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Christmas at Cade Ranch

(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  65 reviews
James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother's death. With Jesse's ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn't save his brother from his inner de ...more
Paperback, Large Print; Library edition, 384 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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Karen Rock Can I cheat and mention a favorite movie? Every year my family watches IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. It's such a beautiful Christmas story that reminds us of…moreCan I cheat and mention a favorite movie? Every year my family watches IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. It's such a beautiful Christmas story that reminds us of what's most important in life, family, love, community and faith. We have our Christmas movie viewing in order, with a countdown to the very best one, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, as the last one we watch on Christmas Eve :) Thanks for the great questions! I welcome more :)(less)

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Katie W
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Something about this book wrapped me right around its little finger and captured my heart. I typically read to escape and although this story had plenty of chances to do that, there are some hard matters to process. Karen Rock magically transported me right into the thick of things and allowed me to watch the characters change and develop. Their trials and pains were almost tangible and it was enlightening to work through things right along with them.

Single mom, Sofia, and her young son, Javi, a
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Oh my goodness, y’all. Keep those fans handy for this read! Even though the book’s setting may be cold and wintry, the romance generates plenty of heat all its own. I’m still not sure I’ve recovered from always-in-control James being felled by one woman with a fierce heart and her endearing little boy.

Javi is completely adorable – the boundless faith of a child slightly tempered by the harsh realities he’s already endured. And yet, that sweet little heart keeps loving unconditionally and wholly.
Karen Rock
Sep 07, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi, Friends!

Meet the Rocky Mountain cowboys: proud, loyal, independent ranchers who work hard, play harder and love forever. In my new Rocky Mountain Cowboys series, you'll follow the lives and loves of two feuding Colorado ranch families, the Cades and Lovelands. In Book One, Christmas at Cade Ranch, you're in for a heartwarming holiday romance that will touch your heart and get you in the holiday spirit. It involves James Cade, second oldest brother and Cade Ranch’s manager. James is fiercely
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is early for me to be reading Christmas books. I usually don't like to start anything Christmas until after Thanksgiving.

This week I have had the good fortune to read three books centered around the Christmas Season and it has been wonderful. All three of them have had a central theme about second chances, helping out those who are less fortunate, and are generally about loving others. I need these themes in my life. I need the reminder about what the season is about, even if it is out of Ho
Carole Jarvis
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Christmas at Cade Ranch is my kind of story … filled with an atmospheric setting that you can see in your mind, serious real-life issues, dynamic romantic chemistry, and characters who experience healing restoration. It’s emotional, even raw at times, but beautifully uplifting. Romance is central to the story, yet there’s so much more depth and character development. Karen Rock has written an entertaining and powerful story that touches the he
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Sofia and her young son Javi have been struggling through life, since Sofia's past of drug addiction does not allow her to keep a steady job. They are getting ready to restart in a new city, but by chance the mother of Javi's deceased father invites the two of them to stay a few nights at her ranch. There, Sofia meets James Cade, Javi's uncle. Sofia and James hit it off immediately, but their reservations and flaws have the potential to keep them apart.

Christmas at Cade Ranch is a sweet Christma
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

When I pick up a book by Karen Rock I know I am in for a good read. This book was no exception. It grabbed my attention with the first scene where we meet Sofia and her son Javi. It's a heartwarming book set around Christmas. It deals with a bunch of topics like dealing with the dead of a loved one, trusting and believing in yourself, addiction and single parenthood to name a few. Karen wrote a c
Dale Rogers
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A former drug addict and single mother, Sophia is at her wit's end. Not only was Jesse, the father of her five-year-old son, killed in a drug-related incident two years earlier, but Sophia has been evicted from her apartment. Her only hope is that a move to Portland, Oregon will be a fresh beginning. But first, she needs to visit Carbondale, Colorado to fulfill the wishes of Jesse's mother, Joy, who desires to meet her only grandson.

What she doesn't count on, however, is losing her wallet before
Sophie (Blogger)
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Christmas At Cade Ranch is one of the first Christmas books I have read this year and with the winter coming nearer, it made me get excited about Christmas and the joy that the season brings. Although for Sofia, life haven't always been joyful with her own personal issues she is hoping to make changes for herself and her son, Javi.
The story starts out with Sofia and Javi having had some unexpected news although to Sofia she knew it would only be a matter of time before her past came back affecti
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Karen Rock is one of my favorite author in the Harlequin Heartwarming line. She is so good at telling me a story with characters I feel something for. I am loving this Cade family! I sure am glad this is a big family with plenty more stories to come.

