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Darryl is on a quest for peace. His chance at fatherhood was taken from him long ago, and an IED in Iraq ensured he’d never get another. In Big Falls, the McIntyre brothers hire him to keep an eye on their beautiful cousin Sophie in case her criminal ex shows up. He doesn’t expect to fall head over heels. Sophie McIntyre’s life was blown apart by a drug dealing ex who cos Darryl is on a quest for peace. His chance at fatherhood was taken from him long ago, and an IED in Iraq ensured he’d never get another. In Big Falls, the McIntyre brothers hire him to keep an eye on their beautiful cousin Sophie in case her criminal ex shows up. He doesn’t expect to fall head over heels. Sophie McIntyre’s life was blown apart by a drug dealing ex who cost her her job and nearly her medical license. She comes to Big Falls because she has nowhere else to go. And the minute she gets there, things start to get better. Is it because of that letter to Santa her Aunt Vidalia convinced her to write? Within days she meets a beautiful man with a deeply wounded soul. And oddly, she finds herself giving him the same advice the town Santa gave to her—try believing again, and if it’s too much to believe, then just try hoping. Love, magic, and miracles ensue. Because this is Big Falls, Oklahoma. Miracles are an everyday occurrence around here. Especially at Christmastime. BELIEVE AGAIN with MAGGIE SHAYNE. An expanded author’s cut edition of the story previously published in Buckles, Boots and Mistletoe.


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Darryl is on a quest for peace. His chance at fatherhood was taken from him long ago, and an IED in Iraq ensured he’d never get another. In Big Falls, the McIntyre brothers hire him to keep an eye on their beautiful cousin Sophie in case her criminal ex shows up. He doesn’t expect to fall head over heels. Sophie McIntyre’s life was blown apart by a drug dealing ex who cos Darryl is on a quest for peace. His chance at fatherhood was taken from him long ago, and an IED in Iraq ensured he’d never get another. In Big Falls, the McIntyre brothers hire him to keep an eye on their beautiful cousin Sophie in case her criminal ex shows up. He doesn’t expect to fall head over heels. Sophie McIntyre’s life was blown apart by a drug dealing ex who cost her her job and nearly her medical license. She comes to Big Falls because she has nowhere else to go. And the minute she gets there, things start to get better. Is it because of that letter to Santa her Aunt Vidalia convinced her to write? Within days she meets a beautiful man with a deeply wounded soul. And oddly, she finds herself giving him the same advice the town Santa gave to her—try believing again, and if it’s too much to believe, then just try hoping. Love, magic, and miracles ensue. Because this is Big Falls, Oklahoma. Miracles are an everyday occurrence around here. Especially at Christmastime. BELIEVE AGAIN with MAGGIE SHAYNE. An expanded author’s cut edition of the story previously published in Buckles, Boots and Mistletoe.

30 review for Oklahoma Christmas Blues

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Santa Claus and Christmas miracles are at work in this adorable love story. Sophia has gone home to the little Oklahoma town she grew up in. Her medical license is in jeopardy and she’s being harassed by her ex boyfriend. Meanwhile Darryl is one of those rare romantic heroes who is given an interesting and varied past. He won an award for a Christmas song he wrote, then spent time in the military, special forces, cop and secret service. Now he’s a private investigator. Whew! Great book and I pl Santa Claus and Christmas miracles are at work in this adorable love story. Sophia has gone home to the little Oklahoma town she grew up in. Her medical license is in jeopardy and she’s being harassed by her ex boyfriend. Meanwhile Darryl is one of those rare romantic heroes who is given an interesting and varied past. He won an award for a Christmas song he wrote, then spent time in the military, special forces, cop and secret service. Now he’s a private investigator. Whew! Great book and I plan to dive into this series. 😊

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    This book was just okay for me. I will say I'm glad it's not the first book I've read by this author, or I might not have gone back for more, and that'd be a crying shame. This book was just okay for me. I will say I'm glad it's not the first book I've read by this author, or I might not have gone back for more, and that'd be a crying shame.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eleanore June

