By Linda Lael Miller
Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates simply with animals, yet males are one other tale. specifically 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 through seven reindeer…and a donkey. yet will a vacation miracle rework the globe-trotting Tanner right into a rancher—and relations man—for all seasons?
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Not to worry,” Olivia said. “Ginger’s a lamb. ” “His name is Rodney,” Ginger announced. She’d turned, forefeet on the console, to watch them over the backseat. “On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer or—Rodney,” Olivia said, gesturing, but giving the animal plenty of room. Rodney raised his head at the sound of his name, seemed to perk up a little. Then he pranced right up the ramp, into the back of the Suburban, and lay down on a bed of old feed sacks with a heavy reindeer snort. Olivia closed the back doors of the rig as quietly as she could, so Rodney wouldn’t be startled.
That certainly went well,” she told Ginger. ” Ginger didn’t answer. Half an hour later, the X-rays were done and the blood had been drawn. Rodney was good to go. Tanner stood in the middle of the barnyard, staring after that wreck of a Suburban and wondering what the hell had just hit him. It felt like a freight train. His cell phone rang, breaking the spell. He pulled it from his jacket pocket and squinted at the caller ID panel. Ms. Wiggins, the executive principal at Briarwood. She’d certainly taken her time returning his call—he’d left her a message at sunrise.
Best I could do on short notice,” Olivia chimed in, exchanging a hello grin with Meg and giving Mac’s mittened hand a little squeeze. His plump little cheek felt smooth and cold as she kissed him. ” Melissa put in, grinning. She and Ashley were fraternal twins, but except for their deep blue eyes, they bore no noticeable resemblance to each other. Melissa was small, an inch shorter than Olivia, and wore her fine chestnut-colored hair in a bob. Having left the law office where she worked to attend the ceremony, she was clad in her usual getup of high heels, pencil-straight skirt, fitted blazer and prim white blouse.
A Stone Creek Christmas by Linda Lael Miller