The Christmas Ranch by RaeAnne Thayne

Posted December 12, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

The Christmas Ranch by RaeAnne ThayneThe Christmas Ranch by RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Cowboys of Cold Creek #13
Format: eARC
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Military, New Adult, Romance
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Hope Nichols has never felt as if she belonged anywhere, except her hometown of Pine Gulch. So, when she hears that her family's property, Christmas Ranch, is set to be shut down forever, a determined Hope heads home. She refuses to let the Grinch steal her holiday—this will be the most memorable ranch Christmas ever! And, thanks to hunky former navy SEAL Rafe Santiago and his adorable nephew, she might just pull off that miracle.

Rafe is undeniably drawn to Hope and her passion for rebuilding her family home. But he knows more about Hope's tragic past than even she herself could imagine. And though she doesn't know it, she owes him her life. And all he wants in return is for her to spend it with him…

So first thing that came to mind when I read the synopsis of this book was that I want to live on a Christmas ranch. I mean seriously, I am a complete Christmas nut, I would love to live in some place where we set up outdoor displays and welcome guests from all over to celebrate the holiday, complete with animals.

So the main characters, Rafe and Hope, have some back history together, although Rafe seems to be the only one of them who actually knows about their back history, which definitely makes from some interesting inner dialogue for Rafe.

Hope comes home back home after being a nomad for most of her adult life, her sisters are back at home and they have experienced some deaths in their family, Hope’s uncle and brother in law, so Hope heads back home to help out her family. Hope’s family used to run the yearly attraction The Christmas Ranch on their property every year, but not this year, it seems Hope’s family is just not in the mood for it, nor do they have the time or energy needed to get everything together. But Hope is stubborn and completely unwilling to let that happen, even if she has to do it alone. Enter Rafe and his nephew. Rafe’s nephew Joey is messing around one day and breaks he window to Hope’s car, so he agrees to have Joey work off his mistake by helping Hope out at the ranch.

I love the set up of this book, how all the characters come to be a part of each other’s lives. It’s something that I could easily see happening in the real world. I also really liked how drawn to Hope Rafe seems to be, and how helpful he actually is. I also really liked how the dynamic between Hope and her sisters changes over the course of the book. Hope has really been away for so long, so while her sister love her, they kind of feel like she doesn’t understand what they have been through because she hasn’t been around. But over the course of the book they all kind of learn a little bit more about each other, and start working together. I really enjoyed the sisters aspect of the book.

This was such a cute book, and really quick read for me. It was uplifting and romantic, and really just sweet, there was more than one heart-warming moment in this book. So if you like heartwarming, romantic Christmas books then this is a book you should check out.

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About RaeAnne Thayne

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.

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.

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