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The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  109 reviews
In these Texas-set stories of romance and adventure, the Civil War is over, Christmas is coming—and it’s time for three rugged fighters to become lovers...

FATHER GOOSE by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas

Dispirited by war, when Trapper Morgan accepts a job hauling five little rich girls to Dallas, all he cares about is the money. He doesn’t expec
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Kensington
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Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-misc
A collection of sweet Christmas romance novellas. I liked the first story by Jodi Thomas (Trapper and Emory) the best. It was sweet and funny. The second story with Ben and Josie was my least favourite. I felt the problems they faced were kind of forced (Maybe it could have been kept to just one problem). And the third story was okay. Clint goes looking for the lady who took care of his mother when she was ill, and instead found something else. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an opp ...more
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

- FATHER GOOSE by Jodi Thomas -

I am a huge fan of Jodi's historical western romances, so I couldn't resist reading this novella. Even though I usually like my historical romances to be long, I thought Jodi did a great job in introducing and making me feel a connection with the characters. Trapper and Emery were great main characters, and I also absolutely loved the five girls that Trapper was in charge of getting home safely. Their pe
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
A nice collection of stories featuring two of my favorite things to read about- cowboys and Christmas! The first story was my favorite with a heartwarming plot as Trapper and Carolina risk their lives for a better life through escorting five hardy girls across the wilderness as kidnappers attempt to take them for ransom. Vibrant personalities and selfless attitudes made the characters so enjoyable.

The other two stories were okay but some of the characters bothered me so I had a harder time feeli
Father Goose
by Jodi Thomas

Father Goose by Jodi Thomas was heartwarming. A lone cowboy wins a job to escort 5 little girls home for Christmas in a poker game. The job pays $500, but is highly dangerous. The girls’ father is a wealthy general, and they’ll be targets.

A young woman escaping an unhappy life dresses as a widow and offers her services as a caretaker. Together, they make it through danger and have adventures. Will they make it home by Christmas?

Content: clean, aside from a boob grab.
This is a compilation of three novellas, all with a cowboy at the heart of the story. And, yes, in each situation, the cowboy saved Christmas. These stories are all romances, and they’re very sweet and perfect for the season.

Father Goose: This one was sweet and wonderful with just a touch of heat. I’d say that this novella is a pretty clean read. A cowboy is charged with transporting five little girls from their boarding school to their home. A young woman running from an abus
Virginia Campbell
A new book from beloved best-selling author Jodi Thomas is always a treat--you'll find a little spice along with the sweet--and you can expect dashes of the unexpected to keep you on your reader's toes. "The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas" is a delightful holiday anthology set in Post-Civil War Texas featuring charming tales from Ms. Thomas and two other gifted storytellers--Sharla Lovelace and Scarlett Dunn. In "Father Goose", from Jodi Thomas, Trapper Hawkins is emotionally adrift after the end of ...more
Phylis Carpenter
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I asked to review this book on NetGalley I thought I was getting one book by Jodi Thomas but to my surprise I had three books not all by Jodi Thomas but they were all very good books

Father Goose by Jodi Thomas

Its a story about Trapper Hawkins who has lied all his life pretty much by himself. He travels around looking for card games to get a little money for his continued travels. This time he wins more than money in a card game. He has to transport five small children to their Father's ranc
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this anthology of three stories set in Texas in the 19th century after the end of the Civil War. All of the stories have the common theme that they take place just before Christmas, have cowboy heroes, brave women in need of help, and children. The first and third stories were my favorites.

Jodi Thomas outdid herself with her story, Father Goose. I adored her cowboy, the five little girls he was hired to escort to their home for Christmas, and the desperate young woman he hired to look
Review copy from Kensington and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

I have no doubt fans of Historical Romance (American West) and authors Jodi Thomas, Sharla Lovelace and Scarlett Dunn will enjoy this collection. It’s a great way to sample each author if you haven’t had a chance. I’m a fan of Jodi Thomas but Lovelace and Dunn are new to me and I look forward to reading more of their work.
I love an anthology at this busy time of year because I can read a complete story in a short time – this boo
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Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, anthology
O M G!! An anthology with three stories, from three different authors (two of which I’d never read before) - and I liked them ALL!!!

Because 2020 has been...hard...I decided to read some holiday stories that were sure to make me appreciate living in 2020 - even if this year has been a dumpster fire of epic proportions. And what better way to accomplish that than reading three historical romance novellas?! But I’m not gonna lie...when it came time to read these stories I asked myself what I was th
First holiday read of 2020. This is a collection of 3 historical novellas set just after the Civil War in Texas. I have not read any of these authors before, but I liked the idea of a Western-set anthology.

Father Goose by Jodi Thomas ⭐⭐ 1/2
Trapper Hawkins wins a game of poker and with it, the chance to escort 5 girls home to their father in the three weeks before Christmas. These girls are practically Texas royalty, and he has to hire a female companion before their school nurse will release the
Cathy Geha
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas

Three authors ~ Three Historical Heartwarming Holiday Romances ~

FATHER GOOSE by Jodi Thomas
The first time I read a book with a similar plot might have been one written by Neville Shute and it took place in Europe during a war. I have read a few since then and each on was memorable in its own way. I do love this storyline and this author’s historical romances have never let me down. I loved Trapper, Emery and all five girls. Absolutely loved this story and would lo
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, arc
I loved all three of these historical romance stories. Jodi Thomas was the only author I was familiar with, but the other two were just as good. The three stories are cowboy romances centered around Christmas with a heavy emphasis on love and family.
I'll admit that the story by Jodi Thomas, Father Goose, was my favorite. Trapper takes on the job of returning five little girls to their father with the help of a woman who is running away from the life that she knows she's is going to be trapped in
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming love stories at Christmas Time

