“An Uncommon Protector” by Shelley Shepard Gray

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Actions?

Laurel Tracey has survived the Civil War, but she has lost everything except her Texas ranch.  Now someone seems to be trying to take that from her.  With a situation like that going on what is a girl to do?  Laurel decides to march into town and use the last of her meager funds to “buy” a prisoner to work for her for a year.  That action gets the local tongues wagging in gossip about her.   Laurel herself wonders how she could pick out a complete stranger, and sign a contract to have him live on her ranch with her—all because he has an honest way about him.  Has she made a huge mistake?

Her prisoner, Thomas Baker, is a large tough man who had been in jail for not paying debts.  Laurel learns he served as a Sergeant in the Civil War, so decides “Sergeant” will be the name she calls him.  Even though Sergeant has an intimidating size and manner, attacks at the ranch continue, and get so much bolder, that Thomas feels he must enlist more help to protect both Laurel and the ranch.

An Uncommon Protector is a story that is easy to grab the reader’s attention, especially since there is a bit of a mystery about who is behind the ranch attacks.  Thomas, along with his Civil War friends, have very interesting backgrounds.   I enjoyed them so much I would have liked to have seen the time with Sergeant’s friends extended instead of having them leave so quickly.

This is book two in A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story Series, but this story stands alone without the need to read the first book.  The attraction between Laurel and Thomas starts right away, but is written in a clean way with nothing offensive.  I recommend this 4-star book to anyone who enjoys romances, or are fans of historical fiction written from a Christian point of view.

Zondervan Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of An Uncommon Protector, for the purpose of review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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