Genres: Romance, Cowboy, Second Chances, Christmas, Novella
Published: June 15, 2016
Told in dual POVs
For city-girl Elyse Prescott, returning to her home town of Denary means one thing–facing every reason why she left…including Brett McCrane.
Now Elyse has to make a choice–to go back to the city and her old life…or take a chance on love.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Her Christmas Cowboy” is written by author Helen Lacey.
Published: June 15, 2016
My Rating: 4 Stars
This story was oh so sweet. A second chance romance…..
Elyse Prescott abruptly left her hometown right after high school. It wasn’t only her hometown she left. At eighteen, all she could do was panic when her boyfriend, two years older, proposed. It wasn’t that she didn’t love Brett. Elyse just wanted a different kind of life for herself. That life included a new start somewhere else. What it didn’t include, much to Brett’s dismay, was marriage and babies.
Brett McCrane is a hometown boy. Well, man now. His town, his home, his family’s farm are all in his blood. They are all part of his future. Brett mistakingly thought Elyse was going to be part of that future as well. He was heartbreakingly wrong. With a broken heart he did what he had to move on. Unfortunately his heart didn’t get that memo. Even after over a decade, Brett couldn’t deny his feelings were just as strong.
A family situation brought Elyse back to her hometown. When she sees Brett again for the first time, things between them are excruciatingly tense. It is obvious he is still angry over her abrupt and cruel departure. Neither Elyse or Brett knew how to act around each other. The atmosphere around them is thick with tension. Almost every time they try to talk, an argument breaks out. Brett is understandably resentful.
I felt sorry for Brett at times. Elyse was selfish for leaving the way she did. She could have tried to talk to him, explain how she felt. But she didn’t. She just left. It took time for Brett to realize it wasn’t him personally that made her run. When they finally got past all the hurt and emotional pain, Elyse and Brett realized they were still in love with each other. But they didn’t know how to work it out. How could they be together? Brett’s life was on his farm. Elyse had a career far from Brett. Someone would have to sacrifice.
The ending happened pretty quickly. It was predictable. I didn’t mind that. I enjoyed this story and was just so happy that Brett and Elyse found a way to be together. This was a sweet romance and perfect for the Christmas season.