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Murphy Anderson is coming home for Christmas… And as soon as she arrives, she’s putting the family ranch on the market. Her plan is to get in, get out, and head back to the city, where she belongs. Growing up on the hardscrabble property next door to the prosperous Marvell Ranch, and being constantly reminded of everything she didn’t have, left her with no love for ranching Murphy Anderson is coming home for Christmas… And as soon as she arrives, she’s putting the family ranch on the market. Her plan is to get in, get out, and head back to the city, where she belongs. Growing up on the hardscrabble property next door to the prosperous Marvell Ranch, and being constantly reminded of everything she didn’t have, left her with no love for ranching, or her handsome neighbors—especially Cody Marvell, who always rubbed her the wrong way. And maybe that’s why, when Cody shows an interest in the ranch, she hesitates to sell. Cody Marvell has a way with people…unless that person is Murphy Anderson. Cody never understood what she was dealing with when they were younger. Murphy had a hard time while growing up, with no mom and a cold-hearted father. He made some mistakes, which he now regrets. He wants her ranch, and more than that, he wants her. When a Christmas flood makes Murphy’s home uninhabitable, he invites her to stay at the Marvell Ranch. With the help of country Christmas magic, Cody hopes she’ll start to see him with new eyes.


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Murphy Anderson is coming home for Christmas… And as soon as she arrives, she’s putting the family ranch on the market. Her plan is to get in, get out, and head back to the city, where she belongs. Growing up on the hardscrabble property next door to the prosperous Marvell Ranch, and being constantly reminded of everything she didn’t have, left her with no love for ranching Murphy Anderson is coming home for Christmas… And as soon as she arrives, she’s putting the family ranch on the market. Her plan is to get in, get out, and head back to the city, where she belongs. Growing up on the hardscrabble property next door to the prosperous Marvell Ranch, and being constantly reminded of everything she didn’t have, left her with no love for ranching, or her handsome neighbors—especially Cody Marvell, who always rubbed her the wrong way. And maybe that’s why, when Cody shows an interest in the ranch, she hesitates to sell. Cody Marvell has a way with people…unless that person is Murphy Anderson. Cody never understood what she was dealing with when they were younger. Murphy had a hard time while growing up, with no mom and a cold-hearted father. He made some mistakes, which he now regrets. He wants her ranch, and more than that, he wants her. When a Christmas flood makes Murphy’s home uninhabitable, he invites her to stay at the Marvell Ranch. With the help of country Christmas magic, Cody hopes she’ll start to see him with new eyes.

30 review for A Marvell Country Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    A Marvell Country Christmas was a delightful holiday read about letting go of the past and finding the courage to work towards the future you want. Murphy Anderson hated her childhood on her family’s ranch and now that she’s the last one left, her plan is to sell the ranch as soon as possible. But first she needs to get in there and clean it up, forcing her to face the memories she ran from ten years ago. When an unexpected flood makes the house uninhabitable, she’s invited to stay at the Marvell A Marvell Country Christmas was a delightful holiday read about letting go of the past and finding the courage to work towards the future you want. Murphy Anderson hated her childhood on her family’s ranch and now that she’s the last one left, her plan is to sell the ranch as soon as possible. But first she needs to get in there and clean it up, forcing her to face the memories she ran from ten years ago. When an unexpected flood makes the house uninhabitable, she’s invited to stay at the Marvell Ranch by Cody Marvell, her crush from high school. Cody has always had a way with people, but Murphy always seemed distant with him. Now with the two spending the holidays together, Cody hopes he’ll have a chance to set things right between them. To put it mildly, Murphy had a horrible childhood with a mother who died when Murphy was six and a father that ignored her. Murphy’s father never had much money and as a result the Anderson ranch really suffered in Murphy’s youth, a fact made more obvious by the prosperous Marvell Ranch next door. Murphy kept a tight lid on her emotions until she moved away for college and was finally able to let go. Cody is the middle of his brothers and as a result has always considered himself the peace maker of the family. He’s the one others can always rely on to be a good listener and the one to come up with the solution to any problem. Cody has always been a charmer with ladies and as a result he’s had a number of short term relationships, but nothing that ever sticks making him think he may be the problem. Murphy and Cody’s relationship starts on shaky ground as Murphy still holds a grudge against Cody for buying her beloved horse from her father without her knowledge. Once Murphy learns Cody was unaware her father kept her out of the loop and that’s he’s truly sorry, she slowly forgives him. Murphy and Cody work well together while Murphy is staying at the Marvell Ranch and there’s an easiness between them that allows them to truly relax in a way they can’t do with others. The issues that come up between them never felt contrived and I truly bought into them as obstacles to the relationship. I liked the way Murphy and Cody managed to work through the problems and I think their relationship was stronger because of it. A Marvell Country Christmas ended up being a really great read and I’m looking forward to reading more books from this author in the future. **I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Murphy Anderson takes advantage of the two week Christmas break to return home to her family ranch to go through her late father's belongings and ready the property for sale. It's the first time she's been home in a decade and she's not looking forwards to the inevitable memories of her bleak and austere childhood. She also isn't looking forwards to being so close to her childhood crush, the boy next door, Cody Marvell and the Marvell ranch which was everything the Anderson ranch was not. But wh Murphy Anderson takes advantage of the two week Christmas break to return home to her family ranch to go through her late father's belongings and ready the property for sale. It's the first time she's been home in a decade and she's not looking forwards to the inevitable memories of her bleak and austere childhood. She also isn't looking forwards to being so close to her childhood crush, the boy next door, Cody Marvell and the Marvell ranch which was everything the Anderson ranch was not. But when disaster strikes Murphy ends up spending Christmas with Cody at the Marvell ranch and discovers that not everything was what it seemed when she was younger. I liked this but I didn't love it. About midway through the book I just had the feeling that Cody and Murphy had been decorating the tree and making mulled wine for page after page and nothing seemed to be going anywhere - often a problem when a novel is set in a short time period. For those who pay attention to these things, the romance was practically fade-to-black, short and sweet. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    ++ Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review ++ A quote: This was not the time to tell Murphy that what he had experienced with her didn’t feel like his other relationships. He couldn’t say what the difference was, but there was a difference. A sense of deep connection he’d been missing before. In some ways everything about Murphy was fresh and new and in others, he felt like he’d known her for a century. (Jeannie Watt, loc. 1752, quote from ARC) A story about difficult childhoo ++ Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review ++ A quote: This was not the time to tell Murphy that what he had experienced with her didn’t feel like his other relationships. He couldn’t say what the difference was, but there was a difference. A sense of deep connection he’d been missing before. In some ways everything about Murphy was fresh and new and in others, he felt like he’d known her for a century. (Jeannie Watt, loc. 1752, quote from ARC) A story about difficult childhoods (the heroine, Murphy) and golden ones (the hero, Cody), misconceptions and prejudices, and how a lovely romance can be written so compellingly with this material. What a marvelous Beta hero Cody is, earnest, laid-back, steady and solid. His “quiet conviction” that Murphy is the one contrasts with him being completely oblivious, in the past, to the crush the girl next door had on him… The way he falls for the girl he finds beautiful, his honesty and desire to please Murphy are really endearing. I loved that there was no needless drama and how they overcame their issues. I'm grateful to the publisher, Tule Publishing, and NetGalley for providing a free copy

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    This is a very slow build romance about two emotionally closed off people who lived on neighboring ranches/farms growing up. The heroine/Murphy is much more reserved and still working through growing up with a cold and reserved father. It’s immediately apparent she’s held a lot of unfair preconceived notions about her childhood neighbors and made it into decades of one sided resentments and judgments. The hero/Cody is the middle child of the Marvell brothers who keeps the peace and is easy going This is a very slow build romance about two emotionally closed off people who lived on neighboring ranches/farms growing up. The heroine/Murphy is much more reserved and still working through growing up with a cold and reserved father. It’s immediately apparent she’s held a lot of unfair preconceived notions about her childhood neighbors and made it into decades of one sided resentments and judgments. The hero/Cody is the middle child of the Marvell brothers who keeps the peace and is easy going. He’s a serial dater and isn’t sure he can really do longer relationships. He really seemed like a normal guy to me and likable. After a slow build they move fast and he’s feeling more for her than he’s had with others. She’s immediately protecting herself by trying to think of it as a one night stand and not taking a risk. Murphy had a lot of baggage and it felt like she projected that on Cody. I felt for her in the beginning but as it went along I grew weary of her and found myself skimming her long internal monologues. I liked the 29 year old ranch hand, Brandon, a lot. When he came back early I loved the scenes between the three of them and how he lightened the mood. Overall, it was a nice book but not one I’ll likely revisit. I am interested in the other brothers and if the storylines might have more energy. 2.75 I’m received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    So excited to see more of the Marvells as this book kicks off a brand new series featuring the family. I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to read the next. In this book Murphy Anderson is returning home, something she never thought she would do. She plans on selling the family ranch as soon as possible and getting the heck out of there. Cody Marvell never understood why Murphy disliked him but he won't let that keep him from helping her when she needs it. The more time they spend together t So excited to see more of the Marvells as this book kicks off a brand new series featuring the family. I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to read the next. In this book Murphy Anderson is returning home, something she never thought she would do. She plans on selling the family ranch as soon as possible and getting the heck out of there. Cody Marvell never understood why Murphy disliked him but he won't let that keep him from helping her when she needs it. The more time they spend together the more Cody wants her to see him differently. Will he get his Christmas wish? I highly recommend this one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Manda

    Love it this book it was sweet that she was not what he thought and Everything changed for both of them I loved that he went and searched for the mare thAt he bought from her father but was hers. Love always finds a way and it did with these two. Gonna read the other's after Christmas

