today’s 1st book: The Cowboy’s Christmas Compromise
Last week, we kicked off this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂
Christmas is still 30 days away, according to Google, BUT it’s never too early for Christmas stories. Beginning now and continuing through just after Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several Christmasy releases from 2023. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS COMPROMISE by Jill Kemerer
SERIES: Wyoming Legacies #1
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2023
Getting back in the saddle…
Means opening his heart.
Recently divorced Dalton Cambridge can’t afford to turn down a ranch manager position—even if the boss is his ex-wife’s new husband’s ex-wife. After all, providing for his son is what’s important. And working for Erica Black is strictly business. But when the cowboy finds himself caring for the cattle and the single mother, will he risk everything for a holiday family he could never imagine?
From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.
Yes, she was desperate, but was she this desperate?
Erica Black turned down the radio’s volume as she pulled into the parking lot of the feedstore. Only three days into November and she’d already heard “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” twice on the drive here. At least Rowan wasn’t in the back seat crooning “Wock, twee!” this go-round. Her two-year-old son was back at the ranch with Gemma Redmond. That woman was a blessing from the Good Lord Himself. What Erica would do without the housekeeper/babysitter, she couldn’t—and wouldn’t—contemplate. As it was, she had enough on her mind to occupy the next thirty years.
One problem in particular had risen to the tippy-top of the list, elbowing all the others aside. She needed to hire a ranch manager. Every candidate she’d vetted over the past two weeks had either been unsuitable, unqualified or unwilling to move to Jewel River, Wyoming.
Which left Dalton Cambridge.
She maneuvered the extended-cab truck into an empty spot. The parking lot was almost deserted seeing as it was Friday and nearly closing time. As she climbed down to the pavement, Erica shivered in the wind, then slammed the door. With long, confident strides, she made her way to the entrance. Her phone started chiming rapid-fire, and she took a moment to scan the screen. Two texts were from her ex-husband, Jamie, wanting to pick up Rowan an hour late tomorrow morning. She snorted. Big shock there.
Her ex-husband routinely expected special accommodations regarding their visitation schedule. Well, she’d bent over backward for him their entire marriage, and the instant she’d found out he was cheating on her, she’d abruptly ended her policy of letting him have his way.
She wasn’t changing tomorrow’s pick-up time.
There was also a text from her mother asking if she had plans tonight. Her mom worried about her and wanted her and Rowan to move back to the family ranch in Sunrise Bend.
Wasn’t happening. Especially now that Erica had inherited Winston Ranch from her great aunt. Nope, she was embracing her future in Jewel River.
The final text was from her sister, Reagan. I just landed in Denver. I start tomorrow. Chocolate and heart emojis followed.
With fingers trembling from the cold, Erica quickly texted back. You’re going to be great! I’m so proud of you!
Reagan was finally doing something for herself. She’d taken a temporary position in Denver at a candy store to learn how to make handcrafted chocolates. Erica kept trying to convince her to move to Jewel River. Maybe her sister could open a chocolate shop here. It would be great to be together again.
Erica slipped the phone into her purse, opened the door and walked inside. Warm air and the scent of grains welcomed her. If Reagan knew what she was up to at the moment, what would she say? Probably something along the lines of “don’t worry, it will all work out.”
Would it, though?
Jill Kemerer is offering a signed, print copy of The Cowboy’s Christmas Compromise to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read The Cowboy’s Christmas Compromise by Jill Kemerer?