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Scrooge wore spurs
Dailey, Janet.
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Publication Information:
New York : Kensington Pub. Corp., [2002]

Physical Description:
346 pages ; 18 cm.
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"Zebra contemporary romance"--Spine.
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Eben MacCallister has devoted his life to make his ranch profitable. Now, threatened with foreclosure, Eben hopes that his late sister has left him money. Instead, he receives four hungry kids. His former flame, Maggie, sees poetic justice in the situation. She can't imagine how Eben can be both mother and father to these wounded children. But at Christmas, wishes have a way of coming true.

Author Notes

Janet Dailey was born on May 21, 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa. She was a romance writer, who wrote over 150 books during her lifetime. Her works include No Questions Asked, the Calder series, the Americana series, and Merry Christmas, Cowboy. In 1993, she received the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. She died on December 14, 2013 at the age of 69.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

As Christmas approaches, nothing is going well for fortysomething Eben MacCallister. The family ranch he has devoted his life to is about to be foreclosed upon. He has just been notified that the sister he raised but has been estranged from since she ran away at age 17 has been killed in an accident. Now, a lawyer has dumped Eben's four orphaned nieces and nephews on his doorstep. The witness to all this heartache is Maddie, the childhood sweetheart who had gotten away but who, now widowed, has returned to run a dude ranch on her neighboring Arizona spread. The children seem bent on making Eben miserable--the twins want to celebrate Christmas, which also happens to be their birthday; the seven-year-old won't do his homework; and the baby cries in need of diaper changes and food. What's a curmudgeon to do? Dailey breaks no new ground here, but comes through with a light, predictable but reliably entertaining category-type romance. Diana Tixier Herald

Publisher's Weekly Review

Since romance novels aimed at the December holidays must ultimately resolve in a warm 'n' fuzzy, family-friendly manner, the question here is not whether relationships will work out, but rather whether all the lonely people will pair up happily in time to score a great tree. That seems unlikely in Dailey's (A Capital Holiday; Green Calder Grass) western-themed tale, since poor but proud stock rancher Eben MacCallister and dude ranch owner Maddie Williams, who is equally stubborn but financially flourishing, have resisted pairing since their painful broken engagement 20 years earlier. The apparently insoluble argument: He grimly prioritizes things ahead of personal joy things like working non-stop to pay off the loan threatening his ranch with an un-Happy New Year's foreclosure; she, a marriage-before-mortgage gal, passionately insists that only people count. Then four unexpected people arrive to complicate the Christmas chaos: the young, precocious orphaned children of Eben's recently deceased, long-lost sister. The children are as cute as candy canes and irrepressibly inventive... and they really want that tree. Unlike Dailey's intense Calder family saga, but very much like eggnog, this book is 100 percent frothy fun. (Oct.) Forecast: A romance giant such as Dailey, who has published 100 novels and is reportedly the third highest-selling female author in the world, doesn't need a major ad campaign to push her book onto the charts. Print advertising in the New York Times and USA Today can't hurt, however, and a cover note promising a preview of Dailey's next Calder title will ensure that her fans turn out in force for this one. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

With the bank threatening to foreclose on his ranch because of a loophole in his loan agreement, the last thing Eben MacCalister needs is four lively children. But his only sister has died, and it's up to him to make a home for his nieces and nephews. Fortunately, Maddie Williams, his outspoken neighbor and ex-fiance, takes pity on him and lends a hand-with romantic results. Lively humor and lots of action keep the pace of this cheerful holiday story on track, and while the children's antics are occasionally a bit much, they have a definite ring of truth about them. Heartwarming, family-centered, and occasionally serious, this romance has it all. What more could Americana fans want? Best-selling author Dailey (Green Calder Grass) lives in Branson, MS. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.