    You think you are prepared for a sappy Christmas story, and all that goes with it, but really, you're not. This was too much, too much too easy. Insta-love and Christmas Miracles by the pound. Too much fluff, not enough substance. I hate being a Grinch, but there you go. You think you are prepared for a sappy Christmas story, and all that goes with it, but really, you're not. This was too much, too much too easy. Insta-love and Christmas Miracles by the pound. Too much fluff, not enough substance. I hate being a Grinch, but there you go.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Nearly perfect Christmas read Sweet, wholesome, family oriented, romantic Christmas read. This is a truly unique sweet read about second chances in life, romance and family. Definitely g rated romance and I usually like some spice in my reads, however this story was so good and the characters so well written I didn't mind no heat in this romance at all!I Exactly round up to my Christmas romance book binge this season! No cliffhanger Hea No epilogue 4 out of 5 stars because the book ends at 77% then Nearly perfect Christmas read Sweet, wholesome, family oriented, romantic Christmas read. This is a truly unique sweet read about second chances in life, romance and family. Definitely g rated romance and I usually like some spice in my reads, however this story was so good and the characters so well written I didn't mind no heat in this romance at all!I Exactly round up to my Christmas romance book binge this season! No cliffhanger Hea No epilogue 4 out of 5 stars because the book ends at 77% then your gifted samples of this author's other reads in stead of more of the story I was reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melody Cox

    The subject matter of infertility is not something I enjoy. I have to be honest and say that this was a struggle for me to read. It was also unrealistic for an adult. I love Maggie Shayne's books and have read a lot of them but this one just troubled me, even when good happened. I was disappointed and cannot recommend. The subject matter of infertility is not something I enjoy. I have to be honest and say that this was a struggle for me to read. It was also unrealistic for an adult. I love Maggie Shayne's books and have read a lot of them but this one just troubled me, even when good happened. I was disappointed and cannot recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Anderson

    Oklahoma Christmas Blues This is the first book I have read by Maggie Shayne. Something about it just made me want to read it and so glad I did. Sophie and Daryl's story, along with a bit of help from Santa Claus, is one you will enjoy. Oklahoma Christmas Blues This is the first book I have read by Maggie Shayne. Something about it just made me want to read it and so glad I did. Sophie and Daryl's story, along with a bit of help from Santa Claus, is one you will enjoy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   2.5 hearts   Kindle freebie on December 13, 2016   (currently $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post. It is also in the Audible Romance package.) Oklahoma Christmas Blues has a woman coming home to her extended family. She works in their bar to help out and pay her own way, where there is a new bouncer.  Since Sophie and Darryl are both new in town; it makes sense they talk and get to know each other. Plus he is actually her This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   2.5 hearts   Kindle freebie on December 13, 2016   (currently $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post. It is also in the Audible Romance package.) Oklahoma Christmas Blues has a woman coming home to her extended family. She works in their bar to help out and pay her own way, where there is a new bouncer.  Since Sophie and Darryl are both new in town; it makes sense they talk and get to know each other. Plus he is actually her bodyguard so he is always around her. They each keep their feelings and secrets close.  There are letters to Santa full of hope. The relationship happened a bit too fast for me but I enjoyed the Christmas magic. Heartwarming events led to miracles for the season.    HoHoHoRAT #10  

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sharlene

    This is a very touching novella about finding out where you belong & Christmas miracles.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Somia

    Freebie on amazon

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    cute Christmas story. you gotta believe