Sofia is a single mother, struggling to take care of her boy. She's made some mistakes in her life, but ever since becoming a mother, nothing has been more important to her than her son, Javi. I loved Sofia. She is strong and determined and such a go
T. Rosado
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, netgalley, 2017, arc

4.5 STARS!!

An unforgettable story of brokenness, forgiveness, and healing.

After a prequel story in Cowboy to Keep, Christmas at Cade Ranch officially begins a series featuring the Cade family, their recovery from grief, and their hard-won journeys to happily-ever-after.  Although the Cade matriarch and siblings are all introduced and featured within this first book, the romantic focus is on eldest brother, James.  After the death of sibling Jesse Cade, the family is still dealing with their grie
Marcie Robinson
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Christmas at Cade Ranch” by Karen Rock epitomizes the Harlequin Heartwarming brand. The story of James Cade and Sofia Gallardo will do more than touch your heart. It will have you looking at those who battled an addiction in a new light. And yet this story is also about family – the need to have one of your own and the need to protect the one you have.

Sofia Gallardo is a single mom to five-year-old Javi. She is struggling to survive and before setting off to a fresh start, she agrees to meet Jo
Lynn Brooks
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A heart wrenching story of love, forgiveness and redemption! Sometimes the hardest forgiveness to give is to yourself … and watching it occur is a beautiful thing. James carries a guilt no one else can understand … until he meets Sofia and learns of her own self-doubt. Apart they are haunted, but together they can see the strength in forgiving themselves and honoring Jesse’s memory the only way he would have wanted. This story delves into a touchy subject and brings us two very different sides o ...more
Kay Garrett
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christmas at Cade Ranch by Karen Rock is not only an excellent Christmas story, it’s an awesome story any time of the year - period!

It has everything you want in a book – facing hardships head-on with life changing decisions that can affect your whole life, different family dynamics, human chemistry and developing relationships of which most aren’t perfect, love interests and a great story that keeps you wanting to keep reading to the very last page. Reading the last page you are already so anx
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another winner. I particularly liked the courageous and head on addressing of a major problem in this country and the forthright hand l ing of it.
The characters were real and affecting making this story relatable.
One is left knowing there is always hope and there are resources available to those who need it.
My review is not colored by receiving an ARC to read to review.
Read this book and enjoy it!
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sofia wanted to give her son Javi a special Christmas. She was moving to Portland when she made a stop in Colorado. She lost her wallet with their last money and their bus tickets. They went to the grave of Javi's Dad, Jesse Cade. They met Jesse's Mom, Joy there. Joy let Sofia and Javi stay at her ranch until the wallet can be found. She also wanted to spend more time with her Grandson. James, Jesse's oldest brother, is suspicious of Sofia. He doesn't want his mother to be hurt. James fights the ...more
Betty Page
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Karen Rock is a new author for me. I loved reading this book. It was very well written. I can't wait to start reading her other books
Linda May
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Karen Rock really hit it on the nose with this book. It drew my interest from page 1 until I finished this book. James Cade had been keeping his family ranch running smoothly even in the wake of his younger brother's death. His mom Joy had been checking into her late son's girlfriend Sofia & Jessie's son to find out if they were really family. When his mom brought Sofia & her son & therefore Joy's grandson Javi home, James was interested to find out if they were really family. From that point on ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story certainly lives up to its heartwarming genre! It is a superbly crafted story dealing with emotive issues such as grief, trust, abuse and family relationships in a manner which brings the characters to vivid life in the imagination of the reader. Sofia Gallardo is a single Mum, doing her very best to raise her son after his father was murdered.

She had no plans to contact his family, but his Mother got in touch and convinced Sofia to let her meet both her and her grandson. She then conn
Harlie Williams
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? Another Karen Rock book that is a Harlequin Heartwarming and she hits it out the park for me. There is something about an author that can write emotional, at times raw, heartwarming romance like this and then funny young adult books. I couldn’t wait to dive into this book and dive I did.

