In this heartwarming story of holiday romance, one cowboy is ready for love—whether he knows it yet or not . . .
Horse whisperer Parker doesn't drink, smoke, or gamble, and he doesn't have much to do with women, either. But that may change when a runaway Palomino leads him to his small Colorado town’s new schoolteacher. Widowed Katy, and her sweet daughter, are new in Benton. But while the little girl can’t even ride yet, Katy’s not new to horses or ranching. It seems she and Parker have a few things in common—including hearts in need of healing. With Christmas around the corner, could kisses under the mistletoe bring the handsome wrangler the gift of his very own family?
After her husband dies, Katy and her young daughter move back to her grandmother's ranch which is in need of some repairs. But Katy knows that they are safe there and they need a new start. Teddie is her 11 year old daughter who has adopted an abused horse after the owner was arrested for the abuse. Teddie loves the horse but doesn't know much about them. When the horse gets out, Teddie runs after it and that's when she meets Parker. Parker is a ranch hand and horse trainer for a nearby ranch and he's good friends with the wealthy ranch owner.
Parker is talking with Teddie when her mom finds her and they all talk about the horse. Parker and Katy meet for the first time and Parker decides to help Katy out around her ranch and with the horse, and training Teddie in what to do with it. Parker and Katy spend more time together and even though both of them are slow to give in to what they feel because of past hurts in both of their lives, they do get closer.
Of course there's a misunderstanding that comes between them because they don't have great communication skills and don't talk. So they have to find a way to work that out. The one problem I had with this book was that Teddie acted much more mature than a 11 year old would.
I've been reading this series for such a long time but somehow missed this one. I know the wealthy ranch owner Parker works for and read he and his wife's story a while back. After reading the books in this series for so long, you feel like you know everyone and how they're going to react at times.
I always know what author to go to when I want a feel good romance. I enjoyed this story.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.