Genres:  Romance, Adult, Cowboy, Christmas

Told in dual POVs

The Blurb:


With two kids and an active life, widow Faith Dustin only wants peace and quiet for Christmas. But her snowy Pine Gulch ranch is nothing but chaotic. All that keeps Faith going is her helpful neighbor, cowboy Chase Brannon. He’s always been “good ol’ Chase,” her faithful friend. Until he kisses her under the mistletoe…

Years ago Chase blew his chance with the woman he’s loved since childhood. Now he’s determined to step out of the friend zone…and into the role of husband. But the scared and stubborn Faith won’t let herself fall. With Christmas just days away, Chase will need all the magic of the season—and the help of her two matchmaking children—to unwrap a second chance at love

My Review:

The Holiday GiftThe Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Holiday Gift” is by author RaeAnne Thayne.
This beautiful Christmas story of second chances and taking chances was heartwarming and sweet. Our main characters are Faith Dustin (Nichols) and Chase Brannon.

Faith Dustin is the eldest of the three Nichols sisters who had their happily ever after in the two previous Christmas novels: “The Christmas Ranch,” and “A Cold Creek Christmas Story.” Faith is a widow with two wonderful children. She has been living each day since her husband’s tragic death by working her family ranch and being a mom. She has no time or desire to ever open herself to love again only to have it ripped away. She wouldn’t survive it. Faith has been through a lot and you’ll learn more about that when you read the book.

Chase Brannon…..Since he was a teen, Chase has been in love with Faith. For him it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, Chase didn’t make his move on Faith soon enough. And what made losing her worse was that she married his best friend. Chase was their neighbor and he heartbreakingly watched from afar, wishing he was her husband instead. They were always close friends but when Faith lost her husband, Chase became her rock, her savior. He was her best friend. Problem was he wanted to be more than friends. Now that almost three years have passed since Faith became a widow, Chase decided to make his move. His love for her was pure. He was patient and always kind and would never hesitate to do anything for her. Of course he was gorgeous, sexy and intense as well.

I absolutely loved Chase. He was so sweet with Faith and her family. They all adored him and loved him. Even Faith love him. He was her very best friend. When Chase asked her out on a real date, Faith freaked out. She wanted to remain just platonic friends because if they were more and she lost him, she would fall apart completely. Sadly she was truly clueless, completely in denial about her real feelings for Chase. Faith was stubborn. She intentionally ignored Chase’s feelings for her. And she kept her own feelings buried deep. I understood her fears but she frustrated me completely. I had a tough time liking her because of all the emotional pain she caused Chase. It was Chase that kept this a five star rating for me.

Faith and Chase’s journey to love was difficult with many hurdles. All of them put in place by Faith. I will say it again that Chase was amazing and patient, luckily for Faith. There are many other characters we have small glimpses of from prior novels and maybe a new one as well. I truly enjoy the heartwarming stories that RaeAnne writes for us. Each has many of the emotions we love to experience when reading. “The Holiday Gift” was a great addition to the Pine Gulch/Coldwater Creek stories. I hope she will write more in this series.

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this novel given to me by the publisher via NetGalley*

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