As the holiday season fast approaches, I’ve got a new Christmas-themed title from Janet Dailey, the first in her small-town series, A Cowboy Christmas. Please read on for my review of
Christmas on My Mind
The first I’ve read from Janet Dailey in a long time, the attempts to remake a life and change its direction in a small town, with all that entails intrigued me. Capturing the sense of a small town, with all of the long-memories, childhood mistakes that follow you through your life, and the skeptical, if not without reason, expectations of change.
Jessica has arrived in Branding Iron with a purpose and a mission, buried in secrets and full of issues. Despite a rather inglorious entrance, she was intriguing: both for her look and story. Ben is the Sheriff: busy with work, battling his ex for custody and an aging mother that requires his attention, Jessica is little more than a distraction he doesn’t need.
The town of Branding Iron is full-on holiday mode with THE event of the year coming soon (the Cowboys’ Christmas Ball) and being new in town, Jessica joins in the festivities to plan it all.
Here’s where I ran into a major case of ‘okay – what will happen’, and the lack of depth in the plot with plenty of issues to grab on to (alcoholism, redirecting a life, the ongoing tension with Ben and his ex) left me wondering just when any of it would be prevalent in the plot.
And it never was. So, I expected the couple to blow me away – and they were convenient and not quite believable in a sense of the modern day. A not uncommon problem I’ve encountered with stories from authors who have been in the game for a long time…
The story was enjoyable despite the lack of actual tension or resolution that did not resolve in a flurry of candycanes and gingerbread men with a dose of miracle thrown in for good measure. Fans of Dailey are sure to find this book right up their alley, and it’s a candy-floss, non-demanding getaway story that is easy to put down and pick up again later. I just wanted more substance believable substance overall.
Title: Christmas on My Mind
Author: Janet Dailey
Series: A Cowboy Christmas #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed, Small Town, Western
Published by: Zebra
Published on: 27 September, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The future looks merry and bright…
The little town of Branding Iron, Texas, keeps an annual tradition that makes the holidays especially festive—the Cowboys’ Christmas Ball. But Sheriff Ben Marsden, busy with work, joint custody of his son, and caring for his aging mother, has no plans to attend.
Not until a pretty newcomer to his small town gets involved in the planning.
Suddenly Ben finds himself wanting to keep a close eye on Jessica Ramsey, and not just because ;her relatives seem to be in jail more than out.
He can tell the mysterious redhead has secrets in her past, but now that she’s bought a little fixer upper with her mom to start a bed and breakfast, the whole family’s turning over a new leaf. With the prospect of dancing and celebrating ahead, surely there’s time for everyone to unwind. Because this year, more than ever, Ben’s got Christmas—and loving—on his mind.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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