Monday, November 16, 2009

"A Creed Country Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller

My rating: 4 our of 5 stars.

How I received the book: Borrowed from local library

Synopsis from
"Celebrate the holidays with the Creed forefathers—Montana men who built the family homestead and established a legacy of love…
In the unforgiving Montana wilderness of 1910, widowed rancher Lincoln Creed is up against more than rustlers, wolves and the coming winter storms. His young daughter has needs beyond the beans and bacon he can barely cook. Lincoln must find little Gracie a governess, a lady who can teach and cook—yet won't set her sights on him.

Disowned for her refusal to marry, twenty-five-year-old Juliana Mitchell shares the love in her heart with her young students at the underfunded Indian school. When she meets Lincoln and Gracie, her response to the handsome rancher makes her realize she's not against marriage after all.

She longs to help, yet the two orphaned brothers in her care need her. But in the season for miracles, Providence just might find a way to bring Juliana, the boys and the Creed family together for Christmas Eve….

My thoughts:
It's that time of the year again when it's nice to relax with a novel in a Christmas setting. I admit that I will read Christmas books year round, but since so many are published and released around this time it is fun to look for new ones in bookstores and libraries. I found an anthology at the dollar store a few weeks ago that I bought knowing that it would appeal to me for fall/winter reading.

I enjoy Linda Lael Miller's stories. Her trilogy about three Creed brothers was published earlier this year and I enjoyed their stories. This current novel is set in 1910 and is about some of those Creed's ancestors who lived on the same ranch. This story reminded me of both the Mckettrick story line and some of her other novels.

Both Juliana and Lincoln are likable characters who do not employ tricks to win or deceive each other. They are straightforward and honest which was refreshing. Sometimes in romance novels the contrived issues used to keep the couple apart can be annoying, but each of their issues felt genuine and and plausible. Seeing the couple get to know each other and fall in love was perfect for a Christmas treat and it was an enjoyable and quick read for a busy time of year!

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