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I found myself really liking this short story introduction to the McIntyre Men series. Maybe it was because they were more a side item than the main focus to start off with. You get to meet then while they are being protective of one of their own instead of in the middle of their troubles. The characters are nicely introduced and each has a backstory that allows you a chance to get to know them as an individual before they are lumped in. The town as it is described seems to be a magical place th I found myself really liking this short story introduction to the McIntyre Men series. Maybe it was because they were more a side item than the main focus to start off with. You get to meet then while they are being protective of one of their own instead of in the middle of their troubles. The characters are nicely introduced and each has a backstory that allows you a chance to get to know them as an individual before they are lumped in. The town as it is described seems to be a magical place that has a lot of character all on its own. I do seem to be finding new authors almost daily here lately and it is a good thing for me. Sophia McIntyre has returned to small town life after living and working in New York city for a number of years. She fled her small town after the death of her parents and thought to never go back, but here she is. Sophia thought she had found the life and man she wanted but it seems that both may have been a bad fit for her. Her Uncle has married into the Brand family in Big Falls, Oklahoma and opened a saloon where she will be bar tending while waiting to see if she will have a life after the things her ex has done. Darryl Champlaine has arrived in town to take a temporary job at the saloon as a bouncer. He has no love of the Christmas for private reasons. Darryl is hoping to find peace within himself, he had wanted to be a father and when that was taken from he lost a piece of himself. When he sees Sophia he is immediately drawn to her and wants to confess his true reasons for being there but cannot. In this town there is a Santa Claus who can help make miracles come true if only you can find it in yourself to believe. This was the perfect holiday fare that brought together romance and the magic of the season. This was sweet and very PG rated which fully worked for the characters here. I would definitely recommend it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    A thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and Christmassy story with great characters and a decent storyline. I had some misgivings about Darryl though when he tells Sophia: (view spoiler)[ 'The truck I was riding in got blown up. I took some shrapnel and ... long story short, I'll never be a father.' - Hmm... let's cut to the vital question. If I was Sophia I would have wanted more details! What injuries did he have? I mean. ... testicles only?? That sounds a bit unlikely and yet if the whole 'packa A thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and Christmassy story with great characters and a decent storyline. I had some misgivings about Darryl though when he tells Sophia: (view spoiler)[ 'The truck I was riding in got blown up. I took some shrapnel and ... long story short, I'll never be a father.' - Hmm... let's cut to the vital question. If I was Sophia I would have wanted more details! What injuries did he have? I mean. ... testicles only?? That sounds a bit unlikely and yet if the whole 'package' was damaged .... well ... see what I am getting at there? (hide spoiler)] But otherwise this was a fun read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    This one was okay. A little too cheesy for me, which is weird to say considering I knew it was a Christmas romance going into it. But it's all about believing in the miracles of Christmas and letters to Santa that solve all of your problems. It was a little much for me. I can handle a miracle or two and some cheesy romance bits but an entire town that gets everything they want for Christmas was just not for me. I did really enjoy the parts with her big extended family. But if you're reading a ro This one was okay. A little too cheesy for me, which is weird to say considering I knew it was a Christmas romance going into it. But it's all about believing in the miracles of Christmas and letters to Santa that solve all of your problems. It was a little much for me. I can handle a miracle or two and some cheesy romance bits but an entire town that gets everything they want for Christmas was just not for me. I did really enjoy the parts with her big extended family. But if you're reading a romance and the family is the best part, that's probably not a good thing. I don't think I'll continue with the series. I think a lot of people will love it, it just doesn't look like it'll be for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ann-marie

    A very short sappy read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    OhWell

    Sweet but unremarkable. I totally forgot I had already read it. It took a number of chapters for some vague memories to come back to me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janeiowa

    I enjoyed this short novel, in spite of the author’s problem with correct pronoun case and her mistaken belief people can hold jobs while going to medical school.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carole Rae

