by Janet Dailey

October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4201-1474-4
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Mass Market Paperback

The patriarch of the Calder family, Chase, has decided that his daughter, Cat, needs a husband so she’d stop nagging him about his food intake. So, he’s determined to do what he can to find her one for Christmas.

The whole family is there at the ranch, and Chase’s daughter in law is running the ranch. She’s involved in a relationship, but her significant other is a wanted man and hesitating to pop the question knowing his future is uncertain.

Chase begins thinking long and hard about whom would make a good husband and he’s determined to take care of this...but this holiday season brings more than a possibility of romance. There is also a mystery...

Santa in Montana is the answer to Ms. Dailey’s numerous requests to write more about her beloved Calder family. It is more of a family saga than a romance, but there are touches of romance.

Ms. Dailey being who she is, she doesn’t have to follow many of the writing rules. I noticed that she changed point of view in the middle of scenes, and some of the seasons were written in the point of view of the wind. It was rather jarring to me, and drew me out of the story several times.

I didn’t find this story or the bit of romances included as good as Ms. Dailey’s previous books, it felt rather forced at times. But if you were one of those looking for another Calder book then you’ll want to pick up Santa in Montana. An excerpt from Ms. Dailey’s new romantic suspense Drawing Fire (available August 2011) is included at the end of the book.

Reviewed in February 2011 by Laura.

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