This book is about addiction and the after effects that linger well past being clean. I wish I could have known Jesse Cade. Just listening to his mother and siblings, he sounded like a really good
Books and Spoons
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
An emotional and heartfelt story about family, addiction, learning to accept yourself, and allowing yourself to be happy.
I love the author's voice. Her style of writing is so smooth, the story has a lovely, natural flow that pulls you in. The rich and variable plot holds the interest throughout, and I found the book hard to put down, as I was invested in the characters and their lives.
Sofia Gallardo has had a rough life but she is a survivor, and I admired her toughness, her ability to beat he
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book tells a story of addiction, loss, faith, trust, and forgiveness. Miraculously, it does so without foul language, sex. violence, or religion. It brings me back to the days when things weren’t added merely to reach specific demographics. I enjoyed this story so much. It was topical, and thought provoking. Despite the subject, it wasn’t a heavy read. It was instead loving and encouraging, with some laugh out loud humor.
The characters are well represented, well thought out, and stayed tru
This was a very moving story.
Sofia has overcome a lot in her life already. She is a single mother who is a recovering addict and who has no family support system at all. She is attempting to start fresh for herself and her son, but one meeting with her son's paternal grandmother, Joy, and a lost wallet ends up changing her plans for her.
Sofia and James were great characters, along with the whole Cade family, especially Joy. They are all battling their own demons from the past, but Sofia and her
Janice Sisemore
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
Christmas at Cade Ranch

The book deals with how addiction can affect family. What a sweet boy Javi is. Love how Sofia cares for her son (Javi).and how she overcame addiction. Love the Cade family and looking forward to more in the series. I really loved Joy, who is the Grandmother of Javi and mother of the Cade clan. A lot of feeling to be deal with, learning to love again and forgiveness, mainly forgiveness of self. I love Karen Rock writing and I have to say this is one her best books. Sometime
Beverly S
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet tale of finding redemption. Sofia has had a hard knock life. She is raising her son Javi on her own. In her search for a new beginning her life takes slight detour to meet javi's grandmother Joy. Joy takes them both under her wings and brings them to Cade ranch where both Sofia and Javi blossom and grow. Sofia find her inner strength with the help of James who is Javi's uncle. In the same breath as Sofia and Javi grow to find a home with extended family James learns there is more to life ...more
Elizabeth H.
This story wasn’t about the love interest between James and Sofia, it’s about so much more. It’s about love of family, and one’s self. It’s about addiction and the long and difficult road to recovery. It’s about acceptance and finding the strength to forgive. It’s about finding the courage to claim the happiness you deserve, despite all the wrongs in your past. And it’s about second chances, giving them and receiving them.

I loved the story. I love meeting James, his wild and crazy siblings and
Kaylee Nizza
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! JUST WOW!!! This book deserves more than 5 stars. This book gives you all the feels. You must have at least 2 boxes of kleenex. There will be tears. I was a blubbering mess reading this book. Not only is it romantic, emtional, heartfelt, heartwarming, it will tear at your heartstrings. Especially Javi who is Sophia's son. Sophia had a hard life and is taking one day at a time and meets James which is oh, so sweet when the sparks fly. Karen Rock did an outstanding job giving us readers suc ...more
Therese Scacchi
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome start to a new series!! Who can’t love a hard working, handsome cowboy? Sofia is a single mom who is also a recovering drug addict. When she arrives at the ranch with her son and meets James Cade, she knows that he doesn’t trust her because of her past. This is a beautiful story of two people who learn to love each other and trust each other. This is a great beginning to this series and I can’t wait to read more about this hard working Cade family.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a sweet, lighthearted book Christmas at Cade Ranch might not be the book for you. But, if you are looking for a warm, rich book with characters who feel real, with true life issues, than this may be just the ticket.

Sofia Gallardo is fighting a past that she is not too proud. She is a single mother, who is struggling with staying clean from a drug addiction on a daily basis. Will she finally believe that she deserves a better life?

James Cade has the weight of the world on
Cathy Cermele
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I know that it's after Christmas and you may wonder why I'm posting this review now, well, I'm posting it now to say that loved this book! I loved each of the characters immediately.

Sofia and her young son, Javi are so sweet and they will touch your heart. She has made some mistakes and she's working to make a better life for the two of them. I could imagine the joy Javi felt when he meets his paternal grandmother, aunt and uncles.

The attraction between James and Sophia is instantaneous and deli
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