RaeAnn Thayne brings the holiday early with “The Rancher’s Christmas Song”. Music teacher Ella Baker helps her neighbor rancher Becket McKinley’s twin sons prepare a surprise performance for their father in this installment to the “Cowboys of Cold Creek” series. It’s another heartwarming tale of courage, healing, and second chance, in a blend of intense and lively sequences.
What I like from Ms. Thayne’s books are the strong female characters, just like what we have in this book. Ella’s relationship with her father has not been the same since the accident she had when she was little. She manages to chip away not only her father’s defenses, but also Beck’s, and proves that she is not a fragile city girl that don’t belong in Pine Gulch, Idaho. And it is done in not an overly dramatic way; Ella’s handling of any (difficult) situations felt natural.
Sure, it helps to have two adorable cute twins in the story that will melt your heart with their shenanigans. Not to mention their father, the strong and loyal rancher who’s always flustered whenever they’re in close proximity. His personal baggage built Beck’s false impression of Ella, but I love that it doesn’t take him too long to have a change of heart.
As I come to recognize - and really appreciate - of RaeAnn Thayne’s works is the sweet and subtle romance between the characters. The alternate POVs between Beck and Ella help to bridge the transition of their association from nearly stranger that develop into more. But more than their romance, “The Rancher’s Christmas Song” also unfolds familial love between father and daughter and father and sons. In a crazy world we live in today, this sort of story serves as a balm to my weary soul.
Keep a song in your heart this holiday season…
Music teacher Ella Baker's plate is already full. But when single dad Beckett McKinley's wild twin boys need help preparing a Christmas song for their father, Ella agrees on one condition: they teach her to ride a horse. She's hoping that'll help mend her strained relationship with her rancher father; it certainly has nothing to do with the crush that's lingered since her one and only date with Beck.
It isn't disinterest spurring Beck to keep his distance—if anything, the spark is too strong, with Ella reminding him of his ex-wife. Soon what started as an innocent arrangement is beginning to feel a lot like family. But with the holidays approaching, Beck and Ella will have to overcome past hurts if they want to keep each other warm this Christmas…