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The Rancher's Christmas Song

(Cowboys of Cold Creek #16)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  705 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Keep a song in your heart this holiday season...

Music teacher Ella Baker's plate is already full. But when single dad Beckett McKinley's wild twin boys need help preparing a Christmas song for their father, Ella agrees on one condition: they teach her to ride a horse. She's hoping that'll help mend her strained relationship with her rancher father; it certainly has nothing
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Harlequin Special Edition
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Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Music teacher Ella Baker may have been a Boston city girl, but her heart never left the family ranch in Idaho. When her father becomes too sick to manage on his own, Ella comes back home to help, and cherish time with her father. A strained past between them sometimes makes it hard, but Ella hopes to convince her father she’s tough and capable, eager to meet the challenges of ranching life. In the meantime, Ella has her hands full as the town’s music teacher, organizing the holiday program, and ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chaste
This is 16th(!) in the Cold Creek series, but it's the first of a new "set" so a decent place to start. You can see other happy couples and hints of past events, but they aren't important or intrusive, I don't think. As a bonus, this isn't obvious about being a new "set". You get a hint of Beck's brothers, but you don't see much of them and they don't seem to be setup as romantic interests in any way. Yet. I have no doubt it's coming as that's Thayne's pattern (and that isn't a bad thing) but it ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the cover of the book!

A heartwarming Christmas story that will melt your heart!

Amazing characters that all work so well together that they draw you into the story. Have a box of kleenex handy.

I loved every minute of the story and really hated to see it end!

A must read for the Christmas season!
Debbie Oxier
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a quick holiday read and very enjoyable. Music teacher Ella Baker, had her hands full with twins, Trevor and Colter McKinley, in her class. It didnt help that she was attracted to their dad, Beckett, a successful rancher who just happened to be single and available. Ella had returned to her father's ranch to help him since Curt had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. She was hoping to learn everything she could about the day to day operation of the ranch so she could one day be a c ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
RaeAnne Thayne returns to Pine Gulch for the story of Ella Baker -- whom we met in the previous book, The Holiday Gift when she was being set up with Chase by Faith. This time Ella gets her own man, in form of a rancher, Beckett McKinley.

I LOVED Ella's grit (Beck calls it right). She loves her father's ranch, considers it her legacy, and while her father seems to dismiss her outright to be the one taking care of the ranch, she never gives up. She also wrangles the "terrible terror" twins quite w
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ella Baker comes back to Pine Gulch, after living many years with her Mom and Step-Dad in the city. Her Father has Parkinson's disease so Ella comes back to help care for him. As a music teacher she is in charge of the Christmas show as a major fundraiser for the school's music programs. In doing so she deals with a set of 7 year old rambunctious twins, whose Dad is raising them alone since their Mother left them when they were about 2 years old. Ella makes a deal with the boys to help them lear ...more
Dana Wright
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Ranchers Christmas Song

I love Christmas stories. RaeAnne Thayne is charming as ever in this story. The descriptions of the ranch are amazing makes you feel like you were riding the horse right along with her. A very romantic love story. I missed my dad while reading this story as he passed away this year. Will be the first Christmas without my dad. All in all I felt like I was living the story along with the characters. I felt very much in the Christmas spirit. blog~
5 Stars to The Rancher’s Christmas Song by RaeAnne Thayne.