    First finished Amazon Freebie of the year! The story follows Sophie and Darryl. Darryl is on a quest for peace. His chance of fatherhood was taken from him and then in Iraq his chance to maybe have another baby was taken from him forever. Years later, he is in Big Falls. The McIntyre brothers have hired him to keep an eye on Sophie who has a criminal ex. Sophie's life was blown apart by her ex who cost her her job and nearly her medical license. She comes to Big Falls to be near family in hopes l First finished Amazon Freebie of the year! The story follows Sophie and Darryl. Darryl is on a quest for peace. His chance of fatherhood was taken from him and then in Iraq his chance to maybe have another baby was taken from him forever. Years later, he is in Big Falls. The McIntyre brothers have hired him to keep an eye on Sophie who has a criminal ex. Sophie's life was blown apart by her ex who cost her her job and nearly her medical license. She comes to Big Falls to be near family in hopes life will get just a little bit better. This took me a while to really get hooked. Not sure why. All the pieces were there and I liked the cast of people. For some reason, I just didn't care much until after a certain event and then I was intrigued again. Won't say what because it was a pretty big plot point ;) Poor Darryl. I feel for him especially when we find out the truth about everything. I feel for Sophie too. Darn, that ex of hers! This was cheesy especially with the whole letter and Santa thing. It was cute...don't get me wrong, but it was a touch too Hallmark-y. I don't think the story needed it to be honest. Especially since the whole town can pretty much get everything they want by writing a letter. MAN! I need to move there and write my own letter! haha. OoooOOOoo that ending was good! Made it worth it!. Overall, this wasn't a bad freebie. I enjoyed it after a while. The beginning was a little rough and it was a touch too cheesy, BUT I did get hooked and enjoyed the ending. I'll give this 3 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    What a great little Christmas story! I just loved it so much. Sophia McIntyre has nearly lost everything, including her license to doctor, because of her ex-fiance who (view spoiler)[ was a drug dealer and took her prescription pads and wrote prescriptions for himself. (hide spoiler)] Naturally, she wants a new life, a new job, and peace. She hopes to find that in Big Falls, Oklahoma. Then there is Darryl who's somewhat of a mystery. They meet when (view spoiler)[Sophia's male cousins hire him to What a great little Christmas story! I just loved it so much. Sophia McIntyre has nearly lost everything, including her license to doctor, because of her ex-fiance who (view spoiler)[ was a drug dealer and took her prescription pads and wrote prescriptions for himself. (hide spoiler)] Naturally, she wants a new life, a new job, and peace. She hopes to find that in Big Falls, Oklahoma. Then there is Darryl who's somewhat of a mystery. They meet when (view spoiler)[Sophia's male cousins hire him to keep Sophia safe from her ex-fiance in case he should get out of jail and hunt her down. (hide spoiler)] Darryl is definitely one hot male and he's even somewhat of a celebrity, sort of. He has written one song called "Christmas Blues" and it was a number one hit, and his only one ever. Darryl has a secret, sad past that he never shared with anyone except for his sister and it still pulls at his heartstrings. Sophia proves in this story that miracles do happen when you write to Santa and ask for one. Even grownups can believe, which she proves to herself but she so desperately wants Darryl to believe the same. Recommendation: This is most definitely a read-in-one-sitting Christmas story, so I hope others will pick it up and read it and enjoy it as much as I did. It helped me believe in miracles just a little bit more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Sophie has come to Big Falls, Oklahoma to spend time with her family and escape the mess that her life has become. Thanks to her drug dealing ex who stole her prescription pad, she could possibly lose her medical license and end up in prison. Working now as a bartender in the saloon owned by her uncle and cousins, she meets Darryl. He’s just been hired as the new head of security. Well that’s what she’s been told, but the real reason he’s there is because her cousins are worried that her ex is g Sophie has come to Big Falls, Oklahoma to spend time with her family and escape the mess that her life has become. Thanks to her drug dealing ex who stole her prescription pad, she could possibly lose her medical license and end up in prison. Working now as a bartender in the saloon owned by her uncle and cousins, she meets Darryl. He’s just been hired as the new head of security. Well that’s what she’s been told, but the real reason he’s there is because her cousins are worried that her ex is going to come after her, so they’ve hired Darryl to protect Sophie. Darryl’s a Secret Service agent who has taken a year off. He’s traveled from place to place doing odd jobs where needed. A broken man, his girlfriend left him after telling him she was aborting their baby, he then had an IED explode was injured and was told that he can no longer have children. His deepest desire has always been to be a father and since that can’t happen, he’s shunned relationships. This is such a great Christmas story. I loved the writing, the characters, and the plot line. It tugged at my heart strings and made me hope for a happy ending. I’m not going to tell you how this story progresses, but there’s magic afoot!! I can’t wait to read the next story in this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)

