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Feature book: Christmas in Winter Valley

19 February 2020

Christmas in Winter Valley by Jodi Thomas

Subgenre: western romance
Release date: 24 Sep 2019
Publisher: Harlequin/HarperCollins
Format: print
Length: 368 pages
RRP: $15.99 (print)

As with all Jodi Thomas stories there is a mix of love stories. This story involves the Halloway family who first appeared in Mistletoe Miracles which was Griffin’s story. In this story, Griffin has married his love and they need to be away to look after Sunlan’s father. This story focuses on the remaining two brothers and others on the property.

Cooper is in the winter camp to look after the mustangs. He finds a young boy who is skittish and alone. Cooper is able to make Tatum feel welcome and useful. Then Cooper has an accident. It takes a young vet to assist and get him to the hospital.

Elliot keeps the books for the ranch. He gave away his love for the ranch. But he sees her again when she arrives as the accountant to audit the books. Both he and Jess have a few issues to get through before they can be together, forever.

Tye Franklin is a horse whisperer. He has an exceptional rapport with horses. He is also a drunk. He is given a book of clues for his inheritance which his grandfather has given him. He ends up on Maverick Ranch where he finds his inheritance and a woman who will be his forever.

And then there is Tatum. The nine-year-old boy. A boy who has no one. The boy with a sad past and believes he is a death bringer. The boy who wants acceptance. A boy who wants love and a family.

A story by Ms Thomas is always a treasure. The characters are of varying ages. They are of varying wealth. They are of varying social status. But the characters are people we fall in love with. I always find that I laugh, and often I cry for different characters. There are times when my heart aches as it did for Tatum. But his acceptance of what life has dished out for him, made me feel sad but there is joy at the end for Tatum which gave me a warm fuzzy feeling and made me smile.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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