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Christmas with the Cowboy

(Big Heart Ranch #3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Home for the holidaysA second chance at love on Big Heart Ranch

Former navy SEAL Zach Norman has been avoiding his ranching roots—and the woman he couldn’t have. Back to visit his brother’s widow, Emma Maxwell Norman, and her adorable toddler twins, the bah-humbug cowboy is roped into helping prepare the ranch for the holidays. Working side by side, can Emma and Zach overco
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Love Inspired Larger Print
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Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay Tina!! You made me cry again and I loved every minute of it!💕

Christmas With the Cowboy

Tina Radcliffe

Wow, Tina Radcliffe is now an auto buy author for me! CHRISTMAS WITH THE COWBOY is only my second book by her but holy cow! She had my emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Emma. She is raising her young twins alone after losing her husband in a tragedy. H
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sqqquuuueeeeaaallll! I love a good Christmas romance and this one is that...and more. Sometimes a book labeled Christmas can be, well, very' unseasony' except for a scene or two. Definitely not the case here. Christmas is front and center and the perfect incentive to jump-start a second chance romance.

She's an over-analyzing overachiever with a complicated cowboy in her sightline. Emma might as well be Mrs. Claus's personal shopper and baker while Zach's holdiay mentor is Scrooge. Be prepared fo
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christmas with the Cowboy is perfection!

I am a Christmas book enthusiast so Christmas with the Cowboy drew me right in, from the attractive snowy cover to the holiday festivities described to make the holiday special for the children living at Big Heart Ranch.

I love stories full of the Christmas spirit and this book accomplishes that while being smart and sassy, tender and touching. Tina Radcliffe's humor and wit had me laughing so much I know this story could easily be made into an entertaining
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'It was time to get comfortable being uncomfortable.'

Tina Radcliffe continues her Big Heart Ranch series with this offering, my favorite! Emma Maxwell Norman, the youngest of the Maxwell siblings, gets her story told here and it's a wonderful one. Emma is a widow with twin daughters when former Navy SEAL, Zach Norman, her deceased husband's half-brother comes to the ranch. Zach has ranching in his blood from his youth, but that youth has very painful memories. He is definitely NOT in the Christm
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Big Heart Ranch is all about that. This is the place where we let go of our past. New beginnings. Like the birth of our Lord at Christmas.”

Take a bah-humbug Scrooge of a hero, a heroine full of Christmas cheer & twinkles lights, adorable three-year-old twin girls, a ranch readying itself for the annual Holiday Roundup celebration, and you have the third installment of Tina Radcliffe's Big Heart Ranch series! We meet Emma Maxwell Norman, the youngest sister to Travis and Lucy Maxwell. While sh
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I'm so glad to be back on Big Heart Ranch. I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS FAMILY!!
PLLUUUSSS it's a Christmas book, can it get much better?

YES! Yes it can. We got one of my favorite troupes again...

We see a bit of a weird, slightly sad beginning for these two though. Missed FIRST chances, but they were offered the second chance of their life.

I really enjoyed the one on one relationship, but I also liked how they included the ranch family in everything.
They weathered eve
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a nice trip to get to go back and visit Big Heart Ranch and this time to spend it with the youngest Maxwell sibling, Emma. Emma is a widow and a mom of two year old twin girls. Zach, her brother-in-law and ex-Navy Seal, has come back for just a stopping point before he moves on to his next adventure. Zach, Zach, Zach is definitely our strong, silent, and brooding hero who tries to keep his heart encased in the ice barrier surrounding it. Emma, feisty and bossy with a lot of Christmas chee ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this story was so good! It is the third book in the series, and now I have read books two and three. Each book can stand alone, even though the characters from previous books are part of each story.

I really enjoyed this sweet story. The romantic tension between Zach and Emma was absolutely perfect. I loved the background on these two and that Zach had stayed away for so long because of his feelings for the woman he couldn’t have but whom he had always loved.

There were many sweet and romanti
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it hard to read Christmas books before Labor Day but I'm reviewing this book for the author. The Big Heart Ranch is such a great place and the people there are becoming friends. Reading about Emma losing her husband and raising those two adorable girls virtually by herself was a inspiration. Reading about Zach was mixed emotions. I thought he was courageous for putting his feelings for Emma aside but I hurt for him too. I always love it when the author writes so that it makes you experien ...more
Connie Saunders
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a conversation near the end of Christmas with the Cowboy Lucy Maxwell Harris reminds her sister Emma that "Every single day we have an obligation to live a life that asks 'What's on the agenda today, Lord?' You, Travis and I have done that to the best of our ability with our lives and with Big Heart Ranch".

