Author: Liz Isaacson
Series: Three Rivers Ranch
Genres: Romance Anthology
Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
Isn’t Christmas the best time to fall in love? The cowboys of Three Rivers Ranch think so. Four all-new novellas in the Three Rivers Ranch Romance series.
THE NINTH INNING: The Christmas season has never felt like such a burden to boutique owner Andrea Larsen. But with Mama gone and the holidays upon her, Andy finds herself wishing she hadn’t been so quick to judge her former boyfriend, cowboy Lawrence Collins. Lawrence hasn’t forgotten about Andy either, and he devises a plan to get her out to the ranch so they can reconnect. Do they have the faith and humility to patch things up and start a new relationship?
TEN DAYS IN TOWN: Sandy Keller is tired of the dating scene in Three Rivers. Though she owns the pancake house, she’s looking for a fresh start. When Tad Jorgensen comes to town for the holidays, it is a balm to his weary soul. He’s looking to start over too—but in Three Rivers. Can Sandy and Tad navigate their troubles to find the path God wants them to take—and discover true love—in only ten days?
ELEVEN YEAR REUNION: Grace Lewis has moved to Three Rivers to open a bakery. She doesn’t expect to run into her old high school boyfriend, Jonathan Carver. But with her focus on baking and his disdain for small towns, can they make their eleven year reunion stick?
THE TWELFTH TOWN: Newscaster Taryn Tucker has had enough of life on-screen. She’s bounced from town to town before arriving in Three Rivers, completely alone and completely anonymous. When she meets happy-go-lucky cowhand Kenny Stockton, she doesn’t expect sparks to fly. Will they have the courage and faith necessary to make their opposite worlds mesh?Isn't Christmas the best time to fall in love? CHRISTMAS IN THREE RIVERS #cleanromance @LizIsaacson Click To Tweet
I’m always a little conflicted about novellas because there isn’t much time to develop the story but these did pretty well. It helped that in some of them the love interests knew each other previously so it wasn’t insta-love and in the other, the story is over the course of more than a year so it wasn’t a “we just met-let’s get married” story either. But I thought it was a little weird that there was a public proposal knowing how mortified she was by the first one. I suppose the author meant to show she had healed over time but it was still odd. If you knew your love hated the public proposal before, why would you choose to do it that way? So yeah, I didn’t like that part.
The stories were clean and while obviously Christian lit it wasn’t over the top or in your face. I did wonder if the entire population of Three Rivers all attend the same the church though. It seemed like it.