"There have been lots of guides written about Texas wineries, but this is the first work of fiction that I know of that has embraced them so dearly. When was the last time you read a novel with mentions of Roussanne and Mourvèdre? May did a great job of intertwining information about Texas wineries through Kate’s story. She paints a vivid picture of our wineries, Fredericksburg, and the Hill Country as a whole. It’s almost like having a guidebook sprinkled throughout a fun novel. I’m hopeful that folks that enjoy Texas wineries will enjoy Cactus Christmas, and Texas wineries will have some new fans through May’s writing." - Andrew Klein, TXWineLover
New York Times best-selling author, Kate Summers, is facing divorce in her 40's, and up against a hard deadline. She rents an Airstream on the Texas Wine Trail to find inspiration, but discovers much more…
She meets Zach, a medical doctor from the Northeast scouting for a winery to invest in. They decide to spend a week enjoying tastings, but just as they are getting to know one another, he has to return suddenly back home.
The holidays are hard for Kate, as she lost her mother two years ago. This Cactus Christmas is prickly and sweet as Kate must heal her heart, try to reconnect with her estranged sister, Lillie, and find her way on her own.
Will she finish her book?
Will she meet Zach again?
Will timing ever be right?
A delicious story of finding yourself (again), second chances at love, and taking huge risks that payoff.
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IR Verdict: Heather Renée May’s CACTUS CHRISTMAS is an uplifting and immensely readable novel about a woman’s journey back to happiness and love after a divorce, framed in a gorgeous Texas Wine Country setting.
CACTUS CHRISTMAS holds at its heart a powerful message for anyone who has experienced loss, whether it's of a loved one, a marriage, or the belief in one’s own dreams.
(4.2 out of 5 stars)
Heather Renée May is passionate about fourth quarter pivots, and delighted that she can finally channel her love of wine into something productive. She hosts the Flipping Dreams podcast, is a performing musician with two albums (Heather Ré), and a software engineer. She lives full-time in a 22 foot trailer traveling around the U.S. with her sweet rescue pup, Dotty.
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