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Review: A Stockingful of Joy by Hannah Howell

October 31st, 2017 by dsuzuki

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Zebra

Publication date: October 31, 2017

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

Join award-winning author Hannah Howell as she gives readers a double dose of romance for the holidays with two feisty, flame-haired cousins, a dangerous cross country chase, and two rough and rugged men who find love with the irrepressible, impossible Kenney women. . . .
Deidre Kenney made a deathbed promise to her father–shot in cold blood by two gunmen looking for land deeds he was hired to deliver to Paradise, Montana. Deidre and her cousin Maura vow to finish the dangerous job, each woman taking a different route west. What Deidre didn’t count on was a bodyguard–but that’s what she gets in Patrick Callahan. With his broad shoulders, steady gun, and a crooked grin that’s stirring secret desires–and one very special Christmas wish–Deidre knows the real danger ahead lies in the uncharted territory of her own heart.
Maura Kenney hopes her cousin is having better luck making her way to Paradise. The tiny blue- eyed spitfire is too busy fending off drunken oafs and serious gunmen to have a lot of faith in her own success. But luck is on her side: his name is Mitch Callahan and he takes one look at lovely Maura and knows Christmas has come early. But convincing a prim-and-proper miss that a tough, tender-hearted rancher is the only man for her promises to be about as hard as keeping them both alive to share this very special Christmas together . . .

My Thoughts:

This was my first time reading Hannah Howell and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It actually contains two stories, each following one of the cousins determined to fulfill a deathbed promise to deliver some papers to the Callahan’s in Montana.

Both stories had a fun style of riding with lots of action going on. There is never a dull moment and I loved both the strong heroines make their way across the country with the help of the Callahan brothers. I think I enjoyed Deidre’s story a tad more and I really enjoyed her character. She’s very practical, smart and did a great job of holding her own against her enemies. I also really liked Patrick’s character and loved seeing the two of them come together. Maura was also a fun heroine who has a lot of spunk but I think the fact that the men chasing her seemed more of bumbling oafs made her adventure less enjoyable. I also found the conflict at the end that gets Mitch all worked up at Maura was blown out of proportion and was a hard to believe conflict.

Despite that I still highly recommend this heartwarming read to those looking for a great holiday, historical romance.

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