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Christmas in Winter Valley

(Ransom Canyon #8)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  611 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Ransom Canyon welcomes you back for a Christmas that has everything you’re looking for: romance, family and a whole lot of Texas.

Cooper Holloway would take nature over people any day—especially visiting relatives. That’s why he’s headed for a rustic cabin in remote Winter Valley, where he’ll care for a herd of wild mustangs. But Cooper’s plans are quickly thwarted by the a
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by HQN Books
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Christmas in Winter Valley is a 2019 HQN Books publication.

It may be cold and snowy in Ransom Canyon, but the holiday spirit is warm, filled with second chances and new beginnings!

Griff Holloway has left his brothers, Elliott and Cooper, in charge of running the family ranch while he and his wife, Sunlan, are away from home. However, Elliott is left holding the bag, when Cooper hears that a group of Sunlan’s cousins are coming for a visit and hightails it out of there to spend some alone time
A quick, light read. Perfect for the season of love. Full review at
Tonya Lucas
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a magnificent storyteller! Jodi Thomas’s writing style is the most unique and soothing, I’ve ever encountered.

Christmas In Winter’s Valley was a perfect conclusion to a phenomenal series.
Cooper, Elliot, and Dani all find their happy-ever-after. Tatum truly became the star of the story. He melted my heart in every scene.

Such an amazing plot, a book which will leave readers believing in true love, no matter what age.
Sometimes the best things in life come latter when the time is right.

From R
Bree Hill
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday-romances
Jodi Thomas is becoming a favorite for cowboy romances! Christmas in Winter Valley is a bit slow moving at first but once it gets going you’ll fall in love with the Holloway brothers Cooper and Elliott and the supporting cast!
Virginia Campbell
In "Christmas in Winter Valley", wonderful writer Jodi Thomas treats readers to holidays with the Holloways! In a return to her awesome "Ransom Canyon Series", with Book #8, the author has loner Cooper Holloway hightailing it to an isolated cabin in Winter Valley to escape incoming relatives and keep company with a herd of wild mustangs. Fate has its own ideas for Cooper, however, and an accident, a beautiful young veterinarian named Hayley Westland, and a small boy named Tatum will not only cha ...more
Laura Pierce
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love and laughs

Thomas makes me smile and giggle. Her stories are full of humor and this one was the same. Please keep writing and brightening my days.
Ariel Hess
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: This review is solely my opinion. I was provided a copy of this book from Lone Star Literary Life partner in exchange for my honest review.  The comments in this review do not reflect the views of the author or the publisher. The copies used in those are finalized copies sent to me in exchange for my honest review.  #partner #LSBBT

The author does an amazing building of realistic relationships and the development of the characters. Once you start this book, you won’t want to put it do
Patty Champion
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good I didn't want to put it down. I even thought about calling into work sick so I could finish it. Although I would never do that it was a nice fantasy. This book has everything you would want. Laughter, drama. And tears both happy and sad.

I highly recommend this book.

Thank you Harlequin and Netgalley for allowing me to read this title for an honest review.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas in Winter Valley by Jodi Thomas is the perfect Christmas feel good heartwarming book. She has the ability to draw me in with her characters and I cannot read the book fast enough. And at the same time want to savor it and read it slowly. In this book we have two of the three brothers kind of tell their story and one of the cowboys.

I think Cooper’s story may have been my favorite. He is the wild brother and he meets a young boy who has ran away from home. It was so sweet and touching to
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Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful installment of the Ransom Canyon series. Every time Ms Thomas publishes a book I have to re read the last few in the series to add to my enjoyment of the book. I loved reading about the two other Holloway brothers. They find their HEA and we get a great story. I loved the arrival of Tatum and that he found the perfect place. This is one of the best in the series. I am very partial to the Harmony series but the Ransom Canyon holds a very close second. I buy all of Jodi Thomas ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jodi Thomas has written a great Christmas book that leaves you longing to be in Winter Valley with all of the Holloway's. The descriptive writing in this story is so soothing that it leave you feeling that you are in the scene with the characters. I felt like I was a part of the whole Holloway bunch whether it was at the ranch, on a call with the Doc, or in the shack with Cooper. I could not put this book down once I started it and longed for more once I was done.

Cooper Holloway is determined t
Janet Friesner
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. A wonderful fun book to read. A keeper I will read again. Jodi Thomas is truly high on my favorite list.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christmas in Winter Valley is a great example of why I love Jodi Thomas' books. I have never been to Texas and most likely never will, but I do journey there through her writing. The scenery and sense of country permeates the story. To me it feels like real life ranching and cowboys.

I loved all the characters, the two Holloway brothers at home while brother Griffin is away. Elliott the one that manages the books side of the ranch and Cooper who likes to roam the country on a horse. Then there is
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Thomas Ransom Canyon series has long been a favorite, as she creates vivid scenes and stories involving Texas ranching and the people who live and work them. Christmas in Winter Valley is a heartwarming addition to the series and lives up to my expectations of a Jodi Thomas book. Finding that happily ever after is not always easy, and this book certainly shows that as the author artfully weaves a story involving four couples of different ages and then tosses in an orphaned child just to mak ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
[I received a digital copy for an honest review]

Christmas in Winter Valley is the 8th standalone in Jodi Thomas' Ransom Canyon series. Trust me when I say you can read it without reading the others, this is only my second book of the series. Whether you are new to the series or not Ransom Canyon will make you feel like a part of the family.

