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Peek Inside Christmas With The Sheriff

After fleeing her beloved small town five years ago, Julia Bailey is back to spend Christmas with her family. Returning is hard, but keeping the devastating secret about her late husband is even harder. Her place isn't in Big Sky Country any longer...but the more time she spends with the irresistible Sheriff who saved her once before, and his adorable little daughter, the more Julia starts wishing she could let go of the past and start a new life.

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After fleeing her beloved small town five years ago, Julia Bailey is back to spend Christmas with her family. Returning is hard, but keeping the devastating secret about her late husband is even harder. Her place isn’t in Big Sky Country any longer…but the more time she spends with the irresistible Sheriff who saved her once before, and his adorable little daughter, the more Julia starts wishing she could let go of the past and start a new life.

Single dad and county Sheriff Chase Donovan had been secretly in love with his best friend’s wife for years. But after her traumatic loss he knew Julia needed to get away from Shadow Creek, even though helping her leave was the last thing he wanted to do. Now she’s home and he doesn’t intend to lose her a second time. Chase is going to prove to Julia just how good they can be together this Christmas…and forever.


"Ms. James takes readers on a prolific journey that starts with heartache and tragedy but ends with healing and redemption. [...] Victoria James makes it okay to ugly cry because a beautiful smile is only a heartbeat away."- I Love Romance

"This was such an endearing, sweet, romantic, perfect Christmas read. I read the entire book in one sitting." - Alexis R.

"Victoria James certainly hit the right note with Julia and Chase's story." - Claire R., Top Reviewer

"There is nothing like a small-town Christmas romance from Victoria James. Her books make me smile the entire time I am reading them and Christmas with the Sheriff was no exception." - Book Lover

"This had all the heart you could want with a Christmas release."- Star Angel's Reviews

"Wow, what a great book, love second chance romances, and this book didn't disappoint." - Debra M.

"This is a great read for those that love Hallmark Christmas movies and Christmas books! Filled with all the emotions that speak straight to the heart."- Samantha M.

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757820
Series: Shadow Creek, Montana, Book 1
Release Date: Nov 7, 2016
Page Count: 192
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, friends to lovers, overcoming odds, unrequited love

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By Claire November 07, 2016

5 - "...You came home for Christmas." Stars!

Victoria James starts a new Shadow Creek, Montana series, with an emotive and heartfelt, Christmas read, and be warned, Christmas with the Sheriff is a book that you are going to need a healthy stock of tissues to cry into whilst reading.

Grief, unexpect... ...more



Five years ago Julia Bailey suffered the loss of her husband and young son in a car accident. Needing space and time she left Shadow Creek behind. Now she is back to spend the holidays with her family and friends. When she comes face to face with Sheriff Chase Donovan, her husband's best friend,... ...more

By Nicola November 07, 2016

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Victoria James' writing and my Christmas wouldn't be complete without a festive themed read from her. Christmas with the Sheriff is, for me, Victoria at her very best; I'd go as far as saying this is the finest book she's written to date and believe me, she'... ...more

By BookLover May 28, 2017

ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

There is nothing like a small-town Christmas romance from Victoria James. Her books make me smile the entire time I am reading them and Christmas with the Sheriff was no exception.

We got... ...more

By Jonetta December 14, 2016

Julia Bailey left Shadow Creek five years ago following tragic circumstances. She's returning for the holidays for the first time since she left and her emotions are running strong. Chase Donovan was her rock when she needed him and now he's ready for a much deeper relationship.

This was sweet on... ...more

By Irene November 11, 2016

5 Stars

What a beautiful and heartfelt read Christmas with the Sheriff turned out to be, loved it!

From the first few pages I knew this book was going to take me on an emotional journey. I found myself crying and my heart breaking for this character I only just met.
I instantly connected with Julia... ...more

By Janie April 11, 2017

4.5 stars!! Chase, Chase, Chase, what an amazing man he is. Chase comes from a rough childhood but grew into a man any woman would be proud to have as her own. He's kind, patient, sexy and an awesome father.

And Julia. This woman went through one of the most devastating things a mother can go thr... ...more

By Bette November 06, 2016

Loved this book!! It's a wonderful small town romance with characters that will grip you by the heart. Julia Bradley has suffered heartache that most people can never imagine. She not only lost her husband in an accident but her young son as well. Unable to stay in the small town they had lived i... ...more

By Kelly December 01, 2017

Get out the kleenex! Or at least I had to! This story just opens up your heart and gives you warm fuzzies and gets you in the mood for Christmas! I sat down and didn’t get up until I was done reading it!

