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A Texas Holiday Miracle (The Cowboys #7)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  42 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews

Moving to Horseshoe, Texas, to become guardian of her half sister has been rewarding for Lacey Carroll. But raising a six-year-old--especially one who has stopped believing in Santa Claus--has its challenges. Lacey's goal is to bring holiday wonder back into the child's life, which isn't going to be easy with a grinch like Gabe Garrison next door. The
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Harlequin (first published December 1st 2014)
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Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

I knew I shouldn't have started to read this book late in the evening. Something told me I made a huge mistake. By the time I was done in the wee hours of the morning, I had cried, gotten angry and smiled. Well I couldn't put the book down until I could smile!

Since her father died from cancer, Lacey Carroll has taken up the responsibility of taking care of her step-sister Emma. Lacey leaves her life behind and moves into her father's home so Emma won;t have so much upheaval in her life. Losing b
Dec 23, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Very emotional book. Lacey gave up her carefree single life in Austin to care for her six year old half sister Emma. Their father died six months ago and both of them are still feeling the effects of their grief. Every day Lacey wonders if she's doing the right things for Emma. When Emma comes home from school in tears, Lacey finds out that an older boy has told her that there is no Santa Claus. Emma is devastated and now wants nothing to do with Christmas. Lacey is desperate to find a way to fi ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Dianne rated it it was ok
Take a pass unless you really love to suspend your disbelief to an extent that will amaze you!

I found this to be a difficult novel to get through. Not because of the subject matter; but because this was such a formulaic book. I realize that for books in this particular genre, published by this particular publisher formulaic is a critical issue. So readers of this author/publisher, this is a good thing. You will be relieved to find that this book sticks to the 'rules'. I couldn't deal with the st
Dec 07, 2014 Red rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of potential, I liked the characters, the setting was okay. The problem was, the follow-through did not realize any of the potential. The story telling was very 2 dimensional, especially in the descriptive area. My mental image of the locations used in the book is very stark and colorless, because we were not given details. The author also came very close to breaking my 'more than 2 characters' rule. Where a book, even (or especially) a romance, needs to have more than just t ...more
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Apr 12, 2015 Home. Love. Books. rated it really liked it
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Another sad Christmas book, well sad with some happy upswing as well. Both the hero and heroine in this book have experience death in their lives, and its seriously impacting their lives and their holiday season. Gabe lost his son, and to say he has taken to being a hermit and a bit of a grouch, which frankly is more than understandable. Lacey has given up her life to become a guardian to her younger sister after h
Monica Cardoza
Dec 11, 2014 Monica Cardoza rated it it was amazing
What’s the first thing that a child associates with Christmas, Santa Claus but what happens when that is crushed? No matter whether Santa Claus is a real person or not it’s all in what we believe just like I believe there is a heaven where beloved ones go it’s this peaceful beautiful place. The little girl in this story lost her mother, lost her father then lost the dog that she loved but if she believes enough she will know that they are in heaven that there is a Santa Claus but the most import ...more
Donna Parker
Nov 07, 2014 Donna Parker rated it liked it
Love doesn’t always come along when it’s a ‘good time’ or in any way convenient. It’s not something you can plan and you’d best not avoid.
I love romance and I love Christmas so I practically overdose on Christmas romance novels.
Christmas seems like a time when anything can happen so if you can somehow block out the crazed shoppers, the Christmas music in October and November, the lying ads, the mass marketing mania, the frenzied traffic…ok, now that I say it, it sounds impossible, but if you’r
Inspired Kathy
Sep 28, 2014 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Enjoyed this one - super cute - Miracle on 34th Street feel to it.

