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Friday, December 23, 2016

The Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne- Feature and Review



With two kids and an active life, widow Faith Dustin only wants peace and quiet for Christmas. But her snowy Pine Gulch ranch is nothing but chaotic. All that keeps Faith going is her helpful neighbor, cowboy Chase Brannon. He's always been "good ol' Chase," her faithful friend. Until he kisses her under the mistletoe… 

Years ago Chase blew his chance with the woman he's loved since childhood. Now he's determined to step out of the friend zoneand into the role of husband. But the scared and stubborn Faith won't let herself fall. With Christmas just days away, Chase will need all the magic of the season—and the help of her two matchmaking children—to unwrap a second chance at love.



The Holiday Gift (Cowboys of Cold Creek, #15)The Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne is a 2016 Harlequin publication.

The Holiday Gift is part of the ‘Cowboys of Cold Creek’ series.

Faith has faced many life challenges and much heartache and tragedy, but Chase has always been a rock solid friend she could count on. But, recently, there has been an awkwardness between them, a tension she never noticed before.

Faith wishes this feeling would just go away because deep down she knows what has changed, she just doesn’t want to admit it.

Chase has been in love with Faith for years, but
 circumstances caused him to lose his chance with her.

After Faith’s husband died, he picked up the slack the best he could, hoping that eventually he would get a second chance with her, but Faith has made it crystal clear that friendship is all she can offer him.

Can Chase convince Faith to take their friendship to the next level?

Friends to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes. Combine that with a little mistletoe and snow and you’ve got a perfect combination. This is a quick, easy, and lighthearted and sweet love story, with wonderful characters and plenty of holiday warmth and cheer!





I'm not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.

After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.

Through it all -- through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor -- I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.

I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try -- their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 30 books later, I've come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the "that's-it!" feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.

Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can't imagine my life any other way.

I love to hear from readers. You can reach me at my email address, rthayne@xmission.com.

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