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(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1)
by Karen Rock
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 7th 2017 by Harlequin
The Christmas they never had.
James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother’s death. With Jesse’s ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn’t save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he’s betraying Jesse. Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.
About the Author
In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn’t wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she’s now an author for Harlequin’s Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She’s loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother’s Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen’s upcoming books, check out her website.
As a former drug addict and single mother, Sophia is at her wit’s end. Not only was Jesse, the father of her five-year-old son, killed in a drug-related incident two years earlier, but Sophia has been evicted from her apartment. Her only hope is that a move to Portland, Oregon will be a new beginning. But first, she needs to visit Carbondale, Colorado to fulfill the wishes of Jesse’s mother, Joy, who wants to meet her only grandson.
What she doesn’t count on, however, is losing her wallet before she arrives at Cade Ranch. But since Joy needs help around the house during the holidays, spending Christmas with the Cade clan seems a viable solution. But will the family accept her and Javi without Jesse? She’s relieved that they seem to feel as if part of Jesse is still with them, since Javi is there, but Sophia doesn’t think she has the approval of James, the eldest of the grown Cade children.
After being on her own from an early age, Sophia is enthralled by the Cades’ relationships with each other, and she hopes Javi will finally have the Christmas she’s always wanted to give him. But she can’t get past James’ serious nature and what she perceives as suspicion on his part. This, along with the ancient feud the family has with the Lovelands–their less than stellar neighbors–complicates Javi’s and Sophia’s stay, wreaking havoc in her heart.
As usual, Karen Rock keeps the reader engaged with her descriptive writing and realistic, no-holds-barred portrayal of circumstantial human behavior. She also offers possible avenues of resolution, making the reading of Christmas at Cade Ranch a meaningful learning experience as well as a gratifying journey.
About the Author
Other Heartwarming Books by the Author
– 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card along with print copies of HIS KIND OF COWGIRL, UNDER AN ADIRONDACK SKY AND A COWBOY TO KEEP by Karen Rock, TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH by Elizabeth Lowell, THOSE TEXAS NIGHTS by Delores Fossen and FAMILY TREE by Susan Wiggs.– US Only.