By Linda Lael Miller
Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates simply with animals, yet males are one other tale. particularly rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia's uncanny bond together with his daughter Sophie's pony, Butterpie, has him wondering her sanity, whereas she wonders if he is not only a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas with the entire trimmings, together with a tree-lighting rite and a guy named Kris Kringle in a sleigh pushed through seven reindeer…and a donkey. yet will a vacation miracle rework the globe-trotting Tanner right into a rancher—and relatives man—for all seasons?
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Brad put up both hands to silence them. “He’ll sing,” Melissa said in a loud and certain whisper. She and Ashley, being the youngest, barely knew Brad. He’d been trying to remedy that ever since he’d moved back from Nashville, but it was slow going. They admired him, they were grateful to him, but it seemed to Olivia that her sisters were still in awe of their big brother, too, and therefore a strange shyness possessed them whenever he was around. Brad asked Olivia and Tanner to join him on stage.
You’ve been watching the Hallmark Channel again,” he said wearily, his heart trying to scramble up his windpipe into the back of his throat. There were so many things he couldn’t give Sophie—a stable home, a family, an ordinary childhood. But he could keep her safe, and that meant staying at Briarwood. A long, painful pause ensued. ” Sophie asked finally, practically in a whisper. ” Tanner retorted, trying for a light tone. She huffed out a weight-of-the-world sigh. ” Chapter Two It was a pity Starcross Ranch had fallen into such a state of disrepair, Olivia thought as she steered the Suburban down the driveway to the main road, Ginger beside her in the passenger seat, Rodney in the back.
Sophie didn’t say a word. All the way across country, Tanner could feel her holding her breath. “How’s this? School lets out in May. You can come out here then. Spend the summer. ” “I might be too big to ride her by summer,” Sophie pointed out. Tanner wondered, as he often did, if his daughter wouldn’t make a better lawyer than a doctor. “Thanksgiving is in three days,” she went on in a rush. ” In the living room by then, Tanner paused to consult a yellowed wall calendar left behind by the ranch’s previous owner.