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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 BookLover November 05, 2016

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 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 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 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 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 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

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 Samantha October 13, 2016

I received an ARC of Christmas with the Sheriff through NetGalley.

Christmas with the Sheriff is an emotional, sweet, romantic read filled with a cast of well rounded characters. Julia and Chase are the main characters and you can't help but to root for them to be together. Besides for having Juli... ...more

By Kim October 11, 2016

A very sad, yet heartwarming story. Has a great story about second chances for everyone. ...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 Alexis 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 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

By BookSnuggle November 07, 2016

"Christmas with the Sheriff" by Victoria James is book number one in the "Shadow Creek, Montana" series.  This is  Julia Bailey and Sheriff Chase Donovan's story.

It's been five years and Julia is back in Shadow Creek for the holidays.  Julia still has unresolved issues from the past plus a secret... ...more

By Shelley [CGBG Bookclub] November 14, 2016


"Comfort, the kind that could only be offered from a mother, enveloped her. She held on, squeezing Cassandra, restoring the bond they'd had between them. Edward folded her into his arms, and he kissed the top of her head gently before releasing her.

She had come home"

- Christmas with the Sheriff... ...more

By Lori November 13, 2016

O my goodness, fair warning - grab a tissue or box of tissues, especially if you are feeling sentimental about your kids. This was such a beautifully written story. The love between Chase and Julia was so sweet, tender, cherished, heartwarming. The Bailey Family was just about perfect with their... ...more

By Margaret November 04, 2016

I chose this book to read because Victoria is a new author for me. I wanted to check her out and I am glad I did. This is a confusing start but it turns out at the end. Five years ago Julia had to bury her husband and son from a car accident. Major Spoiler. Julia had run away and decided to come... ...more

By Pat November 03, 2016

A beautiful story

I was lucky to receive an ARC of this book. The story is one that will touch everyone but it will make your mothers heart weep and rejoice. Julie is a complex character that suffers from the unimaginable tragedy of losing her husband and child. I know this might sound like a stor... ...more

By Shannon November 08, 2016

Let me start by saying that I am a very big fan of Christmas books! This is my first book by Victoria James but it will not be my last.I really enjoyed this book. The writing was great with very little errors in it. Which I did not find it an issue. I loved reading about Julia and Chase. Reading... ...more

By Christine November 06, 2016

What a great love story!!! I have read all of Victoria's books and this one did not disappoint. This story gave me all the feels. At the halfway point I truly felt all the emotions both the hero and heroine were going through. At several points in the story I teared up but the end was beautiful t... ...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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