A Gold Valley Novel
Publisher: HQN Books
snowflakes fall in Gold Valley, Oregon, will this rugged cowboy finally win the
woman of his dreams?Cowboy Caleb Dalton has loved single mom Ellie Bell, and her little daughter,
Amelia, for years. But since Ellie is his best friend’s widow, Caleb’s head
knows Ellie will always be strictly off-limits. If only his heart got
the memo. So when Caleb discovers that Ellie has a Christmas wish list—and
hopes for a kiss under the mistletoe—he’s throwing his cowboy hat into the
ring. If anyone’s going to be kissing Ellie and sharing this magical time with
her and her daughter, it’s him.
Ellie has dreaded the holidays since losing her husband. But this year, she’s
finally ready to make some changes. She never expects the biggest change to be
the heart-stopping kiss she shares with Caleb. For almost five years, Caleb has
been her best friend, her rock, her salvation. This Christmas, can Caleb prove
he’s also the missing puzzle piece of Ellie’s and Amelia’s hearts?
finishing out the year, or the next few years, is guaranteed money in the bank
to begin other ventures. There’s contracts already made with outfits around the
country, truckers on hand to drive the things to their destinations. And he
owns that small lot down on the main street of town. So, I’m all set not only
to sell this year’s crop around the country, but also sell it here.”
that he’d been unhappy at the school. Was he unhappy at the school? Was he
around. He’s going to be working on the ranch.”
in a man you don’t even know.”
whole half sibling thing, I figure that works in my favor.”
was becoming more and more clear that he was problematic. A couple of years ago
it had been discovered that he had a daughter that none of them had known
about. McKenna Tate. She’d come into town after discovering the identity of her
family, and after some adjusting, the Dalton family had welcomed her into the
full. But on the heels of that revelation had come another one.
the two of them were trying to work through it to an extent. And Ellie really
hoped that they did. For some selfish reasons, if she was honest. Because she
loved them, and they were the closest thing to a family for her, and she didn’t
want to lose them.
what I want.”
to have dreams; of course he did. But she’d just…assumed he was happy with the
way things were. She’d somehow meshed his dreams together with hers.
school, was what he wanted, too.
didn’t, either. And she’d never asked. She’d only thought about it in terms of
her own comfort. That wasn’t right at all.
away from her and not right all around her while they worked…
made her feel… She felt bad. And she didn’t like feeling bad about something
that was good for her friend.
congratulating him at all. She felt like having a tantrum.
it very clear he was well aware she wasn’t having the best reaction to his
realized it was nearly the Christmas season.
through what life looked like without Clint. Being a single mother.
about. She had gone back to work.
Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and
arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she
takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example
of her pioneer spirit.
Although Ellie did not have a happy childhood she had created a happy life for herself with her husband Clint and was expecting their child when he passed away in a tragic accident. Engulfed by grief Clint’s best friend Caleb was her support system and has become her best friend. Five years later she has decided it is time to start living and has created a list of things that she believes will allow her to do that.
Caleb fell in love with Ellie the moment he saw her, but he knew that she was off-limits because of his friendship with Clint. Believing that friends is all they will be he has decided he needs to put a little distance between he and Ellie and that starts with buying a ranch grows Christmas Trees which will evolve into a cattle ranch. When Ellie wants him to help him with his list their relationship will never be the same.
Both these characters are damaged by their pasts as because of their pasts they both feel that they are not enough. Ellie has an idea of what she believes that love should be but reconciling it with the feelings she has for Caleb she is torn while Caleb has always felt like he was second best and believes that it is all he will ever be. It is always fun to return to Gold Valley and this book is no exception.