Leave it to a McKettrick to ride into town, and in a few days win everyone over. That’s a perfect situation for a quiet man who wanted his own place in life, away from the family homestead in the Arizona Territory. And, it’s perfect for Linda Lael Miller’s A Lawman’s Christmas.
When Clay McKettrick arrived in Blue River, Texas in 1914, he knew he was taking over the job of marshal following the unexpected death of the previous marshal. But, he had no idea he’d also take over Parnell Nolan’s wife and children. When six-year-old Edrina Nolan met him at the train station, she made it very clear she understood she and her family were going to have to move out of the marshal’s house since it was owned by the town. The precocious Edrina prattled away about her father’s death, her mother’s worry about finding a place to live, and their sorry situation. Clay was struck immediately by the beauty of Dara Rose Nolan, but he could tell the widow was too proud to admit she had few choices when it came to keeping her family together. But, Dara Rose was more cautious than her daughters when it came to admiring the new lawman in town.
Linda Lael Miller’s Christmas offering is a romance, but it’s a western about survival and people learning to make do as well. The courage of the people in small town Texas in 1914, particularly the women, resonates in this book. It took strength to survive the hard times, and determination to stick together as a community.
A Lawman’s Christmas is a romance between a man and a woman, but it’s about a patient man who wants to take on a wife and daughters. And, it’s about a woman doing her best against tough odds. Miller’s women are as strong as men, in their own ways. And, it’s that equality, and shared strength and partnership that make her romances satisfying. Add the Christmas setting to this novel, and A Lawman’s Christmas is another one of Linda Lael Miller’s satisfying romances.
Linda Lael Miller’s website is www.lindalaelmiller.com.
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