Make sure to leave a comment today for Paty’s e-book giveaway of the Silver Bells and Stetsons ten-author anthology. (U.S. residents only…) Amazon best-selling and award-winning author Paty Jager’s Redemption is a story of forgiveness with a wonderful hero who has worked hard to redeem himself. Can two battered hearts find solace or will the past continue to haunt their lives?
I’m always on the lookout for premises for my historical western stories, so when I read the book- Oregon Outlaws by Gary and Gloria Meier, a story in the book caught my attention. First because it happened in the county where I grew up, and second it seemed like the perfect type of miracle story that went with Christmas.
Dave Tucker was a young man who grew up in Wallowa Valley, Oregon and made friends with the wrong people. They talked him into helping them rob the First Bank of Joseph. During the get-a-way several, including Tucker(who lost a thumb and finger) were wounded and captured. Only one man with a money bag got away and was never caught.
Tucker pleaded guilty to bank robbery and was sentenced to seven years in the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. He served over four years of his sentence working in the prison shops and mail office. Being a model prisoner he was released and returned to Wallowa Valley to face his family and friends and rebuild his life.
Twenty-seven years after his release from prison, Dave Tucker became the vice-president of the very bank he’d robbed.
This story intrigued me, so I set up a similar situation in my novella, Christmas Redemption. My hero, Van Donovan was younger, fifteen, and rebelling from a strict father. His job was the lookout for the robbery. Only one man was killed, a bystander, and the outlaws got away with the money leaving Van to go to prison. Which is another plot line in the story. 😉
Van doesn’t return and become the bank president, but he does return with a trade, boot making, and to make amends with his family.
Only upon his return, Van learns the fate of the wife and daughter of the innocent man killed during the robbery. His guilty conscience pushes him to help the daughter, and he discovers the strong-willed young woman squatting in the building he purchased for his boot making shop is one and the same.
While Van is hardened from his belief his family never contacted him while he was in prison because they were disappointed him, he has a benevolent side that reaches out to anyone in need. And a toughness he learned from his father as well as defending himself in the prison.
You can find Christmas Redemption and nine other historical western romance Christmas novellas in Silver Belles and Stetsons. The boxed set is only .99 for a limited time and will take you back in time when men were rugged and handsome and the women who loved them, courageous and daring. These ten Bestselling and Award-Winning authors bring you western romance novellas featuring alpha-cowboys from the past.
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The Greatest Gift: A Montana Cowboy Christmas by Kathleen Ball. Looking for the man who ran out on her, Ginger finds a
cowboy worthy of love but he doesn’t want or need love.
Catherine’s Cowboy by Cait Braxton. During a supernatural dust storm, Fate steps in when rugged army tracker Elam helps Catherine deliver her child.
Stone Mountain Christmas by Caroline Clemmons. Can Celia restore the town’s Christmas spirit?
Angel and the Texan from County Cork by Carra Copelin. Does Angel trust marriage to the man she suspects of killing her husband or the stranger who promises to pay off her debt and set her free if she decides their marriage of convenience won’t work?
The Drifter’s Proposal by Kristin Holt. The baker’s man is home for Christmas.
The Perfect Gift by Lyn Horner. Friendship has blossomed into young love, but it seems destined to die on the vine…until an unexpected Christmas gift promises happiness.
Marshal Mistletoe by Susan Horsnell. She married the wrong man. Will fate intervene?
Christmas Redemption by Paty Jager. Can two battered hearts find solace or will the past continue to haunt their lives?
A Hard Candy Christmas by Hebby Roman.Two damaged souls. Can their budding love and the healing power of Christmas bring them together?
Cowboy Christmas by Margaret Tanner. Will a miracle Christmas baby unite two tortured souls, or will it forever keep them apart?
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