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A visit for the holidays
Brings love for a lifetime
Cattle rancher Evan Bishop is desperate for Paige Palmer’s help. The veterinarian is in Three Springs for the holidays, but the single dad hopes she has time to save his ailing livestock. Paige is up for the challenge, though not quite up to resisting the cowboy’s rugged charm and his darling devotion to his little girl. Can Paige learn to trust the rancher before the countdown to Christmas ends?
Paige opened the front door of the guesthouse and gaped at the tall ladder filling her view. She crossed the small porch and squeezed around the ladder. Her gaze lifted from the scuffed work boots on the lower ladder rung to the pair of jean-clad legs, past the thick winter jacket to a familiar pair of intense blue eyes.
She wanted to rub her own sleep-filled eyes and climb back under the comfy down comforter in the inviting and charming guesthouse bedroom. “Evan.”
“Good morning.” His voice was entirely too cheerful. His gaze entirely too alert.
The sun had risen less than ten minutes ago and was still struggling to turn up its brightness dial. At the first scrape against the roof and the shuffling noises outside the bedroom window, she’d stumbled out of bed and down the stairs to investigate. She’d been expecting one of the ranch dogs to be on the porch or even a brave ground squirrel. But not Evan.
She wasn’t sure what she required to face the disarming cowboy at dawn. But she was quite certain it was more than her fuzzy slippers and flannel pajamas. She crossed her arms over her chest. “What are you doing?”
“I’m decorating.” He reached up and clipped a strand of icicle lights to the hooks attached to the gutter.
“Why?” Paige ran her hands up and down her arms to warm her cold palms. Clearly, she couldn’t escape Christmas.
Excerpted from Trusting the Rancher with Christmas by Cari Lynn Webb, Copyright © 2021 by Cari Lynn Webb. Published by Harlequin Heartwarming.
About the Author
Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.
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