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Amanda McIntyre | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

July 24, 2013

RUGGED HEARTSSix months to Christmas? The idea in this blistering heat seems far removed, but it won’t be long before we’re preparing for that special time—the shopping for the perfect gift, the parties, the food and family that endears this special holiday to so many.

Set in End of the Line, Montana, a few days before Christmas, my emotionally scarred hero, Wyatt Kinnison, oldest of the three Kinnison clan, assumes responsibility of the ranch while his brothers are away on business. Little does he know that a chance meeting, a blinding snowstorm and the unexpected visit of a second-grade class who become stranded at the ranch is about to change his life forever. It’a a transformation for the man the townsfolk call “the Grinch”—nothing at all like his civic-minded, involved step-dad, Wyatt is a loner whose built a stone wall around his heart, determined never again to be betrayed by this thing called love. Poor Wyatt, He just hadn’t expected teacher, Aimee Worth to come into his life, as determined as much to break down that wall.

In fact, it wasn’t until Wyatt began to see himself through Aimee’s eyes that he began to trust and find himself worthy of being loved. His transformation in learning to open himself up, to risk his heart, and being loved is a journey that is both heart-wrenching and jubilant. I invite you to visit the Kinnison ranch in Book I of the Kinnison Legacy series—RUGGED HEARTS, and discover the gift of my heart—to you.

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