Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Big Sky Christmas by C.J. Carmichael

Coffee Creek, Montana series book 4

This was the last book in the Coffee Creek series. I thought it ended on a good note. Somehow I missed reading book 3. I have given the three I have read all 4 stars.

Big Sky Christmas is a feel good story. Some tender moments, some funny moments and just joy of a mother enjoying her son. I have been waiting to see Winnie Hays back in Coffee Creek.

Winnie in book 1 of the series it was her wedding day but her groom Brock never made it to the chapel. He was killed on the way in an accident. His older brother almost died too. His foster brother Jackson was driving.

Winnie had stayed with her parents and almost lost the baby she was carrying. Winnie tried to tell her almost mother-in-law that her son was going to be a father. Olive refused her calls. After Bobby was born she was too stubborn to let her know she was a grandma. Olive did not think Winnie was good enough for her son.

Jackson Stone never knew his father. His mom got sent to prison when he was a teenager. He came to the Coffee Creek Ranch as a foster son. Bob treated him like his own. His wife Olive never really warmed up to him.

Brock became his best friend Corb also accepted him. In fact all 4 Lambert children welcomed him into their lives and treated him like another brother. He feels so guilty for not seeing the moose come out and hit his truck. He also feels guilty because when Brock first brought Winnie to the ranch he fell in love with her. He tried to stay away from her.

Jackson has left the Coffee Creek Ranch and is now working for Olive's sister Maddie that she has not spoken to for 40 years. Olive made her family have nothing to do with Maddie.

Maddie is dying of lung cancer and she told Jackson that if he came and lived at the ranch she would leave it to him. She was not a good business woman and the ranch was down on its luck. Before Brock died he had been coming and helping Maddie take care of some of hard ranch work for her. Jackson had tried to step in Brock's shoes and help Maddie when he was done with his work.

This book dealt a lot relationships, forgiveness and what makes a family. What was best for Bobby. This had some twists I was not expecting. It was a quick read. Bobby at 11 months is a cute kid.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give a honest review of it when finished by Netgalley and Harlequin.
publication: October 1st 2013 by Harlequin Romance 224 pages ISBN:0373754744

Description below taken off of Goodreads.

A Holiday For Healing Jackson Stone will always be grateful to the Lamberts, who took him in when he was just a kid. But since the accident that killed his foster brother, Brock, he stays away from the family at Coffee Creek Ranch. Especially now that Brock's former fiancée, Winnie Hays, is back in town with her little boy.

The simmering attraction between them may surprise Winnie, but Jackson fell for her at first sight years ago. Loyalty and guilt require he keep his distance…even as their feelings blossom into love. In the end, it's his own conscience Jackson must master. But with the help of the Lamberts, can this Christmas be a time of healing and a new beginning?

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