Christmas in July Reviews by LAWonder10 – Christmas at Copper Mountain by Jane Porter.

Jul 24, 2023

Book Details:

Christmas at Copper Mountain
By: Jane Porter
Narrated by: Loretta Rawlins
Series: Copper Mountain Christmas, Book 4, The Taming of the Sheenans, Book 1; Released: 02-24-15             
Length: 4 hrs

Book Description:

Taming of the Sheenans, book one: Since the loss of her family in a plane crash, Harley Diekerhoff has led a quiet life and keeps to herself. Taking the temporary job at the Copper Mountain Ranch as widower Brock Sheenan’s housekeeper seems perfect for her. But her calm cocoon is invaded with the arrival of Brock’s preteen twins, Mack and Molly, who’ve never experienced a proper Christmas, and before she knows it Harley’s determined to make their holiday perfect.

Annoyed at first by Harley’s interference, Brock is secretly pleased she’s changed Mack and Molly’s world. It doesn’t hurt that he finds Harley incredibly attractive, fierce, smart, and passionate. It’s also an added bonus that she’s not afraid to challenge him and get his blood heated! But when sparks fly, and the attractions sizzles between them, Harley’s not so sure she can handle something permanent with this dark, taciturn cowboy who doesn’t know how to let her in. But Brock is determined to hold on to her and pray for a Christmas miracle…

Review by LAWonder10:

Christmas at Copper Mountain is a very poignant tale of loss, grieving, renewal and love .
One woman who could not bear to face another Holiday Season with her loved ones pitying her, with whispering and tension in the air. It was just too painful.
A man who was stuck in grief and loyalty to his beloved deceased wife, devoted to his twin children. He felt little enjoyment in life. He would be sure his children were loved and cared for, yet unspoiled. He hated idle talk and being around people. He seemed severe and most were fine with leaving him to himself.
One of the two was mistrusting and wanted no new relationship. One was stuck in grief and dedication to lost love and devotion.
An opportunity to escape the Holidays with family to cook and keep house on a ranch in Montana while the cook and housekeeper were away for a few weeks felt like a perfect opportunity.
The characters are portrayed well and the scenes are easily visualized. One feels like he/she is there with them. The Narrator, Loretta Rawlins, did a very good job in her performance. The only thing that would have made this more enjoyable is if the author had left off the brief explicitness of the sexual encounters. The two times were brief but totally unnecessary.
Although somewhat predictable, this short Christmas novel is so well written and touching, it earns a Five Stars rating.

Meet the Author:

USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author of 75+ romances and women’s fiction titles, Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award six times, with her Tule Publishing novella, Take Me, Cowboy, winning the Novella Category July 2014. Today, Jane has over 15 million copies in print, including her wildly popular Flirting with Forty, a novel picked by Redbook Magazine as it’s Red Hot Summer Read in 2006 before being turned into a Lifetime movie in 2008 starring Heather Locklear. In 2021 two of Jane’s Taming of the Sheenan romances were turned into original movies for the Great American Family Network. Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband, three sons, and three dogs. You can learn more about Jane at

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