A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise
By: Maggie McGinnis
Releasing November 18th, 2014
In a captivating novel spiced with holiday magic—perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe—a rugged Montana man mends a Northeast girl’s jaded heart.
Boston veterinarian Hayley Scampini tends the city’s pampered pets but dreams of the rural life of a country vet. She’s single and determined to stay that way, convinced that love isn’t permanent enough to trust. Then a vacation to the Whisper Creek dude ranch introduces her to Daniel McKee, a sexy single dad who runs the kind of veterinary practice she aspires to—and rattles her conviction to keep men at a distance.
Managing a thriving practice, coping with the loss of his wife, and fighting a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin daughters, Daniel couldn’t be more overwhelmed. Hayley is a godsend, accompanying him in the field and winning over his girls. It doesn’t take Daniel long to realize he’s falling for this woman, hard and fast. So before Hayley returns to Boston, he extracts a promise: that she will return to Whisper Creek for Christmas. It’s the perfect time and place to show Hayley that the promise of a beautiful life together is something she can believe in.
Praise for Maggie McGinnis
“Maggie McGinnis writes the kind of characters that keep you smiling long after you turn the page.”—USA Today bestselling author Katie Lane
“A writer with a talent for both humor and emotion.”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Handeland, aka Lori Austin
“McGinnis comes out of the chute with force, grabs your emotions, and gets a death hold on your attention to the last page, where you sigh and wish there was one more chapter.”—New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown
“Heartwarming and sweet, Maggie McGinnis is definitely an author to watch!”—USA Today bestselling author Tina Leonard
“You did tell Dixie you’re coming out here for a cowboy fling! I don’t believe it!” Kyla laughed as she drove toward Whisper Creek later that afternoon, Hayley’s luggage piled in the back of Decker’s truck. Hayley let her arm float out the window, the wind caressing it as they drove northward from the airport. She was pretty sure her blood pressure had already come down about twenty notches, and they weren’t even off the interstate.
“I totally did. After Marty the Moron, I’m seriously hungry for a no-strings, no-expectations fling.”
“Wasn’t that what Marty was?”
“So . . . weddings! Let’s talk about your wedding!”
Kyla grinned. “If we must.”
“You can turn down the grin, girl. You’re blinding me.”
“Sorry. But really, it’s your fault. You and Jess are the ones who dragged me out here last year. I never would have even Decker if we’d gone to a spa like you promised.”
“And for that, you reward us with bridesmaid dresses that we could wear to a audition? Remind me never to play matchmaker again.”
Kyla grinned again. “Come on. You’ll look adorable in those dirndls. And seriously, we’re getting married in a meadow, with the mountains in the background! It fits!”
“You’re right. It practically screams for . . . dirndls.”
“I’m still pretty sure you hate us just a little. I’m not big on . I’ll tell you what, though. You can make it up to me by introducing me to a rugged, hot cowboy. You must have some new ones this year, right?”
“I don’t know, Hayls. Last time the three of us were together out here, we managed to get lost, scare up a bear, and almost get hit by lightning. And that was before the barn fire. I think we’re solidly in the bad-risk category as far as any of the guys here are concerned.”
“But you’ve been living here for six months! Haven’t you cleared our names by now?”
“I thought I was making progress, but I heard Decker on the phone to his insurance agent yesterday, just being sure all of the ranch coverages were up-to-date.”
“Shut up. Not true.”
Kyla laughed. “I wish I was kidding. As much as he’s happy to have you and Jess back out here, I think he’s also a little terrified.” She winked and reached over to squeeze Hayley’s hand. “I’m so excited that you’re here! It’s been way too long!”
“You say that now . . . “
Hayley turned to watch the landscape fly past. To her right, rolling grasslands stretched out for countless miles, green now tinged with late summer yellows and oranges. To her left, the greens melted into the blues and purples of the mountains in the distance. Just like last summer, she was awed by the sheer . . . of the landscape.
“Good Lord, it’s gorgeous out here.”
Kyla smiled. “Did you forget?”
“I think maybe the beauty of it got overshadowed by all that other stuff you just mentioned.”a Rafflecopter giveaway
"A Cowboy's Christmas Promise" by Maggie McGinnis. This is a sweet, romantic holiday story. Hayley and Daniel meet and, despite the attraction they feel for each other, they fight their feelings because of heartache associated with love in the past. I liked Hayley - she was fun and bubbly, yet vulnerable. Daniel is amazing - he's a great Dad and loves the animals he cares for and despite his aching heart, he covers it well. Ms. McGinnis did a good job of helping the reader feel the emotions involved with both characters.The story flowed nicely and I didn't feel it was rushed. Oh, and I loved Daniel's girls too - they are simply precious. For a heartwarming, holiday story, pick this one up. You won't be disappointed. (Received copy from NetGalley for honest review)
Maggie McGinnis is the author of Accidental Cowgirl and Driving Without a License, which was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award. A former high school English teacher, an accomplished musician, and a certified black belt, she lives in New England with her family.
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