A Lawman's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller
Date Read: October 2011
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
The sudden death of the town marshal leaves Blue River, Texas, without a lawman...and twenty-five-year-old Dara Rose Nolan without a husband. As winter approaches and her meager seamstress income dwindles, she has three options. Yet she won't give up her two young daughters, refuses to join the fallen women of the Bitter Gulch Saloon and can't fathom condemning herself to another loveless marriage. Unfortunately she must decide--soon--because there's a new marshal in town, and she's living under his roof.
With the heart of a cowboy, Clay McKettrick plans to start a ranch and finally settle down. He isn't interested in uprooting Dara Rose and her children, but he is interested in giving her protection, friendship--and passion. And when they say "I do" to a marriage of convenience, the temporary lawman's Christmas wish is to make Dara Rose his permanent wife...
Publisher: HQN Books
Series: McKettricks #14
Also by this author: Big Sky Summer, Big Sky Wedding, Forever and the Night, For All Eternity, Time Without End br> br>
Read for Review (Received for Book Tour)
Overall Rating 3.50
Story Rating 3.25
Character Rating 3.75
Note: I haven’t read any of Linda Lael Miller’s McKettricks of Texas series but I feel like this one stands on its own.
What I Loved: I really adore almost all the characters Linda Lael Miller writes! She has a way of making you care about each and every one of them and A Lawman’s Christmas is no different. I immediately fell in love with Edrina and Harriet, the two small children of the story. They were spunky, fun, and very wise for their tender ages of 5 and 6. Yet they were very much children that pulled at your heartstrings. Clay and Dara Rose were fantastic characters as well. Each of them moving towards each other while leaving their pasts behind.
What I Liked: The romance was sweet and slow moving but believable. While it was not a “wow” romance, it did leave me with happy warm feelings. It was very much like a great cup of hot chocolate on a cold winters night. I also really liked the little bit we learned about Miss Alvira Krenshaw, the school teacher. She was a great character.
Why I gave it a 3.5: I thought this was a sweet romance and great Christmas time story. A Lawman’s Christmas definitely leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside!