Texas Christmas by Holly Castillo

Gabriella Torres loves returning to her hometown of San Antonio for the holidays–the decorations, the magic and her large family. As icing on the cake, she will serve as midwife for one of her cousins. Her Christmas visit also provides a temporary distraction from a looming obligation. 

Luke Davenport has traveled half-way around the world to accept the role as town doctor in San Antonio. But when he arrives to complete domestic chaos, the sheriff offers his hospitality, Luke, who’s grown up alone on the rough streets of London, can’t turn down the offer and enjoys the glimpse of a large and friendly family. While he’s embraced by all, Luke tries to keep his distance. His past remains a threat and the alluring Gabby Torres makes him dream of a brighter but impossible future.

When Gabby learns that Luke has never truly experienced Christmas, she sets out on a mission…to make this Christmas the best that Luke could ever have. As they spend intimate moments together, Luke begins to lose his heart to the woman who is showing him what life as part of a family could be like and Gabby finds it challenging to deny her attraction to the handsome, skilled, and kind doctor.

When the ghosts of their pasts rise up to haunt them, will Christmas magic and love be strong enough to guarantee the happiness they’ve always dreamed of?

Titles in the Texas Legacy series include:  Texas Conquest – Texas Desire – Texas Heat – Texas Christmas –

Title:  Texas Christmas
Series:  Texas Legacy #4
Author:  Holly Castillo
Genre:  Historical Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  October 18, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I love learning of Christmas traditions from other cultures and other times as well.  So Texas Christmas was not only a lovely Christmas Romance, it was also an historical lesson in many ways.  Step back in time for a simpler yet no less boisterous celebration of the holidays, and of finding love where you least expect it.

Gabby and Luke make an interesting couple with their far different backgrounds – and very different ideas about healing and medicine.  Gabby is completely distrustful of so called doctors.  She’s seen them do far more harm than good in her experience.  Luke doesn’t trust a healer who relies on the old ways and won’t embrace the better offerings of modern medicine.  Each views the other’s abilities with suspicion and perhaps a touch of disdain.  Yet as they slowly let down their guards and get to know each other they’re finding that they have more in common than they first thought.  In spite of her first reactions to Luke, Gabby is finding him to be an honorable man, a kind soul and perhaps someone that could come to mean so much more to her.  Luke is a bit surprised by Gabby’s generosity in showing him what a true family style Christmas celebration can be.  Slowly a friendship of sorts develops, and each begins to fight the attraction they feel – for far different reasons.

Although I have read the entire series, I don’t feel you “have” to have read the earlier books in order to enjoy this Christmas romance between Gabby and Luke.  I don’t often say that, for I believe a series is best enjoyed from start to finish… but Christmas stories are often a seasonal enjoyment for many readers so this is one that I believe can stand on its own.  In my opinion.

I enjoyed Texas Christmas, it’s touching, emotional and while not overly steamy, we certainly know that Luke and Gabby are falling in love.  I would recommend this one to any Romance reader who enjoys learning a bit about other Christmas celebrations and traditions, as well as a look at how the heart of Christmas remains the same no matter the date.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

** This review originally appeared on my all genre blog, Keeper Bookshelf.  **

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