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A Hard Candy Christmas by [Roman, Hebby]
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"When looking through history books, it's clear that there is more to Texas in 1895 than just cowboys. Author Hebby Roman taps in to the railroad as the focal point of A HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS. Abigail Kerr Sanford is the daughter of a railroad man, forced to live somewhat of a life of servitude because of her past. When the new sheriff seeks a room at her father's boarding house, Abby's life is turned upside down. Clint Graham is a rancher who gets pushed into the sheriff's role in the midst of an argument between the ranchers and the railroad representatives. He's got a difficult past he is trying to bury. There's some definite chemistry between Clint and Abby, but no easy road to happiness. This sweet romance provides a perfect opportunity to highlight the early railroad years when safety was still very much an issue for the workers. Rich and full of details, this is a poignant story about two people seeking happiness in the aftermath of heartbreak." FIVE STARS Top Pick at The Romance Reviews            

"A Hard Candy Christmas by Hebby Roman is about leaving the ghosts of the past behind and opening one's heart to new beginnings, a second chance at happiness through trust and respect. Ms. Roman brings the "olden days" to life, with a realistic standoff between the railroad and the ranchers, and two people who find each other just when they needed love most. A delightful read, heart-warming scenes and the emotional passions of the Holiday Season." Reviewer for TomeTender BlogSpot (I received this copy for review as part of the Silver Belles & Stetsons anthology review request from Lyn Horner).

"A sweet romance in the historical timeframe of feuding railroaders and ranchers. The plot has action, emotion, and compelling characters. The scenes with Clint, Abigail, and her son are touching moments in the story. An adorable holiday read where you'll be hooked from the first page." 4 Stars  Still Moments Magazine  2015 Finalist for Best Book of the Year

From the Author

"A Hard Candy Christmas" is a story that's very close to my heart. I set it in my hometown of Del Rio, Texas, and I've included railroaders along with sheep ranchers because the railroad in the early days of Del Rio was a huge boost to the local economy.
My father was a railroad engineer in Del Rio when I was growing up, and our life revolved around his train schedules. Another interesting fact about Del Rio is it was originally settled by ranchers, but not cattle ranchers--sheep ranchers. The climate is arid and the soil is poor and mostly grows brush and some prairie grass, so the original ranching families learned they could run more sheep per acre than cattle. My sister married into one of the pioneer families, the Bakers, and I spent several of my summers on their ranch, working sheep on horseback and helping out around the shearing shed.
The story centers on a young single mother, Abigail, whose husband has deserted her. She has an eight-year-old son. They're dependent on her demanding and miserly father, a railroad engineer, who also owns a boardinghouse, which she runs for him. Given her relationship with her husband and her father, Abby has been hurt and is fearful of men. She goes to great lengths to avoid men--until Clint Graham, a sheep rancher and the local sheriff, rents one of her rooms. Even though they're caught between the railroaders and sheep ranchers in a local feud, Abby and Clint learn they have a lot in common. And Clint's steadfast devotion to her son helps to dispel her fears about men. Their romance blossoms, but then Abby's long-absent husband shows up

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  • File Size: 1281 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Estrella Publishing (October 6, 2015)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016APGX4A
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This sweet story introduces us to Abigail, a single mother whose husband has run off and left her several years prior. Abigail's father is a penny-hoarding, grumpy man who does not seem to have much love for family. Abigail must run the boardinghouse to earn her keep and care for her son. Clint Graham is the newly appointed sheriff, who is also a rancher. Sheriff Graham is trying to walk a fine line between his ranching friends and the railroad folks who are non-negotiable in their dealings. Clint is also trying to escape the memories he left behind on his ranch and start anew. He gains a room at Abigail's boardinghouse and is smitten with Abby. However, she is a married woman who has a severe distrust for men. This is their story and their love grows and grows with each passing page. Everything comes to a head at Christmas when circumstances quickly change and their future is questionable.
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STORY LINE;
In this novel by Author Hebby Roman we find Clint Graham sheep rancher and newly appointed Sheriff inquiring at the boardinghouse for a place to stay in town. He will have his hands full with the sheep ranchers and railroad workers at odds and his attraction to Abigail and her son. He has tragedies in his past he has not resolved.

Abigail Kerr Sanford, abandoned wife and mother, is a slave in her father’s boardinghouse. After an awkward interview with Abigail, Clint rents a room from Abigail’s father. What follows is a dance of attraction for Abigail and Clint; each has issues to resolve. This is a sweet story.

Abigail is downtrodden by her father; he is her only means of support. Abigail is a frightened, introverted woman, abandoned by her abusive husband, and abused emotionally by her father’s miserly domineering attitude. Her life had been hard.

CHARACTER, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:
This is a short novel. I found the author, Hebby Roman kept my interest and the development of the characters was good. Ms. Roman created a very ugly character in Abigail’s father. One that was domineering and exacting. He was a greedy man who forced his family to live in near property except for his wealthy house with poor furnishings. He is one of those characters that almost makes you want to cheer when they die.

Clint has his own past to deal with as well. He has hurts and tragedies that run deep. Ms. Roman developed a strong patient man in Clint. Can Abigail and Clint overcome their past to find lasting love and live life to the fullest?
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It's always sad when a good story comes to an end. Ms. Roman has done her fans proud with a tender, well-developed romance in which the author skillfully blends the different elements of the story, bringing the historical detail to vivid life, and including just enough suspense to get your heart beating fast. A Hard Candy Christmas has memorable characters and compelling dialogue. It was pure joy to read.
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The story is set in Del Rio, Texas at a time when disputes arose between railroaders and sheep ranchers. Clint Graham is an ex-bounty hunter turned sheep rancher. During a gathering of ranchers, the sheriff quits when things get out of hand, and he’s offered the job because of his background. Clint’s slowly recovering from a family tragedy so he welcomes the position that will keep him away from the ranch. All he needs is a place to stay in town.

Abigail Sanford is a single mother left to raise her son. She runs her father’s boarding house while under his strict religious rules, and yearns for freedom. Her abusive and thieving husband abandoned her years ago, but only after he stole thousands from her father. Clint and Kevin, Abigail’s son, strike up a friendship, and soon Abigail is drawn to Clint. She admires him for the strong, and honorable man that he is. As they learn more from each other, the attraction between them brings hope for a chance at love and family.

Hard Candy Christmas is a short novella, filled with heartbreak, kindness, and second chances. I recommend it for fans who enjoy a very clean western romance.

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When looking through history books, it's clear that there is more to Texas in 1895 than just cowboys. Author Hebby Roman taps in to the railroad as the focal point of A HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS.

Abigail Kerr Sanford is the daughter of a railroad man, forced to live somewhat of a life of servitude because of her past. When the new sheriff seeks a room at her father's boarding house, Abby's life is turned upside down.

Clint Graham is a rancher who gets pushed into the sheriff's role in the midst of an argument between the ranchers and the railroad representatives. He's got a difficult past he is trying to bury. There's some definite chemistry between Clint and Abby, but no easy road to happiness.

This sweet romance provides a perfect opportunity to highlight the early railroad years when safety was still very much an issue for the workers. Rich and full of details, this is a poignant story about two people seeking happiness in the aftermath of heartbreak.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book is received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.
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