A Country Christmas
Harlequin MIRA, Oct 28 2014, $7.99
“Buffalo Valley”. Vaughn leaves the Army to return to civilian life in Seattle where he starts a job in the New Year. However, over the holidays Vaughn visits his family in Grand Forks, North Dakota. While in town, the veteran introduces himself to elderly pharmacist Hassie; Vaughn’s parents named him after her son who died in Nam. At the pharmacy, Vaughn and trainee Carrie meet and quickly fall in love. However, he has an ethics dilemma when he learns his Washington State employer plans to build a superstore that will destroy the mom and pop shops in Buffalo Valley.
“Return to Promise”. The schism in their marriage started when Cal hid from his wife Jane that he signed up to participate in the Promise, Texas Labor Day Rodeo bull-riding event. The next incident begins when Jane's mother calls to inform them that her father is ill. Jane, accompanied by her three-year-old son and eighteen-month-old daughter, travels to her California home while Cal stays behind. The third mess occurs when Nicole makes a bold bid to catch geographical bachelor Cal's interests. With Jane in California and Cal in Texas, their relationship appears dead.
Buffalo Valley is a reprint that returns readers to the Dakota trilogy on an interesting journey to a Shangri-La threatened by "progress". Return to Promise is a reprint of a Heart Of Texas family drama starring protagonists who substantiates that men and women occupy different galaxies not just planets or states.