  8. 5 out of 5

    D Call

    I enjoyed this story. Murphy has childhood issues she's working through as she gets her inherited ranch ready to sell. Cody, neighbor and high school crush, helps her be brave and honest. Sex: multiple scenes, not detailed Language: 2 F words, 0 Lord's name in vain, 20 S words Violence: no Cliffhanger: no Do I need to read books before this one: no Would I read more of the series: yes ----SUMMARY---- Greeley Anderson had a stroke, then died months later. She now knew that her dad loved her in his own wa I enjoyed this story. Murphy has childhood issues she's working through as she gets her inherited ranch ready to sell. Cody, neighbor and high school crush, helps her be brave and honest. Sex: multiple scenes, not detailed Language: 2 F words, 0 Lord's name in vain, 20 S words Violence: no Cliffhanger: no Do I need to read books before this one: no Would I read more of the series: yes ----SUMMARY---- Greeley Anderson had a stroke, then died months later. She now knew that her dad loved her in his own way. He knew she loved him. But, bottom line, they were very different kinds of people. Murphy is using her job's Christmas hiatus to come to the ranch she left 10ya to get it ready to sell, determined to be positive. Dad had been unable to express emotion until after the stroke. Cody Marvell is keeping the ranch going over Christmas while his brothers visit family. Coming home from town, he sees car tracks in the snow heading to the Anderson ranch. He follows to check all's good, says hello. She seems a little cold though they've had little to do with each other. She asks if he knows where her horse, Lady, might be. No. She gets settled with her little tree, carols, and candle, then her thoughts wander to Cody. She'd had a big crush on him; he only noticed her to give instructions for the day jobs she and Dad had done for the Marvells for money. Cody's not getting a tree because he's the only one at the ranch. He drives to see Murphy, asks if she's selling. “You got my horse, Cody Marvell. You are not getting my ranch.” There was something more than the mare stoking Murphy’s resentment, but for the life of him he didn’t know what. It wasn’t as if he and Murphy had had a lot of contact. She’d been 3y behind him in school. They’d occasionally worked together on the ranch, but when he talked to her she’d been a mini-version of her tight-lipped father, so after a few setbacks, he’d given up. The roads are impassable to her car. She hadn’t anticipated being stranded, isolated with childhood triggers of sad memories. Cody comes back. There was so much more going on than he’d been aware of, and the need to fix things was strong. “Once again, I apologize about the mare. And I’m not doing it to worm my way into your good graces.” “I’m sorry, too, for being defensive.” “So, we can be friends?” “Why not?” Cody receives a call in the middle of the night, but it drops. He could tell the person had been desperate. He calls back, recognizes Murphy's voice before call drops again. He drives to her place. The river is now a lake to her 2nd step. She won't let him carry her; frozen feet were better than cuddling up to the guy she’d once thought was the hottest thing in boots. They get to his ranch. She falls getting out of the truck. He helps her up, she asserts no carrying. In the house, he sees her feet are blue. “You should have let me carry you.” Her gaze flashed up, then she looked down again without answering as if she didn’t have the time or inclination to deal with him. Murphy had backbone, so why was she reacting like this with him? The answer came: Murphy Anderson was attracted to him. And she didn’t want to be. Why not be attracted to him? What was wrong with him? Was it all because of the horse? At breakfast, Cody: “What did you have against me when we were younger? Before I accidentally ruined your life by buying the mare. I hadn’t committed any crime against you at that point in time. Why did you treat me the way you did?” “I think a better question is why did you treat me the way you did?” “I don’t follow.” “Cody...you flirted with every other girl on the planet back then. With me it was brusque hellos, and not much else.” “You didn’t seem all that interested in being friendly. I thought you were like your dad.” She looked both shocked and horrified. “Murphy, you shut down every time I was around. How was I supposed to know that you were interested in me? I remember a cool distant blonde, who appeared self-confident and sure of what she wanted, and with me, she wanted to be left alone.” They drive to her house on a frozen lake. Her car is dead, but it's not the battery. They tow it to his place. “I think you should consider staying here for Christmas. There’s a blizzard coming in and you don’t have a car. Shelter in the storm and all that.” He wanted to add to his very sensible argument. But it wouldn’t do to push Murphy. She’d spent her life playing defense and was way too practiced at it. “I think we could make our own Christmas.” She agrees. He fixes the car, then appeals to her competitive nature to get her to make Christmas cookies; dough may stolen. While she works, he brings up Christmas decorations. Shane owes him for the tangled lights. She offers to help untangle lights. He cuts down a tree. He tells her the ranch needs to hire. She's in advertising with a brewery in Missoula. His dad died when he was 11; Mom remarried, he's got 2 step sisters. Her mom left Dad when Murphy was 4, was killed when she was 6. Therapy with Dad helped. A silence fell over them, and he was struck by how comfortable it felt, despite the topic of conversation. “I’m sorry about your mare, too, Murphy. I was clueless.” They get the tree mounted. He notices the house feels better with Murphy there. Warmer and somehow happier. Like a place should feel during the holidays. As they decorate the tree, she tells him Dad didn't always have a tree because Mom left right after Christmas. “I made a mistake thinking you were like your dad all those years ago.” “Yes. You did. However, in hindsight, I get it. And I’m sorry for jumping all over you about it.” “Murphy, I’m glad you stayed.” “Me, too.” The power goes out. Thankfully it comes back on, but they will go to the river to drill holes in case they need to get water to the animals. He insists Murphy wear Ella's winter boots. She tells him about when Dad got shoes too small for her. “Did you tell him?” “He wasn’t the easiest man to talk to.” “Are you afraid of emotion?” “I was.” “And now?” “I’m cautious, but I’m not afraid.” But maybe you are. The thought came out of nowhere and Cody instantly shoved it back where it came from. “How about you, Cody? How do you do with emotions?” “I do okay.” “You don’t sound so sure.” “Sometimes I think I’m looking for something that isn’t there.” She kisses him. He instinctively went still. The very last thing he wanted to do was to scare her off. Then she kisses him again, and he deepens it. Murphy: “Shall we go chop ice?” Chop ice. Right. “I guess I do feel the need to work off some excess energy.” He chops an ice hole. “One more.” “I could have been working on that. Burning off my excess energy.” Cody swung awkwardly before looking up at her. “We’ll talk about that excess energy later.” After they finish tree, Cody: “About that kiss.” “What about it?” “Why did you kiss me?” She had to give reasons? “It wasn’t a mercy kiss?” The laugh burst from her lips before she could stop it. “Me, giving you a mercy kiss? Why would you think such a thing?” “That crap I said about feeling bad and searching for stuff.” “Cody,” she said, taking care not to say anything that might make him shut down, because he looked on the edge. “I kissed you because I wanted to. I’ve always wanted to. The first kiss...that was because you felt bad—or so I told myself. The second was all about feeling good.” “I like you, Murphy.” “I like you, too.” “I’m attracted to you, but I don’t know how to move forward, because I don’t want to do you wrong again.” Cody brought his hands up to frame her face, giving her a sweet, sweet kiss. “I have to feed the horses.” “You really know how to sweet-talk a girl.” “I do. But that’s not where I am right now. I’m not going to move fast with you, Murphy. And I’m not going to lie to you.” While feeding horses, he tells her he tried to find Lady. He likes having someone with him or waiting for him. It makes a difference. He certainly felt protective of her, and if he was honest, he’d admit to feeling possessive. This shouldn’t feel so right. But it did. “What’s the problem, Cody?” “Things are moving fast. Too fast.” “Maybe that’s the way they’re meant to move with us.” “I didn’t know holiday fling was on the table.” “It’s been on my table for a while. Since we kissed in the cabin. You can’t give me that much and then stop.” “Yeah, I can.” They dance, then make love. “You good?” “Yeah.” So good that she didn’t want to think about tomorrow or reality or anything of that nature. Brandon, a ranch hand, calls out for Cody, interrupting. Things are bad at home for Brandon so he came back. “Well, looks like it won’t be a naked Christmas.” Cody smiled even as regret coursed through him. In the morning, he tells himself it's not the time to tell Murphy that what he experienced with her didn’t feel like his other relationships. A sense of deep connection he’d been missing before. Murphy tells herself to not fall in love. Was that even possible? Cody comes to the bedroom. “Are you going to give this a chance? I may be off base, but you seem to already have one foot out the door.” “I’m trying to be realistic, Cody.” “Realistic meaning...” “Not setting ourselves up for failure.” “You think that once we have to deal with the day-to-day that what we feel for one another will fade? I have a sucky track record, but this feels different. I