By Linda Lael Miller
Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates simply with animals, yet males are one other tale. particularly rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia's uncanny bond along with his daughter Sophie's pony, Butterpie, has him wondering her sanity, whereas she wonders if he is not only a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas with all of the trimmings, together with a tree-lighting rite and a guy named Kris Kringle in a sleigh pushed by means of seven reindeer…and a donkey. yet will a vacation miracle remodel the globe-trotting Tanner right into a rancher—and kin man—for all seasons?
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Like I’m going outside in this weather,” Ginger said with a sniff. Slowly Olivia approached the reindeer. The creature was small, definitely a miniature breed, with eyes big and dark and luminous in the light from the truck, and it stood motionless. “Lost,” it told her, not having Ginger’s extensive vocabulary. If she ever found a loving home for that dog, she’d miss the long conversations, even though they had very different political views. The deer had antlers, which meant it was male. “Hey, buddy,” she said.
Boarding school,” he answered, as though the words had been pried out of him. The denim-colored eyes were still fixed on her face. “Oh,” Olivia answered, feeling sorry for the pony and Sophie. “She’ll be home for Thanksgiving, though, right? ” Tanner’s jawline looked rigid, and his eyes didn’t soften. “No,” he said. ” Olivia’s spirits, already on the dip, deflated completely. He stepped aside. Before, he’d blocked her way. Now he obviously wanted her gone, ASAP. It was Olivia’s turn with the folded arms and stubborn stance.
I read your newsletters faithfully, Ms. Wiggins,” he said. ’” Ms. Wiggins trilled out a very un-CIA-like giggle. “Oh, we don’t use that term in front of the pupils, Mr. Quinn,” she assured him. “Sophie is fine. She just tends to be a little overdramatic, that’s all. ” Tanner broke in. “She’s one of our most emotionally stable students. ” Don’t we all? Tanner thought. He always skipped Thanksgiving and Christmas both, if he couldn’t spend them with Sophie. Up until now it had been easy enough, given that he’d been out of the country last year, and the year before that.