The Christmas Ranch by Raeanne Thayne
Release Date - November 18, 2014
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Raeanne Thayne's latest brings readers back to Cold Creek. This time, she's starting a trilogy with the Nichols sisters - Faith, Hope, and Celeste.
The Christmas Ranch introduces Hope Nichols. After years of wandering the globe teaching English and other lessons to the less fortunate, Hope is back to spend the holidays with her still-grieving family. Her old sister, Faith, lost her husband in an unfortunate accident, and without his help running the family ranch, things have taken a turn for the worst. Hope is shattered when she learns they've shut down the town attraction - The Christmas Ranch.
Once a year, the ranch is converted into a magical Christmas attraction, complete with reindeer. Hope announces she alone will get the Christmas Ranch open in time for the holiday season. With a lot of work to do, it's not going to be easy.
Enter Rafe Santiago. The former Navy SEAL is disheartened to learn that his nephew threw a snowball containing a rock at Hope's truck and smashed her window. He is agreeable to her request that the boy work off the repairs by helping Hope out at her family's ranch. In fact, Rafe, himself, offers to help out, too. He never expects to start falling for Hope, especially when he's holding back a secret that could completely change her opinion of him forever.
If you enjoy holiday romances, The Christmas Ranch is a goodie. It actually takes place perfectly with the impending arrival of Thanksgiving both in the book and just a week away for those in the U.S.
What I loved most about this romance is that Hope is not the typical romance heroine who gets all upset and doesn't think clearly. She remains level-headed at every moment and that really made me like her. I can't wait to see her sisters get their own chance at romance!