SNOWBOUND BRIDE-TO-BE (4) by Cara Colter: Last Christmas, architect Ryder Richardson lost his brother and sister-in-law to a fire, and now he has custody of their baby, Tess. Determined to ignore the holidays, Ryder's on his way to an isolated cottage when the weather forces him to seek refuge at Emma White's BandB. The two are drawn to each other at once, but both have been badly hurt by love. Emma's still an optimist and has hope for the future, but it's not shared by Ryan. Colter takes an often-used premise and makes it her own by adding strong characters, a believable conflict and a generous helping of humor.