An Uncommon Protector

An Uncommon Protector

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray

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 Laurel’s life is threatened, 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, and he needs more than just his freedom—he needs her love and care too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310345428
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: A Lone Star Hero?s Love Story
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 237,706
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail. Find Shelley on her website: ShelleyShepardGray.com; on Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray; Twitter: @ShelleySGray.

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An Uncommon Protector 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is wonderful. I could not put the book down. Gray is a fantastic writer. Every page was a page-turner! The premise of the novel is every girl'scout dream: a knight in not-so-shining armor coming to her defense, protecting her, respecting her, and falling for her! Thomas is an excellently written character. He is so realistically damaged, honorable, and strong. I loved him more and more as the story progressed. And, I absolutely love Laurel. She is a great heroine. She is vulnerable and pretty, but she is also smart, feisty, and strong. The action in this novel is non-stop. And, I love how strongly faith was portrayed, but the reader wasn'the beaten over the head with a fake, over-the-top message. The belief in God each character has is genuine and realistic. I love this story, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a well-written, sweet, action-packed, clean romance.
EpicFehlReader 10 months ago
After losing her brother and father in the Civil War, and then her mother to sickness, Laurel Tracey finds herself running the family's 200 acre ranch solo. Struggling to have some squatters evicted, Laurel makes the risky choice to hire former soldier and now convict Thomas Baker to hopefully scare them off. After she buys his freedom, Baker agrees to pay back the bond money by living and working on the ranch free for one year. His presence on the ranch moves into the role of the "uncommon protector" when he gets wind of an unidentified someone terrorizing Laurel, trying to scare her off the land. Laurel's cattle are being killed off, ominous notes are left, this mystery terrorist even resorts to arson to unnerve Laurel. As with the first book in this series, this novel opens with a scene at a Civil War POW camp. These POW scenes reoccur periodically throughout the novel, providing the reader with backstory elements on our main male characters. Robert Truax, one of the primary characters from Book 1, makes a reappearance in this novel. Thomas is the strong but with a good, kind heart type. The fact that he was a country boy scared of chickens I found sort of endearing. Still shocking to think that he's only supposed to be 22 though! The way he's written (dialogue and such) had me imagining him solidly in his 30s! The romantic element between Thomas & Laurel can get a little ridiculous sometimes. In one scene, when shots are fired, Thomas gets Laurel to the ground to protect her and her focus is not on fear but all about how hard his body is and how good he smells. The story has a whole has its cute moments but largely felt kind of flat to me. There's a confrontation scene near the end that I felt was well done, but the closing scene to the whole story was just too cheezy to end things on! As far as the Christian aspect in this one, it's on the lighter side. There are examples of people showing a strong belief in faith during hard times, saying prayers over meals, quick prayers for strength or to calm nerves during trying or anxious moments... but nothing out of the ordinary for characters raised in the countryside. Light spiritual, motivational sentiments: every so often a "thank the Lord" gets dropped... that, or "Trust in the Lord", "God is in control", or "The Lord takes care of his children".. but that's about the extent of the Christian aspect. Also something to note: the back cover synopsis is actually misleading in one detail. It describes Laurel's mother as passing away shortly after hearing of the demise of her husband and son. In fact, the book early on explains that Laurel's mother actually remarries a year after getting word of the deaths, lives a full 3 YEARS more before dying with her 2nd husband in an influenza epidemic. Not exactly "shortly after". A small point, as the mother is not a key character in the story, but thought I'd note it. FTC DISCLAIMER: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
What an intriguing story. The tension between the two characters is tight. There is an initial attraction that they both try to fight but you know they will give in eventually. The question is when and how will it happen? This is the second book in this series but you will be able to read this as a stand-alone if you choose and not feel lost at all. It was great to meet with Thomas and be reminded of characters from the previous book. I couldn't help but wonder whose story we would get to hear next. I loved the romance, the post-war ear and the mystery surrounding this book. There is something on every page that will keep you turning until the end. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
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.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
Two people - both desperate to escape. One a jail cell and work gang, the other - her the danger that lurks on her own property boarders. When Laurel Tracey decides to scandalise her home town and free a man from the local jail in exchange for a guaranteed years work - she knows she’s taking on a risk. But something about this particular prisoner inspires a strange confidence and trust. Could this deal both work to the others advantage? Thomas Baker, former solider and recent jail bird on account of some unpaid debts, is overwhelmed by Laurel’s gesture and her immediate trust. Soon he realises he’d do just about anything to see Laurel safe, happy and more than anything - protected. I had previously read the first book in this series, A Loyal Heart and really enjoyed it. This was a simpler tale - but no less romantic or worthy of my time. Laurel and Thomas were well likable characters and while their story may not have had as many twists and turns as the previous book - I would still heartily recommend as a cosy read, perfect for reading on a wet windy day. 
