Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Lawman's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

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.

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A Lawman’s Christmas by Linda Lael Miller. Harlequin. ©2011. ISBN 9780373776146 (hardcover), 249p.

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Bev Stephans said...

I've already read and enjoyed this book. I like Linda Lael Miller's McKettrick series. She covers over 100 years in her stories and her western settings can't be beat.

Did you know that Linda Lael Miller's father was a sheriff? I'm sure that's where she got a lot of her inspiration.

Lesa said...

I did know her father was a sheriff, Bev. I think she's quite proud of her father, since it says that on the flap of her books. Someday, I need to go back and read earlier books.

Karen C said...

I haven't read any Linda Lael Miller in a very long time. This sounds like a good one for the season.

Lesa said...

It was a good one, Karen. And, I need to look for The Stone Creek Christmas book as well.

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This story shows how love can erase all of the bad things that have happened in a persons life and fill your days with joy and happiness. The two girls are a joy and so cute to have had some hard times in their short lives.