A Texas Holiday Miracle
Harlequin American Romance, Dec 1 2014, $5.50
Before he died five months ago, widower Jack Carroll asked his twenty-eight years old daughter Lacey to raise his six year old other child Emma. Agreeing to become her half-sister’s legal guardian, Lacey left her life in Austin to be there for her sibling in Horseshoe, Texas. Though there have been some rewarding moments, there have also been incidents like Emma’s fight with Brad Wilson over whether Santa is real and her entering the yard of the Grouch next door to pet Pepper, a dying cancer-stricken dog.
That neighbor Gabe Garrison blames himself for his son Zack’s death since he gave him the ATV in which he died. When he nails the gate between them shut to keep Emma out, Lacey lectures him about hurting a little child and how his son would be disappointed with his behavior. Not long afterward Emma pets Pepper, tells Gabe her daddy is in heaven and that his dog needs a doctor. Gabe knows it is time to put Pepper down, but emotionally can’t let go; as the canine is his last link to Zack. However, as the two sisters continue to invade his privacy, he soon wants to give Christmas joy back to Emma and though not ready for a relationship he begins falling in love with Lacey.
A Texas Holiday Miracle is a great Christmas romance starring a wonderful lead triangle. With a nod to the 1897 New York Sun editorial, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, readers will celebrate the Yuletide season with Linda Warren as love helps people through the grief process after losing a loved one.