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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Stone Creek Christmas by Linda Lael Miller--A Review


Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia's uncanny bond with his daughter Sophie's pony, Butterpie, has him questioning her sanity, while she wonders if he's not just a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas with all the trimmings, including a tree-lighting ceremony and a man named Kris Kringle in a sleigh driven by seven reindeer…and a donkey. But will a holiday miracle transform the globe-trotting Tanner into a rancher�and family man�for all seasons?


This book was published in 2008 and again was one of my mom's romance reads.  But I couldn't resist the need to include it in my 25 days of Christmas reads.   I search high and low for each and every Christmas read I blog the review of in December.   Sometimes the wackier or should I say the more "magical" the tale, the more I like it.

Miller's A Stone Creek Christmas was just such a magical cross between Lofting's, Dr Doolittle and Dicken's , A Christmas Carol, with a more modern take. It was a fun read at 211 pages.

Christmas is such a special time of year and all of us allow for the miraculous and magical moments the season provides.   So if you are looking for a straight forward reality in this Christmas story, pass on by.
This book will provide lots of magical moments and lots of warmth and fuzziness. I enjoyed the book, especially the animated four legged characters, enjoyed the sexual tension between Olivia and Tanner,
liked the wisdom of the twelve year old...kids are not dummies, that's for sure.   And my favorite character was Kris Kringle, sort of an odd one, with twinkly blue eyes and suspiciously reminiscent of Santa....really?  

It was certainly a fun read and I was feeling the warm and fuzzy!

I gave this 4 winks!

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  

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