Can’t wait for more from this series. I received a free copy from the publisher, all opinions are my own.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Texas Hero’s Love Story series. It tells the story of Laurel and Thomas. Both of them have been devastated by loss and are striving to find meaning in the world. Laurel is on her own, after losing her parents and brother in the Civil War and shortly after. Thomas doesn't see himself for the true hero he really is. I enjoyed this story. I appreciated Laurel’s assertiveness in standing up to the people in her life that tried to hold her back. She had a strong will but was also rather sheltered and innocent so I feel she did some growing up in the book. Thomas was a diamond in the rough. A man with a heart of gold that didn’t see his true worth. Through the course of the book he slowly begins to see that God really can use him and that, just maybe, he really is one of the good guys. I really liked the flashbacks to the POW camp and the bond between the men there. It is nice to read a story about men of integrity that don’t forget their promises and truly act as their brother’s keeper. I am looking forward to book 3. I would love to read more about both Ethan Kelly and Devin Monroe. Maybe they’ll be a book 4? I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Mirella More than 1 year ago
When Laurel Tracey inherits her father's ranch, she also inherits her step sister and step brother. Having lost their own inheritance, they now set their sites on Laurel's. Instead of helping her, they are leeches and are pushing her to sell. But Lauren is determined to hold on to her legacy. Even worse, squatters have set up their shacks, threatening to claim the land for themselves. She soon learns that she can acquire a convict to work on her land for one year. Although wary, she knows this is her only choice to run her ranch profitably. The convict she chooses Sergeant Thomas Baker. Thomas had a rough life, but had a penchant for doing the right thing. One mistake, a gambling debt, landed him in jail. When he learned he could work off his jail sentence by helping Laurel, he jumped at the chance. Soon after he takes on his duties, Laurel's cattle begins to mysteriously turn up dead - a definite threat. He calls on the aid of a group of long lost military friends who come from various distances to aid him in helping save Laurel's ranch. I loved this story because of the strong upstanding hero and the good men who are loyal to him. Laurel is a strong, determined heroine who did not hesitate to take a risk to save her legacy. An excellent romance that is not to sweet, but inspirational and filled with real creative characters! This book kept me reading at a furious pace. A true secret pleasure.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Wile away a few hours with this historical fiction.... An Uncommon Protector A Lone Star Hero's Love Story #2 By Shelley Shepard Gray Laurel Tracey has inherited her family's ranch and she is carrying the burden alone. But several 100 acres would be daunting to manage even if she were a man with no other problems. But she's dealing with squatters, 2 useless, opinionated step-siblings, unwanted marriage proposals, purchase offers, and normal day-to-day upkeep. All Laurel wants to do is run her family's ranch, carrying on the dream she shared with her late parents and brother. When the opportunity to acquire the services of a convict for one year presents itself Laurel is desperate enough to do so. But is this truly the wisest choice - after all the man was in jail? This decision is about to make her the fodder of the newest Sweetwater gossip, but Laurel needs the help if she hopes to keep her ranch and make it in any way profitable. But just who is Sergeant Thomas Baker? Thomas has once again made a decision that has cost him. He never claimed to be a good man, just a man who tried to do the right thing when it mattered. And gambling wasn't one of his finest moments and the debts he accrued landed him in jail. When presented with an opportunity to work off the rest of his sentence by working for one year, Thomas accepts. But the job that he agreed to is about to because much harder when someone starts targeting Laurel's cattle. Can Thomas keep the woman needs him safe? Or will they both become the next targets of whoever wants Laurel gone? If it becomes more than he can handle on his own will Thomas reach out to the men who were there for him during his imprisonment on Johnson's Island? And if he does will they keep the promise they made to one another? And will they get to Thomas's side in time to save Laurel and her ranch? This book flashes back to 1865 and Thomas's time on Johnson's Island in Ohio as a Confederate prisoner of war. The present story is set in 1867 Texas and surprising covers just a few days time. (I personally thought the romance moved a little too quick.) There is a whole lot of story packed in between these covers. Fans of post-Civil War historical romance fiction will enjoy this book. This is the second book in A Lone Star Hero's Love Story series and I have not read the first book. But that didn't keep me from easily following this book from the opening page. I'm interested in reading about the others that Thomas served with. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through the Fiction Guild with no expectation of a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own . This is a wonderful story about a young woman who is left her family ranch after both her brother and father are killed in the Civil War and her mother remarries. Her mother and her step-father have both passed and she is having to deal with her step-brother and step-sister trying to get her to sell the ranch so they can collect part of the proceeds since, they had already sold their father's home and used that money unwisely. She had a group of convicts helping her fixing fences on her property and one of them stood out to her. When he came up to be able to be released from jail and she could buy him working for her for a year to pay off his debts. He becomes a force to reckon with when he ends up throwing her step siblings out, and having to deal with people trying to ruin her ranch. Plus the man who owns the ranch next to them wants to marry her and she doesn't. Little does Laurel understand that the man she got to help was once a very good soldier and would do anything to keep her safe.