I loved this book so much! Each and every book I have read by this author has left me with a lighthearted feeling. Her books are so sweet and the characters are very well developed. In this book, as with most of this series, there are a whole cast of lovable, quirky, and caring secondary characters. A big shout out to Colter and Trever McKinley, the most adorable seven-year-old twins! In addition, there is just enough, but not too much, a
Books and Spoons
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Adorable and heartwarming holiday romance story that captivated my mind and heart.
The twins with their horses and puppies certainly were a delightful addition to the story, their love towards their father was palpable and desire to please him with the Christmas gift so lovely.
Ella Baker is a strong female lead. I liked her strength, patience, and aim to go after what she wants. She has had a tough childhood, her relationship with her father is turbulent, yet she has clear goals in life and is
Terri Wino
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2017
A heart-warming story that's a perfect length for a holiday read.
Christmas time, a plucky heroine, and a handsome cowboy. What more could a gal ask for?
Carrie Sprys
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, holiday
Music teacher, Ella Baker, has moved to her father’s Idaho ranch to help out after his diagnoses of Parkinson’s disease. She takes a job as the local school’s music teacher and is in charge of the Christmas programs. When twin boys in her class request her help to prepare a special Christmas song for her father as a gift, she agrees in exchange for riding lessons. A childhood horseback riding accident left her terrified of horses, but when the twins’ father offers to help with her riding skills, ...more
Sherry Bohrmueller
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has to be on your list to read for Christmas. A very nice story that will have you chuckling at the adorable twin boys. (Who by the way made the whole book that much more entertaining). The story of Ella and Beck was complicated by Ella having to take care of her dad. But what a lovely romantic ending. I loved how characters from the other books were included in the story also. Definitely a must read for fans of RaeAnne Thayne.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sweet feel-good holiday romance. Always great to revisit the Cowboys of Cold Creek. If you are a RaeAnne Thayne fan you will not be disappointed.
Reviewed for Night Owl Reviews.

RaeAnne Thayne brings the holiday early with “The Rancher's Christmas Song”. Music teacher Ella Baker helps her neighbor rancher Becket McKinley’s twin sons prepare a surprise performance for their father in this installment to the “Cowboys of Cold Creek” series. It’s another heartwarming tale of courage, healing, and second chance, in a blend of intense and lively sequences.

What I like from Ms. Thayne’s books are the strong female characters, just like what we ha
Elaine Ford scott
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a "don't miss" Christmas Story by the talented New York Times Best Selling Author, RaeAnne Thayne! THE RANCHER'S CHRISTMAS SONG fills the reader with the love and joy brought by the magic of the Christmas season.
Be sure to read THE RANCHER'S CHRISTMAS SONG to find out how a near tragedy when returning from The Christmas Ranch during a blizzard, turned out to be a Christmas miracle and blessing.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
You just know that when young twins show up there will be a romance in the air. This time Beckett McKinley's wild twin boys set the stage by making a bargain with Ella Baker. In return for helping them with a special song for their Dad they will teach her how to ride. Of course Beck ends up doing the teaching and finally realizing that Ella is much more than he thought. A great romance that takes place at the Christmas Ranch while introducing a new cast of characters. A great fit for the series. ...more
This is the second consecutive day I've read a Christmas themed book that has a lot of depth and amazing characters.

I liked both Beck and Ella, but I have to say Ella was truly amazing. Like Beck said she had a lot of grit, the way she went about to overcome her fears, considering it was not just any fall, but that almost killed her. And, I liked how she fought for her father's respect and trust. Yet, it was amusing, how tongue-tied she got with Beck. Beck was nice guy, an amazing father and a v
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Music teacher Ella Baker has returned to Cold Creek to help her father, who has Parkinson's, run their ranch. Rancher and single father Beckett McKinley has his hands full between running his ranch, raising his twin boys, and helping Ella's father with their ranch.

The chemistry between the pair is obvious from the beginning. I liked how patient Ella was with the twins, despite how rambunctious they were. While everyone else complained about them, she's the only one who takes the initiative to f
Donna Repsher
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I came to this long-running series more than a little late, and when I read and reviewed the novel that preceded this one, The Holiday Gift, I felt overwhelmed by the size of the cast and the relationships of and between the many characters. It was a lot like arriving very late to a party, long after the introductions were made and feeling lost, but having gotten hooked by the author's Haven Point series, I voluntarily agreed to read and review another Cold Creek novel, and while I still was unc ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:

The Rancher's Christmas Song (Cowboys of Cold Creek #16) by RaeAnne Thayne
Harlequin, 2017
Romance (Holiday); 224 pgs
Source: E-copy provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

Single dad Beckett McKinley’s rambunctious twins ask their music teacher, Ella Baker, for help in learning their father’s favorite Christmas song. They want to surprise him by singing it at the children’s a
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love all of RaeAnne Thayne's books. They are all wonderful but her Christmas stories, well there is just nothing quite like a RaeAnne Thayne Christmas book. I have been known to squee and do a happy dance in my chair when I see one of Ms. Thayne's Christmas stories nearing the top of my to be read mountain. I devour these books in no time.

