A heart-warming, heart-breaking addition to the “Love in Little Tree” series.
Carrie worries about her five-year-old niece, who's riding the rodeo circuit with her dad, Ryan. He's not been great at keeping in touch since Carrie's sister died. Does Sammie have friends? What are his plans for school? A permanent home?
For now he's back at his ranch next door, injured but still stubbornly planning to return to bronc riding.
Every day Carrie falls more under the spell of this father-daughter duo. Her need to raise her niece as her sister would have wanted conflicts with her respect for Ryan's rights. Keeping Sammie with her would break Ryan's heart. Letting her go would break Carrie's.
Then there are her feelings for Ryan...
In this sweet novella from the “Love in Little Tree” series, a new girl in town brings a little spirit to Paul’s life.
Mariah’s gap year before college included a move to Montana, but she isn’t sure there’s anything for her in horse country…until she meets Paul working at the haunted house fundraiser. Her attraction to him is immediate. As a sensitive, she’s compelled to discover if there’s an actual spirit in residence, but she’ll have to hurry, since the shack will be torn down after Halloween. Will Paul help her or think she’s bananas?
Spending time together is more than fine with Paul. He might be skeptical about the supernatural, but he wouldn’t be surprised to learn Mariah put a spell on him. He was drawn to her from the first moment.
After being a wild teen, Paul’s looking for a fresh start, and he’d like to include Mariah in that future. But a rival for Mariah’s attentions is out to cause trouble.
Will Mariah’s first love last forever or will the ghosts of Paul’s past tear them apart?
Rachel wants a baby. Clint offers his help. It's that simple...and that complicated.
Returning to Little Tree, Clint Walker had only planned to serve as the best man in his brother's wedding. He never expected to be the best man for Rachel Marshall, at least for the weekend. The bride's cousin is pretty and fun, and their chemistry is undeniable.
Rachel yearns for a baby, but she hasn't met the man she wants to marry. Since her father and step-father both left the family when she was a child, Rachel knows men aren’t likely to stick around anyway. She’s determined to have a baby, so she’ll just do this on her own.
When he learns of Rachel's plans to undergo artificial insemination, Clint volunteers to donate, hoping to ease a lingering guilt from his past. But as feelings build between them, Clint faces an uncertain future, knowing fatherhood is more than providing little X's and Y's — especially donated the old-fashioned way.
Can he convince Rachel he’s the kind to stick around?
A RUNAWAY BRIDE
Grace Marshall fled the church moments before her wedding, leaving her twin sister buttoned into the wedding dress. A risky move for a good reason, and now she has to deal with the fallout. She expects the town and her family to be angry, but not this cowboy she just met. Who is he to judge her?
WITH SECRETS TO HIDE
Horse trainer Mike Torres Thompson fabricated new identities for his siblings in order to keep them together after their parents died. Different location, different names, different lives. Once these last two kids are on their feet—and those feet moving out his door, he can pursue his own dream of a ranch for abused horses. Then he meets Grace, and all his carefully-formed plans run away like a mustang.
Neither denies their physical attraction, but love? Can the runaway bride and the responsible family man overcome their pasts and learn to trust?
Will they be able to take a leap of faith toward a future together?
LEFT IN THE LURCH…
Rancher Jack Walker eagerly anticipates marrying the quiet, lovely artist who has agreed to be his wife and stepmother to his six-year-old daughter. Their union will mirror the peace and security of his previous marriage.
AT THE CHURCH
Veterinarian Lexi Marshall is tricked into her twin sister's wedding dress minutes before the bride disappears out the back door. Now Lexi must tell Jack there is no wedding. But instead of "guess what?" she says, "I do?"
Covering for her sister by marrying Jack is a big mistake. But even Lexi’s confession can't untangle the mess after she learns he could lose his ranch if they divorce.
Legal problems aside, how will they handle the attraction simmering between them?
Holly MacDonald rushes to her childhood home town to prevent her friend from marrying an unfaithful groom. Her old buddy, Luke Ivey, is the best man and intends to stop her interference.
She's no longer his tomboy pal, and he's no longer her nerdy sidekick. They fall for each other despite their different views on the wedding and living four hours apart. She's a city girl and he's pure country.
When "The Wedding March" fades and Christmas is over, will they stay together?
"Santa, My friends say you're just a story, like my dad."
Trish's heart aches when she reads the note from her five-year-old son. She needs a man, but only to play Santa for Tyler. Widowed several years earlier, she's not quite over the scars left by her dishonest husband. She isn't looking for a relationship, although having someone to rely on is tempting. So is Sam, but she's not going to fall for an unambitious man. Not again.
Sam doesn't want a relationship either. Recently burned by his ex, who had her eye on the top of the corporate ladder, he's willing to let Trish think he's poor and out of work to keep her at arm's length. When she and her son invade his heart, there's this "little misunderstanding" in the way. He has to win her over, but can he help her bury the past?
Trish's former mother-in-law isn't making things easy either. Miriam views raising Tyler as an ideal way to reinvent the past. She just has to oust Trish from the picture.
When things look their gloomiest, it doesn't hurt to have Santa on your side.
Chris Brandt limps home from the Army less than thrilled with his future, until he meets Julie Palmer. But he’s done too much and seen even worse, and he won’t get involved with the local bakery owner.
Will the magic of Valentine’s Day persuade him to give love a chance?
Originally published in A Delicious Dessert anthology.
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