Authors Showcase: Winter’s Embrace by Kathleen Ball
July 21, 2015
The Book: Winter’s Embrace
The Author: Kathleen Ball
The Story: Ten years ago Winter’s heart was broken beyond repair by Stone McCoy. Now she is a travel agent ready to lead an Alaskan Cruise and to her surprise Stone McCoy is on her tour.
A long ago phone call shattered her trust and her self-confidence. She never planned to see Stone again.
While at college, Stone McCoy woke up, after a fraternity party, to find a girl in his bed. Weeks later she told him she’s pregnant. Calling Winter to break things off was the worst night of his life.
Now he’s hoping for a second chance at happiness.
The chemistry is electrifying but old issues lead these two on a merry chase. Can they put old hurts aside and begin again?
Join Rancher Stone McCoy and Winter James as they try to find happiness from Alaska to Texas and finally on his Montana Ranch.
Review by Class Dreamer 84:
Kathleen Ball always pens the perfect hunky cowboy hero and feisty heroine and throws them into heartwarming and heart-wrenching plots that suck you in and keep you there…page after page. Winter’s Embrace is no exception.
When Stone books a trip on Winter’s cruise line, Winter has no choice but to ignore the pain and emotions that his presence brings. But when things take a turn for the worse, it’s Stone that comes to her rescue….until she realizes that it may be she he is using to come to his rescue. Will Winter find the truth behind Stone’s feelings…or will he let her down again?
The many twists that Kathleen Ball weaves throughout the story line keep you on the edge of your seat…will they or won’t they? It’s a beautiful story, and I’m looking forward to the final book in the Cowboy Seasons Series.
Review by Susan:
This contemporary western love story has Stone and Winter in love in college, when suddenly he breaks up with her and pretty much destroys her emotionally. Ten years pass and they meet again.
During the next few months, they try desperately to find their love again. Winter is still emotionally fragile; Stone tries to win her love and express his love, but ends up lying and confusing her with his hot and cold behavior. His behavior is so messed up,
I found myself actually getting anxious, worrying he was getting abusive. Their love for Rachel, Stone’s 5 year old daughter, is the catalyst who finally brings them together.
Review by Kirsten – Book Lunatic:
This was a pretty good book. The first I’ve read by Kathleen, and it kept me interested in what was happening to the characters. I really liked both Winter and Stone, but man are they both hard-headed. Stone comes back into Winter’s life ten years after dumping her over the phone.
I understand why she doesn’t trust him, and am confused as to why he would think that she would just automatically fall into his arms after what he did. Yes, he did come back and declare that he still loved her, but he didn’t explain for a long time why he had done what he did. Winter, for her part, kind of pissed me off. I think she truly didn’t know what or who she wanted, and being around Stone only made things worse, in my opinion. Granted, he was there to offer her a job and a place to live after she lost everything.
By the time these two actually sat down and talked about what had happened in the past and tried to deal with that, I was glad that Winter finally said that she needed time. Stone wanted to give her that time, but he also didn’t. He wanted her right now, and wasn’t afraid of staking claim to her, even though she hadn’t said what she wanted. I did like the ending, and loved the way that Winter treated Rachel from the beginning.
When Stone finally realized that he hadn’t been asking Winter all that time, but telling her – that’s when he finally got somewhere. I really wanted to slap both of them upside the head a few times. I would be interested in reading more books by Kathleen, and I am interested in going back and reading the beginning of this series to see what’s happened in the past, and how the other characters connect.