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The Holiday Gift

(Cowboys of Cold Creek #15)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  667 ratings  ·  142 reviews

With two kids and an active life, widow Faith Dustin only wants peace and quiet for Christmas. But her snowy Pine Gulch ranch is nothing but chaotic. All that keeps Faith going is her helpful neighbor, cowboy Chase Brannon. He's always been "good ol' Chase," her faithful friend. Until he kisses her under the mistletoe...

Years ago Chase blew his chance
ebook, 448 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Harlequin Special Edition
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The Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne is a 2016 Harlequin publication.

The Holiday Gift is part of the ‘Cowboys of Cold Creek’ series.

Faith has faced many life challenges and much heartache and tragedy, but Chase has always been a rock solid friend she could count on. But, recently, there has been an awkwardness between them, a tension she never noticed before.

Faith wishes this feeling would just go away because deep down she knows what has changed, she just doesn’t want to admit it.

Chase has b
Jacob Proffitt
This is third in the Nichols sisters stories and we've seen Faith and Chase in all of them. So read those first. And then skip this one because the story in your head is almost certainly better than this one turned out to be.

I couldn't get past the first few chapters before I just had to stop. Mostly it's because Faith is a one-note moron and you could see that her entire conflict was going to be one huge "I don't want anything to change ever again!". Which is a monster case of negative motivati
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Faith Dustin and her late husband were Chase Brannon's best friends as teenagers. What Faith doesn’t know is that Chase has been in love with her ever since then.

While at a horse auction another rancher asks Chase his opinion about asking Faith to be his date to a Christmas party. Chase starts to wonder if he has waited too long to let Faith know how he feels about her. It is time that he took action. Once he kisses her she finds it hard not to think about him but yet she doesn’t want to ruin t
I read this in about 3 hours yesterday afternoon because, apparently, it was a RaeAnne Thayne kind of weekend.

This was a short, sweet, no-nonense read and though I could see how some readers might be frustrated by Faith, I mostly found the reasons for her reluctance acceptable so I wasn't much bothered by it.
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
The Holiday Gift is the third and last book in the Nichols sister's, this time featuring Faith Dustin, who is the oldest of the trio.

Faith has had a rough life. First, her parents die when the girls were really young, than her husband dies in a tragic accident, leaving her with a ranch that was failing and in debt. The only constant in her life, her rock, has been her best friend Chase Brannon.

Chase has always felt like he has been on the sidelines looking in, waiting for the perfect moment to s
Curly Carla Celebrity Readers

I don’t know whats wrong with me lately, but this book has left me wanting in the romance department. I have never read a Harlequin book before. And I must admit, I’m a bit disappointed. I was expecting more romance, possibly some explicit scenes but this one was kinda blah if I’m being honest.

I found Faith to be a bit cowardly, and needy. This did not endear her to me. I get that she was scared but she almost let fear keep her from something that could ha
Terri Wino
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2016
I'll round this one up to 4 stars just because these are both such sweet holiday stories.

In the Holiday Gift I was a little frustrated with Faith's pushing away her close friend of many years, Chase, because she was too blind to see he was in love with her. But, of course, in the end their love won out and Faith came to her senses.

I enjoyed A Cold Creek Noel a little more. I really liked the characters of Caidy and new Veterinarian in town, Ben Caldwell. After a rough first meeting where neither
Katie Harder-schauer
This book had all the elements of a cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie, which is exactly what I was hoping to get when I picked it up. It comes complete with a single mother alone at Christmas time and a hunky man who is clearly perfect for her, but she refuses to see that. Add in the Holiday Ranch variety show that needs a director and a meddling aunt and everything falls perfectly into place for a Hallmark Christmas movie. Why it hasn't been turned into one yet, I do not understand.

I had a reall
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"The Holiday Gift" is by author RaeAnne Thayne.
This beautiful Christmas story of second chances and taking chances was heartwarming and sweet. Our main characters are Faith Dustin (Nichols) and Chase Brannon.