The Rancher's Christmas Song is yet another fabulous Christmas story that involves the Christmas Ranch. In this book, we get to read Ella Baker’s story. Ell
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
“I told myself I wasn’t going to do that.”
“I… Why?”
“Because I was afraid as soon as I kissed you once, I would only want to do it again and again. I was right.”

I have to admit, I’m a little sad that The Rancher’s Christmas Song was such a quick read. I enjoyed it—quite a bit, actually. It helps, of course, that I’m a sucker for a cowboy—and a cowboy at Christmas is icing on the cake. Or perhaps the angel at the top of the tree. Either way, it makes for a fun, feel good read.

Ella and Beck are
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A return to the Christmas Ranch is always a trip I look forward to. Rae Anne Thayne did not disappoint. This year’s holiday story includes, as characters, twin seven year old motherless boys, their cowboy single dad, a lonely music teacher and even puppies at Christmas! It doesn’t get better than this. Ella’s parents separated and divorced when she was still quite young. Her mother did not like living on the ranch and Ella was forced to move with her mother to Boston. She always enjoyed going ba ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another charming Thayne Christmas romance. My rating 4.5.

Ella is a music teacher who spent summers on her father’s ranch before returning to the town as an adult to help care for him. She loved the ranch and would love the opportunity to learn and manage the business. Unfortunately, Ella had suffered a severe injury as a child on the ranch and her father can only view her as fragile and needing protection. He believes she will return to her mother’s big city environment as soon as she ca
Valri Western
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A captivating holiday read that had me wishing for a longer book by the time I finished it! RaeAnne writes the best holiday stories! As we get to know Ella, the music teacher in a small town, we know she is frustrated by everyone expecting her to return to Boston and be a "city girl". She loves the Idaho town and ranch where she was supposed to grow up but was deprived of because of something that happened in her childhood. Instead, she was mainly raised in Boston, which was ok, but now that she ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

RaeAnne Thayne’s Christmas stories have become part of my Christmas reading tradition. I know I can count on two each year, and this is the second one. (The first, Sugar Pine Trail, is one of my 2017 top favorite holiday books.) The Rancher’s Christmas Song is the sixteenth book in Thayne’s Cowboys of Cold Creek series, and more than half of them are Christmas stories. They are all small-town stories with a Western flavor and a lot of heart. This one is another that follows that deligh
Tina Wyatt
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ella Baker has come back home to help her dad who is suffering with Parkinson disease . She is also a local music teacher and has a fear of horses and ridding them. She was injured when she was a child and hasn't ridden since . Beckett McKinley is Ella's handsome neighbor who is in the process of possibly buying her dads ranch. He is also the dad to; two rambunctious twin boys who are in Ella's class. Beckett 's goal is running his ranch and raising his boys. Ella's main goal is to prepare for t ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucky us! We get to visit Pine Gulch and Cold Creek again with RaeAnne Thayne! IMHO, no one does holiday stories like Ms. Thayne and The Rancher’s Christmas Song is another wonderfully warm example.

The story starts with Ella Baker, music teacher extraordinaire (!), trying to keep things from getting too far out of control when Becket (Beck) McKinley’s 7-year-old twins start letting loose with enough energy to power the entire county! They really are a hoot, and such a big part of the story, tha
Jessica Figueroa
The deal is that Ella will teach the "terrible twins" a Christmas song they want to sing for their father during a concert and they will teach Ella to get back on the saddle of a horse. Maybe then Ella can get a better relationship with her father and help out with the ranch. Little did she expect for the father of the boys, Beckett, to be there and also be the one to help her out with horse riding. Thing is the more time they spend together they can't help but fall for each other.

If you are loo
Lynn Brooks
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With that special voice that we adore, RaeAnne Thayne never fails to wrap a cowboy around our heart and reel us in! She writes endearing characters who have overcome loss and tragedy to go on to thrive and find love. This story brings us a single dad with a set of rowdy twin sons that could try the patience of a saint ... but their teacher happens to adore them ... and their daddy!

Ella Baker has been back in Pine Gulch for over a year now, and is still trying her best to mend her strained relati
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