Janelle Taylor, Emma Merritt, Jo Goodman, Carol Finch, Georgina Gentry, Evelyn Rogers.
There are 6 short stories
Kiss of Christmas by Janelle Taylor
Circle of Love by Carol Finch
Texas Magic by Emma Merritt
Cheyenne Mistletoe by Georgina Gentry
Cactus and Thistle by Evelyn Rogers
Tidewater Promise by Jo goodman
It's too bad these weren't full lenght novels,they were all good short stories
KISS OF THE CHRISTMAS WIND (Janelle Taylor)
Briefly: This is an illogical and convoluted plot. Thad Jamison has to chase bank robbers (and such) since the government did not keep his new wife, Carrie Sue in prison for her crimes. He's paying for her crimes by chasing robbers and murderers. Go figure.
CIRCLE OF LOVE (Carol Finch)
Pilar Maguire is envious of her neighbor, Grayson Hart. It is after the Civil War and times are hard. Grayson lives in a large, stately home, is handsome and has money. Pilar, on the other hand, lives with her grandfather and siblings. Grayson is lonely and enjoys Pilar's family. She is constantly surrounded by family and would like to have some independence and wealth.
I did not like Pilar; she spent too much time whining about her circumstances. Grayson must REALLY have been lonely.
TEXAS MAGIC (Emma Merritt)
Wealthy widow Hannah Driscoll married Blade Carmichael to get him to come to Mistletoe, Texas as town marshal. Blade had insisted on it. Now he would like to renegotiate their terms of marriage -- away from one of convenience to a loving relationship.
CHEYENNE MISTLETOE (Georgina Gentry)
Genevieve Malone is trying to save her starving family by selling mistletoe in a saloon. A half-breed (Hawk) saves Genevieve from the taunts and bold behavior of the saloon's inhabitants. Later, Hawk gets lost in a heavy snow and eventually travels toward a light. Genevieve invites Hawk in for the night.
TIDEWATER PROMISE by Jo Goodman
Courtney McClellan has just announced the end of her third engagement -- days before the wedding. While her family is dissecting her behavior, Courtney sees a childhood friend. Cameron Prescott encourages Courtney to talk about her broken engagements. While enumerating the problems with each man, Courtney starts to see the problem. She understands why each is the wrong man ... and who the right man is.
CACTUS AND THISTLE (Evelyn Rogers)
Mattie Campbell has come from Texas to England. While traveling, she decides to visit her late husband's family in Scotland. She is shocked to find her husband's cousin, Robert, a rigid and cold man. He wants to know what she wants -- after all, she has traveled hundreds of miles just to see folks she's never met before. But the trouble really starts when Mattie announces that she wants to have a big celebration with Robert's tenants and their families.
I thought most of the stories were marginal, at best. The first story had an illogical plot. The second story had an interesting plot but the heroine was unlikable. I enjoyed TEXAS MAGIC; the characters and plot were entertaining. The incidents in both CHEYENNE MISTLETOE and TIDEWATER PROMISE were so outlandish for their time, I lost interest. However, there was lots to like about CACTUS AND THISTLE. It is a story with complex emotions and stubborn pride.