Faith Dustin is the eldest of the three Nichols sisters who had their happily ever after in the two previous Christmas novels: "The Christmas Ranch," and "A Cold Creek Christmas Story." Faith is a widow with two wonderful children. She has been living each day since her husband's tragic dea
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books, romance
3.5 stars

The Holiday Gift is the last story of the Nichols sister, which started Hope in The Christmas Ranch and later Celeste in A Cold Creek Christmas Story. This time, it's the oldest sister, Faith, who finally gets her love story with her best friend, Chase Brannon.

When we are first introduced to Faith back in Hope's book, she recently lost her husband, being a young widow with two children at the age of 32-years-old. Now, it's two years later, and Chase who has been in love with Faith sinc
Marty Mayberry
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored this fun holiday romance. I haven’t read other books in this series and don’t think you need to read prior books to enjoy The Holiday Gift.

Faith has been a widow with small children for two years and is frightened of giving her heart again. Chase (her neighbor) has loved Faith since they were teenagers. He stepped aside when she fell for and married another man, but, now that Faith is a widow, he wants his chance. He makes his wishes known, which sends Faith into a tailspin, because, wh
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarming Christmas romance about love and second chances. This is Faith and Chase's story as you return to Cold Creek. I love all the characters and they are like old friends to me. A fast paced story that keeps you wondering what will happen next. I loved every minute of it!
Fantastic friends to lovers story. Chase and Faith have been best friends since she was sixteen. He'd been in love with her even then, but was waiting for her to heal from the traumatic events that brought her and her sisters to live with their aunt and uncle in Pine Gulch. But before he could tell her of his feelings, she fell in love with and married their other friend Travis, and he had to stay in the friend zone. Two years earlier Travis had died and Chase was there to help her with whatever ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle, arc
I’ve always thought that Harlequin romances were all bodice-rippers. Then I happily found Harlequin’s Inspirational Romance line... Later, I realized that many Harlequin books actually have a sweet-looking cover. Hooray! THEN I realized a sweet cover doesn’t mean it’s not sexually explicit. Oops! So apparently, I have to do research to figure out which books are a good fit for me. (Thank you, Goodreads!) Anyway, Harlequin books are often available at library book sales, so I’ve been giving them ...more
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Christmas book by RaeAnne Thayne! Give me just a second here to jump for joy over this one. I have been waiting for Faith's story and it's here! It is everything I had hoped for and more. Ms. Thayne never lets me down. This is part of The Cowboys of Cold Creek series and another story from The Christmas Ranch featuring the Nichols sisters. This will stand alone just fine but you are going to enjoy it even more if you have read the previous stories about the Nichols sisters.

Faith Dustin has su
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: con-rom, holiday
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

There’s so much to love about a solid friends-to-lovers story and no one can write it as sweet as RaeAnne Thayne can. The Holiday Gift–as you can tell by the title–was holiday-themed, set in picturesque Pine Gulch, Idaho. One of my favorite places to ‘visit’ at Christmas.

There are certain authors’ holiday books I look forward to each year and that definitely includes RaeAnne Thayne. Her stories always have just the right amount of seasonal joy balanced with romance and fa
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Holiday Gift warmed me throughout the winter storms of Idaho and I enjoyed every moment of it. This is Chase and Faith's story, who in their late 30s have been best friends, both supporting each other over the years. Faith lives with her great-aunt Mary at the Star N with her pre-teen children, Louisa (Lou) and Barrett. She has been a widow for almost three years. Chase, since his divorce, periodically has his 11-year-old daughter Adaline (Addie) with him at his neighboring Brannon Ridge Ran ...more
Bette Hansen
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner from RaeAnne Thayne! While I love all her books I especially enjoy her holiday stories and this one definitely didn't disappoint. This is a wonderful story of a second chance at happiness for Faith Dustin. The oldest of the three Nichols sisters, her and her two children have been living and working at the family "Christmas Ranch". She longs for peace and quiet when chaos and craziness surrounds her. Thank goodness for her neighbor Chase Brannon. He's the one person that seems to ...more
Cecelia Kelsey
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faith can't figure out what is wrong with Chase. He is her dearest friend and biggest help and supporter since her husband, Travis, death a few years ago. She wouldn't have turned the ranch around after Travis died without Chases help. He tells her someone wants to ask her out. She is totally surprised. She begins to realize she needs to leave fear behind and rejoin the world.

