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The Holiday Gift / A Cold Creek Noel chapter 1 The Holiday Gift / A Cold Creek Noel , meaning The Holiday Gift / A Cold Creek Noel , genre The Holiday Gift / A Cold Creek Noel , book cover The Holiday Gift / A Cold Creek Noel , flies The Holiday Gift / A Cold Creek Noel , The Holiday Gift / A Cold Creek Noel 2ddfcf1104c43 Celebrate Christmas With The Cowboys Of Cold Creek Bestselling Author RaeAnne Thayne Brings You A New Story In Her Popular Series All Widowed Rancher Faith Dustin Wants Is A Quiet Christmas With Her Two Kids And Her Best Friend Cowboy Chase Brannon Until He Kisses Her Under The Mistletoe Chase Lost His Chance With Faith Years Ago He Won T Blow This One But He Ll Need All The Magic Of The Season And Two Matchmaking Kids To Unwrap A Second Chance At Love Included In This Book, A Holiday Favorite From The Cowboys Of Cold Creek Series A Cold Creek Noel After A Devastating Tragedy, Caidy Bowman Wants Only To Hide Out On Her Ranch Then Widowed Veterinarian Ben Caldwell Arrives In Pine Gulch For The Holidays With His Two Children For The First Time, He S Got Hope For The Future Their Future If He Can Convince Caidy That Christmas Is The Season For Miracles


10 thoughts on “The Holiday Gift / A Cold Creek Noel

  1. says:

    The Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne is a 2016 Harlequin publication The Holiday Gift is part of the Cowboys of Cold Creek series Faith has faced many life challenges and much heartache and tragedy, but Chase has always been a rock solid friend she could count on But, recently, there has been an awkwardness between them, a tension she never noticed before Faith wishes this feeling would just go away because deep down she knows what has changed, she just doesn t want to admit it Chase has been in love with Faith for years, but circumstances caused him to lose his chance with her After Faith s husband died, he picked up the slack the best he could, hoping that eventually he would get a second chance with her, but Faith has made it crystal clear that friendship is all she can offer him Can Chase convince Faith to take their friendship to the next level Friends to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes Combine that with a little mistletoe and snow and you ve got a perfect combination This is a quick, easy, and lighthearted and sweet love story, with wonderful characters and plenty of holiday warmth and cheer 4 stars


  2. says:

    This is third in the Nichols sisters stories and we ve seen Faith and Chase in all of them So read those first And then skip this one because the story in your head is almost certainly better than this one turned out to be.I couldn t get past the first few chapters before I just had to stop Mostly it s because Faith is a one note moron and you could see that her entire conflict was going to be one huge I don t want anything to change ever again Which is a monster case of negative motivation that has little support and flies in the face of her obvious care for Chase In the three chapters so far, she has actively put him off and is one big case of fear and denial So not attractive I followed up with minor skimming and checking reviews and it looks like that truly is her entire deal.And it doesn t help that Chase is a huge wienie He knows he s in love and has been for than a decade And yes, he did a good job putting it behind him during her marriage All very admirable But he s been a doormat for two whole books, now, and I was hoping he d be than the man on deck He s pathetic is what I m saying And Thayne can lampshade that by having him think that sure makes me sound weak , but the thing is that it totally does and no amount of lampshade is going to work without some fancy footwork to counter the obvious I dunno, maybe I just don t like the guy who pines thing, but that s pretty much Chase s entire schtick I mean, if he can t get her to take him seriously with the entire Nichols extended clan pinch hitting for him, maybe it s time to look for greener pastures So yeah, I m so not interested in 100 pages of this same refrain Negative Motivations I kind of hate that the term negative motivation isn t widespread, yet Since it isn t, I m going to save off this little jag to append to my reviews that feature the term Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back and it changed how I understand story The problem with the term is that if you ve never heard it before, you d assume it meant motivations that are harmful or immoral Not so What it refers to is motivations not to do something The thing is that many of us are motivated to not do things for a lot of different, perfectly valid and reasonable, reasons The problem is that in a story motivations to not do things are a huge drag on the plot particularly considering the fact that most negative motivations are overcome by the character simply deciding they don t care any or, rather, that they do care and are now motivated to do the thing So not only do you have a counter to action but you also have a situation where to overcome it, all a character has to do is change their mind Which means eventually, the reader is rooting for the character to get over him herself already and do the thing we want them to do Conflict drives story Conflict between a reader and a main character drives readers away from story.


