πŸŽ„ πŸ’ πŸ’’ "The Cowboy's Christmas Bride" (Wishing Well Springs #1) πŸ’’ πŸ’ πŸŽ„ - Book Review #CHBPrism

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The Cowboy's Holiday Bride
(Wishing Well Springs #1)
By Cathy McDavid
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
November 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Changing his heart¦

Would be a Christmas miracle!


Cash Montgomery creates Western-themed weddings and knows all about happily-ever-after. In theory. He's been hurt too many times to think that he could ever be a marrying man. His business partner Phoebe Kellerman doesn't agree with him on anything! At Christmas, Cash is visited by three of his past girlfriends and he begins to see the error of his ways. Will it be before he loses Phoebe, the woman he's falling for?

New York Times Bestselling Author

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About the Author


In the third grade, NY Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid made it her goal to read every Black Stallion book ever written. Who knew such an illustrious ambition would eventually lead to a lifelong love of all things western, owning a stagecoach pulled by six mules, and a career writing contemporary romances for Harlequin? With over 50 titles in print and 1.3 million-plus books sold, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America's Honor Roll. This almost Arizona native and mother of grown twins is married to her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world six years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking cowboys riding the range, busting broncs, and sweeping gals off their feet oops, no. Make that winning the hearts of feisty, independent women who give the cowboys a run for their money. It's a tough job, but she's willing to make the sacrifice. 



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My Review

Thank you in advance to the author, Cathy McDavid, for providing a complimentary review copy through Prism Book Tours. A positive review was not required in any way, nor was it requested. All words are my own.

This is not the first book I’ve read by McDavid. I previously read Her Cowboy Sweetheart when it toured with Prism Book Tours. 

The cover of this book is SO sweet and darling! But, the premise was interesting – a cowboy who has a wedding venue, one of his partners a friend for over 20+ years, engaged three times, but never one trip down the aisle. I definitely had to read this. In addition, this is a Christmas story and I LOVE Christmas stories.

It is the first in a series, so it does work as a standalone read. Though I would be interested in reading the other books to follow.

Right off I had to like Phoebe – we both Christmas shop the same way – throughout the year. And, anyone climbing a ladder in heels to decorate for someone else’s big day? That was SO cute! I love how McDavid started off with the “gams” comment, I about busted out laughing.

I disliked Cash right off. I mean I understood the guy, but his issues about money did make him a bit off-putting. Trust me, I know about financial issues, but his concerns waded into the pool of obsession. He and Phoebe had different experiences with loans so he was quite reluctant to take one out. Still, it might’ve solved things.

The references to the Joshua Tree Inn and Laurel’s work in Palm Springs reminded me of the time I spent in the “hi-desert” area of Southern California. It is during Laurel’s trip to Palm Springs that forces Cash and Phoebe to work together more than they did. I felt sorry for both of them as they were completely different.

But, that doesn’t stop him from noticing things about her. Despite three failed engagements, he does want to settle down and have a family … when he is financially secure. This is because he was soured by his parents’ mistakes which led to their divorce. If not for that, he would ask Phoebe out. He is interested by her dream wedding.

He starts going through the “past” and ends up throwing some things out.

That’s when he starts getting “visits” from the three former fiancΓ©es – and they appear in order. The first visit is about one-third (1/3) in. Melanie is getting married to another man and her son is there as he wants a picture with the horses.

The two discuss why they didn’t get married, and Melanie brings up the lack of communication as well as the money issues, along with Cash getting it wrong as to the reason why they separated. But, she was happy when they were together. This is a common thread when halfway (½) through, Hannah appears at the ranch for a wedding.

Cash surmises they didn’t understand his concerns. Which again is understandable. 

And, it is halfway when Cash and Phoebe share a kiss and become an official couple, though unlike some books, those around the couple are not thrilled. That isn’t what leads to the tension between the two, but again – money issues, in addition to Phoebe wanting a commitment after a bad relationship.

It isn’t until 40 pages from the end when Silver, the third fiancΓ©e appears. Like the others, she too had a different version.

This beautiful, emotional, and endearing story does have a happily ever after. The author brought real life issues, dual perspectives, and realistic feelings to life in a lively story that held my attention with engaging writing and fast paced storyline. I definitely found it hard to put down. I’d definitely be interested in reading more 

Don’t expect short chapters here though.

This is under the “hope and inspiration” category of Harlequin’s line. It is a clean read and definitely falls under the love, compassion, and belonging category.

Fans of the author and genre will undoubtedly love this book!


RATING:

4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  – Goodreads

4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  – Bookbub

4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  – Personal Rating (see rating explanation in this blog: https://readingexcursions.blogspot.com/2020/01/rating-system-2020-changes.html)

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