The Brands Who Came For Christmas is the first book in The Oklahoma Brands by Maggie Shayne.
A sweet romance and an engaging read with a cast of interesting characters. I would happily read more from this series and this author. 4 / 5
Summary (from Goodreads)
Caleb didn’t know that one night of bliss last spring with small town beauty Maya Brand had resulted in a pregnancy, until the blackmail attempt arrived on his desk in an unmarked envelope, complete with photos of Maya with a belly out to there.
When he learns the truth, Caleb rushes back to Big Falls, determined to make it right despite what the scandal will do to his high profile career–the family legacy he had never truly wanted.
All he wants is Maya, and their child.
But can a girl whose father abandoned and betrayed her, ever truly believe in the goodness of a man who left town the morning after their one night stand? How can he convince her that he hasn’t stopped thinking about her since then, much less, do so with the whole world watching? He has to prove himself to a woman he’s not even sure he’s worthy of. But he has no idea how.
“But honey, it’s that experience of getting it wrong that make me know what’s right.”
(From The Brands Who Came For Christmas by Maggie Shayne)
A sweet romance with an engaging read with a cast of interesting, unpredictable characters. I’m not sure I understood the motivations of some of the characters (e.g. why Maya is so fixated on being accepted by the church ladies when they look at her whole family with such disdain) or how Caleb never managed to find a spare evening to sneak away to Big Falls in months when he couldn’t stop thinking of Maya…but that is what creates the conflict. I certainly felt the tension and awkwardness from both POVs when they are brought back together.
With the fact that it is a romance, you know how the story is going to end, but I had no idea of the route the story would take to get there. Selene was my favourite character – witchy with a love of tarot, herbals potions, etc. I thought she was magical! I also thought Bobby was a fun character. He could really find the silver lining in the darkest of stormclouds, I’m sure.
I would happily read more from this series (The Oklahoma Brands) as well as more from this author.