    Sophie McIntyre is staying in Big Falls, Oklahoma with her family while she waits to find out if she will be charged and lose her medical license for what her criminal ex-boyfriend did. Darryl Champlain has been hired by the McIntyre brothers to keep an eye on Sophia just incase her ex does track her down. A Christmas miracle gives both of them the wishes they never thought they could have. Sophie and Darryl are instantly attracted to each other and decided to have a few weeks of fun while they b Sophie McIntyre is staying in Big Falls, Oklahoma with her family while she waits to find out if she will be charged and lose her medical license for what her criminal ex-boyfriend did. Darryl Champlain has been hired by the McIntyre brothers to keep an eye on Sophia just incase her ex does track her down. A Christmas miracle gives both of them the wishes they never thought they could have. Sophie and Darryl are instantly attracted to each other and decided to have a few weeks of fun while they both are in Big Falls. Feelings quickly develop between them though but they each have to work through past issues before they can trust again. They both realize they may have found a new life in Big Falls and realizes they don’t want to go back to their old lives. With some helpful advice from Santa Clause and a Christmas miracle they both get the life they never thought they would have. I quite enjoyed this quick Christmas story. I liked both of them a lot and could see how the Christmas spirit would help them heal. They both had a lot of emotional baggage they had to work through before they could trust each other. This was a great start for a new series and I would be interested in seeing the rest of the McIntyre boys fall in love.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Trish R.

    This was a cute story, insta-love and all that because it was a novella. What I don’t get was why Skylar was thrown into it. He was never seen and never heard from so he was really a non-existent player in the story. I did find that to be a little silly. Darryl could just have been hired as a bouncer, without all the cloak-and-dagger of him being hired to protect Sophia from an ex-fiancé. The love story was nice, anyway. I like Sophia and Darryl. And I liked that Santa part of it and all the wis This was a cute story, insta-love and all that because it was a novella. What I don’t get was why Skylar was thrown into it. He was never seen and never heard from so he was really a non-existent player in the story. I did find that to be a little silly. Darryl could just have been hired as a bouncer, without all the cloak-and-dagger of him being hired to protect Sophia from an ex-fiancé. The love story was nice, anyway. I like Sophia and Darryl. And I liked that Santa part of it and all the wishes, dreams, wants, desires, whatever, that all came to pass. The sex was fade-to-black and there was no swearing. As to the narration: The first time I TRIED to listen to Traci Odom was for Jennifer Ashley’s first Shifters Unbound book, Pride Mates, but I didn’t get very far since she was so awful. This time she was a little better. She did TRY to make the men sound like men, to which she did an okay job. I would listen to her again, in her newest narrations, but I still wouldn’t go out of my way to look for her books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elda

    Perfect story for this time of year! Do you ever wonder about why things happen to you in your life? Being almost Christmas of this awful year of the pandemic of 2020, you might think the future looks pretty bleak. Daryl’s life for the past 17 years looked pretty bleak. After serving in the military and suffering the consequences of his injuries when struck by an IED, he knew he could never father a child. Likewise, Sophia’s life looked pretty bleak as well. She decided to write a letter to Sant Perfect story for this time of year! Do you ever wonder about why things happen to you in your life? Being almost Christmas of this awful year of the pandemic of 2020, you might think the future looks pretty bleak. Daryl’s life for the past 17 years looked pretty bleak. After serving in the military and suffering the consequences of his injuries when struck by an IED, he knew he could never father a child. Likewise, Sophia’s life looked pretty bleak as well. She decided to write a letter to Santa when a friend advised her to. She wrote all the things in that letter that she could think of. Then one by one, each item in her letter started to come true. She advised Daryl to do the same. However, he highly doubted that the one about becoming a father would ever come true. Maggie Shayne has a way of writing in all these miracles to make them very believable. As each hope of Sophia’s and Daryl’s hearts start becoming a reality my heart began to overflow and then the dam burst from my eyes. This is truly a heartwarming story and perfect for this time of year.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    In Oklahoma Christmas Blues two newcomers join in the Christmas fun in Big Falls, Oklahoma and join the McIntyre family for a special Christmas celebration. Daryl has been traveling for just under a year and working as a private investigator on his trip around the United States; after his years in the military, working as a cop and a Secret Service agent he is looking for peace. He is facing and dealing with a wound that from an IED in Iraq that took away his ability to be a father. Sophia is a M. In Oklahoma Christmas Blues two newcomers join in the Christmas fun in Big Falls, Oklahoma and join the McIntyre family for a special Christmas celebration. Daryl has been traveling for just under a year and working as a private investigator on his trip around the United States; after his years in the military, working as a cop and a Secret Service agent he is looking for peace. He is facing and dealing with a wound that from an IED in Iraq that took away his ability to be a father. Sophia is a M.D. recently from New York where he ex-fiance used her prescription pad to obtain drugs for himself and to sell. She has come back to her family in Oklahoma to get away from the stress from the situation, her job and the stalker, her former ex-boyfriend. The local Santa plays a big part in this story and help both Sophia and Daryl find their way to a new life, discover Daryl's teenage son and find a new place to call home where they can live and be happy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Scherry at The Novel Lady

    This was a fun, quick read, with romance that gives you tingles and plenty of Christmas magic. The characters are delightful and lovable. OKLAHOMA CHRISTMAS BLUES certainly put me smack dab in the Christmas spirit.. even in the middle of July! Sophia learns from Santa that whatever has happened to her, no matter how bad it might have been, these things have caused her to now be right where she is supposed to be. Things happen for a reason. All you need to do is believe. And it seems that Darryl l This was a fun, quick read, with romance that gives you tingles and plenty of Christmas magic. The characters are delightful and lovable. OKLAHOMA CHRISTMAS BLUES certainly put me smack dab in the Christmas spirit.. even in the middle of July! Sophia learns from Santa that whatever has happened to her, no matter how bad it might have been, these things have caused her to now be right where she is supposed to be. Things happen for a reason. All you need to do is believe. And it seems that Darryl learns that same lesson as well. This was a quick read of only 176 pages, but it was quite enjoyable. Not a lot of depth, but very nice for a Christmas story and after reading this I will probably check out the other two books in this series. And I would love to meet this author! She describes herself as a storyteller, and aside from her awesome writing style, she sounds like a fascinating person!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chiquita Bee

    Great Read! Can’t wait to read The McIntyre Men Series if they are written as well as this Prequel. This is actually the second time I’ve read Oklahoma Christmas Blues with Sophia, a bartender at her uncle’s bar, where she is hiding the fact that she’s under investigation with the NY Police as well as in trouble of losing her medical license. She’s also hiding out from her ex, who stole her prescription pad and wrote prescriptions for drugs and then distributed them, which is what got her in trou Great Read! Can’t wait to read The McIntyre Men Series if they are written as well as this Prequel. This is actually the second time I’ve read Oklahoma Christmas Blues with Sophia, a bartender at her uncle’s bar, where she is hiding the fact that she’s under investigation with the NY Police as well as in trouble of losing her medical license. She’s also hiding out from her ex, who stole her prescription pad and wrote prescriptions for drugs and then distributed them, which is what got her in trouble. It’s a great story line with spitfire Sophia, her McIntyre cousins and the Darryl, the man they hire as security for their bar while he he’s actually there to protect Sophia from her ex. The back stories are wonderfully intertwined and make for a really feel good Christmas book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marythios (AkaSusanne )

    Daryl has been traveling working as a private investigator on his trip around the United States; after his years in the military, working as a cop and a Secret Service agent he is looking for peace. He is facing and dealing with a wound that from an IED in Iraq that took away his ability to be a father. Sophia is a M.D. recently from New York where he ex-fiance used her prescription pad to obtain drugs for himself and to sell. She has come back to her family in Oklahoma to get away from the stres Daryl has been traveling working as a private investigator on his trip around the United States; after his years in the military, working as a cop and a Secret Service agent he is looking for peace. He is facing and dealing with a wound that from an IED in Iraq that took away his ability to be a father. Sophia is a M.D. recently from New York where he ex-fiance used her prescription pad to obtain drugs for himself and to sell. She has come back to her family in Oklahoma to get away from the stress from the situation, her job as well as getting away from her stalker ex-boyfriend. Santa plays a part in this story and he helps both Sophia and Daryl find their way to a new life. Daryl discovers his teenage son and a new home where they can live and be happy. This was a clean Christmas Romance that makes you feel good after reading It.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Holte

