Nine years ago Ethan Powell left Mustang Valley and everything he held dear to join the Marines. His rodeo career, his family, his ranch... not even his high school sweetheart, Caitlin, could keep him in Arizona. All these years later, a war injury has left him little choice but to return home, and now that he's back, he intends to prove that he's every bit the man he was before he lost his leg to a car bomb in the Middle East.
Once is enough for Caitlin Carmichael! Her heart's already been broken by Ethan Powell and she isn't about to let him do it again. But his warm kisses and sweet caresses are breaking down the walls she's carefully erected around her heart, and has Caitlin thinking that maybe she should take another chance on a future with the man she couldn't forgot and never stopped loving.
Her Cowboy's Christmas Wish is a very sweet, very romantic story about letting go of the fears that, even though they might keep you safe, will also keep you from living life to its fullest. I found myself truly admiring Ethan's courage and resolve to not allow his war injury to alter his life, even though not all of the choices he made were wise ones. Caitlin's strength and independence were also commendable, but again, I felt that she, like Ethan, was just too darned stubborn for her own good. I appreciated that their feelings for one another were not just on the carefree side, but very deep and truly complicated because this made their happily ever after well deserved and one I could cheer for!
I enjoyed the warm, picturesque atmosphere of Mustang Valley with its close knit community and strong family ties. You could honestly feel the kinship between both friends and family proving that the old adage, ‘blood is thicker than water,' isn't always the case. The rodeos, the holiday celebrations, and even the day to day workings of small town life were just so appealing that I actually found myself wishing I could be there to be part of it all. This would have been a great story had it taken place during any time of the year, but this being a Christmas tale added that much more magic to this second chance romance.
The bottom line: In this book and the others in the Mustang Valley series, Cathy McDavid has created a world I'd love to live in with people I'd want to surround myself with and, when it's all said and done, you can't ask for more than that!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
*Reviewed by guest reviewer, Ruth Salisbury.
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