CHRISTMAS GIFTS (3) by Gail Gayer Martin & Brenda Minton: In Martin’s “Christmas Gifts,” Amy Carroll takes on a new teaching position and meets single father Mike Russett. He has his hands full with twin daughters. Can Amy’s presence have a positive impact on the girls … and Mike? In Minton’s “Her Christmas Cowboy,” Elizabeth Harden meets bull rider Travis Cooper at a charity event. Stranded due to weather, Travis and his family try to pass on their holiday cheer. Elizabeth is scared to get close, for fear of having her heart broken. Faith, hope, love and the holiday spirit abound. Martin’s story contains strong characters and touching scenes. However, Minton’s storyline is a bit slow and it is difficult to get fully invested in the characters.