  3. says:

    Faith Dustin and her late husband were Chase Brannon s best friends as teenagers What Faith doesn t know is that Chase has been in love with her ever since then While at a horse auction another rancher asks Chase his opinion about asking Faith to be his date to a Christmas party Chase starts to wonder if he has waited too long to let Faith know how he feels about her It is time that he took action Once he kisses her she finds it hard not to think about him but yet she doesn t want to ruin the friendship that they have shared for all these years The Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne is the third of the Nichols sisters books within the Cowboys of Cold Creek series It can be read as a stand alone but I think you d enjoy it a bit if you read the previous two books The Christmas Ranch and A Cold Creek Christmas Story or if you have read the entire Cowboys of Cold Creek series This is a wonderful story to read during this Holiday season.


  4. says:

    I read this in about 3 hours yesterday afternoon because, apparently, it was a RaeAnne Thayne kind of weekend This was a short, sweet, no nonense read and though I could see how some readers might be frustrated by Faith, I mostly found the reasons for her reluctance acceptable so I wasn t much bothered by it.


  5. says:

    The Holiday Gift is the third and last book in the Nichols sister s, this time featuring Faith Dustin, who is the oldest of the trio.Faith has had a rough life First, her parents die when the girls were really young, than her husband dies in a tragic accident, leaving her with a ranch that was failing and in debt The only constant in her life, her rock, has been her best friend Chase Brannon.Chase has always felt like he has been on the sidelines looking in, waiting for the perfect moment to swoop in and tell Faith how he felt about her In love with her ever since the sisters arrived in town, Chase was never given an opportunity to express his feelings, especially after his best friend married the girl he was in love with.Now, years after his death, Chase wants the opportunity to show Faith how much she really means to him.Cute story I really enjoyed it I love Thayne books Every time I pop one open it s like coming home to curl in next to a warm fire with a cup of chocolate Her Christmas Holiday books make me so happy, that I can read them at any time of the year.I am sad that this trilogy has come to a close Faith was the oldest sister, and she didn t know how to deal with the fact that suddenly her best friend wants to take her out on the date when he is the one thing in her life that seemed so there and so solid, is suddenly shaking things up.I loved Chase I loved how much he cared for Faith and I was so sad that he got put on the sidelines like that I cannot even begin to imagine how hard it would be for someone to watch a person you love fall for someone else, get married, have children, be happy It must have hurt.I loved that he wanted Faith to see that there is so much to him than just her friend.I struggled with Faith at times It appears that she is the only one in the family that did not know that Chase has been in love with her forever and news of that comes as a shock for her Plus, she kept trying to force the new girl Elle onto Chase even after she came to know about his feelings At 80%, I was finding myself annoyed when she made another attempt to push the two together and in the process, hurt the other woman s feelings because she was so inconsiderate.I do get it Her husband dies, she has just learned that the only man in the world that has been her rock and did so much for her, wants a relationship and she doesn t want to lose him Plus, she is afraid that something will happen to Chase and she will watch another husband pass away I get her resistance, it just got a bit much at times.Otherwise, this was a really charming, slow, clean romance story Thayne s writing is just so good, so amazing, I never found a dull moment I found myself finishing the book in one day, even if it took me almost all night I was so unable to put down their story I wasn t even involved with the show and I still have people stop me in town to tell me they hope we re doing it again, Faith offered That s because you re a Nichols, Hope said Right Which to some people automatically means I burp tinsel and have eggnog running through my veins Celeste laughed You don t This review was originally posted on Night Owl Book Cafe


  6. says:

    don t know whats wrong with me lately, but this book has left me wanting in the romance department I have never read a Harlequin book before And I must admit, I m a bit disappointed I was expecting romance, possibly some explicit scenes but this one was kinda blah if I m being honest.I found Faith to be a bit cowardly, and needy This did not endear her to me I get that she was scared but she almost let fear keep her from something that could have been great I just found the trip took sooo long I couldn t enjoy the destination when I got there She tested the patience of a saint with her wishy washy ness.Its a good thing Chase was a saint He took her indecision and her back pedaling in stride Waiting her out, I mean I get it, he loves her But what did she do that was so awesome to capture his love It felt a bit one sided to me since he did so much on her ranch but she didn t seem to reciprocate the help on his I mean, yeah, she got him groceries once in a while, but in my eyes it wasn t enough.IDK, maybe my expectations were so high on this that it was doomed to fail But this one just wasn t the right fit for me.I received this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.


  7. says:

    I ll round this one up to 4 stars just because these are both such sweet holiday stories.In the Holiday Gift I was a little frustrated with Faith s pushing away her close friend of many years, Chase, because she was too blind to see he was in love with her But, of course, in the end their love won out and Faith came to her senses.I enjoyed A Cold Creek Noel a little I really liked the characters of Caidy and new Veterinarian in town, Ben Caldwell After a rough first meeting where neither had a very good opinion of the other, their relationship and their discovering things about each other played out nicely against the events of the holiday season I ve said this of every RaeAnne Thayne book I ve read her stories and characters just make you feel warm and cozy as you read them, and I m always pleased with her books.


