My Review: Wild West Christmas (4-in-1) by Kathleen Y'Barbo, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin & Vickie McDonough

Wild West Christmas
(4-in-1 Collection)
by Kathleen Y'Barbo, Lena Nelson Dooley,
Darlene Franklin & Vickie McDonough

Christian Fiction/Historical/Romance

Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Copyright 2009
Pages: 364
ISBN: 9781602605664

From back cover:

Christmas Courtships Corral Four Sisters in Texas

Charlsey Ames can ride, rope, and work the ranch with the best of them. But things don't add up when she finds herself attracted to accountant Harold Miller III, a citified tenderfoot. Will he ever see the gentle woman beneath the coating of trail dust.

Sharp-shooting Lucy Ames is thrilled to join Major Paulson's Wild West Show. But is she setting her sights too high when she begins falling for budding evangelist Gordon Paulson? Would she be better off aiming for a stable, widowed rancher?

Although horse-trainer Sarah Ames is stunned when her pa hires the part-Mexican Carson Romero to take over her job at the ranch, she gradually becomes attracted to the drifter. But when cattle go missing, Carson seems the prime suspect Has Carson stolen Sarah's heart as well as some prime longhorns?

An expert tracker, the plain Bessie Mae Ames resolves to spend her life taking care of her widowed father. That is until Texas Ranger Josef Mueller rides back into town, trailing a wanted man. Will the soon-to-be-smitten ranger find both he and his prey sweet on an unsuspecting Bessie Mae?

Will these cowgirls be tamed and live to celebrate Christmas romance?

My thoughts:

Well, I've finally gotten around to starting my annual Christmas read-a-thon...Wild West Christmas was a great choice to start me off! I made sure this book was on my must-read list for this year when I saw that it told the story of the 4 Ames sisters. You see, I'm the oldest of 4 sisters, so I knew I would be able to relate to that aspect of the book. It's set in the Texas Hill Country; involves cowboys, as well as, romance and Christmas...what more could a girl ask for?!?! :)

I hate to choose between them since they were all great stories, but if I HAD to choose just one...it would be the very first story, Charlsey's Accountant. I know, I know...all short-stories have a reputation of not being "fleshed-out" enough, and in some cases that is indeed true, but I didn't feel this way with most of the stories in this Collection. Sure, a couple of them may have seemed a little rushed at the end, but the overall story line was an excellent choice.

I enjoyed spending time with the Ames family, and hated to leave them behind. I would have loved to hang out with them a little longer to find out more about their married lives. *sigh* Oh well, all good things end sometime. I'm not too disappointed though...I have quite a few more Christmas-themed books lined up to read this year! Be sure to watch for more reviews coming soon! :)

If you would like to find out more about these wonderful ladies, please visit them at their websites, or blogs. I've listed the links below.

Kathleen Y'Barbo: website
Lena Nelson Dooley: website or blog
Darlene Franklin: blog
Vickie McDonough: website

* I purchased this book for my collection @ eBay.com *



Nely said...

This sounds just adorable Lori. I'll have to get a copy for myself.


Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Oh this sounds like a great collection Lori!!!! I'm glad your getting off to a good start for your Christmas challenge! Thank you for your awesome review!!!

xoxo~ Renee

Jenn said...

I usually find that short stories are not as detailed as I would like, but this one sounds different. Thanks for the review!

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Thank you, ladies, for dropping by. Y'all should definitely look into getting a copy for yourself...it was a great book!

SuperMom said...

I got those links fixed... I am still kinda new to all this.

Thanks for the comment about my blog. I am learning how to 'spice' things up a bit!


Blessings, Verlina

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Hey Verlina ~

Me, too! Welcome to the "newbie" club! LOL If you ever have any blogger questions, I'm happy to try to help any way I can...just email me. *wink*

I just realized that I forgot to post your awesome button on this blog...I'll do it ASAP. I love how it glitters. :p

Thanks for letting me know about the links...I'll come back and check them out.

Anonymous said...

This looks like a good way to start Christmas-time reading :) Glad you enjoyed it!

Lexie said...

hey Lori! I'll be reading this sometime this month as well! I'm excited b/c I like Y'Arbo a lot!