AN OUTLAW'S CHRISTMAS
Each year Miller gifts readers with a warm and touching McKettrick story, celebrating family, friends and the miracle of the season. Her latest holiday story shines with compassion and the belief in the inherent kindness of man, rekindled by the holidays. Miller touches hearts with gentleness and sensitivity.
Unwilling to settle down on the family ranch, Sawyer McKettrick heads for Blue River, Texas, to become the town marshal. When he’s injured during a snowstorm and collapses near the schoolhouse, prim teacher Piper St. James brings him inside. Though having a bare-chested man in her house could ruin her reputation, she cannot leave him to die. Waiting out the storm, the proper lady and the “outlaw” form a friendship that has Piper dreaming of marriage and children. Sawyer comes to admire the feisty, strong-willed woman, but he’s not a man to settle down — until a holiday pageant and a few wishes bring them together. (HQN, Oct., 288 pp., $16.95)