Three stories with strong, endearing characters who struggle and triumph in finding true love. Each story is made even more enjoyable by being written in the Christmas season. If you like a good love story, with tests and trials , and a happy ending at Christmas time; this book is for you.
Missy Jane
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Three sweet, heartwarming love stories. It's impossible to pick a favorite. ...more
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won an advanced copy of this one, so I decided to ignore my no Christmas books until November rule. Let's be fair, even when we aren't in a pandemic I have trouble resisting new Christmas books. Why does every writer come up with Christmas stories? Because there is a huge population of sappy schmucks like me! This is a cute collection full of sweet cowboys! You will love it! Happy Reading! ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
Three little Western historical romances to make you feel good. Numbers 1 & 3 feature cowboys jaded by war who turn out to really love kids and their down-on-their-luck lady traveling mate. While the 2nd was set in Galveston, I pictured Poldark the whole time and it fit perfectly.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advanced reader copy of this title.
Susan Schild
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this feel good Christmas book with enough Western adventure and danger to keep you on the edge of your seat. Especially enjoyed story by one of my favorite authors, Scarlett Dunn. If you enjoy clean historical Westerns with romance and adventure, you will enjoy this book. A heartwarming Christmas page turner.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 nice stories to help get in the holiday mood. I have read Jodi Thomas before and enjoyed the story of Trapper and Emery taking 5 girls to Dallas for Christmas, The other authors were new to me, but enjoyed both stories as well.
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-win
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A fun collection of cowboys’ stories set around Christmas. A must read for fans of cowboys and Christmas all in one package. These westerns are set in Texas after the Civil War so you get a historical feel as well.

They will melt your heart in more ways than you expect.
Rosie Trzewik
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three sweet stories to get you in the Christmas spirit. Jodi Thomas always delivers, my favorite of the 3. Another feel good story. Sharla Lovelace and Scarlett Dunn are new authors to me. I did enjoy their stories.....all a typical down and out characters that find the Christmas spirit. Fast read and of course there is a happily ever after.
Janilyn Kocher
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas, Lovelace, and Dunn have provided three cowboy quicks. Short novellas but complete stories without the added pages of a regular book. Each story is set in the old west when villains, ruffians, and outlaws roamed and where gallant, tough, hardy cowboys protected what was theirs. Readers will melt with each hero and cheer him on as he wins his lady. All are heartwarming and will set the glow of holidays spirits. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for the early read in exchange for honest re ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
PopSugar Reading Challenge: Read a western

Anthologies can be hit-and-miss. I often find that I like one story but others are weak; rarely do I enjoy every story in the volume. This time, though, I did!

Each of the heroes is a cowboy, the wounded kind that make women who read romances swoon just a bit. Each of the heroines is feisty and willing to make sacrifices to get what she wants. Each story includes cute kids that are fairly well-written, not too precocious, and that make sense to the story
Mary Gallo
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
These were 3 stories sent in the American West, around 1800's. All 3 had a distinct Christmas theme and they all featured cowboys who came to the rescue. The first book was so cute and charming, even though the development was a little flat. The author spent so much time describing the horrific conditions that the heroine lived in and through to the extent I wonder how the heroine had the self knowledge to leave. She didn't go to school, her sisters all ran away or married and never came back to ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Each one of these stories was spot on for the holiday season. I really hope that we get some movies out of these because I loved all of them. Although I wished they were a little longer. I wished this would have been at least 400 pages so each story could have been at least a 100 pages long. Overall, each one stood on its own, with great characters and even better tales. Nothing was really new or overly exciting. But I loved the stories!!

I think this will be a great book for this winter!
Linda Metzger
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 stories in one...and it is Christmas!! I laughed thinking about reading and reviewing a Christmas book in July!!! I really did enjoy the stories however all with almost 100 degree temps outside! They are all set in that great state of Texas...where everything is bigger and better as they say!
The 1st was "Father Goose"...during the war, while hauling 5 wealthy children, the last thing Trapper expects is to fall in love and have his spirit, awakened!!!
2nd was..."The Mistletoe Promise" a rancher
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a set of three stories well written and entertaining
All stories are set around Christmas and are heartwarming
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three traditional western romance stories, around the theme of Christmas. These sweet stories are bound to give you a smile. Despite being short stories each one managed to give a solid connection to the characters and the setting. There's a common theme of brave men, strong women and the season of joy that brings the three stories together. ...more
Tony Parsons
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Thomas FATHER GOOSE (3-96)
Jefferson, TX. 1867, Trapper Hawkins (Confederate Civil war vet) life seems to be going around in circles.
1 thing he’s good at is playing cards.
1-day the teamster approached Trapper & wanted to know if he would like to make $500 in 3 weeks.
Trapper won the card game.
5 little rich girls need to be in Dallas, TX Rolling C Ranch by Christmas Eve to be with their father Colonel Gunter Chapman.
The 5 girls arrived the next day by paddleboat.

Mrs. Emery “Em” Adams (20, wi
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I particularly liked two of this trio of historical, western Christmas tales.

These are three distinct, western, historical romances for Christmas reading. The first and third take place shortly after the Civil War, while the middle story is more uniquely set in 1904. I fully enjoyed the first and third stories. The second story is a second chance romance but had elements that didn’t suit my tastes. My overall rating is 4.25.

FATHER GOOSE by Jodi Thomas
Trapper is a loner who wins a ‘transport’ job
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