CHRISTMAS UNDER WESTERN SKIES
CHRISTMAS UNDER WESTERN SKIES (4) by Anna Schmidt & Linda Ford: This is a nice collection of stories. Schmidt is not timid about presenting her characters with their faults laid bare for the reader to see. Ford pens a powerful love story with characters who have had their hearts broken and learn to trust again. In “Prairie Family Christmas” by Schmidt, widow Julianne Cooper and her son, Luke, come across a half-dead man close to the spot where her late husband had planned to build their home. Captain Nathan Cook doesn’t want to burden Julianne. He’s on his way to California, but when the townspeople learn that he was a chaplain during the war, they want him to stay, as they need a preacher. Nathan agrees to give the sermons until they can find a permanent chaplain. In Ford’s “A Cowboy’s Christmas,” when Winnie Lockwood is found hiding in Derek Adams’ barn neither is trusting. He thinks she’s up to no good. But Derek needs someone to care for his little sister while he and his uncle are out working, and Winnie fits the bill.