THE COWBOY'S CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL
Reeling from her parents' sudden death, Penny Bradford must still keep the family ranch running. Her first task: firing the dishonest manager and finding a replacement to show her the ropes. Fortunately, Jake Larson comes along at the right time, and after a period of adjustment, he and Penny work things out professionally. Attraction stirs, but Jake just left a job because of a woman, and with Christmas near, Penny's thinking about the past, not the future. Judy Christenberry begins Mistletoe and Marriage with The Cowboy's Christmas Proposal (3). The Christmas-related scenes will certainly touch readers' hearts, but the characters aren't fleshed out much and have little chemistry.