Title: An Uncommon Protector (A Lone Star Love Story #2)
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
My rating is 5 stars.
This is a good, old-fashioned, Western romance set in 1867 for the most part with some flashbacks to 1865. The main characters are Laurel Tracey and Thomas Baker. Thomas was introduced in the first book of the series, The Loyal Heart. The flashbacks take place in Ohio in a Confederate soldier prison camp toward the end of the Civil War.
Thomas Baker has really done it this time. He was caught in a poker game with men much more experienced than himself. As a result, he owed them a lot of money that he didn’t have; therefore, he was put in jail. He now faces more jail time unless someone is willing to buy him for one year to work as an employee. He has no hope for that, but understands he got himself in this situation.
Laurel Tracey is a lone female trying to hold on to the family ranch after the deaths of her father and brother in the Civil War and her mother’s death as well. She has two ungrateful stepsiblings who are living with her and taking her for every dime she has without doing any work around the ranch. She desperately needs some help or she will be forced to sell the ranch, which is just what her stepsiblings want. Her neighbor also wants her to sell and has offered to buy the ranch or he could marry her to help her out. Laurel is determined to keep her ranch and thus determines to hire an employee, who just happens to be a former prisoner. Thomas comes to work at the ranch and immediately he and Laurel sense an attraction to each other. That very day, however, trouble starts on the ranch. After a few days, Thomas realizes he is in over his head and calls for help from his former Confederate soldier comrades.
I really liked how Thomas leaned on the Lord throughout his whole life, even when he admittedly made some very poor choices. He still considered himself a Christian and didn’t falter in his belief in God. I also liked the interaction between Laurel and Thomas. They always tried to do what was best for the other and also what was best in God’s eyes. Thomas definitely showed his protectiveness for Laurel as she was protective of him. They both were protective of the ranch and also recognized they were protected by the Lord. I can’t wait for the third book in this wonderful series!
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