    I didn't hate this book; I just thought it lacked a little something. It read mostly like a Hallmark movie, with just a bit of heat. The "heat" isn't descriptive and doesn't take up much space in the story. There is also some occasional language that, in all honesty, probably wouldn't bother most people. Sophia has moved to Big Falls, Oklahoma, to get away from her criminal ex-fiancé and work as a bartender for her three cousins. Darryl has come to town to find some peace and starts working for I didn't hate this book; I just thought it lacked a little something. It read mostly like a Hallmark movie, with just a bit of heat. The "heat" isn't descriptive and doesn't take up much space in the story. There is also some occasional language that, in all honesty, probably wouldn't bother most people. Sophia has moved to Big Falls, Oklahoma, to get away from her criminal ex-fiancé and work as a bartender for her three cousins. Darryl has come to town to find some peace and starts working for Sophia's cousins to keep an eye on Sophia should the ex show up. Then Santa comes into the picture and magic starts to happen . . . quickly! If you're looking for a quick and easy Christmas romance, this is the book for you.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Skye

    This is an incredibly cutesy and easy read. It’s simple, fun and just all round enjoyable. Just the kind of thing to read on the kobo late at night. The fact that it has the backdrop of Christmas and a gorgeous little town… well, that made everything all that much better for my happiness. I really enjoyed how Sophia found her own place in a new world that she’s created. It’s hard to start over and carve out your own reality, and Sophia’s ability to do so is a thing to behold. There are also all o This is an incredibly cutesy and easy read. It’s simple, fun and just all round enjoyable. Just the kind of thing to read on the kobo late at night. The fact that it has the backdrop of Christmas and a gorgeous little town… well, that made everything all that much better for my happiness. I really enjoyed how Sophia found her own place in a new world that she’s created. It’s hard to start over and carve out your own reality, and Sophia’s ability to do so is a thing to behold. There are also all of the wonderful little miracles that help her along the way… This story is all about romance and Christmas miracles. It was a bit of a weird time of year to be reading this… but I really liked the way that miracles and that feeling of hope were inspired throughout this story. It was all very good fun and incredibly… innocent. I struggle with reading ebooks. But this is one that I enjoyed. And I’ll definitely be adding more of the series to my wish list… I can’t wait to see what else happens in Big Falls!

  29. 4 out of 5

    April

    It was sappy and mushy and all the other words that describe a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. But it was an enjoyable read. I liked the character development, although their backstories were slightly brief, but I got to know them enough so that I could relate to their situations. Some of the dialogue seemed slightly off to me, in seeming a bit unbelievable that a person would actually say something like that, even though I did also grow up in Oklahoma. Albeit not in a small town, where It was sappy and mushy and all the other words that describe a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. But it was an enjoyable read. I liked the character development, although their backstories were slightly brief, but I got to know them enough so that I could relate to their situations. Some of the dialogue seemed slightly off to me, in seeming a bit unbelievable that a person would actually say something like that, even though I did also grow up in Oklahoma. Albeit not in a small town, where this story takes place. Anyway, it was a fun holiday read that is sure to lift the reader's Christmas spirit and belief in Santa Claus! :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Wise

    Adorable I wanted something light but well written for the stress of the season and this particular year. .A friend recommended Maggie Shayne's books and this one looked to fit the bill. It did, perfectly. The writing flows nicely and descriptions are vividly clear. While the main plot is fairly simple, there subtle minor plots that work to give the story depth. I also like the characters a lot. They are quietly unassuming, but interesting and more than a little quirky. All in all, from start to Adorable I wanted something light but well written for the stress of the season and this particular year. .A friend recommended Maggie Shayne's books and this one looked to fit the bill. It did, perfectly. The writing flows nicely and descriptions are vividly clear. While the main plot is fairly simple, there subtle minor plots that work to give the story depth. I also like the characters a lot. They are quietly unassuming, but interesting and more than a little quirky. All in all, from start to finish, this was a wonderful little pick me up with lots of Christmas sparkle. I am definitely going to read more of Ms. Shayne's books.

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