This is the third book in the Big Heart Ranch series and each one has been my favorite while I was reading it but I do believe that Christmas with the Cowboy is truly my top choice. I don'
Becky Miller
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What happens when an injured Navy Seal is forced to leave the career he loves, return to a place he ran from and face the woman he has loved forever but knows can never be his? These are the questions on every reader’s mind after their introduction to strong, silent type Zach Norman.

Zach’s happiest childhood memories include Emma, his brother’s widow. Returning to Big Heart Ranch, Zach finds that years apart have done nothing to dull her beauty, or his feelings for her.

Both Emma and Zach disco
Sherida Stewart
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Get ready for Christmas with this feel-good romance filled with the warm glow of the holiday spirit...children, snow and sparkling love.

What can I say? I loved EVERYTHING about Christmas with the Cowboy. Hero Zach Norman is amazing...*sigh* kind of quiet, self-sacrificing guy. As a single mom to twins, Emma Maxwell Norman is hardworking as she takes care of everyone with her organizational skills. The fast pace of getting the ranch ready for the Holiday Ro
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this whole story. The characters seem very realistic.
Dawn Leonard
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christmas with the Cowboy is the third book in the Big Heart Ranch series. Ex-SEAL Zach has come to Big Heart Ranch to help his childhood friends including his widowed sister-in-law Emma. He is in a transition period after several knee surgeries while the Big Heart Ranch is beginning its transition for the Christmas season. Emma has twin girls who instantly fall in love with their Unca Zach. Emma is the ultimate workaholic - a mom, a sister, a therapist, and a baker while helping everyone get th ...more
Kay Garrett
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-read
CHRISTMAS WITH THE COWBOY by Tina Radcliffe is exactly what the Love Inspired books inspires to be – heartwarming, inspirational, and romantic – all wrapped up in Christmas.

Emma Maxwell Norman is a recent widow raising her twin daughter’s while trying to make sure Big Heart Ranch and her husband’s company, RangePro survive and prosper even when it seems to be getting harder with each passing month. She has an upbeat personality, always looking for the positive in any situation, and loves everyth
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas romance filled with lovable characters from adults to children, laughter, hurts, grief, faith and love is the perfect read for any day. Christmas with the Cowboy was perfect for a warm summer day for me. I was immersed into the story from the beginning. I wanted to see how Emma and Zach were going to work through all their pain over the years; after all they had known each other since childhood. Throw in adorable toddler’s twins, Rachel and Elizabeth, to capture their Uncle Zach’s he ...more
Valri Western
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christmas stories are just awesome to begin with but these characters bring it to another level! This author has paired a Navy SEAL (Zach) who is a strong, silent type with a bubbly, overachiever (Emma)! They were childhood friends and somewhere along the way, Zach fell in love with Emma but Emma had feelings for his half-brother and Zach just couldn't hang around for that. Emma married his half-brother and eventually had twins but now the man died in a tragic accident and Emma is a widow. Zach ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The third book in the Big Heart Ranch series by Tina Radcliffe was an absolute joy to read. While it is the third in the series it reads just fine as a stand-alone and to be honest it is my favorite so far. Of course, that could be because it is set during Christmas, there are adorable twin girls, and then there is six-year-old Dub Harris who appeared in the first book, Claiming Her Cowboy who makes a return visit. I fell in love with him then and almost squealed when he made a brief appearance ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christmas novels are a favorite of mine. Couple that with a contemporary romance foundation, and I'm sold. Tina Radcliffe's newest novel Christmas with the Cowboy was a wonderful story. The hero and heroine were very likeable, and the secondary characters were amazing.

Tina's writing is so easy to like. Christmas with the Cowboy had no complicated characters that drove me insane, and the story flowed flawlessly. Scene transition was seamless, and the story built steadily at a pace that didn't fee
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Return to Big Heart Ranch and experience Zach and Emma's story. Zach, a Navy Seal had always loved Emma but tried hard to hide it. Emma was married to Zach's half-brother Steve before his death in an accident. Now that Steve is gone, she shares ownership of Steve's company with Zach and wants him involved in the lives of her two-year-old twins. When Zach shows up at Big Heart Ranch just before the holiday celebrations, it's either an answer to her prayers or a dilemma about to be made worse in m ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What fun going back for a visit to Big Heart Ranch for Emma and Zach’s story! Tina Radcliffe is a master at creating multi-layered, realistic, and endearing characters. Zach Norman is such a swoony, self-sacrificing hero who definitely needs someone to love him. Enter Emma, his brother’s widow with twin daughters, who is the perfect heroine for him. I absolutely adored the interaction between these two—the witty banter, the sparks, and all the feels. Radcliffe’s stories are so charming and well- ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Zach has finally come home! Or so Emma believes. I enjoyed this sweet Christmas read, emphasis on CHRISTMAS. It’s filled with all Christmas all the time with Emma slowly but surely converting the Christmas curmudgeon, and two little cuties help!

