The best gifts last a lifetime

Veterinarian J.T. “Rush” Rushford isn’t looking forward to Christmas. It’ll be his first without his beloved four-year-old daughter, Claire. A year ago, Rush’s wife divorced him for another man–then broke his heart further by revealing that Claire was her lover’s child. The final blow was Rush losing all parental rights. Now he’s in Branding Iron, Texas, with his mobile vet practice, just hoping to get through the season–until something like a Christmas miracle happens.

Turns out Claire’s parents are going on an extended cruise, leaving Rush to take her for the holidays. It’s bittersweet, knowing that he and Claire will have to part again, maybe forever. . . . Until a smart, not to mention beautiful, lady judge with a pregnant cat and an aging mutt takes a liking to the vet and his little girl and gets involved. With her on their side, and love in their hearts, this Christmas just might be the most joyous of all.

Title:  It’s A Christmas Thing
Author:  Janet Dailey
Genre:  Modern Western Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  September 24, 2019
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars

IT’S A CHRISTMAS THING is a romance that will pull at your heartstrings as it gives you a taste of a beautiful country Christmas celebration.  What you need to know before deciding to pick up this story can be found in the Cover Description.  What you won’t find there is the emotional tug that Claire will have, the heartbreak that Rush and Tracy both have faced for different reasons and the healing that happens when Rush has the chance to spend time with the little girl who will always be his daughter in his heart.

I enjoyed returning to Janet Dailey’s writing after many years away.  I know that Ms. Dailey passed away several years ago, so I do not know if this is an earlier release that’s been reprinted that I missed, or if her writing name is ghostwritten by another writer now.  A very frustrating search gave me no true answers to those questions.  Nonetheless, IT’S A CHRISTMAS THING is an enchanting, tender romance that will bring out the emotions in even the most hardened heart – Claire, puppies, kittens and second chances will do that very nicely, in my opinion.  I had fun, and if the thought of a country Christmas, reuniting loved ones, and the chance at happiness, a love for a lifetime tempts you then you’ll enjoy this story.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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