By Linda Lael Miller
Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates simply with animals, yet males are one other tale. specially 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 isn't only a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas with all of the trimmings, together with a tree-lighting rite and a guy named Kris Kringle in a sleigh pushed by way of seven reindeer…and a donkey. yet will a vacation miracle remodel the globe-trotting Tanner right into a rancher—and family members man—for all seasons?
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Extra resources for A Stone Creek Christmas
Her smile turned wistful. ” Grinning, Olivia gestured toward Brad. “He’ll do,” she teased. Brad reached her, hooked an arm around her neck and gave her a big-brother half hug. “She’s referring to the paper one,” he told her in an exaggerated whisper. Olivia contrived to look surprised. ” she said. Brad laughed and released her from the choke hold. ” Olivia glanced around, taking in the familiar surroundings. Missing her grandfather, Big John, the way she always did when she set foot on home ground.
The children and grandchildren of presidents, congressmen, Oscar winners and software inventors attended that school—it had to be kidnap-proof, and it was. Sophie had begged him not to leave her there. Even as Tanner reflected on that, his cell phone rang. Sophie had chosen the ring tone before their most recent parting—the theme song from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He, of course, was the Grinch. “Tanner Quinn,” he said, even though he knew this wasn’t a business call. The habit was ingrained.
Maybe she sensed that Tanner wanted to kiss her senseless and then take her upstairs to his bed. ” Olivia grinned, and some of the tension eased, which might or might not have been a good thing. “Get a shovel,” she said. ” He laughed, pushed away his pie. “I should go now,” she said, but she looked and sounded uncertain. Hallelujah, Tanner thought. She was tempted, at least. “Or you could stay,” he suggested casually. She gnawed at her lower lip. ” “There are definitely vibes,” he confirmed. ” Dear Reader, I invite you to spend Christmas in one of my favorite communities: Stone Creek, Arizona, with Olivia O’Ballivan and Tanner Quinn and lots of other characters, too.