know: Too much, too soon, but Murphy, I don’t want you walking out of my life in the next 48 hours.” “You’re scaring me.” “But you’re tough. Look, I’m asking you to keep an open mind. I’ll go along with whatever decision you make on the matter, but I wanted to tell you how I felt.” She'll keep an open mind. The 3 make plans. Eat cookie dough, maybe bake it; tubing on the hill or behind the truck. They do all of it. She's falling in love. They go home, Brandon to his cabin. After making love, Murphy asks Cody to go with her to her ranch to go through papers and stuff in the attic. After breakfast, they drive to her ranch. He came around the nose of the truck, took hold of her arm, then hit a patch of ice beneath the snow and almost fell. Murphy held on until he regained his balance. And that was how he saw a possible future between them—hanging on to one another when they lost footing. “Thanks for coming with me.” “I’m glad you asked me.” Her expression shifted ever so slightly, as if she didn’t like needing moral support. Murphy was afraid to need people. She’d been let down too many times in her life and now he had to prove that he wouldn’t let her down. She only keeps a few pictures of early childhood, ruthlessly throwing away all else before they drive home. Murphy makes dinner. She’d banned the guys to the living room, not because she didn’t want help, but because she wanted some time alone. Cody had understood. She’d read the concern in his eyes. He was a good guy. A great guy. A guy who by his own admission had trouble with commitment, even though he thought things might be different with her. Was she willing to take that chance? To possibly end up looking like her mother, haunted and unhappy? Cody came in and ran a casual hand over her upper back before moving to the stove where he started stirring the gravy. A feeling of warmth swelled inside of her—not sensual warmth, but togetherness warmth. He’d known exactly what to do. It was the most family-feeling Christmas she’d ever had. After dinner, Brandon leaves. The real estate agent reschedules. She had no excuse to stay now, other than wanting to prolong her time with Cody, which would make it harder to go home. Tear the Band-Aid off quickly. When she’d kissed him before heading to the bathroom to shower, he’d had the feeling that it was the last time she’d be in his bed. The thought twisted his gut. She says she's leaving today. “When will I see you again?” “I’ve been thinking about that. We lead very different lives, Cody.” “And...?” “I think we have to be realistic. Your life is here. The life I built is in Missoula. I’m not like my mom. I won’t try to attain the unattainable.” “What the...?” “Cody, by your own admission, you have issues with long-term.” “I’ve been honest with you all along, and I’m being honest now when I say that I think this thing we have is different. Special.” “And I’m being honest with you. About my life and my capabilities.” “I don’t think so. I think you’re being far from honest. I think you’re using my ‘unattainability’ as an excuse for not taking chances. Is your life in Missoula really that perfect?” She tells him what's wrong, what's bad. “And you dealt with that stuff.” “Yes.” “But you can’t deal with me.” “I’m afraid to deal with you. I’m afraid of what will happen if everything blows up. I’m afraid of messing up my life, which isn’t perfect, but it’s calm and predictable.” “And doesn’t require a lot of soul searching or emotional risk?” “What’s wrong with that?” “Nothing. If you’re satisfied with the superficial.” “Damn you, Cody.” “I’m just telling you the truth as I see it. You’ve been beaten up by life and now you’ve made this very safe, risk-free life, which may or may not be real. Don’t you think what we’ve shared, what we might have ahead of us is worth a risk or two?” “I’m not ready to have my heart torn out.” “You think that’ll happen?” Because if she did, then didn’t it follow that her feelings for him were strong? “It’s not something I want to risk.” “When do you plan to leave?” “Now.” It's been a month. She thinks of Cody every day. She realizes she was less than realistic about how great things were—as if she was afraid that her new life would somehow turn into her old life if she didn’t keep her eye on the sunny side. She hadn’t felt that way on the Marvell Ranch. She’d faced the negative head-on, with some help from Cody. She’d felt...alive...but now that she was home again, in her safe world, she felt empty. At work, she learns people are being laid off, but her position's secure. A good thing. She was safe. She had a job. Friends. A loyal dog. And a whole lot of empty inside. Was safe all that great when she had to give up so much to stay that way? She’d walked away from Cody because she’d been afraid of wearing the same miserable look her mother had worn in that photo now hanging on her mirror as a reminder of what she wanted to avoid. Her mom had taken a big chance hooking up with Greeley and had failed. But you are wearing that expression. Every day Cody picks up the phone at least once, then reminds himself to respect her decision. Zach tells him the real estate agent told him the Anderson ranch will be on the market mid February. Zach: “Murphy Anderson spent Christmas here and you’ve been hell to be around since I got home. I’m guessing you hooked up?” “It wasn’t a hookup. It was more.” “Seems kind of fast?” “Well, it isn’t like I didn’t know her before.” “More like knew of her.” True, but their history, and hashing out misconceptions, had helped them move along at a pretty good clip. “She’s not interested?” “She’s afraid. She knows how I feel. She knows where to find me.” “That kind of sums things up. How long until you make a move?” Busted. He was going to give it one more try. “I figure mid-February. If she shuts me down then, well, I guess it’s forever." "She called here today. Asked for you.” "Why didn’t she call my cell?” “It didn’t ring through.” Rotten cell signals in the barn. “Did she say what she wanted?” “She wanted you to know that she’s spending the weekend at her ranch. She’d like it if you stopped by.” The careful words she’d practiced evaporated as he got out of the truck. “I didn’t expect you back until the ice melted.” “I came to make peace with the house...and with you.” “How’s it going with the house?” The words stung, but there was something in Cody’s expression that told her things were not hopeless. “Better now that I trashed everything.” “The place feels different. Definitely emptier.” “I’m different.” Her abrupt words earned her a surprised look. “Different how?” “Different in that I agree about my life in Missoula. I was so afraid of my new life degenerating into my old life that I glossed over everything that was negative. I lied to myself.” Cody took a step forward, then stopped. “I spent the last two weeks looking at things as honestly as possible.” “What came of that?” “I concluded that my childhood sucked. But I survived. The things that happened in this house shaped me, but I’m not going to allow those things to control me and to keep me from taking chances. And my mom...I don’t know what drove her, but I do know that I have as much of my father in me as my mother.” “You realize how ominous that sounds?” “Greeley might have been cold, but he was also tenacious.” Murphy’s heart started to beat harder as she worked up the nerve to ask the hard question. The life-altering question. The no-turning-back question. “Do you still think we have a chance?” “Yes.” “I can be tenacious, too.” “Long-distance relationship?” “For now. I’ve been in contact with a company in Marietta. They might be able to use my services. I’m ready to take a chance, Cody. I have a good-size nest egg. I have contacts for freelance work. And the Flints sounded positive.” “What about the ranch?” “Still goes on the block as soon as I can arrange it. I’m not going to lie. I still hate this place, but that hatred...or rather that fear...isn’t going to control me. I was all about settling before coming here for Christmas. Cody?” His expression shifted as she said his name. Softened even as heat sparked in his eyes. “You were right about Christmas. It’s not temporary. Good feelings can last, and I want this feeling I have for you to last forever.” The next thing she knew, he was holding her so tightly that she felt like they were one—the way they were meant to be. And when his lips found hers, she felt like she’d truly come home. “I’m so glad you’re here. I was afraid I’d ruined everything.” He smiled down at her. “Is there any chance that you can get your things and come back to the ranch where you belong?” “Yes. I can definitely go to the ranch with you. Where I belong.” 4ml, they drive to see Lady. The 2 little girls: “You’ve come to see Lady.” “I have.” “You can’t have her.” “That’s the best thing you could have possibly said.” “Really?” “That’s how I know my Lady has a really good home.” Murphy stayed in Marietta during the week, driving to the ranch on Friday evening and staying until Monday morning. She hadn’t taken the job with the Flint brothers, but they were clients of her freelance graphic arts and advertising business. After their visit, Murphy holds his hand. “Thank you for chasing her down. I know it wasn’t easy.” He pulled off to the side of the gravel road and turned in his seat to face Murphy. “For the record, I love you.” She gave him a surprised look. After all, they’d covered this territory before. “I love you back.” “I can’t imagine life without you.” “I feel the same.” “I think we should get married next Christmas.” “Do we have to wait that long?” “I’d like to have a Christmas ranch wedding.” “With tubing to follow?” “Tubing, spiced wine, cookie dough.” She gently nipped his lip. “The cookies will be baked.” “Fine.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jane Kelsey

