LONG, TALL COWBOY CHRISTMAS touches your heart immediately.
We have such vivid images of men returning from war, the age
of social media and instant news has its advantages and
issues to be sure. So we are well versed in PTSD which along
with so many severe physical injuries has left returning
vets with a myriad of recovery problems. PTSD isn't a
visible problem which makes it a match in a tinderbox. For
many, this is something they can't seem to conquer, but for
some fortunate ones, they find a bright spot to focus on. At
least that's how Carolyn Brown describes it in LONG, TALL
COWBOY CHRISTMAS and at the holiday season, no matter what
your tradition, we can all hope for those miracles.
Captain Nash Lamont has returned and seems to be drifting
from one family location to another. Definitely searching
for, should we as Carolyn Brown says, a bright spot. He
winds up at the Texas Star ranch in Happy Texas and the
locals seem to feel that this newcomer is a hermit just like
his Uncle Henry. For sure, Nash is doing his very best to
stay away from people but he can't seem to draw that line
with his neighbors at the Hope Springs ranch. In particular,
at the moment, their dog Hero.
It's pretty obvious from the start that Kasey McKay a
relative newcomer to the Hope Springs ranch and Nash have an
immediate connection of sorts. It could be their interest in
ranching born out of generations before them. Or their past
experience with military life and its demands and
unfortunate consequences. Or perhaps nothing more sinister
than plain old attraction. Two adults with neither having
anyone special in their lives. Kasey's husband Adam was a
casualty of the Iraq war and Nash is one of the walking
Left with three young children to raise on her own you might
say Kasey's life is pretty full but somehow her conscience
and heart can't turn her back on a military man in need
especially Nash. There is an undercurrent of need and
loneliness that calls out to her. Kasey does not consider
Nash a pity case, no their relationship is developing into
friendship, mutually satisfying to each.
But that friendship needs little nudging to become much
more. Time will tell and time is what both Kasey and Nash
need to get to their new normal. If it involves having the
two of them together, so be it.
Life takes unexpected turns, no matter how hard we try those
twists are unavoidable, best we can do is adapt. Changing
and adapting is acceptable. Starting over is desirable and
that's what Carolyn Brown hopes for in LONG, TALL COWBOY
CHRISTMAS. A new beginning for two very deserving people. In
LONG, TALL COWBOY CHRISTMAS Carolyn Brown in her inimitable
fashion carefully weaves a tale about daring to hope for
more. Any time of the year is a good time to cozy up with a
Carolyn Brown story. Her tales about Happy
Texas always reward the reader with good feelings. Her
characters always remain in your heart even after the story
is over. Carolyn Brown's characters speak to you through
their dialog which exposes so much about each of them.
Dialog is Brown's favorite vehicle to get her story told.
Works for me every time.
Nash Lamont is a man about as solitary as they come.
That's exactly why ranch life in middle-of-nowhere Happy,
Texas suits him. So what the heck is he doing letting a
beautiful widow and her three rambunctious children
temporarily move in? Before he knows it, they're
stringing Christmas lights and decorating the tree... and
he's having the time of his life. But after everything
he's been through, Nash knows this kind of happiness
Kasey Dawson thought she'd never get over the death of
her husband. Nash, with his strong hands and infinite
patience, is stirring something she hasn't felt in a long
time. Kasey knows the sexy cowboy isn't telling her
everything about this past, though. And she refuses to
risk heartbreak all over again. But her kids have a plan
of their own: Nothing will keep them from having a real
family again-even if it takes a little help from Santa