems too sweet at first—until Callan realizes Court has his eyes on something she protects even more than her family’s land—her heart.

My Review:

Carmichael had me in tears well before the end of the 1st chapter. She also made me laugh more than a time or two. I was emotionally engaged and intellectually stimulated throughout this short but sweet story. I love the way Carmichael takes a read, down to earth look at ranch life. It isn’t a rodeo. It’s the hard work and rewards that are at the forefront. Her vivid & picturesque descriptions take you to Montana while her captivating storyline keeps you there. Readers receive shock upon shock alongside the characters, really keeping them on their toes.

Getting to know these characters definitely added to my enjoyment of the novel. The main characters were fantastic individuals separately and explosive together. Carmichael makes sure that we get to know them in a very real way. We find out some little tidbits about them, and some big, explosive events that have shaped who they are. The supporting cast was brilliant as well. Assuming that you’ve read previous Carrigans of Circle C novels you’ve met the sisters and their significant others before, but even if you haven’t, Carmichael lets us get to know them in a way that this can just as easily be read as a standalone as part of the series.

I definitely found myself thoroughly enjoying this novel through and through.

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