I love the fact that these sisters have overcome great tradegy and an unsettled childhood to become strong, independent a
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is a nice sweet filler story that gives the last sister at the Christmas Ranch her HEA. Faith just wants everything to stay the same. No more bad news or life changing events. I think many of us can identify with Faith but we all know we must move on. Faith finally does when she realized that losing Chase Brannon, her best friend, is worse than admitting that she loves him. Will stand alone but more fun if you have read the previous two books.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet little novella. I enjoyed catching up with everyone! Chase was so patient, almost too patient.It took Faith and extra long gone time to wake up and smell the coffee.

She seriously made me want to smack her stubborn self. She hurt another woman in her bid to bury her head in the sand, and that's not cool.

It was nice to see Chase not give up.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming friends to lovers story set in a winter wonderland at Christmas.
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I was really disappointed in this book. Mostly because RaeAnne Thayne is one of my favorite authors. I had really high expectations.

I think the problem is that I haven't read any other Cold Creek novels. I almost never read books out of order, but I wanted a short and sweet Christmas story and I thought this would fit the bill. Plus, all her books are advertised as standalones. But I felt like I'd been dropped right into the middle of the book, instead of starting at the very beginning of one.
Valri Western
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a sweet, heartwarming holiday book! I was sad when it was over! I definitely wanted it to continue! We have previously met the other Nichols' sisters but this book is about Faith. She has been in other books but this is her story. You don't have to read the other books but you will have a little background about her if you have read previous books. She has been a widow for a couple years, trying to raise her young children and run a ranch that her husband wasn't very good at! However, her s ...more
Leigh Hunter
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 stars

My View: The Holiday Gift brings the stories about the Nichols sisters to an end; at least, for now. We see Faith in the previous books and get to love her children too. This is a friends-to-lovers story with a simple love angle and very low heat.

Chase is my favorite. I love how much his friendships meant to him and how hard he tried to get Faith to really see him. His relationship with his daughter is perfect and it works with the overall story.

On the other hand, Faith is a har
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Holiday Gift (Cowboys of Cold Creek #15) by RaeAnne Thayne
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What am amazing love story set in Cold Creek at Christmastime. Although this is my first glimpse inside the close nit town with book #15, I didn't feel lost..... However I am excited knowing there are MANY more to read... Previous as well as newer stories..... And I can't wait to read more from RaeAnne Thayne! Chase had always loved Faith since the day he met her. But with their circumstances be couldn't tell her and stayed b
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so much fun to go back to small town Idaho for the latest Cowboys of Cold Creek book, The Holiday Gift. RaeAnne Thayne is a master at capturing small town living and transferring it to the written page. The characters she creates are so genuine, relatable, and engaging that I feel I know them. Faith and Chase get their own story in this book. I’ll admit that there were quite a few times that I wanted to smack Faith on the side of the head for not recognizing what an amazing guy Chase was. ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story of second chances, missed chances and new beginnings. Chase and Faith are
both wonderful characters and their collective children have known each other forever.
Faith lost her first love and father of her children a few years ago. Chase has always been in love with with her but she was his best friends wife. He knows the right time for them is now, all he has to do is show her. This is where the story is most delightful. I laughed, cried and enjoyed every word.
Great dialogue, f
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chase has been in love with Faith since he first met her. He watched from the sidelines as she fell in love with and married his friend Travis. Travis was killed in a tragic accident and Chase has been a friend to Faith and helped her run the ranch and keep it out of bankruptcy. Now he is tired of just being a friend. He waited too long before to make his intentions known and Travis won Faith. Chase wants more out of their relationship but Faith is afraid. She doesn’t think she could stand it if ...more
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