I received this book via the publisher Forever. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Wishing on a Christmas Cowboy by Sara Richardson
Series: Star Valley #1
Published by Forever on 2022-10-11
Length: 336 pages
Reviewing eARC from the publisher Forever
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2022, 2022 New Release Challenge
This city girl could use a dose of good old-fashioned cowboy Christmas cheer in this charming holiday romance for fans of Jennifer Ryan and Maisey Yates!
Pediatric nurse Kyra Fowler is finally going to realize her dream. She’s got a job lined up at the most prestigious children’s hospital in London. There’s only one little snag—first she has to sell the Wyoming town she’s just inherited from her estranged father. After a little fixing up, the place should easily attract a buyer. Hopefully she’ll be celebrating the sale by New Year’s.
Ex-Navy SEAL Aiden Steele couldn’t save his brother-in-law on the battlefield, but he can save his sister’s ranch and give his nieces the life they deserve in the town they love. He’s not about to let some outsider make a mint selling to a ruthless developer. Operation Save Star Valley is foolproof: show Kyra the sights, let the Christmas spirit work its magic, and bam! She’ll decide not to sell and he can ensure his family is taken care of. Except as he tries to make Kyra fall in love with the town, Aiden starts falling for her.
Wishing on a Cowboy Christmas by Sara Richardson is a charming holiday romance about finding home and opening your heart to all life has to offer. Kyra Fowler, a pediatric NP, has just been offered her dream job in London when she learns that she’s inherited her estranged father’s estate ~ a small town in the middle of nowhere Wyoming. Before she can start her dream, she first has to sell the town, but it isn’t going to be as straightforward as she things. Her father had a list of odd jobs for her to complete before selling, all designed to make her fall in love with the town he called home. Add in a retired Navy SEAL hellbent on convincing her to not sell the town he loves, and Kyra’s got her hands full.
I truly enjoyed this story. Kyra is a great character to follow. She’s faced so much hurt in her life, and now she’s grieving a father who she thought abandoned her years earlier. Not only is she grieving, but she is also reconciling what to do with the town he left her. If she sells, a developer is sure to come in and change all the things she finds charming and unique about Star Valley, but keeping it isn’t an option since she is leaving for London. Kyra’s heart and head conflict as the longer she stays in Star Valley, the longer she falls in love with the town, her newfound friends, and the home her father created for her.
As much as I like Kyra, I adore Aidan. He breaks my heart in more than one way. After losing his best friend and brother-in-law in the service, he suffers from PTSD, shoving down his feelings and putting his sister and nieces first always. Kyra upends his life and makes him feel things he refuses to let himself have. The closer they become, the more his struggles come to the surface before he can no longer hide behind them.
Overall I really enjoyed Wishing on a Christmas Cowboy. Kyra and Aidan are so easy to root for. I loved the dual POV so we experience the story from both their perspectives. My heart broke for them, but the author happily put it back together again. Fans of sweet holiday romance will fall for the town of Star Valley and enjoy the tender moments between Kyra and Aidan. Highly recommend!