Boston veterinarian Hayley Scampini tends the city’s pampered pets but dreams of the rural life of a country vet. She’s single and determined to stay that way, convinced that love isn’t permanent enough to trust. Then a vacation to the Whisper Creek dude ranch introduces her to Daniel McKee, a sexy single dad who runs the kind of veterinary practice she aspires to—and rattles her conviction to keep men at a distance.
Managing a thriving practice, coping with the loss of his wife, and fighting a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin daughters, Daniel couldn’t be more overwhelmed. Hayley is a godsend, accompanying him in the field and winning over his girls. It doesn’t take Daniel long to realize he’s falling for this woman, hard and fast. So before Hayley returns to Boston, he extracts a promise: that she will return to Whisper Creek for Christmas. It’s the perfect time and place to show Hayley that the promise of a beautiful life together is something she can believe in.
The first time I saw the cover of A Cowboy's Christmas Promise, I wanted to read the story, because it was just so full of joy, love, and delight! And the story surely delivers what the cover promises! It is a tale of cowboy charm, idyllic Montana living, humor, wonder of the wild, friends, and romance.
The dialog is light, fun, and witty. The character's feels like your lifelong friends, the families are tight, pulling together, and devoted.
The romance between Hayley and Daniel is beautiful. What a wonder to watch them fall in love, getting to know each other, learning about each other, carrying on over the time through the distance. Even though the story is 'clean', you can feel the passion, attraction between them. There are a number of swoon worthy scenes in the book, that will stay with you, and make you smile long after. But you also tear up with the deep sorrow of the loss, and of the struggles to move on with life.
Daniel's girls are blissfully adorable, and how the little family unit forms, almost instantly, like they were meant to be together, is captivating.
The battle with the mother-in-law, Haley's sisters missing, trials with their careers and stress, all bring deeper layers to the story, just making it more enthralling.
Truly a charming tale, yes, full of joy and love, life and heart
~ Five spoons!
Maggie McGinnis is the author of Accidental Cowgirl and Driving Without a License, which was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award. A former high school English teacher, an accomplished musician, and a certified black belt, she lives in New England with her family.
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“Maggie McGinnis writes the kind of characters that keep you smiling long after you turn the page.”--USA Today bestselling author Katie Lane
“A writer with a talent for both humor and emotion.”--New York Times bestselling author Lori Handeland, aka Lori Austin
“McGinnis comes out of the chute with force, grabs your emotions, and gets a death hold on your attention to the last page, where you sigh and wish there was one more chapter.”--New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown
“Heartwarming and sweet, Maggie McGinnis is definitely an author to watch!”--USA Today bestselling author Tina Leonard