Facing foreclosure on her California home, widowed Kylie Wayne is grateful to accept her aging aunt Muriel’s offer to come back to small-town Branding Iron, Texas, and help out on the ranch. But when an early storm rolls in, Kylie’s dream of a perfect Christmas for her kids is blown away with the unexpected snow. Comfort and joy seem unlikely, unless a certain long, tall Texan with a bad boy’s charm can rope some holiday cheer…
No one imagined restless, independent Shane Taggart would work his parents’ ranch all these years. But with his father gone, Shane is ready to sell his land and see the world—until sweet, sexy Kylie shows up. The dutiful good girl he remembers has turned into a spirited woman, and Shane wants to give her the warm family future she longs for, puppy and all. One kiss under the mistletoe may not convince her, but Shane knows that love is a gift that will last forever.
Read on for my thoughts on Long, Tall Christmas. No true spoilers, promise.
Can a former Miss Perfect and the town bad boy find a happy ever after this Christmas?
Kylie has returned home to Texas and her Aunt Muriel’s ranch. Widowed with two daughters who did not want to leave California, Kylie is between a rock and a hard place. But this year she is determined to put together a great Christmas for her kids. That is if she can find a tree of any kind, manage to cook something in her aunt’s ancient oven that doesn’t burn to a crisp. Out for a last minute store run before a snowstorm hits Kylie finds herself in even more trouble at the angry end of a former classmate and town bad boy, Shane Taggart.
Shane was ready to leave this town behind and ride off into the sunset on his motorcycle, the modern equivalent of a horse. He’d paid his dues, stayed and worked his father’s place until his death. Now selling and moving on were his only plans for the future. Yeah, right. That plan kinda went sideways when Kylie ran over his motorcycle on a snowy, stormy night.
With no choice but to hole up at Muriel’s place with Kylie and her daughters thanks to a winter storm, Shane is reliving a teenage crush he’d had on the one girl who would never have noticed him in a million years. But that was then and this is Christmas and miracles have been known to happen.
Reading Long, Tall Christmas was like stepping into a time warp for me. It’s been many, many years since I’ve read a Janet Dailey novel. And with her death on December 14, 2013 I didn’t expect to see anything but reprints of her novels.
Long, Tall Christmas is a classic styled novel of love, family and happy ever afters. I enjoyed it for the story and for taking me back to a time long ago when the world was much different.
If you love a fun, feel good love story with a strong tug on the Christmas heartstrings then Long, Tall Christmas is perfect reading this holiday season.
*I received an e-ARC of Long, Tall Christmas from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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