Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal by Cathy McDavid

Posted November 20, 2018 by meezcarrie in Cathy McDavid, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 9 Comments

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

about the book

SERIES: The Sweetheart Ranch #1
GENRE: Contemporary Clean Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2018
PAGES: 384

At a magical time of year…

Can a cowboy help falling in love?

For single dad Owen Caufield, living and working at Sweetheart Ranch for a month is the perfect change of pace. While the cowboy turned wedding officiant can now spend more time with his children, Molly O’Malley, his new boss, is less thrilled.

A wedding ranch isn’t the best place for three rambunctious youngsters.

But amid the chaos—and the coming holidays—it may be the best place to fall in love…

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Oh, Molly. I felt your pain, girl. All you wanted was to get your wedding ranch off to a great start – and to make sure there were no catastrophes. And, alas, the universe was just not cooperating with you. Cute guy notwithstanding.

McDavid wrote this tension so well – I really did feel it right along with Molly as one thing after another went against her perfect plans. One of the things I loved about Molly’s journey, though, is her character growth from the beginning of the novel to the end & how she learns when to roll with it and when to fall back on plan B. Something I myself am still working through lol.

Owen is swoony, yes, but he’s not perfect. He doesn’t necessarily come swooping in to save the day – instead, he (either directly or indirectly) usually makes it worse. Poor guy. He’s so endearing about it though, and I so appreciated how the author wrote his character. Maybe not the ‘perfect’ romance hero (at least at first) but goodness he sure is swoonilicious anyway. And his kisses!!! Whew.

The kids, the setting, the weddings, and the supporting characters – all of these other elements along with the great protagonists make a marriage made in heaven, so to speak. At least as far as romance novels go 😉 There are various subthreads within the larger scheme of things, and each of these complements the main plot and adds dimension to the story.

Bottom Line: A Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal is cute, endearing, witty, and sweet. Not to mention the sparks that sizzle between Molly and Owen. The chaos the author has written into this novel is palpable – throw in the holidays, a new business, the stress of weddings (sometimes more than one in a single day), three restless (and adorable) kids, and the absence of two intended key players…. not to mention the losing battle of trying desperately not to fall in love. (because who needs more chaos?) And yet, the tender moments gradually overshadow the chaos – much like in real life – and leave readers breathing a blissful sigh of relief. Looking forward to more visits to the Sweetheart Ranch!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 / Great read!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

In the third grade, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathy McDavid made it her goal to read every Black Stallion book ever written. Who knew such an illustrious ambition would eventually lead to a lifelong love of all things western and a career writing contemporary romances for Harlequin? With over 1.2 million books sold, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll.

An “almost” Arizona native, she’s married to her own real-life sweetheart, whom she re-met a few years ago at a high school reunion. Her grown twins are out on their own and finding their happily-ever-afters. In 2014, Cathy retired from the corporate world to write full-time. She now spends her days penning stories about good looking cowboys riding the range, busting a bronc, and sweeping gals off their feet. It a tough job, but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.


1 winner will receive their choice of two previously published Christmas stories by Cathy McDavid (print or ebook, winner’s choice), a small gift bag of promo bling, a holiday ornament, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card

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What about you? Do you have a wedding catastrophe (or near) story? My husband nearly had a wardrobe malfunction – his tuxedo pants were thisclose to falling down through our entire wedding. I didn’t know about it until the very end (although I wondered why he kept his arm rather weirdly at his side and looked so stressed) – this photo is just after he told me. I look like I’m a radiant bride when in reality I’m laughing 😛

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9 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal by Cathy McDavid

  1. Jocelyn

    Thanks for the excerpt. Sounds like a great story. And yes we almost had a mishap. We waited and waited for our getaway car to arrive, as it had been parked in a “safe” location. Come to find out, cans were being attached to the bumper and it was almost out of gas. The designated driver, did not want to stop to fill up. We were chased for several miles, until my hubby HAD to stop and get gas. But we made our getaway and didn’t run out of fuel 🙂

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “A Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal” by Cathy McDavid and for being part of the book tour. Sounds wonderful and it’s on my TBR list.

    Our wedding surprisingly went off without a hitch. I say surprisingly because we made all our arrangements over the phone. We had our wedding in my hubby’s hometown so that Grandma could attend. Being out of state, it meant we had to meet with the judge in the county to get the waiting period waived. Everything including our big family celebration at the local restaurant afterwards went off without a hitch. After seeing the smile on Grandma’s face, it was all well worth what trouble it was.

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