It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: A Wish for the Single Dad Cowboy

Posted December 14, 2023 by meezcarrie in April Murdock, Christmas, clean, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2023, romance / 32 Comments

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Reads 2023

today’s 2nd book: A Wish for the Single Dad Cowboy

We are continuing 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 only 11 days away, according to Google! 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!)

A Wish for the Single Dad Cowboy by April Murdock

SERIES: Love in Sweet Bloom #1
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Sweet River Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 25, 2023
PAGES: 228

A young widower dedicated to his daughter and his dream job. The woman who followed him to college only to watch him fall for someone else. And the little girl who just might bring them together.

Luke Duncan dreamed of starting an organic farm as an addition to the family ranch and now that dream is reality. But losing his wife before he could prove his idea has driven him to succeed. With Christmas drawing near, his ideas to support the holiday theme will either take him to the next level or embarrass him publicly.

Allie Patrick was so certain that if she got Luke away from their home town he’d finally see her as someone he could date. A real woman. She couldn’t have been more wrong. That truth still stings all these years later.

But now that Allie is teaching Luke’s daughter, Molly, in third grade she has another chance. Teaching the child of your lifelong crush is a fine line to walk. When Molly grows close to Allie, Luke has no choice but to notice the woman his daughter has grown attached to.


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He leaned forward and his voice lowered. “I’m trying something new.”


He shifted even closer. “It’s crazy. I’m sorta winging it and I haven’t told anyone else about it yet.”

But he was telling her—the girl he passed up for someone else. She swallowed that bitter pill and forced a smile. “What is it?”

“Christmas trees.” He was practically bursting from the seams, and it was hard not to be infected by it. “I set aside some money last year and used some land we hadn’t allocated to anything yet so I can get them started growing. It’s not much, but it’s a start.”

“That sounds amazing. And Christmas trees! Yay!”

“Do you really think so? It happened so fast. But it just felt…right, you know? Growing my business is always on my mind and this was an opportunity I couldn’t walk away from.”

“Good for you, Luke.” She smiled and her eyes twinkled.

They stared at each other for what felt like an eternity. It was as if the coffee shop was a distant memory. The chatter and voices of the other patrons faded into the background and she could pretend this was the moment Luke fell in love with her.

He got to his feet first and she mirrored his movements.

“Thank you so much, Allie. I know I haven’t exactly been the easiest… parent to work with.”

“Oh, you’re fine,” her voice squeaked again, causing her to clear her throat. “You’re fine. Just don’t let it happen again,” she teased.

Luke chuckled and pulled her in for an unexpected hug. His strong arms wrapped around her shoulders, pulling her close against him. He smelled of peppermint and coffee—a dangerous combination when mixed with the undertones of his pine aftershave.

She turned her head slightly, toward his neck and took in a deep breath. Her eyes fluttered closed and she allowed herself to hug him back. This was not the first time he’d hugged her, but it was the first time since he’d dated, married, and lost Mollie’s mom.

His shoulder muscles flexed beneath her touch and just like that, he put a good two feet between them. The cool air washed over her, making her feel even more flushed if possible. Luke placed his hands on her shoulders, keeping her at arm’s length as he grinned at her. “Thanks again, Allie. You don’t know just how much this means to me. It was great to share my ideas with someone who understands.” He patted her shoulders once more then grabbed his coffee before giving her a little wave and escaping out the front door.

Yeah, she likely didn’t have a single clue about how much it had meant to him to spend time with her.

April Murdock

USA Today Bestselling Author April Murdock loves romance, especially sweet stories that make you sigh out loud. She loves to write stories inspired by people in her life – past and present. Okay, so truthfully, she’s never known a billionaire or a real cowboy, but taking reality and adding some fantasy makes it even better!

April has lived her whole life in the Southern US. Traveling is a great love, but coming home to Georgia where her heart is makes her happy. Connect with April at her website.

A Wish for the Single Dad Cowboy giveaway

April Murdock is offering a signed print copy of A Wish for the Single Dad Cowboy and a snow globe (not as pictured) 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.

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What about you? What makes you want to read A Wish for the Single Dad Cowboy by April Murdock?

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32 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: A Wish for the Single Dad Cowboy

  1. Kasi Walas

    I’m eager to read ‘A Wish for the Single Dad Cowboy’ by April Murdock because of its heartwarming premise that combines the themes of romance, family, and new beginnings. The storyline of a single dad navigating life as a cowboy while raising a child resonates with me, as it promises a blend of tender moments and challenges overcome. I have a soft spot for stories that explore the dynamics of family and love, especially in a rustic, cowboy setting. Murdock’s ability to create relatable characters and emotionally rich narratives is something I’m looking forward to experiencing in this book. The promise of a heartwarming romance developing in such a setting makes this book a compelling addition to my reading list

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