After her mother’s death, Annette
Talbot’s father sent her away to a girl’s school in St. Louis, but she never
heard from him again. Eventually she had to leave when he ceased paying her
tuition. With a gift from God in her singing voice and a deep rooted faith, she
joined with a missionary group to spread the word. But then an evil couple took
over the group and Annie found her life in danger.
Guilt ridden and devastated by his
father’s death, Elijah Walker had sworn to bring his former fiancée to justice
and to never trust a woman again. He met Annette on the train going into
Ranger’s Bluff, Wyoming, but he refused to let her through the wall he had
built around his heart.
Annette was on the run, not only for
her life, but to keep her soul intact. Claude Leveque, who had brought the
troupe into the missionary group and took over, tried his best to beat Annette
into bowing to his demands of becoming a showgirl. His best weapon against her
thoughwas the elderly woman who played
piano for Annette. Elva escaped his clutches and set Annie free before her
heart finally gave out.
A year later, Annette was enroute home
to her father’s ranch in Ranger’s Bluff, Wyoming, certain he would welcome her
with open arms and safety. Having already embarrassed herself by falling asleep
on Elijah Walker on the train, she wasn’t about to have him discover that her
father had not bothered to even show up to claim her.
The next morning, Annette rented a
horse and made her way to the ranch, only to discover it had been long
abandoned. Even worse, as she tried to make the ranch livable, Claude and his
wife Blanche showed up. Annette ended up falling into the icy river and
floating down to the Walker ranch, where she ended up in the care of Elijah
Walker and his mother. Danger and lies stalk Annette as she hides out at the
Walker ranch while branding herself a coward. Still, she is loathe to tell
Elijah the truth, fearing he wouldn’t believe her.
COWBOY CHRISTMAS is a book that grabs
you from the first paragraph and never lets go. I was moved to tears by the
end, and the journey of seeing Annette and Elijah make their way to one another
is touching and sweet. Wonderful characters fill this book as well as some of
the most evil villains you would ever want to be missed. If you love a good
Western romance, this will not disappoint.