The Brands Who Came for Christmas (Oklahoma Brands #1) by Maggie Shayne

BrandsWhoCameForChristmasCaleb didn’t know that one night of bliss last spring with small town beauty Maya Brand had resulted in a pregnancy, until the blackmail attempt arrived on his desk in an unmarked envelope, complete with photos of Maya with a belly out to there.

When he learns the truth, Caleb rushes back to Big Falls, determined to make it right despite what the scandal will do to his high profile career–the family legacy he had never truly wanted.

All he wants is Maya, and their child.

But can a girl whose father abandoned and betrayed her, ever truly believe in the goodness of a man who left town the morning after their one night stand? How can he convince her that he hasn’t stopped thinking about her since then, much less, do so with the whole world watching? He has to prove himself to a woman he’s not even sure he’s worthy of. But he has no idea how.

The Oklahoma All-Girl Brands is a six-book, small town, contemporary romance series with shades of HOPE FLOATS and YOU’VE GOT MAIL. Spin off of the bestselling Texas Brand Series.

The Brands Who Came for Christmas • Brand-New Heartache
Secrets and Lies • A Mommy For Christmas • One Magic Summer

I’ve decided that when I’m in the mood for a feel-good, fun read I’m going to go in search of one of Maggie Shayne’s Brands books. I’ve read the first two books in the Texas Brands series and The Brands Who Came for Christmas convinced me that the Oklahoma Brands is going to be just as entertaining.

Talk about a strong group of women. Vidalia Brand made sure her daughters knew that they were not only loved, but they were strong. Even though they knew that they had the love and support of their family, they could also be as independent as they needed to be. She taught them that through example. I pretty much immediately fell in love with this family.

I also fell in love with Caleb, long before the Brand women did. That’s probably because readers were also given his POV. He had a lot to make up for, but he stepped up to the challenge, regardless of how his friends and family felt. Never mind how Maya’s did. 😉

Yes, The Brands Who Came for Christmas was fairly predictable. ‘Feel good’ stories are typically predictable. Like I’ve said before, it’s not always the destination, but the journey that matters. This reader is going to enjoy her journey with the Brands. Even though this is a spin-off of the Texas Brands series, you won’t be lost if you start here. Since the first book in both series is currently free, what have you got to lose? The only hard part for me is deciding on whether I’m going to pick up the rest of the Oklahoma Brands or the Texas Brands next.



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