Book Review: A Cold Creek Christmas Story (Cowboys of Cold Creek #14) by RaeAnne Thayne

Posted December 2, 2015 by Melissa in Book Review | 16 Comments

Book Review: A Cold Creek Christmas Story (Cowboys of Cold Creek #14) by RaeAnne ThayneTitle: A Cold Creek Christmas Story
Series: Cowboys of Cold Creek #14
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: November 17th 2015
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Holiday, Romance
Length: 240 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

Sparkle In The Snow Leads To So Much More

Celeste Nichols has always preferred to keep to herself in her hometown of Pine Gulch, Idaho…until she becomes an instant celebrity! When one of her children's stories becomes a major success, she's suddenly the talk of the town. Celeste should be gloriously happy…but something, someone, special is still missing from her life. Could the return of her childhood crush be the answer?

Flynn Delaney has moved back home for his daughter's sake. Yet all the millionaire's resources can't help the little girl heal from the tragic loss of her mother. Shy librarian Celeste and her stories do hold some indefinable magic, though. Flynn came home looking for support—can he find that, and true love, in the one who got away?

Quote

“We don’t get to choose the circumstances of our birth families, do we?” she said softly. “The only thing we have control of is the life we make for ourselves out of those circumstances.”

My Thoughts

I’ll admit I started A Cold Creek Christmas Story with a bit of trepidation due to it being the 14th in a series (about Cowboys??) that I had yet to start. I am so glad that I didn’t let that deter me! Lately I’ve been on a bit of a romance kick and RaeAnne Thayne has definitely made my list of new favorite authors.

Thayne delivers in the charming tale about a father and daughter in need of some holiday healing and the amazing town and family that embrace them and make them one of theirs.

As with most small town romances…setting is almost half of the puzzle that makes up a wonderful read. From the moment I stepped between the pages and entered Cold Creek, I loved it and could so see myself living there. There is nothing like that small town feeling where everyone knows each other and genuinely cares abut their neighbors. I can only wish I lived in such a location.

Celeste is a great protagonist. An awkward shy bookworm who works in a library? Yes…I could so relate to her and I absolutely loved to see how she struggled on a daily basis to work through her social issues. Not all of us can be the outgoing butterflies that the media seems to love…it was great having a very relatable character.

Flynn is just perfect. Guarded with others but obviously 100% devoted to his daughter…and a more than competent carpenter to boot. What’s not to love?

And all of Celeste’s family and the ranch just added to the warm cozy feel of this read. (I’m definitely going looking for Hope and Rafe’s story now!!)

A Cold Creek Christmas Story is a delightful holiday read with plenty of heartwarming and swoon worthy moments.

About RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne

I’m not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.

After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.

Through it all — through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor — I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.

I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try — their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 40 books later, I’ve come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the “that’s-it!” feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.

Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can’t imagine my life any other way.

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16 responses to “Book Review: A Cold Creek Christmas Story (Cowboys of Cold Creek #14) by RaeAnne Thayne

  1. A heroine who’s awkward and shy and a bookworm? *runs to Amazon to buy* Can’t wait to meet Celeste Melissa! And I haven’t read any of the books in this series, so I’m glad to know that despite the fact that this is book 14 in the series, it worked well all on its own:)
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