The book combines a few different happily ever afters into one cohesive story line. A wild cowboy and an independent veterinarian, An older couple finding lo
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Digital galley from HQN and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
4.5 stars
It’s two weeks before Christmas and all across the Maverick Ranch creatures and cowboys are stirring. The Holloway brothers (introduced to readers in book 7 of the Ransom Canyon series) are busy running the family ranch, seeing to horses, and visiting in-laws out of town. They don’t have time for orphans, accidents, injuries and ex girlfriends but they’ll be forced to deal with all and then some. My favorite part of
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A three-for-one book, with mature love, new love, and second chance love. Oldest brother Griffin and his wife are away from the ranch, visiting her sick father. He's left his two brothers, Elliott and Cooper in charge.

The book opens as Cooper is preparing to leave in a hurry, killing two birds with one stone. He needs to head into the hills and check on the wild mustangs before winter sets in. The local vet is supposed to meet him up there. He is also desperate to get away before his sister-in-l
Dilia Narduzzi
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Picked this up at the Christmas section of the library. Love a cowboy romance... haha. Interesting very plain writing, but I enjoyed it. There were about 4 or 5 romances going on here! Light Christmas read.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF at 30%. Too many characters. Felt disconnected from the characters and setting. Could be I need to start at the beginning of the series. Setting aside for now.
Diane Saul
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book takes us back to Ransom Canyon and the Holloway family. This is a heartwarming fun read with multiple romances, a delightful young boy, and some humor thrown in the mix. This is part of a series but you will have no trouble reading it as a stand alone. It is the perfect choice if you are looking for a fun, happily ever after story. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is part of the Ransom Canyon series. I love this series. I really like being able to revisit with characters from the previous books and I love the settings for all of her books
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know what you’re going to get from a Jodi Thomas novel and her formula happens to really appeal to me. You have a group of lonely, but good, decent people who find love and a community that they can belong to. Thomas has a very recognizable style of writing dialogue. The characters often have a wry, understated sense of humor that is quite entertaining. As with all her other books, I got lost in the world that she has created and enjoyed seeing her characters with their overlapping and inter ...more
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
Jodi Thomas’ 2018 holiday romance, MISTLETOE MIRACLES, was my favorite holiday romance of last year. So to say that I had high expectations is an understatement. As always, Ms. Thomas knows how to wrap your heart up in a soft blanket to give you all the fuzzy feelings. She effortlessly writes multiple romances in a single story while driving the plot of the book forward. CHRISTMAS IN WINTER VALLEY picked up where MISTLETOE MIRACLES left off with the two single ranching brothers finding love and ...more
Maurynne  Maxwell
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This year for Christmas, I’m hoping to pass on to you, dear readers, the gift I got last Christmas: a writer. Jodi Thomas’ new book, Christmas in Winter Valley, is as heartwarming as a Hallmark Christmas movie. It follows last year’s Christmas book, Mistletoe Miracles—and in between the two I’ve hunted up and read at least 44 of her other books. Thomas writes authentically about Western life and people, both historical and modern; most of her latest books are contemporary. She does a perfect ble ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-reviews
CHRISTMAS IN WINTER VALLEY follows the Maverick Ranch as it nears the holiday. I would categorize this as women's fiction rather than romance, because the family and their own stories are separate tales without a heavy dose of romances. Although many characters do pair up, it felt very secondary to the plot.

The three main characters are the men, Elliott, Cooper, and Tye. Elliott left school to come back and help on the ranch when his father died. He also left behind the love of his life, who wa
Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just what I needed was more books to add to my wishlist but after finishing Christmas in Winter Valley, I want (no, make that need) to read every other book in the Ransom Canyon series. I went into reading this somewhat skeptical but I sunk into this book quickly and figured out all the characters with ease so this is proof you can read the series out of order.

I love that the main focus of this book was on the brothers and their point of views. While I didn't get to see Griffin Holloway, readin
Kate Vale
Cooper Holloway has to check the wild horses in the canyon where they winter. When he arrives there, he's not alone with the wildlife as he wants to be. Instead, he finds a small child, wearing what Dani, the housekeeper, rightly labels rags, and with weird notions that his presence is a sure sign Cooper is going to die. The kid's not quite wrong when Cooper slips on the ice, falls and breaks a leg, among other injuries. Fortunately for Cooper, the vet--but not the old guy he was expecting--is s ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This was my second trip to Ransom Canyon and I enjoyed this one even more than the last one. Griff Holloway has left the ranch in the care of his brothers Cooper and Elliott. With several of Griff's new wife's relatives visiting, Elliott heads off into the hills to check on the band of wild dogs. Cooper is left to mind the homefront and deal with the accountant that Griff has hired to go over the books and make sure their taxes are up to date. Both men come face to face with a female that takes ...more
Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
Disclaimer right off the bat: I wanted a Christmas book when I read this and since the word Christmas is in the title, I should have been safe, right? Yeah, not so much. There is very little Christmas in this novel and it could have been set at any point in the winter. Heck, it could have been set in the summer if you eliminate the snow.

I've never read Jodi Thomas before and I'm not sure I would again. She's got some writing talent but this book suffered from too many characters with a lack of
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