"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
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