The Gift by Heather Slade Exclusive Excerpt

The Gift by Heather Slade

Butler Ranch Book Four

Release Date Dec. 04, 2017

Five winemaking siblings

Four gifts from heaven

Three holiday weddings

Two mysteries

And a partridge in a pear tree.

It’s not a Butler Ranch Christmas without a little chaos!

With his baby girl on the way and his brother getting married, all Brodie Butler wants is to make Peyton Wolf his wife, and be a father to her two sons. He’s been keeping quite a big secret from her, though, and if he doesn’t reveal it in just the right way, he might ruin the holidays for them all.

Wedding bells are in the air, and Maddox Butler has wedding fever. Now that he and Alex Avila have come out to their families, so to speak, he’s raring to start a family of his own. After all, both of his brothers got their happy endings. Why shouldn’t he?

Ever since his oldest brother was killed in action, Naughton Butler has wished he knew what Kade wanted for him—if anything. Without Kade’s guidance, he’s been lost—even with his upcoming wedding to talented winemaker Bradley Saint John. When a strange woman shows up at the winery, though, he starts finding answers to all of his questions.

Being the youngest of five isn’t easy, and even though Ainsley Butler has built her own life, she can’t help but wonder if her oldest brother forgot all about her. The distance she feels from her family deepens as her own secret starts to unravel. Can Ainsley find what Kade needed from her and be strong enough to face her family at the same time?

Four intertwined stories in one bring the Butlers through the holidays and into their happily-ever-afters.

Exclusive Excerpt

Where are we going?” Finn asked when Brodie turned the car in the direction opposite of Peyton’s house.

“There’s a place your mother told me about a long time ago, where I’ve wanted to go since.” Brodie looked over at Peyton and smiled. “Best garlic knots for miles.”

“Mama’s Meatballs!” yelled Finn from the backseat. “Yes!”

Peyton reached over and took his hand. She didn’t say anything, but when their eyes met, he knew she was remembering the same thing he was.

They’d walked by the restaurant the first day they’d spent together, before either of them could admit to their overwhelming attraction.

“Don’t you have to get back to pick tonight?” she asked.

Brodie shook his head. “I called in sick.”

“But you aren’t sick,” Finn piped up from the seat behind him. “Did you lie?”

“Absolutely not. I am sick. Sick in love with your mother.”

Both boys groaned, but soon were talking about what they wanted to order for dinner.

“I thought we could stop at Ecobaby after we eat.” Peyton had mentioned the store that specialized in natural products for babies and children a couple of times.

She smiled, both with her mouth and her eyes, and his heart did another set of somersaults.

There was another place on the way, where he wanted to take her and the boys. He hoped he’d timed it so the sun would still be shining, low over the ocean. He got off the highway at San Luis Bay Drive and took the turn to See Canyon Road. At the same time, he hit the button on her sound system, and a familiar voice started to sing.

“Syd,” she murmured. “We still need to go see him play.”

Brodie nodded, but he’d had a better idea, one he couldn’t tell Peyton about just yet. “The first time I heard his music was on this very drive. It was the perfect soundtrack.”

Peyton rested her head against the seat, closed her eyes, and rubbed her hand over her belly. Brodie rested his hand on hers, and she turned to look at him.

“I love you, Brodie.”

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About the Author:

Heather Slade

My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order. I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur. I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.

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