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A Cadence Creek Christmas (Mills & Boon Cherish) (Cadence Creek Cowboys - Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Donna Alward
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Taylor Shepard has come to Cadence Creek to organise her brother's Christmas wedding. Organising such a special event might be a little bit stressful - but she can't deny she's swept away by the town’s holiday charm... and by brooding rancher Rhys Bullock.

Loner Rhys has been burned far too many times in the past. He's sure he has city girl Taylor all figured out - she'll be hightailing straight back to the city in a few days! But as the snow starts to fall, Rhys and Taylor embark on a tentative winter romance.

Could Taylor be the Christmas present Rhys never even knew he wanted?



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About the Author

Donna Alward has the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mother and romance novelist. In 2001 she penned her first novel, and found herself hooked on writing romance. In 2006 she sold her first manuscript, and now writes heartwarming Romances from her home in Nova Scotia, Canada. Donna loves to hear from readers; you can contact her through her website at www.donnaalward.com or through her publisher.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373742665
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Cherish (1 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F46213E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers!

Donna lives on Canada's east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she's not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking...and is a Masterpiece Theater addict. You can visit her on the web at www.DonnaAlward.com and join her mailing list at www.DonnaAlward.com/newsletter .




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3.0 out of 5 stars A Cadence Creek Christmas 19 Feb. 2014
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Taylor Shepherd is organising a wedding in a cowboy town. Her black cashmere sweater is a contrast with plaid shirts and jeans, and the men aren't the city guys she's used to either. Then there's the bitter cold, pot roasts and timewarp decor. Rural Alberta is a long way from her home in Vancouver. However, this wedding is for family, so she'll put her best efforts into it, and then relax for A CADENCE CREEK CHRISTMAS.

The first couple of chapters introduce characters and settings, with a lot of detail - a company has shipped the wrong colour tulle and forgotten the candles. I did wonder whether this wedding was a celebration of love or of one-off decor. Taylor is determined to see it's perfect, though country people seem more relaxed. Rhys Bullock, a horseman in the groom's party, is politely keen to follow the city lady around, being helpful. At first she finds this annoying, but he is related to the best cook in town, and he's not bad-looking.

Taylor's father asks her when she's going to put that business degree to good use. Her business is actually thriving, each party bringing in what she terms a boatload of cash, and she shouldn't have to justify her choices to someone who considers her work trivial. Perhaps this is what drives her so hard to be a perfectionist. Rhys is competent and hard-working, and he knows that some men feel intimidated by smart women. He just isn't one of them, and he admires Taylor. But after Christmas she'll be leaving, so is there any point in pursuing a closer acquaintance?

Donna Alward has written a restful story, with amusing contrasts and larger-than-life characters for us to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cadence creek Christmas 10 Dec. 2013
By Mary
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lovely story really heartwarming enjoyed how the hero wasn't the norm. Couldn't put it down read it in one sitting Great !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 5 Nov. 2013
By rhonda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
3 STARS

A Christmas wedding sounds pretty but stressful. Taylor wants to make sure her brothers wedding goes as she has planned. Taylor is feeling unnoticed by her family. Her father seems proud of her brothers but not much for her business of party planners. Taylor wants her family to be proud of the job she does.

Rhys is one of the groomsmen for the wedding. He likes earning a paycheck and not owning his own business. He worries about his mom and moved back to help her after his father's death. Rhys does not date women from Cadence Creek so he feels that Taylor will be safe to date.

The story is nice especially when things go wrong and the people of Cadence Creek step into help. Their is plenty of drama, relationships with the different characters. Their is some love scenes that I skipped over as Rhys & Taylor decide to have a fling.

It is nice to see characters from earlier stories back again for the wedding. It is a nice wedding.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
November 5th 2013 by Harlequin Romance 256 pages ISBN:0373742665
3.0 out of 5 stars Cadence Creek Christmas 19 Feb. 2014
By Clare O'Beara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Taylor Shepherd is organising a wedding in a cowboy town. Her black cashmere sweater is a contrast with plaid shirts and jeans, and the men aren't the city guys she's used to either. Then there's the bitter cold, pot roasts and timewarp decor. Rural Alberta is a long way from her home in Vancouver. However, this wedding is for family, so she'll put her best efforts into it, and then relax for A CADENCE CREEK CHRISTMAS.

The first couple of chapters introduce characters and settings, with a lot of detail - a company has shipped the wrong colour tulle and forgotten the candles. I did wonder whether this wedding was a celebration of love or of one-off decor. Taylor is determined to see it's perfect, though country people seem more relaxed. Rhys Bullock, a horseman in the groom's party, is politely keen to follow the city lady around, being helpful. At first she finds this annoying, but he is related to the best cook in town, and he's not bad-looking.

Taylor's father asks her when she's going to put that business degree to good use. Her business is actually thriving, each party bringing in what she terms a boatload of cash, and she shouldn't have to justify her choices to someone who considers her work trivial. Perhaps this is what drives her so hard to be a perfectionist. Rhys is competent and hard-working, and he knows that some men feel intimidated by smart women. He just isn't one of them, and he admires Taylor. But after Christmas she'll be leaving, so is there any point in pursuing a closer acquaintance?

