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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Review: Mistletoe Miracles by Jodi Thomas / @jodithomas @tlcbooktours

Series & Title: Ransom Canyon, Book 7: Mistletoe Miracles
Author: Jodi Thomas
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Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Holiday, Romance
ARC Received From: Harlequin
Reviewed For & Hosted By: TLC Book Tours

A small-town Texas Christmas story, where hearts are lost, love is found, and family always brings you back home.

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 for Christmas.

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.

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What a beautiful collection of Christmastime stories. Each is a standalone taking place in the same town at the same time of year but with heartwarming, endearing, evocative endings that are guaranteed to make you smile because, well, love.

The stories aren't one right after the other, but are woven together with the jump from character to character clearly distinguished so there's no confusion as to who the reader is reading about. Each couple-Griffin and Sunlan, Jaxon and Mallory, and Wyatt and Jamie-shines in their love story. The hurdles they jump over, the ditches they crawl through, and the discovery of something new and unexpected but completely welcome made for engaging and intriguing stories. The end result might be the same, happily ever after, but their journey to it are as unique as the characters themselves.

Christmas, to me, is becoming more and more the one time in the year when we emphasize beliefs, feelings, and emotions that seem to have been forgotten in the chaos of the other eleven months. Which, truthfully, is kind of disheartening. Glad tidings, cheer, family, love, wishes for peace and happiness, are necessary throughout the year, not just one time. This book is a holiday keeper but can, and probably will, be read at various times throughout the year now that I have it. It's a beautiful reminder of the goodwill, compassion, and unconditional love we humans are capable of even in the most dire of situations.

New York Times and USA Today’s bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels “Distinctive…Memorable,” and that in her stories “[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes.” In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN’S REWARD. She also received the National Readers’ Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.