by Linda Lael Miller

November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-373-77405-0
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Juliana Mitchell has learned to be independent after her brother disinherited her when she refused to marry one of his business associates. In 1910 America there were not a lot of opportunities, but Juliana found a job she loved: teaching young children at an Indian school. When funding runs out, she finds herself at a train station in Montana with nowhere to stay and four of her charges who still need her help. It is nearing Christmas and Juliana needs a holiday miracle.

Her prayers are answered in the form of Lincoln Creed who is a widowed rancher in town for mail. Lincoln has a young daughter, Gracie, who needs a teacher/governess. Juliana may be the answer to his situation.

Lincoln has had a hard time dealing with the death of his beloved wife, Beth. Can love blossom again during a Montana Christmas?

Linda Lael Miller taught me to love Westerns with her empathetic characters who have touched my heart in her many tales. Her tough yet tender heroes and competent yet passionate heroines bring the settings to vibrant life in both historical and contemporary novels.

A Creed Country Christmas may have a holiday setting, but it is a story for any season and is as comforting as a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. If you loved Ms. Miller's recent trilogy of the modern Creed brothers as much as I did, you must read this new novel to learn of their roots.

Reviewed in October 2009 by Roberta.

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