About the book:
Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post.
The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two-hundred-acre ranch as best she can.
When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.
Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.
But when cattle start dying and the squatters damage a barn, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He’s a trustworthy hero who’s survived a terrible past. He needs more than just his freedom, he needs her love and care too.
My review (4-stars)
This is the second book in the Lone Star Hero series. It’s a great follow-up to the first book with some great and some not so great characters. Thomas and Laurel are obviously ones I considered great and their story was enjoyable.
Some of the characters that were not so great are Laurels’ stepsiblings. Wow, they were lazy and annoying but their verbal exchanges with Thomas made me smile!
I liked getting to know more about Thomas and I felt bad for all he had endured in his life. He was perfect for Laurel and their attraction to each other was sweet. As they work together to save her ranch the pace of the story picks up and there are a few surprises which I think readers will enjoy. I know that I was one happy reader when I saw the ones that were willing to lend a helping hand.
I think readers of both Historical and Christian novels will enjoy An Uncommon Protector.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion..