Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Lovely Christmas Romance from Brenda Minton

The Cowboy's Christmas Courtship
by Brenda Minton
Cooper Creek series, Book 6
Christian Fiction / Contemporary / Romance
Available October 2013
Harlequin Love Inspired
224 pages

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About the Book
With her mortgaged farm, rebellious brother and two jobs, Layla Silver is struggling to keep afloat for the holidays. But does she need Gage Cooper riding to her rescue? Back in high school, Gage was nobody's hero. Now he's an injured bull rider home for Christmas to make amends for his checkered past. And something about the stubborn, beautiful Layla has him wanting more than forgiveness. Can a wandering cowboy turn a Christmas courtship into an everlasting love?

My Thoughts
I LOVED this book … possibly my favorite in the Cooper Creek series so far. Gage makes for a dashing hero, and I enjoyed watching him have to really work to get a girl's attention. :) Layla is such a sweetheart, and I felt bad for the constant struggles she faced. I have a hard time asking for help, too, so I really identified with that aspect of her personality. Perhaps there's a good lesson for me in her story. Every time I read about the Coopers, I wish I had a gigantic family like that. Don't get me wrong, I love my small family, but there's something so appealing about a family with a dozen siblings and spouses and children all piled in together for the holidays. The power of a good story, I guess! [4.5 stars]

I received a temporary e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Brenda Minton lives in the Ozarks with her husband, three children, a horse, a few cats and a couple of dogs. What she says about herself probably isn't as important as what others say. Her daughter says she is "coffee crazy." She isn't afraid to share that news with complete strangers. Her middle son thinks she is really embarrassing when she wears fuzzy pink slippers to pick him up at school. Her oldest son doesn't comment. He's a smart kid.

Brenda is a country girl who loves to travel. Her dream home is a house on the beach, waves crashing against the shore and a deck where she can have coffee and watch the sun come up.

What does she do when she's not writing? Her kids say she talks on the phone a lot. That's probably true. She's looking into a twelve-step program, but unfortunately she has a lot of enablers who also like to talk on the phone.

She does have other hobbies. She loves to canoe, camp and hike. And of course, drink coffee on the front porch.

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