Five years ago, Julia lost her husband and her son to an accident. She ran away afterward. Now... ...more

By Lenore November 15, 2016

4 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

Well that started off with some crying! Or maybe, more like bawling. ;) It was an emotional prologue, that's for sure. And there was definitely a sorro... ...more

By Kim Reads November 07, 2016

Victoria James has a new hit series!!!!! Yes, that’s me shouting. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Victoria James. She writes romances that are fun, charming, and hit on all the right emotions. Add in Christmas and a small child, I’m a goner. Victoria is one of those authors whose name I see and... ...more

By Lauren December 09, 2017

Christmas with the Sheriff is heartwarming and adorable - pretty much the perfect book to read by the fire this holiday season!

Christmas with the Sheriff introduces Julia Bailey and Chase Donovan, two longtime best friends reunited after several years. Julia has been running the last few years -... ...more

By wrecked_life October 23, 2016

4.5 Stars
This is a lighthearted, sweet story about love, tragedy, and romance. Chase has always been in love with his best friend’s wife and feels guilty about it. But he never would’ve done anything about it. Then his friend dies and Julie is left alone to mourn the death of not only her husband... ...more

By Maree June 16, 2017

Returning Home

Five Winning Stars

I was so absolutely thrilled to receive the first series, Shadow Creek Montana. This new exciting Christmas romance to so thoroughly enjoy so much. I so loved this most wonderful story!!

After Julia Bailey had already suffered so much heart ache for so many years al... ...more

Perfect wintery romance! Lots of feels in this one. May need a tissue or two. Just an overall feel good story that was great to sit down and read in one session. Looking forward to meeting more of the family and hoping they get an HEA as well. ...more

By Jennifer March 06, 2017

Great emotion and hunky hero. :-) ...more

By Suze December 20, 2016

Julia is back in Shadow Creek after five difficult years. Losing her husband and son broke her heart and she couldn't stay. Being back means seeing Chase again, the man who was there for her when she needed him the most. Julia kept in touch with him and they're still friends, but seeing him makes... ...more

By Pam November 03, 2016

From the first word of this book, Ms. James managed to engage my emotions & keep me enthralled in this book until the ending period. Julia Bailey had a perfect life, a loving husband & a wonderful son. One moment was all it took to completely change her life. She's lost everything.

After... ...more

By Marsha November 21, 2016

Reviewed at Heart Full of Christmas

Christmas with The Sheriff is a strikingly emotional story of loss, fears, family and second chances. This is also the kick off story in Victoria James’ new series, Shadow Creek, Montana. I will be keeping a sharp eye out for the rest of this series for I am no... ...more

By Sapphyria November 08, 2016

Julia Bailey left her hometown after a tragic accident claimed the lives of those closest to her. Unable to function any longer in their familiarity, Chicago became her new home. Five years later, Julie returns to confront her ghosts and reconnect with the friends and family she left behind - inc... ...more

By Lucia November 07, 2016

Heartfelt second chance at finding love for these friends to lovers in a small town mixed with a single dad & widowed wife/mom

Christmas with the Sheriff by Victoria James is the second book by this author that I’ve read and I was impressed by the first book but absolutely loved this with it’s... ...more

By Danielle Gypsy Soul February 20, 2017

Christmas with the Sheriff takes the reader on a whirlwind of emotions and has you crying one minute, laughing the next but ultimately ends with a smile and a message of hope and love that makes this a great Holiday read!

The prologue to this book opens with tragedy and has you connecting with th... ...more

By Alexa October 06, 2016

Netgalley provided this copy in exchange for a honest review.

You know when you're in a bit of a slump and struggling to find a book that holds your interest. But, you don't know what kind of book you want to read? That was me... until I picked this book up. THis was such an endearing, sweet, roma... ...more

By Monica December 11, 2016

Grief is something that is hard for anyone and everyone deals with it in a different way. In this story she runs but it’s time to face the death of her husband and son and move on with her life.

This is the first book in a new series for Ms. James and I fell in love with this book. This book had e... ...more

By Melanie November 03, 2016

I am so excited that we got a Holiday book by Victoria James!! I think that she has outdone herself with this one and that it is possibly the best I have read by Victoria James yet! This story is so heart warming and moving. I was moved to tears and just wanted to wrap poor Julia up in a big bear... ...more

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Victoria James

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Victoria James

I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you've ever seen my drawings you'll know how horrible they must have been. I still draw stick figures). Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again. In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business. After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. I'm a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-after's for my characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but I'm quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat.

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