(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1)Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
by Karen Rock
by Karen Rock
November 7th 2017 by Harlequin
The Christmas they never had.
James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother's death. With Jesse's ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn't save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he's betraying Jesse. Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.
My thoughts: It is early for me to be reading Christmas books. I usually don't like to start anything Christmas until after Thanksgiving.
This week I have had the good fortune to read three books centered around the Christmas Season and it has been wonderful. All three of them have had a central theme about second chances, helping out those who are less fortunate, and are generally about loving others. I need these themes in my life. I need the reminder about what the season is about, even if it is out of Holiday order.
Sofia is an amazing character. She has endured many hardships and overcome drug addiction. She keeps it together for her young son, Javi. He is the center of her world and she does all that she can for him. It is heartbreaking to think of a young mother with little to no income, on the brink of starvation, carving out a better life for her and her son.
The Cade's are a pretty incredible family. They were rocked by the death of Jesse, Javi's father. He was the son who they couldn't save from addiction. His older brother, James, has taken it upon himself to be the protector of the family. He doesn't want to see his mother hurt again, and that would include getting Sophia and Javi out of her life before they become attached.
As I stated above, this is a story about second chances. I also found the themes of redemption, second chances, and forgiveness in the book. This book can really be read at anytime, even though it centers on the Christmas Season. The messages that it contains are good for anytime and help me feel a little more thankful in the month of November.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars.
Source: I received and electronic copy of the book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn't wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she's now an author for Harlequin's Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She's loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother's Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she's not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen's upcoming books, check out her website.
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