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- Print Length: 176 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1540506061
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Thunderfoot Publishing Inc. (November 10, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N07W5QS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Oklahoma Christmas Blues (The McIntyre Men Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Sophie returns home to Big Falls, Oklahoma with her tail between her legs, licking her wounds from her prestigious medical life in New York. She's not sure if she'll survive the reach of her ex. Returning to tend bar at her uncle's saloon, he three cousins anticipate her return and hire Secret Service man and PI Darryl Champlain.
While Sophie has a few run-ins with Santa around town, it's her other run-ins with a much younger man Darryl is concerned about.
Sophie - a young doctor from a prestigious NY hospital; returning home from the shambles of her life
Darryl - former Secret Service agent and veteran; currently working as a PI hired by the McIntyres to watch out for Sophie
Jason, Joey and Rob - Sophie's cousins that run the bar and hire Darryl; they verge on the edge of butting into Sophie's life
Uncle Bobby Joe and Aunt Vidalia - Sophie's uncle and his second wife; they now have a large and extended family in the area; both own their own businesses in Big Falls and Christmas and carols are on the menu
When the dance ended, she lifted her head and looked into his eyes and wondered what he was seeing in hers. "Let's get some food now, before you faint or something."
"I'm close, I gotta tell you. It might already be too late."
The Highs and Lows
--Santa! There is a man who is known in the community as Santa, and Sophie firmly believes in the spirit and magic of Christmas - and yes, even still in Santa. Aunt Vidalia believes in writing a letter to Santa each year for the more memorable wants in life.
--The McIntyre men. Jason, Joey and Rob are Sophie's overprotective, meddling, sweet, and kind cousins. They don't pry, but they do protect. And after Sophie's mad dash from New York after her ex nearly busted down her door, they aren't taking any chances. They each have their distinctive personalities that are just brushed upon in this installment.
--Sophie's Situation. It's an understandable - and sadly, often recurring - situation. Running back home from an ex, and in this case a possibly dangerous one. Sophie was nearly brought up on criminal charges and on the verge of losing her medical license due to her ex, and she has come home to little town Big Falls to stay with her uncle Bobby Joe and aunt Vidalia.
--Darryl. He is an interesting mix of a character and actually feels more like the main character to me. There is a lot of history to his character, this one-time CMA songwriter. He has something eating away at him that he has never gotten over, and he has a thing against all things Christmas. Naturally, the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Big Falls. His life's work is to assess and monitor situations and to protect, and that is what has brought him to Big Falls...unbeknownst to Sophie.
--The Hoodie Kid. Ever since arriving in town, Sophie and Darryl keep encountering this young kid in a blue hoodie around town. Big Falls doesn't have homeless people...does it? Every time the kid is around, so is Sophie. Darryl is convinced it is someone sent by Sophie's ex to exact revenge, but Sophie's soft heart and nature lead her to keep extending a hand to the kid.
--Sweet Romance. Neither Darryl nor Sophie came to Big Falls looking or expecting anything. In face, just the opposite. They both want no complications, but they are both craving the same thing: love. It's not instant, it's not rushed. It's slow and brewing and hesitant. Just the right kind of romance for the holidays.
I liked everything about this book. The premise of Sophie's return, and what she returns to, and what comes of that due to Darryl's presence.
Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip?
Buy or borrow. Either way, it's a good holiday read!
Darryl has been hired as a bouncer, or security for the saloon by Sophia’s cousins, well at least that’s the cover story and they could use help with some rowdy customers a bit deep in their drinks. The fact is that none of the men in Sophie’s family like the way her ex has hounded her and tried to break down a door to get to her. Darryl is there for her protection, but she’d pull a hissy fit if she knew… and like all things people do to protect us, sooner or later she’s gonna find out.
Neither one expected the sparks that few between them, or what to do when a job became much more personal.
Sophie has been doing some serious thinking about where her life is going and what she truly wants, hopes for her future. Between a visit from a surprisingly realistic town Santa to her aunt’s yearly letter to Santa ritual where she ask for her hopes for the coming year to come true – well, let’s just say that Sophie has written her own letter to Santa. All the hopes that she’s been afraid to voice flow easily in a letter to the bringer of dreams. And who knows, it worked for her aunt.
Oklahoma Christmas Blues is such a fun, thoughtful story that combines the magic of Christmas with the reality of falling in love unexpectedly. Life often has plans far different than our own, and Sophie and Darryl are about to discover the truth in that statement. Darryl has secrets, pains from his past that he needs to share with the woman he’s falling in love with. Sophie needs to trust in her instincts, and maybe be a bit open minded as well. They make a great couple and it was fun to follow along on their journey of discovering each other. It was also fun to touch base with some old friends from earlier connecting series – I happen to love long, involved series that build bridges between series through family.
One lesson that Sophie and Darryl did learn that we could take note of… never give up hope, you have no idea when those wishes you’ve made will be answered. Hope is the one thing you can depend on.
Sophia learns from Santa that whatever has happened to her, no matter how bad it might have been, these things have caused her to now be right where she is supposed to be. Things happen for a reason. All you need to do is believe. And it seems that Darryl learns that same lesson as well.
This was a quick read of only 176 pages, but it was quite enjoyable. Not a lot of depth, but very nice for a Christmas story and after reading this I will probably check out the other two books in this series. And I would love to meet this author! She describes herself as a storyteller, and aside from her awesome writing style, she sounds like a fascinating person!