  8. says:

    This book had all the elements of a cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie, which is exactly what I was hoping to get when I picked it up It comes complete with a single mother alone at Christmas time and a hunky man who is clearly perfect for her, but she refuses to see that Add in the Holiday Ranch variety show that needs a director and a meddling aunt and everything falls perfectly into place for a Hallmark Christmas movie Why it hasn t been turned into one yet, I do not understand I had a really easy time putting myself into Faith s shoes I grew up in a small ranching community although I was absolutely a city kid , so I get the dynamics at play where people will step up to lend a hand when needed, and the whole everyone knows everyone thing In addition to that, Faith is in her mid to late thirties so if you like your romance with slightly mature characters, this is definitely one for you , which is about where I am in my own life I even have a desired Chase stand in from that small ranching community I grew up in, so reading this was a lot like watching my occasional fantasies play out How Ms Thayne snuck into my head to pull them out, I don t know, but she did, and it was awesome Read the rest of the review on my blog.


  9. says:

    The Holiday Gift is by author RaeAnne Thayne.This beautiful Christmas story of second chances and taking chances was heartwarming and sweet Our main characters are Faith Dustin Nichols and Chase Brannon Faith Dustin is the eldest of the three Nichols sisters who had their happily ever after in the two previous Christmas novels The Christmas Ranch, and A Cold Creek Christmas Story Faith is a widow with two wonderful children She has been living each day since her husband s tragic death by working her family ranch and being a mom She has no time or desire to ever open herself to love again only to have it ripped away She wouldn t survive it Faith has been through a lot and you ll learn about that when you read the book.Chase Brannon..Since he was a teen, Chase has been in love with Faith For him it was love at first sight Unfortunately, Chase didn t make his move on Faith soon enough And what made losing her worse was that she married his best friend Chase was their neighbor and he heartbreakingly watched from afar, wishing he was her husband instead They were always close friends but when Faith lost her husband, Chase became her rock, her savior He was her best friend Problem was he wanted to be than friends Now that almost three years have passed since Faith became a widow, Chase decided to make his move His love for her was pure He was patient and always kind and would never hesitate to do anything for her Of course he was gorgeous, sexy and intense as well.I absolutely loved Chase He was so sweet with Faith and her family They all adored him and loved him Even Faith love him He was her very best friend When Chase asked her out on a real date, Faith freaked out She wanted to remain just platonic friends because if they were and she lost him, she would fall apart completely Sadly she was truly clueless, completely in denial about her real feelings for Chase Faith was stubborn She intentionally ignored Chase s feelings for her And she kept her own feelings buried deep I understood her fears but she frustrated me completely I had a tough time liking her because of all the emotional pain she caused Chase It was Chase that kept this a five star rating for me.Faith and Chase s journey to love was difficult with many hurdles All of them put in place by Faith I will say it again that Chase was amazing and patient, luckily for Faith There are many other characters we have small glimpses of from prior novels and maybe a new one as well I truly enjoy the heartwarming stories that RaeAnne writes for us Each has many of the emotions we love to experience when reading The Holiday Gift was a great addition to the Pine Gulch Coldwater Creek stories I hope she will write in this series I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader s copy of this novel given to me by the publisher via NetGalley


  10. says:

    3.5 starsThe Holiday Gift is the last story of the Nichols sister, which started Hope in The Christmas Ranch and later Celeste in A Cold Creek Christmas Story This time, it s the oldest sister, Faith, who finally gets her love story with her best friend, Chase Brannon When we are first introduced to Faith back in Hope s book, she recently lost her husband, being a young widow with two children at the age of 32 years old Now, it s two years later, and Chase who has been in love with Faith since forever, determines to finally make her see how he feels about her.I liked Chase I liked that Chase knows what he wants, and well, he is a fine, FINE man He s kind and loyal, and I totally love his devotion to his only daughter It was Faith that frustrated the hell out of me I seriously wanted to knock some sense into this woman, frequently groaning over her coward way of retreating from Chase, to the point that she was making that idiotic move by trying to set up Chase with another woman Seriously, woman Even your sisters and aunt know how that man feels about you My frustration over Faith made me enjoy her story less than her two sisters Although all in all, it was a good holiday romance story, with low level of steam which is just my cup of tea The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review No high rating is required for any ARC received.


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