Her Christmas Cowboy (Novella) Kindle Edition
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Published: June 15, 2016
My Rating: 4 Stars
This story was oh so sweet. A second chance romance.....
Elyse Prescott abruptly left her hometown right after high school. It wasn't only her hometown she left. At eighteen, all she could do was panic when her boyfriend, two years older, proposed. It wasn't that she didn't love Brett. Elyse just wanted a different kind of life for herself. That life included a new start somewhere else. What it didn't include, much to Brett's dismay, was marriage and babies.
Brett McCrane is a hometown boy. Well, man now. His town, his home, his family's farm are all in his blood. They are all part of his future. Brett mistakingly thought Elyse was going to be part of that future as well. He was heartbreakingly wrong. With a broken heart he did what he had to move on. Unfortunately his heart didn't get that memo. Even after over a decade, Brett couldn't deny his feelings were just as strong.
A family situation brought Elyse back to her hometown. When she sees Brett again for the first time, things between them are excruciatingly tense. It is obvious he is still angry over her abrupt and cruel departure. Neither Elyse or Brett knew how to act around each other. The atmosphere around them is thick with tension. Almost every time they try to talk, an argument breaks out. Brett is understandably resentful.
I felt sorry for Brett at times. Elyse was selfish for leaving the way she did. She could have tried to talk to him, explain how she felt. But she didn't. She just left. It took time for Brett to realize it wasn't him personally that made her run. When they finally got past all the hurt and emotional pain, Elyse and Brett realized they were still in love with each other. But they didn't know how to work it out. How could they be together? Brett's life was on his farm. Elyse had a career far from Brett. Someone would have to sacrifice.
The ending happened pretty quickly. It was predictable. I didn't mind that. I enjoyed this story and was just so happy that Brett and Elyse found a way to be together. This was a sweet romance and perfect for the Christmas season.
I have read books by Helen Lacy before and she certainly did not disappoint me with her book this time either.
Elyse Prescott grew up on the farm but it was not in her blood to stay there. She wanted the city life and left and is just now making a visit back to the farm and her father. Elyse is a lawyer who has a very busy schedule and a few days prior her 18 year old sister Billy-Jean turned up at her doorstep with a 3 month old baby named Jackson on her hip. The three of them headed back to their father and also to see the father of Jackson who has not clue that he is a father.
Her going back to Denary, Queensland means also seeing Brett McCrane, her high school sweetheart who broke her heart, and whom she has not seen in 10 years. It was all a shock for everyone involved. She found her own father with the onset of Dementia, she found her family farm about to be foreclosed on and some unexpected feelings she still had for Brett. She really wants to go head back to the city but her family; the farm and all need her.
Brett’s younger brother Rick just happens to be Jackson’s father.
Sparks are still there between Brett and Elyse but she is determined to head back to the city. But when she is back in the city and has a busy schedule her secretary announces that she has a visitor who does not have an appointment. It is non-other than Brett who comes willing to do whatever to win her back. He is willing to even sell his family farm to do so.
A successful novella, to me, is one where the author manages to capture my attention and make me feel the characters in the limited space they have. Unlike regulation length stories where attention and feelings can be captured later, novella's are snappy and now! This is a successful novella! I was hooked before the end of the first chapter with Elyse and her family and her ex Brett. There was alot going on but it was done in a fantastic way that I was dying to finish it to find out what happened.
A lovely and heart warming story that I loved very much.