    It was ok, but the plot was quite flimsy and not based on something solid. The characters didn't feel alive and struggled to care much about them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    A Marvell Country Christmas by Jeannie Watt Murphy Anderson is coming home for Christmas… And as soon as she arrives, she’s putting the family ranch on the market. Her plan is to get in, get out, and head back to the city, where she belongs. Growing up on the hardscrabble property next door to the prosperous Marvell Ranch, and being constantly reminded of everything she didn’t have, left her with no love for ranching, or her handsome neighbors—especially Cody Marvell, who always rubbed her the wr A Marvell Country Christmas by Jeannie Watt Murphy Anderson is coming home for Christmas… And as soon as she arrives, she’s putting the family ranch on the market. Her plan is to get in, get out, and head back to the city, where she belongs. Growing up on the hardscrabble property next door to the prosperous Marvell Ranch, and being constantly reminded of everything she didn’t have, left her with no love for ranching, or her handsome neighbors—especially Cody Marvell, who always rubbed her the wrong way. And maybe that’s why, when Cody shows an interest in the ranch, she hesitates to sell. Cody Marvell has a way with people…unless that person is Murphy Anderson. Cody never understood what she was dealing with when they were younger. Murphy had a hard time while growing up, with no mom and a cold-hearted father. He made some mistakes, which he now regrets. He wants her ranch, and more than that, he wants her. When a Christmas flood makes Murphy’s home uninhabitable, he invites her to stay at the Marvell Ranch. With the help of country Christmas magic, Cody hopes she’ll start to see him with new eyes. This is Murphy Anderson and Cody Marvell's story. This is going to be one lonely Christmas. Murphy Anderson gave herself a mental shake as she turned her car off the snowy county road onto the neglected driveway that led to her family ranch. She was not going to endure another sad, lonely Christmas at her childhood home. This was going to be a positive and productive Christmas. She’d brought along a holiday arsenal to keep the mood as cheery as possible while she went through the house and prepared the property for sale. The boxes in the back seat of her car were loaded with spiced teas, holiday-scented candles, music, and even a small potted evergreen tree. She’d spent too many Christmases without a tree, so the decorated pine had been a must. When she returned to Missoula, she’d plant the little tree in the yard of the house she was in the process of buying to commemorate closing this chapter of her life. And while she was on the ranch, she was going to stay positive. Absolutely, 100 percent positive. He slowed as he rounded what he and his brothers called Anderson corner, named in honor of the abandoned ranch about a mile north of the road, then he rolled to a stop as the tracks he’d been following turned down the Anderson driveway.Huh. Greeley Anderson had suffered a stroke the previous spring and, after spending six months in a care facility in Missoula, had passed away. So, who’d just driven down the Anderson road? "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book." A Marvell Country Christmas by Jeannie Watt is a 4 star book. Jeannie's Books with Tule: The Montana Bride Marvells of Montana Starrs of Sweetheart, Montana The Christmas Secret Marvells of Montana Catch Me, Cowboy Marvells of Montana The 78th Copper Mountain Rodeo Austin American Extreme Bull Riders Tour The Cowboy Rides Away Marvells of Montana Wedding at the Graff Holiday at the Graff The Cowboy’s Last Rodeo The 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo A Marvell Country Christmas

