CHRISTMAS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN
by Jane Porter
Tule Publishing Group
November 29, 2013
E-book est. 119 pages
Disclosure: Purchased/Kindle Freebie
Widower Brock Sheenan needs things taking (sic) care of at the Copper Mountain Ranch over the holidays, and Harley Diekerhoff seems like the ideal hard-working housekeeper. Until she discovers he and his kids have never had a proper Christmas together. Suddenly, the ranch is full of festive cheer—and the passion between Brock and Harley steams like mulled wine! But Harley’s not looking forward to the New Year… because she’ll be saying goodbye to this handsome, taciturn Montana cowboy, who doesn’t know how to open up, or share or love… The Tule Group
In the very last part of this book, we start to hear ” God:” God sent her to be here, Faith, God, Heaven. Of course this is immediately after a sex scene. This felt to me like some sort of trick, or attempt to appease people who would be upset by the inclusion of sex when they were expecting a Christian story, or vice versa. At least it represents Christians as very human individuals who do have sex outside marriage and are not all goody-two-shoes. The story is sold under the romance and women’s fiction genres.
I was immediately grabbed by the predicament in which the temporary housekeeper finds herself: a widow who also lost her three children. I can’t imagine how anyone would go on. So she’s a very sympathetic character. The ranch hands are friendly and welcoming — like family. I enjoyed reading about her tasks and the things she made for the ranch hands.
It’s the ranch owner for whom it’s hard to have a lot of sympathetic feelings. He reminds me of the father of A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN; determined that if he ignores the holiday grief and unwelcome emotions will be held in check. There’s a real reason for a turnaround in his feelings and behavior, but the escalation of the relationship is really, really sudden. In novellas, and short stories something has to be sacrificed for length, and here it is relationship development.
It’s engrossing, and enjoyable. But, that emphasis on God at the end felt off. Of course I am very religion sensitive; others may not be bugged by it.