Welcome back to our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 again this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads!
Christmas is only 29 days away, according to Google, but of course it’s never too early for Christmas stories, and ’tis the season when I really start craving them (even more than I do the rest of the year lol), so now is the perfect time to jump right into these posts!
Continuing through just after Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several Christmasy releases from 2022. Most days will have more than one post, just FYI. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
YULETIDE LAWMAN by Renee Ryan
GENRE: Inspirational Historical/Western Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Historicals
RELEASE DATE: November 28, 2022 (reissue)
A Christmas to remember—that’s what Ellie Wainwright wants to provide for Sheriff Caleb Voss’s little girls.
But she can’t agree to a marriage of convenience.
Ellie wants nothing less than real love.
Caleb long ago gave up on love, yet sweet Ellie’s kindness to his children could make a believer of him again.
December 1, 1879
Thunder Ridge, Wyoming
Ellie Wainwright pulled her cloak tightly around her and hurried across the wide street that curved through the center of town. Cold air swirled, nipping at her cheeks. She quickened her steps, careful to avoid hidden patches of ice. Winter had blown into Thunder Ridge, Wyoming, with enough snow to guarantee a white Christmas this year,
Ellie paused a moment to take in the pristine winter wonderland of her beloved hometown. A smile tugged at her lips, the first since she’d come home two weeks ago, mortified, humiliated and more than a little disillusioned. Wreaths decorated most of the doorways along Main Street.
Gold ribbon and red bows draped hitching rails and horse troughs. Garland hung from the rooftops of homes and businesses, while the occasional redbrick chimney boldly punched into the crisp, blue sky. The festive decorations helped soothe Ellie’s melancholy. She was home. She was safe. She was among people who knew the details of her family’s disgrace and accepted her anyway.
Besides, she told herself firmly, a failed courtship wasn’t the worst calamity to befall a young woman of twenty-two.
Next time, she would be wiser. She would fall for a man who could look past her family’s shame and love her anyway. In the meantime, she would find another teaching position and give her attention to her students and—
A movement off to her right caught her attention. Her gaze landed on a lone rider and his bay-colored horse approaching from the west. With his hat slung low over his face and his collar pulled up against the wind, there was no easy way to identify the rider.
Oh, but Ellie knew that silhouette. She knew that man. Caleb Voss.
The widowed town sheriff had once been her brother’s closest friend and the center of Ellie’s secret girlhood admiration.……
Renee Ryan, Yuletide Lawman
© 2022, Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Multi-published, award-winning author Renee Ryan sold her first book in 2001 by winning the inaugural Dorchester/Romantic Times New Historical Voice Contest. She published her second book to Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line in February 2009 and has since sold over thirty books to several publishers.
Renee grew up in a Florida beach town where she learned to surf and skateboard very poorly. Armed with a degree in Economics and Religion from Florida State University, she explored various career opportunities, including stints at a Florida theme park, a modeling agency, and three cosmetic conglomerates. She also taught high school Economics, American Government and Latin while coaching award-winning cheerleading teams. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and a large, fluffy cat many have mistaken for a small bear. Visit her at reneeryan.com
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What about you? What makes you want to read Yuletide Lawman by Renee Ryan?