Wild West Christmas is a collection of four stories about four sisters by four different authors set in Texasand is part of the “Romancing America” series. In the first story “Charlsey’s Accountant” by Lena Nelson Dooley, Charlsey Ames is the son her widower father never had, and works hard out on the ranch. When city slicker accountant Horace Miller III arrives to buy some of their cattle Charlsey has a hard time figuring him out. Why does he give her lots of attention at home and completely ignores her when she is dressed in her men’s clothes out on the ranch?
“Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter” is the second story in the book by Darlene Franklin. Lucy joins the Major Paulson Wild West Show and soon becomes its star attraction with her sharp shooting skills; she is able to use her faith to witness to the audiences. While touring she begins falling in love with Gordon Paulson the Major’s son who will soon be heading off to teach at West Texas Christian College.
The only thing Sarah Ames is good at is training horses, but in “A Breed Apart” by Vickie McDonough, she is shocked when her father hires half-Mexican Carson Romero to take over her job. She tries to learn women’s duties with very little success and all she wants to do is go back to her old job. When some of their stock disappears is Carsonto blame?
In the final story “Plain Trouble” by Kathleen Y’Barbo, Bess Ames has always believed she was plain and now that all of her younger sisters have married she believes her calling is to stay home and take care of her father. But now that her father is thinking about marrying a local widow where is her place now? What will happen when a man from her past Texas Ranger Josef Mueller suddenly reappears?
I liked this book a lot. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the main characters in each of the stories were sisters and appear or are at least mentioned in each of the stories. This helped make the book seem like one whole story instead of four separate ones.
What God’s plans are for your life is a major theme in this book. In each one of the stories the Amessisters struggle with the decision to remain where they are or go and do something else. They each want God’s will for their life but are unsure what that is.
On the whole this is a very interesting book. My only complaint is the fact that the fact that the stories are not centered around the Christmas season, each one ends at Christmas but most of the story takes place earlier in the year. I give this book four and a half out of five stars.
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Soli Deo Gloria!