Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Published by: Harlequin Special Edition
Age Recommended: YA - Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series # 2
"A Cold Creek Noel" by RaeAnne Thayne was a sweet holiday 'Christmas' read that happened to be this authors second in this series. This was a story of Caidy and Ben along with 'adorable kids, dogs and horses.' We find that this widower Ben Caldwell was a new vet in Cold Creek along with two children wanting to escape his past. Caidy Bowman have suffered greatly due to the fact that her parents were brutally killed. Caidy had once had dreams of becoming a vet but these day she is found working at the family ranch and helping raise one of her nieces. After Caidy takes her pup to the vet and finding out that the Vet needed a place to stay...later after the vet is offered and moves into the 'Foreman's' house. As you read you will seek how these two people are being thrown together in one way or another. You will find that Caidy's brothers invites Ben and his children over for a sleigh ride and Sunday dinner. Will these barriers that are keeping these two apart be dissolved? This is where I say you must pick up "A Cold Creek Novel" to say how this author will get this all out to the reader. The characters were all well developed giving you a good realistic and enjoyable read.
This was one happy fun Christmas story with a lots of 'love warmth, good, strong likable characters, kids and dogs all wrapped up in one excellent novel. Would I recommend? YES! This would be a wonderful holiday novel to read.”
“Caidy Bowman has a hard time moving past the tragic death of her parents she witnessed happening when she was 16. Christmas holds no special place for her. Yet she pushes past it for her neice making it as happy as possible. She has helped her brother raise his neice after his wife left him.
Her pup has a run in with a bull and she ends up with an emergency visit to the vets where she meets Ben. She isn't happy with Ben and his attitude toward her. He has just taken over the practice and bans her from helping him.
While sitting in waiting room, she meets his nanny and children. His children are a delight. She learns the nanny wants to find a house to get children out of Inn - which is run by her sister-in-law. She doesn't offer Foreman house at that time.
As she goes back to check on her pup, she tells the Vet he can move into her Foreman's house if her brother okays it. So next thing she knows a handsome vet with two children are living just up the road on the ranch.
Little by little their lives are through together as they reach out to help each other. The brothers invite Ben to the house with his children for a sleigh ride. Caidy will not sing since her parent's death.
Her oldest dog gets ill and she needs the vet again in the night. A Christmas miracle happens that night that breaks down barriers that are keeping Caidy and Ben apart. A very good read.”
“A Cold Creek Noel is short but very touching and sweet small town Christmas romance. It does deal with a widower who is not ready to move on, a story line that I don’t find very romantic.
Ben Caldwell is a widower and the new vet in Cold Creek. He has a lot of issues he has to deal with all the while raising his two kids. Caidy Bowman had dreams of becoming a vet until the night her parents were brutally killed. Now she works on the family ranch and helps watch one of her nieces. While she is interested in Ben, he on the other hand isn’t completely over his late wife.
The ending was a bit too tidy. Everything wrapped up a little too quick and neat. If it had been a longer novel I could see where the ending would be a bit better. I do like the story as a whole and am making plans to find the rest of this series.”
“Good book. Ben had come to Pine Gulch to help his family recover from the loss of his wife and to get his children away from the bad influences of his in-laws. He wanted to concentrate on his children. He did not expect to be attracted to Caidy and didn't want it at this time. I liked the way he was so kind and caring with the animals, though his attitude toward Caidy the first time they met didn't show it. I also liked the fact that he did apologize to her for the way he had acted. Coming from the city, Ben was not used to the openness and friendliness of the small town atmosphere. Besides his immediate attraction to her, the way the Caidy took care of him and his kids went a long way toward making Ben think there was a future for them together. Caidy had basically been hiding out on the ranch since her parents' murders eleven years earlier. She was carrying a lot of guilt since she felt it was her fault they had been at home that night. At first she didn't like Ben at all, but the more she got to know him the more she liked him. She fought the attraction, but it was a losing battle. I liked the way that she was able to overcome her dislike of the Christmas season to help make the holiday better for Ben and his kids. The way that she was able to open up to Ben about her parents also showed that she felt more for him than she thought she did. I loved the closeness of the Bowman family and the way that there is always room for more to be included.”ScoutmomSKF wrote this review Saturday, November 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ A Cold Creek Noel is another great addition to RaeAnne Thayne's Cowboy's of Cold Creek series. It also marks her third book about the Bowman siblings. I would highly recommend reading the first two Bowman books before reading this one. It makes for an easier understanding of how the Bowman's have handled the murder of their parents eleven years earlier. Just for the record, there is one final forthcoming books in the Bowman series and that won't be out until the end of 2013.
Caidy Bowman has felt responsible for the loss of her parents and has devoted her life to the care of her family since then. She trains dogs and horses on her family's ranch and helps her brother care for her neice.
Veterinarian Ben Caldwell moved his two children to Cold Creek in order to make a fresh start. The widower has spent the last two years butting heads with his in-laws and hopes that a home will allow him to reconnect with his kids.
It was fun watching Ben and Caidy butt heads and stumble into a courtship. The plot definately brought into mind the old addage that you find the right someone when you're not looking.
RaeAnne Thayne has a real gift with the written word and a way of subtley conveying emotion that touches my heart.”