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Perception can alter people’s sense of reality, of the true facts when only seeing one’s own side of any situation. In many ways perception, misunderstanding the truth, and preconceived ideas handed down are at the core of A Marvell Country Christmas. I had a difficult time warming up to Murphy. Her anger towards any Marvell seemed over the top, and at first I wanted to flick at that chip firmly planted on her shoulder. Yet, there had to be more than simply one thrivi Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Perception can alter people’s sense of reality, of the true facts when only seeing one’s own side of any situation. In many ways perception, misunderstanding the truth, and preconceived ideas handed down are at the core of A Marvell Country Christmas. I had a difficult time warming up to Murphy. Her anger towards any Marvell seemed over the top, and at first I wanted to flick at that chip firmly planted on her shoulder. Yet, there had to be more than simply one thriving ranch and one floundering barely surviving ranch existing side by side to her reactions. And there certainly were. As Cody and Murphy’s story unfolds we begin to get a clear picture of the years when Murphy still lived on the ranch. Of the neglect, the lies, the promises broken by her father… and the unknowing part that the Marvells played in that history. As the middle brother, Cody has always held the role of peacemaker. We first met him in The Cowboy’s Last Rodeo (part of the 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo and the first story in this series – Tule Publishing often has one story be part of two series, so don’t miss the first one). For the life of him, Cody could not figure out Murphy’s intense dislike of him. Even so, he still did the right thing by inviting her to stay at the family ranch when her home became flooded and impossible to stay at. Slowly Cody got the truth from Murphy, and did apologize for something he had no knowledge of back them. Also slowly the attraction that has always been flowing between them gets a chance to thrive with the magic of Christmas, misunderstandings explained and the possibilities in front of them. Like Cody, once I understood why Murphy acted as she did, I did warm up to her, even liked her by the story’s ending. A lesson I learned long ago, never assume and wait til the words “The End” appear to make any judgments *grin* I enjoyed myself with Cody and Murphy, their romance is full of banter, misunderstandings and eventually the solid foundation that makes for a very happy ending. I would not hesitate to recommend A Marvell Country Christmas to any reader who enjoys a solid romance, interesting secondary characters, a bit of drama and a very happy Christmas ending. *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it. I so enjoyed reading this story. I love the Marvell brothers. They are strong men who love fiercely. Cody is the middle brother who normally keeps the peace. He has always tried to be the good guy and come to the aid of others. He has enjoyed short-term relationships and it isn't until his younger brother Shane gets together with Ella (The Cowboy's Last Rodeo) that Cody realizes that he is missing and w I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it. I so enjoyed reading this story. I love the Marvell brothers. They are strong men who love fiercely. Cody is the middle brother who normally keeps the peace. He has always tried to be the good guy and come to the aid of others. He has enjoyed short-term relationships and it isn't until his younger brother Shane gets together with Ella (The Cowboy's Last Rodeo) that Cody realizes that he is missing and wants that special connection with someone. He is left home alone at the ranch this year. On his way back home from Marietta he sees tracks going into the neighboring ranch's drive. He knows the ranch is vacant with the death of rancher and the daughter, Murphy, lives else where. Fearing squatters or something more nefarious, he turns in. There he sees Murphy who has been gone for over 10 years. Murphy is home for Christmas. She is going to put the ranch up for sale following the death of her father. She and Creelay (her father) didn't have a good relationship as she grew up. It wasn't until after his stroke and therapy sessions, that she discovers that he did love her but wasn't good at showing his feelings. The ranch isn't a place for happy memories as money was short, her mother left her father for another man when Murphy was four (the mother dies when Murphy is six and returned to live with her father at the ranch). Her father sold her beloved mare, Lady, to Cody right after she left for college. She believed the Marvells to have everything that she didn't. Plus in school, Cody flirted with every girl but her. Also he would drive by her on his way to school and not stop to ask her for a ride. Now he bought her beloved mare. Murphy had a major crush of Cody but there are hard feelings as well with his purchase of Lady. Through a series of unfortunate events, Murphy is forced to abandon the ranch and stay with Cody for Christmas. This story shows how these two wonderful people work through the past and come together. I adored both of these characters. Having this book written in a dual POV format really helped me to be able to connect with Murphy. I was able to understand her actions and speech so much better. Being able to see into the character's mindset helps me to identify with them. I highly recommend this story to anyone. Well this story really can be read as a stand-alone, I do recommend to start with The Cowboy's Last Rodeo though. Not because you have too but Ms. Watt writes wonderful stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed reading another of Ms. Watt’s books and also to seeing the Marvell family again. This book opens with Murphy Anderson returning to her family’s ranch after 10 years, outside Marietta, after her father’s death. She had a tough childhood. Her mother had left and later died, leaving only her and her father. He was a tough man and they struggled to make ends meet. She wants to clean out the house and sell the old ranch. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed reading another of Ms. Watt’s books and also to seeing the Marvell family again. This book opens with Murphy Anderson returning to her family’s ranch after 10 years, outside Marietta, after her father’s death. She had a tough childhood. Her mother had left and later died, leaving only her and her father. He was a tough man and they struggled to make ends meet. She wants to clean out the house and sell the old ranch. Her return is over Christmas due to vacation time from her job in the city. Her neighbor Cody Marvell sees a car at her ranch and stops to check. Murphy always had a crush on Cody and also hated him. She was envious of all the material things and money his family had, the fact there was a large loving family, the fact that he bought her beloved horse from her father when she left for college, and the resentment that he was never interested in her as a woman. Also, she’d had to work as a day laborer on his ranch many times to help her father with expenses and she didn’t feel comfortable. Cody has no idea she feels this way. When Cody sees it is her, he tells her he wants to make an offer on the ranch which makes her mad too. Murphy works in her house and then the weather becomes a problem. There is snow and then a flood makes her house uninhabitable. Cody offers for her to stay at his ranch for Christmas. He is alone as the brothers take turn visiting their mother and taking care of the ranch. He wasn’t planning on getting a tree or decorating. However with her staying they work together to have a festive Christmas. They talk and realize their misconceptions about each other. She reveals to him her anger about him buying her horse ( he no longer has it, sold it to a friend, who sold it too) and about her awful childhood. They work together and a chemistry develops. This is a sweet romance and a nice addition to the books taking place in Marietta. I will definitely read more by Ms. Watt.its a solid 4.5 stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Review written: November 5, 2018 Star Rating: ★★★½☆ Heat Rating: ☀☀☼☼☼ An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. After reading Shane's book (The Cowboy's Last Rodeo), I found myself eager to read more about the Marvell brothers. A Marvell Country Christmas certainly opened up this new series with a bang! As a Christmas story, it has some extra weight and expectations too. Despite the fact that Cody was the last of the brothers in terms of Review written: November 5, 2018 Star Rating: ★★★½☆ Heat Rating: ☀☀☼☼☼ An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. After reading Shane's book (The Cowboy's Last Rodeo), I found myself eager to read more about the Marvell brothers. A Marvell Country Christmas certainly opened up this new series with a bang! As a Christmas story, it has some extra weight and expectations too. Despite the fact that Cody was the last of the brothers in terms of my interest, it feels right to start with him. He's light and easy (in some ways) as opposed to to his older brother. I liked Cody and his gentle peacemaker ways and how he wanted things to be good for others, even while he worried about whether he was capable of a good relationship. He clearly tries to make Christmas memorable, falling in love with Murphy but also with hope. Murphy was harder for me, but I so understood where she was coming from. Her character arc hit home in some ways. It's hard to look back and re-evaluate things you were certain about and realize you were totally wrong in your assumptions. And that's exactly what Murphy has to do. It's a rough emotional road she has to walk, but walk it she does. Talk about courage. A Marvell Country Christmas is a sweet story mixed with some difficult emotions. Overall, it's a pleasure to read and really opens this new series well. I'm even excited to read some potential stories (of non-Marvell brothers) that may have been hinted at here. Bring on the rest of the brothers! This review is ©November 2018 by Monique N. and has been posted to Netgalley.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Like I said in a earlier review, I have this thing about Cowboys and Christmas. Sigh.. So when I saw this cover and title on Netgalley I requested it almost immediately. When I got approved I put everything aside and started reading.. Well.. that’s not possible with a baby girl but I did try.. And I started reading whenever I could. In ‘A Marvell Country Christmas’ Murphy Anderson returns home to the ranch her father left her after he died. Murphy doesn’t have many good memories about the place, Like I said in a earlier review, I have this thing about Cowboys and Christmas. Sigh.. So when I saw this cover and title on Netgalley I requested it almost immediately. When I got approved I put everything aside and started reading.. Well.. that’s not possible with a baby girl but I did try.. And I started reading whenever I could. In ‘A Marvell Country Christmas’ Murphy Anderson returns home to the ranch her father left her after he died. Murphy doesn’t have many good memories about the place, and it’s almost Christmas, so she tries to make the best of it. When her old teenage crush and neighbor Cody Marvell stops by all Murphy wants to do is run. But there are things that have to be done, and Cody is still handsome as ever. When the weather gets worse, Murphy needs help and the only one she can think of to help her is Cody. ‘A Marvell Country Christmas’ was a nice relaxing read. I enjoyed reading about Murphy’s character, but especially in the beginning I also found her quiet confusing. She is mad about stuff that I didn’t get at all. True, she had a bad childhood because of her father who couldn’t show emotions.. but to blame so much on a teenage Cody. I didn’t really get it. But thankfully it didn’t matter that much, because overall this was an easy fun Christmas read. My favorite character was definitely Cody. He was just fun! And sweet.. and made me wonder if there really is a guy like him in the world? What I loved most about this Christmas read, was how the characters made ‘Christmas’ from scratch. They ended up together and didn’t have any Christmas stuff planned. But they made Christmas cookies and decorated a tree. It was fun to read about and I definitely shows us the true meaning of Christmas.. Nothing fancy is needed, just love and faith. I loved that. What this book definitely did was make me want to read more books in the series. Throughout this book you get some hints about possible future main characters and I definitely would like to read there story. Overall ‘A Marvell Country Christmas’ was a nice comfy read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    This is a fun holiday romance about Murphy Anderson and Cody Marvell who were neighbors when they were younger. Cody was the rich boy who lived at the ranch next to Murphy. Murphy and her father struggled to survive and often ended up working at Marvell Ranch to make ends meet. Murphy secretly had a crush on Cody, but he never seemed to notice her. When Murphy’s father passes away and leaves the house to her, she plans to spend her Christmas holiday cleaning everything up and getting it ready to This is a fun holiday romance about Murphy Anderson and Cody Marvell who were neighbors when they were younger. Cody was the rich boy who lived at the ranch next to Murphy. Murphy and her father struggled to survive and often ended up working at Marvell Ranch to make ends meet. Murphy secretly had a crush on Cody, but he never seemed to notice her. When Murphy’s father passes away and leaves the house to her, she plans to spend her Christmas holiday cleaning everything up and getting it ready to sell. But, when the river rises and threatens Murphy’s safety, the only person she can call for help is Cody. They spend Christmas together at Marvell Ranch and get to know each other better. Could it be holiday magic that breaks down the walls between them and leads them to each other’s arms? I really enjoyed Murphy and Cody’s story. They were both tough people and set in their ways. But once they got to know each other, things quickly changed. The story was very believable and easy to follow. This is an all-around good book with a lot of Christmas spirit.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Higginson

