"The best cowboy series just got even better."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted November 9, 2016
Romance Contemporary | Western
There is so much dimension in any Carolyn Brown book. You
never be fooled by the seeming simplicity of the concept or
storyline. Carolyn Brown writes about everyday things that
happen to all of us and she does it with panache, class,
empathy and humor. In MERRY COWBOY CHRISTMAS she once again
reminds us of the humanity that surely surrounds us during
the holiday season but then hits home with the fact that
this should continue all year round. There is so much story
in MERRY COWBOY CHRISTMAS that trying to review it and
provide a snapshot view is difficult. And as always you
will not find any spoilers in my review. You need to
experience MERRY COWBOY CHRISTMAS for yourself. Consider it
Carolyn Brown's holiday gift to her readers.
MERRY COWBOY CHRISTMAS is the latest addition to her Lucky
Penny Ranch series. Each of the preceding books
concentrates on difficulty gaining the towns acceptance for
the new owners of the Lucky Penny ranch which had fallen on
bad times -- hence the name of the ranch is an oxymoron --
pure Brown humor. The Dawson cousins -- each a hunk of
cowboy with a heart of gold -- purchase this ranch with the
dream of developing their own land and hopefully
establishing a home. All confirmed bachelors but in truth
they know that when the right woman comes along their
wandering days are over. Two Dawson cousins have already
met that woman and each married one of the Logan sister.
Their stories are fabulous so don't hesitate to catch up.
MERRY COWBOY CHRISTMAS is Fiona Logan and Jud Dawson's
story. Fiona was brought up in Dry Creek at the family home
affectionately remembers as Audrey's Place -- yes -- it was
the town's brothel but now it is the Logan's home. Three
sisters and their mother have lived there and now Fiona
finds herself reluctantly returning home after losing her
job and her fiancé all in one fell swoop. To say she is
down on her luck would be an understatement. The first
person she meets up with is Jud Dawson who rescues her from
a car incident and brings her home. Jud is the newest
Dawson cousin to arrive in Dry Creek and he is ready,
willing and able to help his cousins ramp up their ranch.
Jud is always up for a challenge and you might say Fiona
represents his most difficult challenge ever. But Jud is
nothing if not patient and while Fiona is fiery and
somewhat antsy about being back in their small town Jud's
interest has been piqued. You might say he is setting the
stage for the most important play of his life. Fiona on the
other hand is doing all she can to stay away from anything
remotely resembling a commitment that would keep her at
Audrey's Place. This is just a bump in the road for Fiona.
She has a plan and it absolutely does not include a
gorgeous, heart stopping cowboy who is quickly becoming her
very best friend. Well perhaps Fiona needs to rethink her
Family is so important to Carolyn Brown and in MERRY COWBOY
CHRISTMAS Brown treats us to her vision of what could be
called an unorthodox family. The Logan's and Dawson's both
share a very heartwarming attitude toward family and
friends -- one of inclusion. Perhaps that's what makes them
such a good match. Nasty gossipers, interfering scrooges,
contemptuous challengers are just part of the supporting
cast of characters and in the end even these curmudgeons
win your heart. Carolyn Brown reminds us that life hands
all of us crosses to bear and in MERRY COWBOY CHRISTMAS
Brown handles these issues with kid gloves and a strong
THIS CHRISTMAS, SANTA'S WEARING A STETSON
'Tis the night before Christmas and all through the
house is the presence of one wickedly hot cowboy who's come
to stay for the holiday. Fiona Logan is downright shocked to
return to her childhood home and find that the tall blond
stranger who came to her rescue on an icy road will be
sleeping just across the hall from her bedroom. Talk about
temptation . . .
Jud Dawson never believed the Lucky Penny Ranch would live
up to its name until now. Fiona is gorgeous, smart, funny,
and everything he thought he'd never find. Now all he has to
do is convince her to stick around town instead of
hightailing it back to Houston. But with wild weather, nosy
neighbors, and a new baby in the family, getting her to
admit that she's falling in love might just take a Christmas
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