Donna Alward has written a restful story, with amusing contrasts and larger-than-life characters for us to enjoy. I did find the start slow, with several pages of chatter in a men's outfitters before moving on to internal debates about wedding decorations, none of which interested me. However in a Canadian winter people are not going to go out for trail rides so we have to see them meeting in some other way. Taylor is a lady who embarked on self-discovery when she left Cadence Creek, and who comes home to find herself all over again - and a romance.
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Anytime Romance - A Keeper! 8 Jan. 2014
By Janet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I really fell for the characters in Donna Alward's Cadence Creek Christmas. It was the kind of sweet love story that I would read anytime of year. It was also a great introduction to the author for me. Ms. Alward plots a good story, has created a world that is beautifully detailed and complex and has peopled it with the kind of characters that seem like they could be your friends. Small town romance at it's finest. I will definitely seek out the series, as I am sure other readers will, and this book is a great collection completion for readers that love the series.
*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: A Cadence Creek Christmas 5 Dec. 2013
By Manga Maniac Cafe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoy Donna Alward’s Harlequin Romances, so I was looking forward to reading A Cadence Creek Christmas. I love cowboys and small town romances, and most of Alward’s books have both. This is a winning combination for me, probably because, like most people crammed into a metro area, there is too much traffic, too much rushing around, and too much stress. Small town romances leave me feeling a little more relaxed, and I wonder if I would actually be able to live in a small town. I hate shopping, especially lately, and Amazon delivers everywhere, so as long as a cable modem was available, I think I’d get on famously. And cowboys? I just can’t resist a cowboy story. These guys actually ride horses and like doing it! My guy has been to the barn one time, and that’s when I was dropping something off – he wouldn’t even come look at my horses! Though as long as he doesn’t complain that I’m there so often, I guess I can’t complain too much about that…

Taylor Shepard is in Cadence Creek, organizing her brother’s wedding to Avery (the protagonists from Little Cowgirl on His Doorstep). She’s also going to stay in Cadence Creek over the Christmas holidays to decompress. The owner of successful event planning company, she’s been run ragged by her wealthy clients and their outrageous requests. While the money is good, she isn’t finding much satisfaction from her work, especially after meeting Rhys, the somber cowboy who is a friend of Callum’s and a member of the wedding party. As Taylor spends more time with Rhys and gets to know him better, she can no longer hide her attraction to him. She doesn’t want to get involved with him, though, because she’ll be leaving town soon and heading back to her life in the big city.

A Cadence Creek Christmas is a sweet read about two people searching for the happiness that’s lacking in their lives. Neither Taylor nor Rhys is miserable, but they both feel that something is lacking and keeping them from finding true happiness. Rhys has moved back to town after losing his own business, and now he’s wary about small businesses and small business owners. He feels that he let a lot of people down when he was forced to close up shop, and he never wants to feel like that again. Now he’s working a steady job for a steady paycheck, and he’s content with that. He’s also helping his mother run the local diner, and though he’s a silent partner, he doesn’t want anyone to know about his involvement. His father was a terrible businessman, and Rhys doesn’t want to follow in his footsteps anymore than he already has. He is now completely risk adverse, and when Taylor blows into town with the winter cold, he knows he’s in trouble. Taylor is trouble with a capital T!

Taylor can’t understand why a man as smart and capable as Rhys is content working for others. He could easily be his own boss, instead of punching a clock. Taylor’s family is filled with one success story after another, so she feels a lot of pressure to succeed as well. There is no other option for her. Her relationship with her father is strained because she feels that he looks down at her work. Her brothers are both very successful, and they are the apple of her father’s eye. She is struggling to gain his acceptance, and this need to strive to be the best all hinges around her father’s less than stellar opinion of her. She just wants the same approval that he lavishes on her brothers, but she despairs that she will never receive it.

Because Taylor is so driven, and also so outspoken, she and Rhys hit it off at first as well as oil and water. There is no middle ground for them, but because they are so different, they aren’t willing to look for any, either. As she gets to know him, Taylor begins to see his strengths; his loyalty, his truthfulness, his steadiness. This is what I loved about this book – even though Rhys and Taylor are so very different, they both begin to see the other as the anchor that’s been missing from their lives. They both need a rock to lean on, to be what the other needs. They are a natural fit; it just takes them a long time to figure it out. I was worried that I wouldn’t like the resolution to their greatest conflict, but I needn’t have. Everything works out neatly, and neither character is forced to change who they are to make the other happy. Rhys can continue to be the calming influence that Taylor needs, while she is free to hustle for her business, but in a new, more meaningful way for her. Perfect!

A Cadence Creek Christmas will fill your need for a sweet holiday romance.

Grade: B
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fashion Love Story - Boy meets Girl 4 Dec. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sweet Christmas Story - enjoy the dysfunction (and well written) of a typical family. As an only girl, and the youngest - I relate to the struggle of success, never being good enough - this has great dialog - funny lines - good read.
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