Posted:  Nov. 21, 2014

A Cowgirl's Christmas by C.J. CarmichaelFor years Callan Carrigan has been her father’s right hand man, so when her dad’s will names city slicker Court McAllister the new owner of The Circle C Ranch, Callan feels betrayed on every level. 

Then she and her sisters find their mother’s diaries, hidden from them by their father since their mother’s accidental death 18 years ago, and the shocking revelations explain a lot. Reeling, Callan seeks refuge in the local saloon, where it seems no one can reach her, until Court offers her a challenge.

If she agrees to be foreman at the Circle C for one year, he’ll deed the ranch back to her and her sisters. The deal seems too sweet at first—until Callan realizes Court has his eyes on something she protects even more than her family’s land—her heart.

     I loved this Christmas short.  It is an age old story we all can relate to at some point in our lives when we lose a loved one.  “Who am I really?”  For Callan Carrigan it came crashing done within 48 hours of her father Hawksley passing away.
     Hawksley and Bev his wife had 4 beautiful daughters.  Bev was killed by a horse that kicked her in the temple during time the horse was giving birth.  Callan the youngest was only 8 at the time and clung to her father.  Even when she knew her 3 older sisters couldn’t stand him.  He was mean to the core, a miser, and gave no affection whatsoever.  Yet, Callan was just eager to please just to get him to notice her.
He just never really did.
     That became very clear when her father’s lawyer called to set up a meeting.  He let her know a distant cousin, her father would visit his family every Christmas, would be attending.  She and her sister’s didn’t worry because Callan had run the Circle C for years.  She did everything plus more like the hands.
     But, although Court McAllister seemed friendly and sadden for their loss Callan felt nothing but doom.  Callan was scared more by how she found Court extremely attractive.  As Ren, the lawyer, starts to read the will the bottom line is the girls received well invested money that had been left from their mother’s estate.  Hawksley had also invested well over the years for this very day and the girls would get that.  Callan would get the house only and an acre around it.  Court would get all the rest of the Ranch and that was thousands of acres.  With that Callan ran out of the room.  Ren stated it was due to the fact that it was being returned to the true Carrigan Blood Line.
     This book was filled with so much that it kept you fully engaged.  There were so many mini mysteries to solve that you were invested from the very beginning.  There were several times that were just heart breaking.  I gave this book 5 stars.  Provided by Net Galley.
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