Thursday, December 19, 2013

White Christmas Reunion by Susan Edwards

White Christmas
by Susan Edwards



At age six Beth Ann lost her parents in a vicious Crow attack.  She was taken captive then rescued by the Sioux who give her a choice: return to her grandfather or stay with her new adoptive family.  Beth Ann chooses to stay.

Bodil is a struggling rancher about to lose his land.  A corrupt banker and railroad agents want his land and neither are above using sabotage in their efforts to drive him out.  His godfather steps in and pays off the bank. The catch?  He must marry his godfather’s granddaughter who was raised by the Sioux.  Bo agrees to travel to the Dakota Territory to see if the girl found is Beth Ann

A White Reunion is about to take place.  Beth Ann is eager to see all her adoptive relatives.  Then her grandfather shows up.  This is one reunion she doesn’t want anything to do with.  He’d driven her parents out of his home and onto the trail West.  She blames him for their deaths.

Bo is a different matter.  She’d once adored the son of their neighbor.  During her dark days of captivity, she’d woven many fantasies about how he’d rescue her. Bo was everything a young romantic woman needed and wanted. Too bad she no longer needs or wants to be rescued.

Bo can’t believe Beth Ann is alive.  Or that the skinny, gangly girl of six has grown into a beautiful, strong woman.  Suddenly, marriage doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.  Too bad Beth Ann has refused to return to the White man’s world and there is nothing in her world for him.  His life is ranching. He has two months to convince her that home is where the heart is and that he is her heart.

But forces gather against them. The brother of Beth Ann’s  dead husband has laid claim to her and someone is trying to kill Bo.  Can Beth Ann and Bo overcome the threats to their lives and find in each other a love that transcends time, distance and culture?



Resigned to helping his godfather, Bo opened the folder, read the short letter addressed to the banker. His jaw dropped at the amount Henry was willing to pay. That sum paid off his entire debt. The ranch would be his, free and clear.

He dropped the letter. Good god, Henry. I can’t accept this. I might—might—be willing to view this as a job and take reasonable payment, enough to satisfy what I need to make this next payment but not this.” He slid the letter across the desk. “Too much.”

Henry leaned back, crossed his arms across his chest, and looked damned pleased with himself. “It’s done. You’ll earn every penny, Bo.”

Bo narrowed his eyes, not trusting his godfather who suddenly looked like the sharp-minded politician he was. “What are you planning, old man?”

He held his John B in both hands, running his fingers over the rim, mind still reeling. The ranch belonged to him. No more harassing visits or threats from that weasel at the bank.

“A wedding.”

The hat fell from his fingers, slid off his lap and plopped onto the floor. Had Henry told him that he was going to buy an orange and purple cow, Bo wouldn’t have been more shocked.

“A what?”

Henry folded the note in precise thirds then slid it back across the desk. His blue eyes gleamed with determination and pleasure. 

“Think of this as your wedding gift. Beth Ann will need a husband when we bring her back.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

SUSAN EDWARDS resides in California with her husband of thirty + years. She love animals and has five cats include a pair of two-year-old kittens (they are her babies) as well as two adorable Chiweenie pups named JJ and Abbey. The four youngsters in the pet department make her smile, laugh and sometimes groan each and every day. Recently, she got temporary (ha!) custody of Shasta, her daughter’s three year old, Great Pyrenees.

Susan also enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch and knitting. Knitting and crochet are her current passions. She is also an avid gardener. Through her love of all things Native American, she designed a 26-foot Medicine Wheel Garden. It’s a big project but one that she loves, except when the weeds threaten. Right now, it’s uncertain who is winning this war!

You can follow her progress on her website. Camping, fishing, biking and hiking (when not hot) are other outdoor pursuits she and her husband enjoy.

She is of course, an avid reader and hates cooking and housework. While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music, including Neil Diamond, Celtic, Native American, New Age, Classical, and mood music (bagpipes and howling wolves drive my family nuts). Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.


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My Review:  December 2013   ~ Review Copies ~

First, I would like to say sorry that this review will be a bit different since I could not find the book on goodreads, which is where I normally write my review then use the html to add to my post.  Second, I would like to thank the author for giving me this book for an honest review.  I will start with I believe this is an arc so it had some editing issues which is normal for an arc, other than that I loved the story, it was a novella, which was a short fast read.  Just from reading this one book, I would like to read the others to learn about all the family members and their personal stories.  I loved that family was very important to these characters.  The characters were well written, although I would love to have learned more about some of them in this story, but since this is an on going series it makes sense that if you have read the other books you would know more about the other characters.  I give the book four out of five stars.