"Three couples discover what love really is during the holidays..."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted October 11, 2018
Women's Fiction Contemporary | Romance Western | Holiday
MISTLETOE MIRACLES isn't your
usual holiday or Christmas book. Other than the fact that the book's
tales take place around that time of the year you could say that the
holiday is just like a character actor that is content to remain in the
background. Essential to MISTLETOE
MIRACLES is the fact that there are actually three different, very
diverse stories going on in what is a small ranch town in Texas. Jodi
Thomas doesn't know how to write small stories so when she thought
up these three tales she realized they needed to co-exist and that is
how you get the treasure called MISTLETOE MIRACLES.
Each story has a central part that connects them and that is the
Maverick Ranch owned by the Holloway brothers. Like many ranches,
they struggle to keep afloat but the boys have determined that the
Maverick Ranch stay in their family. Griffin, the oldest, came up with a
plan. He decided that if he could find a good woman with a ranch or
money he would marry her to combine their holdings, so to speak. For
some reason, he figured the Franklin sisters would know just how to
find a woman willing to marry him. His wish list was rather short: she
just needs to be rich, crazy and blind to be willing to join his strange
family and help save the ranch.
In the meantime, two random accidents happened right at the border of
Maverick Ranch. One left with a woman, Mallory, being rushed to the
local hospital in very bad shape. The other left a visiting soldier on
leave walking along the road looking for a place to rest and regroup
before returning to the front lines. That's how we come to meet Jax
O'Grady, the local hermit, and school teacher Jamie Johnson. Jax
found an injured collie pup along the road after Mallory's accident. He
had no way to know who owned this pup but as an ex-firefighter, he
realized the dog had some severe injuries, so he takes Buddy home. As
it turned out Buddy AKA Charlie was Mallory's dog. It also was obvious
that their injuries were not all from the car crash. Both Mallory and
Charlie were victims of abuse and now Jax found himself involved in
keeping them safe while they healed. Quite a challenge for this hermit.
Could be just what the doctor ordered.
Meanwhile, Jamie Johnson had the town convinced she was married
but her husband was away. When Captain Wyatt Johnson is directed to
her home it would seem as if her long-lost husband had been found.
Needless to say, the only thing these two shared was a very common
last name. But being thrust together provided something priceless to
these two wandering souls. Peace, caring, safety and home. Both Jamie
and Wyatt were in dire need of all of those.
Last but not least is the central story of Griffin and Sunlan the young
lady who was rich, bossy and looking for a husband for sanctuary from
her strange mother and father but not expect or demand anything close
to a real marriage. The Holloway boys immediately grabbed onto this
lovely smart woman and kind of adopted her right off the bat. Sunlan
was also taken by the love and caring of these ranchers. This was going
to work. All Sunlan had to do was keep reminding Griffin and herself, if
she was being honest, that the rules of their marriage were set in
stone. But as time went on it become rather apparent to everyone
around these two that rules were essentially made to be broken.
MISTLETOE MIRACLES is another
great book by the very talented Jodi Thomas who recognizes her zeal
for life and love of a great romance even when the odds seem so
against it. Thomas loves to provide little quotes that perfectly fit the
moment. "Look beneath the dust and scraps, for glory often lies
dormant in both wood and man" is one I will always remember.
A small-town Texas Christmas story, where hearts
are lost, love is found, and family always brings you back
Griffin Holloway is desperate: the Maverick Ranch has been
in his family for generations, but lately, it’s a money pit.
He’d sooner marry one of his horses than sell the ranch.
Marriage, though, could be a solution. If he can
woo a wealthy bride, he might save the ranch—just in time
Jaxon O’Grady likes his solitude just fine, thank you very
much. But when a car accident brings the unexpected to his
door, he realizes just how much one person can need another.
Crossroads is the perfect place for Jamie Johnson: avoiding
nosy questions about why she’s single, she’s happy to keep
to her lakeside home. So she’s baffled when she gets the
strangest Christmas present of all, in the form of a Mr.
Johnson, asleep on her sofa. Who is he, and why does
everyone think he’s her husband?
In this uplifting novel, three unlikely couples discover
just what Crossroads, Texas, can offer: romance, belonging,
and plenty of Christmas spirit.
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: Three couples discover what love really is during the holidays...
I love the way Jodi ties these together! Great review and
(Kathleen Bylsma 3:45pm December 5)
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