    My first full book of 2020 - a Christmas romance set in rural Montana. This is a pleasant read featuring a troubled soul who returns to face her past, clearing out her father's ranch after he passed away. The first person she comes across is her teenage crush and nemesis the totally hot Cody Marvell. Murphy has no intention of letting that crush resurface or of even being nice to Cody but when she finds she needs his help she gets to know the real him; not the one she thought she knew. He really My first full book of 2020 - a Christmas romance set in rural Montana. This is a pleasant read featuring a troubled soul who returns to face her past, clearing out her father's ranch after he passed away. The first person she comes across is her teenage crush and nemesis the totally hot Cody Marvell. Murphy has no intention of letting that crush resurface or of even being nice to Cody but when she finds she needs his help she gets to know the real him; not the one she thought she knew. He really is the nice guy everyone else knows not the spoiled, rich guy who looked down on Murphy and her poverty stricken and emotionally stunted father. Cody, a commitment phone is at a crossroads in his life but has to start accepting his emerging feelings for Murphy while she struggles with her demons. Will they find more than a holiday romance or will their tangled past cast too strong a shadow. Can Murphy leave her secure, perfect seeming life in Missoula to be near Cody or is she too like her father, Greeley? An enjoyable read for those who like a Christmas romance.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Laverdure

    Great intro to her new western series! I had fun reading Jeannie Watt's new novella 'A Marvell Country Christmas' an introduction to her 'Men of the Marvell Ranch' series. I have to mention that is my first read by this new-to-me author. She hasn't disappointed me. I found her characters Murphy and Cody realistic and charming. Murphy is a real city girl, so when she inherits her father's ranch, needs to go back and settle the sale of the ranch which she never enjoyed. But when she arrives at the Great intro to her new western series! I had fun reading Jeannie Watt's new novella 'A Marvell Country Christmas' an introduction to her 'Men of the Marvell Ranch' series. I have to mention that is my first read by this new-to-me author. She hasn't disappointed me. I found her characters Murphy and Cody realistic and charming. Murphy is a real city girl, so when she inherits her father's ranch, needs to go back and settle the sale of the ranch which she never enjoyed. But when she arrives at the ranch, memories of her childhood come back to haunt her, specially her neighbor Cody, one of her childhood friends. Their old friendship had their ups and downs! Can Murphy forget her past and start a new fresh start with Cody? Will the Christmas magic help them this time? Do they have a chance at love? I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    A Marvell Country Christmas by Jeannie Watt is the first in the spin-off series title Men of Marvell. It is a bittersweet story with two Characters who have known each other since childhood. They were never sweethearts just neighbors. From all outside appearances their lives couldn’t have been any more different than they were. Cody was a supporting character in the last Marvell book, so I was glad he received his own story. Likable and hardworking, he is a friend to all. Murphy had a difficult, A Marvell Country Christmas by Jeannie Watt is the first in the spin-off series title Men of Marvell. It is a bittersweet story with two Characters who have known each other since childhood. They were never sweethearts just neighbors. From all outside appearances their lives couldn’t have been any more different than they were. Cody was a supporting character in the last Marvell book, so I was glad he received his own story. Likable and hardworking, he is a friend to all. Murphy had a difficult, dismal childhood with her father on a ranch bordering Cody’s family ranch. Neither prosperous or inviting not a fun place to grow up. After ten years away, she had returned home to settle family affairs then move on with her life elsewhere. Plans often change as they do here. A sweet story with an extra sweet epilogue. An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shelagh

    This has been another Christmas Cowboy story to love. Second in Jeannie Watt’s Marvell’s of Montana series, A Marvell Country Christmas works well both as a stand-alone or as part of the series. With a boy next door theme to it, the story revolves around Murphy Anderson, who grew up poor and with only a closed off father to raise her, and Cody Marvell, the man she’d had a crush on as a teenager but whom she’d also resented for ignoring her. With plenty of history to address these two had an inte This has been another Christmas Cowboy story to love. Second in Jeannie Watt’s Marvell’s of Montana series, A Marvell Country Christmas works well both as a stand-alone or as part of the series. With a boy next door theme to it, the story revolves around Murphy Anderson, who grew up poor and with only a closed off father to raise her, and Cody Marvell, the man she’d had a crush on as a teenager but whom she’d also resented for ignoring her. With plenty of history to address these two had an interesting journey to their happy ever after. Along the way there was a lot of Christmas cheer with tree decorating, mulled wine and Christmas cookies adding to the sense of family that grew as the story progressed. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Gonzales

