Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy
Montana Born Christmas, #5
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Date of Publication: November 15, 2014
Number of pages: 103
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This Christmas season, Christina Grey Cooper has finally accepted that her marriage to her college sweetheart Dare is over.
So she packs up her things, leaves a note, and heads back home for Marietta, Montana in the hope that a Christmas with her family will help piece her head—if not her heart—back together.
Dare isn’t about to let the love of his life go, and who cares if that’s what he thought he wanted? He’ll do what it takes to win Christina back—even if that means suffering through Christmas with his in-laws, pretending to still be happily married for the sake of family harmony, and trying not to get caught up in all that holiday nonsense he’s never believed in…
But Christmas is magical, especially in Montana.
And if Dare has any hope of convincing Christina to give him one more chance, it’s going to be here…
Christmas is the perfect time for second chances. So a second chance at love story seemed like a perfect fit for a Christmas story. And it was.
This story starts out with Christina's massive disappointing birthday. Her 30th, just three short days before Christmas. The birthday her husband forgot about. The birthday that opened her eyes to how bad things had become and how tired she was of trying to pretend that she could fix them all by herself. The birthday she decides to finally leave the husband she strongly suspects is cheating on her. So she heads home to Montana and her family for Christmas.
Dare, as it turns out, hasn't forgotten anything. He was deliberately trying to push his wife away. He feels that he isn't good enough for her and that she deserves someone better. Until she actually leaves. Suddenly getting what he thought he wanted has changed his mind. Now he has to try and decide if he can win her back before she cuts him loose for good.
What I really liked about this story is that eventually both characters took ownership of their part in the break down of their marriage. This shows exactly how a break down in communication can destroy a relationship. I liked that her family had some real everyday issues, but that love of each other kept them coming back, year after year together for Christmas.
I requested this book from Netgalley after reading another Montana Born Christmas book and quite enjoying it. The books in the series don't seem to be connected by anything more than Christmas and Montana, so each one can be read out of order or standalone. This was an enjoyable read and I gave it 3 stars.