Content: some mild language, one short sex scene
Jeanie Jackson
Dec 06, 2014 Jeanie Jackson rated it really liked it
A Texas Holiday Miracle is a beautiful book with a dark beginning building towards a hopeful ending. People tend to think of Christmas as the happiest time of the year but for many it is the hardest and for most there is some sadness related to the holidays. So it is for Lacey, Emma and their neighbor Gabe. Not only are Lacey and her 6 year old half-sister Emma facing their first Christmas without their father, but a neighborhood boy has taken Santa away for Emma too. Next door Gave is refusing ...more
Jessica Figueroa
Nov 03, 2014 Jessica Figueroa rated it it was amazing
Sweet, hopeful and enjoyable are just a couple of words that describe this book. This book is about getting beyond death of a loved on and learning how to heal, love and get by. I thought it was interesting seeing the different perspectives of how people dealt with death. I loved seeing how Lacey and her younger sister helped heal Gabe to live beyond the death of his son and dog. I loved watching the connection between the two. I loved that things weren't too rushed. I thought that this book was ...more
Jo Anne
Jun 04, 2016 Jo Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
Linda Warren pulls at heart strings in this story of family loss and the healing process that comes through love. Our hero has suffered what no parent should – the loss of a child. Gabe feels his own life is over, too. Lacey is dealing with the loss of her father, but she’s got a six-year old half-sister to rear, one who’s mourning terribly from the loss of their father. And little Emma is a handful. I loved this smart, charming, and hurting little girl. Ms. Warren always makes me think about th ...more
Mar 21, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
This one is essentially a Christmas Hallmark movie in book form. Cute perky blonde drives grief-stricken next door neighbor crazy but eventually wears him down with her relentless sunshiny Christmas cheer. Throw in a cute kid, an ex-wife who shows up with talking points prepared (seriously that was the quickest "let's move on" discussion in history), and some dog drama...and BAM, Hallmark movie. It wasn't terrible, but there wasn't anything that will stay with me.

Favorite awkward romance novel
Beth Carpenter
Jan 20, 2015 Beth Carpenter rated it it was amazing
The story begins with the characters in a dark, hard place, but Lacey is doing all she can to hold it together for the sake of her small half-sister. Gabe is completely lost, shutting out the world, but Lacey sees his pain and can't help but respond. Real characters, doing the best that they can, and slowly, slowly they are able to help one another.

A real tear-jerker, deep and emotional, and rewarding. Especially during the Christmas season when so much glitter and merriness paints the surfaces
Hsiau Wei
Lacey is in a new town to take care of her six years old stepsister, Emma after her father passed away. Emma’s biological mother has also passed away which leave her as the immediate kin to take care of her. Lacey’s mother disagree with her involvement in Emma. Emma is a lost child having lost both her parent and she is clinging onto Lacey and is scare she will lose her too. Emma believe in Santa but her kindy friend told her that Santa is not real which make her feel at lost and angry too. Lace ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Rhonda rated it really liked it

Need tissue handy! Linda in front of her book warns that it deals with some sadness and hang in their for the happy ending. Well I cried a lot the first 40% of the book. I personally identified a lot with the characters, I mourned with them and was rooting for them. Lots of drama, trials & tears. Lots of love and miracles that leave you feeling good but wiped out. Their is one love scene that I skipped over.

Lacey Carroll is raising her six year old sister by herself in a new town fo
Mar 15, 2015 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"3 out of 5 stars! Two sisters help their neighbor overcome his grief while getting through their own and dealing with the holiday season.

I found this novel to be very sweet and touching. Especially with the way, Lacey goes about helping Gabe get over his debilitating loss of his son while Emma keeps them both in the present with her views about Santa. I liked them all together."

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Jan 02, 2015 Alisha rated it really liked it
WOnderful book, just read it at wrong time. I had to stop reading I was crying so hard. It dealt with loss of a pet and I lost 2 this past year. Not a good year
Mar 23, 2015 Spinneretta rated it really liked it
A true tear-jerker in the best way, with a love and redemption theme. Very good.
Dec 29, 2014 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story. It restores your faith in believing in the magic of the season.
Gail Orders
Feb 19, 2015 Gail Orders rated it really liked it
Beautiful story. One of my favorite holiday reads.
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"This is a wonderful holiday story about how the power of love can help us go on after tragedy. The heroine is delightful and the little girl and hero are characters the reader will root for" (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars).
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Linda Warren loves happy endings. The Rita nominated and award winning author has written 26 books for Harlequin, including SuperRomance, American and Everlasting Love. Drawing upon her years of growing up on a farm/ranch in Texas, she writes about sexy heroes, feisty heroines and broken families with an emotional punch all set against the backdrop of Texas. She lives in College Station with her h ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Cowboys (7 books)
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  • The Cowboy's Return (The Cowboys, #2)
  • Once a Cowboy (The Cowboys, #3)
  • Texas Heir (The Cowboys, #4)
  • The Sheriff of Horseshoe, Texas (The Cowboys, #5)
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