A spicy Christmas novella.
Ohio. December, 1860.
Sheriff Charlie Calcut can count on two things every Christmas: his Mother feeding him until his pants don’t fit, and endless teasing about his bachelorhood. Not this year. To appease his mother, he wrote letters home crafting a fake fiancee. But now he’s expected to bring a real live woman home for Christmas, and the only one he can trust with this crazy plan is pants-wearing, hard-living Rose Hawthorne, better known as Thorny Rose.
There’s a war coming, and Rose means to be long gone on the way to Oregon before it reaches Ohio. So she can’t resist Charlie’s offer to help her on her way, and to have one last holiday full of home cooking and a loving family–even if it’s not her own.
Very cute love story of Charlie and Rose who have known each other forever. Roses a tomboy you like to be alone and then not want anybody not even a man telling her what to do. Charlie was a local sheriff who needed someone to pretend to be his wife to go home for Christmas. Well lucky for Rose she got to be that girl, and not only did she agree to it but she got more than she ever thought she could bargained for.
Review by Twinsie Dee
MARIE PIPER is a graduate of Michigan State University, a former actor/director, and a lover of stories.
The full-length steamy Western trilogy, FIRES OF CRICKET BEND, and the gothic dime store serial, MAIDENS & MONSTERS, are available now. Marie’s short pieces are featured in a variety of anthologies. Marie lives in Chicago, where she goes on lots on adventures with her zany family, reads everything she can get her hands on, loves visiting all the museums Chicago has to offer.