A Cowboy Country Christmas
by Jennie Marts
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 28 Nov 2023
SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca, Sourcebooks Casablanca
There's no better time than Christmas to open your heart
Holt Callahan used to the love the holidays, but getting dumped on Christmas Eve with a ring tucked in your pocket would turn anyone into a Grinch. Now he hates Christmas and all the holly jolly shenanigans that go with it. When he moves back to his cousin's ranch in Creedence, Colorado, the last thing he expects is to come face to face with the one who got away and all of her holiday cheer.
Lainey McBride is all about Christmas, and despite running her family's ranch festivities while her grandfather is in rehab, she hasn't lost her holiday spirit. Not even when the horse that was supposed to offer snowy sleigh rides can't be found. She couldn't be happier to see a cowboy riding up with her missing horse, or more shocked to see that cowboy is Holt Callahan. But the holidays have their own way of healing, and a Christmas in Creedence just might be the merry magic that brings these two broken hearts back together again.
Praise for Jennie Marts's cowboy romances:
"Full of hope, humor, and undeniable swoon."—A.J. Pine, USA Today bestselling author, for How to Cowboy
"Funny, complicated, and irresistible. Sometimes a cowboy isn't perfect but you got to love him anyway."—Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author, for Caught Up in a Cowboy
"Deliciously steamy but still sweet, with a secret at its heart."—Joanne Kennedy for Wish Upon a Cowboy
"The definition of a swoon-worthy, must-read romance."—Sara Richardson for Never Enough Cowboy
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Imagine being wrapped in a cozy blanket by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. That is the perfect setting for this kind of Christmas romance from Jennie Marts.
I loved the banter and fun between Holt and Lainey. You can really feel how they have a past together as friends and romantic partners. It makes you root for them to get back that magic as you make your way through this story.
One of my favorite scenes is the one about the Christmas tree for Holt aka the Grinch. It was not only humorous. It also was lighthearted and romantic. This scene embodies the feeling that this whole book creates for the reader.
I loved the animals the most. We have a lovable pig, a horse named Copper and (my favorite) a dog named Lou. This dog that is found under the porch and cleans up into the sweetest and most loving pup was really the bow on this Christmas present for me.
Jennie Marts' storytelling is like a heartfelt conversation with a best friend. It really connects with the reader and makes them feel.
I love the landscape that is the setting for this novel as well. It was so much fun hearing about the town's festive preparations and the warm community that creates this every year. I especially loved how Holt helps out making Christmas cookies and like the kid in the cookie jar, he needs to be watched so he doesn't eat more than he unwraps!
This is a great pick to get you in the spirit for Christmas with a dose of pure country charm!
Christmas Magic!! I think this will be my favorite holiday romance for a very long time. Holt and Lainey’s story is full of hope,love and lots of fun. I am in love with the town of Creedance and all its residents but Holt and Lainey got my heart. My favorite part though was the fainting goat. That was HILARIOUS!! But seriously, this story has all the feels you look for in a holiday story and you won’t be able to put it down.
I absolutely loved this book! One of the main characters, Holt, used to love the holidays up until one Christmas Eve. He was dumped with an engagement ring that he was going to propose with. This had caused him to dislike the holidays or to become "the grinch." Lainey, one of the other main characters, she is staying at her grandparents' house for a little bit and absolutely loves Christmas. Throughout the book, Lainey takes over running her family's ranch festivities while her grandfather recovers. She also asks Holt to assist at times while trying to get him into the holiday spirit again. We learn the story behind Lainey and Holt, also the story behind Lainey's family. I was rooting for Lainey and Holt throughout the entire book. I am so happy with the ending and can not wait to read more about them! Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for this ARC of A Cowboy Country Christmas by Jennie Marts! I would totally recommend this book!