One thing I like about this story of a sister-brother -in-law falling in love story is that Zach respected Emma’s and Steve’s relationship- he never tried to convince Emma otherwise at some time in the past and Emma truly loved Steve; her feelings for Zac
Rachel DeVaughn
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book from start to finish. If you've read the two other "Big Heart Ranch" books you will recognize alot of the characters; if not, it can be read as a stand alone story.

Christmas time is my favorite holiday and I LOVE the Big Heart Ranch characters so I was thrilled she wrote a book featuring them around the holidays.

I loved the main character Emma and her determination and drive to take care of her family, her late husbands legacy, and the Big Heart ranch kids. The whol
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Christmas with the Cowboy is a great read! I liked the "friends becoming more" theme. I really enjoyed learning the history between Zach and Emma and I was cheering for them throughout the book. They had fantastic banter! I liked Emma's independence and spunk. I was also impressed by how she remained positive no matter what life was throwing at her. I was a fan of Zach as soon as I read the scene where he was helping one of the kids at the ranch learn to ride a horse. Zach used his past to reach ...more
Amanda  H
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story of Emma and Zach! They are such fun characters to get to know as they learn to work together again, after being childhood friends who grew apart as they got older and Emma fell for Zach's brother. Life has changed a lot for both of them, so they have to reconnect and figure out if they still work well together. The ranch they work on is amazing, with it's beautiful mission.
I haven't read the other books in the Big Heart Ranch series. I felt like this story is able to stand alon
"It's perfectly obvious that you can't go forward while your past is chasing you down. Big Heart Ranch is all about that. This is the place where we let go of our past. New beginnings. Like the birth of our Lord at Christmas."

Man, Tina Radcliffe really knows how to pull those heartstrings, wind them tight, and then let them fly without warning. The entire Big Heart Ranch series is heart-breaking, heart-tugging, and heart-warming all at the same time but I really identified with this third book i
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe is a great way to start the Christmas season! I was so excited to come back to Big Heart Ranch in Oklahoma for a visit. I am a huge fan of the ranch and the characters there. I love Tina Radcliffe’s characters. They seem like the kind of people I would want to have lunch with. In Christmas with the Cowboy we learn more about Emma who works at the ranch and Zach who is a six-foot five former Navy Seal. Emma had been married to Zach’s brother, but is now ...more
Barbara Fox
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is like one big family reunion and so much fun. I love that Zach and Emma are not living in denial to themselves. They may not have a clue about how the other feels and they sure aren’t letting their own cat out of the bag, but at least they know how they feel, or felt. And poor Emma has a lot of emotional conflict to deal with but I love that she’s even tempered and very kind. And with the way I feel about software programs, I’m kind of with Zach about RangePro!

Elizabeth and Rachel
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second chances for the Navy SEAL

My rating is 4.5 stars

Emma is quite a dynamo! She is the mother of 2-year-old twins, does ranching work, organizes events for the ranch, and bakes cookies and other desserts pretty much all the time! She is also very positive, always looking at the bright side of things. I wish I had her energy!

I enjoyed Zach and the way he kept trying to avoid Emma – but just couldn’t. He was so in love with her from the very start but didn’t think it would be right to get involv
Carole Jarvis
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Christmas with the Cowboy is the total package – humor, romance, inspiration, and emotion. Tina Radcliffe brings a lot of depth to a story that would just be a light romance by any other author. The Maxwell family of Big Heart Ranch returns in this sequel that features the youngest sibling, Emma, widowed mom with the most precious twin girls.

First of all, Christmas with the Cowboy is truly a Christmas story. It doesn’t merely hint at the Chri
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Originally from Western, N.Y., author Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. A freelance writer for over twenty years, she professionally blogs and manages Seekerville, a 13 author blog currently in its eighth year. Seekerville is ...more

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