One of my favorite go to book genres when life gets a bit too much is reading Historical Romance (the faith based or clean romances). I walk away feeling relaxed, rejuvenated with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart.
The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.
When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.
Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.
But when cattle start dying and Laurel’s life is threatened, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He’s a trustworthy hero, and he needs more than just his freedom—he needs her love and care too.
An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Sheppard Gray is the second book in Ms. Gray's Lone Star Hero's Love Story series. I enjoyed this series' first book, The Loyal Heart so I was eager to read this second one.
A relaxing, enjoyable read that was interesting, engaging and definitely brightened my day!
The story is well written, entertaining and the characters are well rounded. This romance is fraught with challenges, mysteries, a leading hunky male with a group of stand up friends coming to the rescue. What more could a gal wish for?! 😉
I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Zondervan, Ms. Gray and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.