    I loved this book, the characters were so real and likeabe and it was so neat to read how they saw each other when they were in their teens and how it all changed when she came back to clean up and sell her childhood home and how many dark memories it held for her. When her Ranch was flooded and her car unusable she had to call on Cody to come rescue her,and it’s Christmas time, and it got me in the mood to start doing some Christmas stuff but it’s just to early. There are some heart touching I loved this book, the characters were so real and likeabe and it was so neat to read how they saw each other when they were in their teens and how it all changed when she came back to clean up and sell her childhood home and how many dark memories it held for her. When her Ranch was flooded and her car unusable she had to call on Cody to come rescue her,and it’s Christmas time, and it got me in the mood to start doing some Christmas stuff but it’s just to early. There are some heart touching moments, it is just such good reading it really has me eager for book two in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    Murphy had one thing on her mind, get in and get out. Get the house ready for sale and get on with her life. Things didn't happen the way she hoped, but Cody has come to her rescue. Cody and his brothers own the ranch next door, Murphy has no love lost for this family. Cody has invited Murphy to spend the Christmas holidays with him. Murphy is thinking a Christmas fling, might just be ok, but will to turn into so much more. Loved this Christmas story with plenty of traditions, decorating the tr Murphy had one thing on her mind, get in and get out. Get the house ready for sale and get on with her life. Things didn't happen the way she hoped, but Cody has come to her rescue. Cody and his brothers own the ranch next door, Murphy has no love lost for this family. Cody has invited Murphy to spend the Christmas holidays with him. Murphy is thinking a Christmas fling, might just be ok, but will to turn into so much more. Loved this Christmas story with plenty of traditions, decorating the tree, games. sledding, cookie baking and plenty of romance. Can't wait to read more of the Marvell Brothers. I highly recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marcie Robinson

    “A Marvell Country Christmas” by Jeannie Watt continues the Men of Marvell Ranch series. Murphy Anderson returns home to face her past so she can move into the future. She doesn’t count on bad weather and Cody Marvell to put a glitch in her plan. She agrees to spend Christmas with Cody. As it turns out, Cody isn’t the guy she remembered him to be. Cody realizes the same about Murphy. They set out to erase the painful memories of the past and to have the merriest, and sexiest, Christmas. “A Marvell C “A Marvell Country Christmas” by Jeannie Watt continues the Men of Marvell Ranch series. Murphy Anderson returns home to face her past so she can move into the future. She doesn’t count on bad weather and Cody Marvell to put a glitch in her plan. She agrees to spend Christmas with Cody. As it turns out, Cody isn’t the guy she remembered him to be. Cody realizes the same about Murphy. They set out to erase the painful memories of the past and to have the merriest, and sexiest, Christmas. “A Marvell Country Christmas” is filled with authentic details and Christmas traditions. It another great read from Jeannie Watt.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams

    A Marvell Country Christmas (The Men of Marvell Ranch Book 2) The love story of Murphy and Cody. Murphy return at Christmas time with one purpose to sell her family ranch. She had no happy remember of the Rachael or life with her father. She is happy with her new life in the city which is going no way. Marvell Ranch was task to look after the ranch and Cody want his brothers to buy it. When Cody see light on at the ranch he goes to investigate and find Murphy staying there. He Tanner her from hig A Marvell Country Christmas (The Men of Marvell Ranch Book 2) The love story of Murphy and Cody. Murphy return at Christmas time with one purpose to sell her family ranch. She had no happy remember of the Rachael or life with her father. She is happy with her new life in the city which is going no way. Marvell Ranch was task to look after the ranch and Cody want his brothers to buy it. When Cody see light on at the ranch he goes to investigate and find Murphy staying there. He Tanner her from high school and the crush he had on her. Can he had on her or will same new happen? Great story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura D

    Murphy Anderson is returning home to her father's ranch to get it ready to sell. After 10 years away she has made peace with her dad before he passed away. She always wished for the life on the Marvell's neighboring ranch, so when she sees her high school crush Cody Marvell she is surprised the old feelings are still there. When bad weather forces them together they end up spending Christmas together. What started as a holiday fling scares both of them. Can they take a leap of faith and fight fo Murphy Anderson is returning home to her father's ranch to get it ready to sell. After 10 years away she has made peace with her dad before he passed away. She always wished for the life on the Marvell's neighboring ranch, so when she sees her high school crush Cody Marvell she is surprised the old feelings are still there. When bad weather forces them together they end up spending Christmas together. What started as a holiday fling scares both of them. Can they take a leap of faith and fight for their happily ever after? Great read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandi Ramirez

    This book for me is how much our future can be lost to our past if allow it to be. AND by the same token our present can be defined by our past but sometimes we miss remember our past as well. Murphy Anderson comes home to the ranch where she grew up to close it up and sell the land. She doesn't expect to run into bad weather and even worse the guy who she remembered as the "bad guy". Cody Mavell is THAT guy and he had some odd thoughts about her as well. This book is slow at times getting to th This book for me is how much our future can be lost to our past if allow it to be. AND by the same token our present can be defined by our past but sometimes we miss remember our past as well. Murphy Anderson comes home to the ranch where she grew up to close it up and sell the land. She doesn't expect to run into bad weather and even worse the guy who she remembered as the "bad guy". Cody Mavell is THAT guy and he had some odd thoughts about her as well. This book is slow at times getting to the point but when it does finally start moving it is a really good read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    Bah... I HATE DNF at this time of the year, but I just can’t do it. It’s so flat and blah that I only have the most mild of interest any of it. I don’t dislike the h... but I do t really like her at all. The H has some fleeting moments of possibilities, which is what got me half way thru the book, but I’m done. I just don’t care if they get a hea, and I don’t care how the story goes to get there. I can’t pinpoint WHY I’m so completely disinterested in them and the story - you know, sometimes you Bah... I HATE DNF at this time of the year, but I just can’t do it. It’s so flat and blah that I only have the most mild of interest any of it. I don’t dislike the h... but I do t really like her at all. The H has some fleeting moments of possibilities, which is what got me half way thru the book, but I’m done. I just don’t care if they get a hea, and I don’t care how the story goes to get there. I can’t pinpoint WHY I’m so completely disinterested in them and the story - you know, sometimes you can point at one thing, or all of them :/ - but it’s all so mild and bland. 1219

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paula Pugh

    I loved this emotional and engaging story of two people learning of how their young misperceptions about each other tempered and tainted their thoughts and feelings about each other. The two main characters had warped teenage views of each other’s lives and personalities that, as the views are inspected, each finds they do not really know each other at all. What proves to be really true leads the way to love.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Really sweet story! Murphy wants to get in, clean out the ranch and just return to her city life. She's holding on to 10 years of painful memories and the last person Murphy wants to see is Cody Marvell, one of her rich neighbors, who always made her feel she wasn't good enough. But that's not exactly the way Cody remembers it. And he really wants to make it up to her, if Murphy will let him. Should she?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donnajo

    I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book for a honest opinion. A great start to a new series Men of the Marvell Ranch. A winterly Christmas story. Likable characters that I look forward to reading more about. A plot that pulls you in. Jeannie Watt knows how to give you a story that you keep going back to see what will happen next.

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