Caitlin Lassiter has loved Jake through seven years of marriage and four children. But now she finds herself tearfully boarding a train bound for Texas with her three children, leaving Jack on the platform. Her plan to stay with her brother and his wife goes awry when bandits board the train and recognize her as “Colorado Kate.” Spirited away to help the outlaws pull off bigger jobs, her fate is in the hands of Jake, her brother, and his wife. Can they find her before the law does because the evidence says Colorado Kate is back on the wrong side of justice.
A Colorado Christmas features characters from Virginia Brown’s other novels. It’s pretty much a short Christmas story showing what happened to them after those initial books. But I didn’t realize that this was a follow-up to other stories until right before I started reading, and I didn’t have a problem connecting with the characters without knowing those other books.
The conflict between Caitlin and her husband seemed incredibly realistic for a couple who has gone through seven years of marriage plus four children. I never felt any doubt that they still loved each other, things had just gotten rough. It was the same situation for Caitlin’s brother–Devon–and his wife Maggie. They absolutely loved each other, but they still had a little bit of trouble in paradise. This was a welcome look at a realistic relationship after the initial falling in love.
As for the story, I would have liked to have seen a bit more about the interaction between Caitlin and the outlaws who captured her. I’m sure the relationship would be apparent in the earlier books, However, I wanted to see at least one more scene with Caitlin standing up to her kidnappers, especially after a development that happens late in the story.
My only other complaint, though it’s a good one to have, is that I wanted to spend more time with these characters. I found them compelling, and I’d like to learn more about their lives. I’m going to keep an eye out for Virginia Brown’s books the next time that I’m at the bookstore.
This book would be a great read for readers looking to read a short romance story in a single evening or on a short trip. It’s a very light, easy read.
Rating: four of five stars
A Colorado Christmas by Virginia Brown will be available from Bell Bridge Books on December 11, 2013.
*I received a copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.