By Linda Lael Miller
Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates simply with animals, yet males are one other tale. specially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia's uncanny bond together with his daughter Sophie's pony, Butterpie, has him wondering her sanity, whereas she wonders if he isn't only a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas with the entire trimmings, together with a tree-lighting rite and a guy named Kris Kringle in a sleigh pushed by way of seven reindeer…and a donkey. yet will a vacation miracle remodel the globe-trotting Tanner right into a rancher—and family members man—for all seasons?
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With Ginger and Willie following, Olivia went into the house. Mac’s playpen stood empty in the living room. Olivia stepped into the nearest bathroom to wash her hands, and when she came out, Meg was standing in the hallway, holding six-month-old Mac. He stretched his arms out to Olivia and strained toward her, and her heart melted. She took the baby eagerly and nuzzled his neck to make him laugh. His blondish hair stood up all over his head, and his dark blue eyes were round with mischievous excitement.
Hello, Mr. Quinn,” Ms. Wiggins said. A former CIA agent, Janet Wiggins was attractive, if you liked the armed-and-dangerous type. Tanner didn’t, particularly, but the woman had a spotless service record, and a good résumé. ” “I’m worried about Sophie,” he said. A cold wind blew down off the mountain looming above Stone Creek, biting into his ears, but he didn’t head for the house. He just stood there in the barnyard, letting the chill go right through him. “I gathered that from your message, Mr.
Before she could shut the door, he stood in the gap. Pushed his hat to the back of his head and treated her to another wicked grin. “I guess there’s a ground-breaking ceremony scheduled for tomorrow morning at ten,” he said. ” Olivia nodded, feeling unaccountably flustered. Ginger was practically drooling. “Nice dog,” Tanner said. “Be still, my heart,” Ginger said. “Shut up,” Olivia told the dog. Tanner drew back his head, but the grin lurked in his eyes. Olivia blushed. “I wasn’t talking to you,” she told Tanner.