MJK108 More than 1 year ago
“I’m too rough. Too big. I’m not smart, and I get in fights all the time too. None of those things are what women want.” -Thomas Baker Little did Thomas Baker know but that big, rough man was exactly what Laurel Tracey needed in her life at the time she meets him. Laurel, a pretty, young woman intent on saving the family ranch, is having a tough time on her own. She takes matters into her own hands and uses the last of her money to get Thomas Baker out of jail and into her employ. Sergeant Thomas Baker is a young man who is rough around the edges but has a very good heart and a huge soft spot for Laurel Tracey. Laurel needs help desperately, and the only person that seems to be seriously on her side is Thomas. As mysterious events start to occur around the ranch, Laurel questions whether she’ll lose everything she worked hard to hold on to or whether Thomas will be enough to help her figure out what is going on and stop the threats. Little does Laurel know but Thomas has a close group of officer friends who made an agreement to look after each other after the civil war. As a result of this friendship, able bodied help rides to the rescue in the form of his war comrades. Together the four men and Laurel take on the quest to stop the mysterious accidents and save the ranch. Readers of Civil War and post Civil War fiction will enjoy this easy read! The characters are engaging and the plot line pulls the reader in right from the start. A fun read that continues the story of the four survivors from Johnson’s Island POW camp. This copy was received from Zondervan and the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
bookstoregal More than 1 year ago
This book is the second one in the series. I found that this book has much more romance in it than the first. The main male character is another of the friends (soldiers) from the prison camp on Johnson's Island. This is a bit more romance than I really like, personally, but would be a great book for anyone who likes Christian romance stories (historical). I was given this book by the Fiction Guild, in exchange for an honest review.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “It’s the danger of the unknown that reminds a man he’s only human. After all, only the Lord knows our future.” ** Once again Shelley Shepard Gray takes us from a Civil War POW camp off the shores of Lake Erie to Sweetwater, Texas, just south of Fort Worth, in “An Uncommon Protector.” Sgt. Thomas Baker is serving time in jail for his inability to pay off poker debts. Strong and a hard worker, Thomas is sent with a group of fellow prisoners to work on Laurel Tracey’s cattle ranch, which she’s working hard to keep afloat. When she starts to face troubling issues, including squatters, she decides to pay off the handsome and intriguing Thomas’ debt, ensuring he must work for her for one year. As more and more scary and dangerous situations arise on her ranch, and a possible romance begins to bloom, Laurel must learn to rely on and trust Thomas. And Thomas must learn to trust in himself and his ability. When things become deadly, Thomas reaches out to his old Civil War buddies for help in figuring out who is sabotaging Laurel and her ranch. Alternating between 1865 in the POW camp and 1867 in Sweetwater, “An Uncommon Protector” is a delightful romance story with a touch of suspense. As we get to know Thomas’ story, we are also reacquainted with former characters featured in the series’ first novel, “The Loyal Heart.” But besides being filled with a great plot and great characters, “An Uncommon Protector” also tackles several great themes — everyone deserves kindness; trusting the wrong people versus misjudging the right ones; knowing when to ask for help; accepting we can have a happy and fulfilling future; and clinging to one’s values. The biggest theme, though, which threads itself throughout the entire novel, is worth — knowing and accepting that we all have worth, and not belittling ourselves. This book could definitely be read as a standalone, but I’d encourage you to read the first novel, too, as it’s just as lovely of a story. Five stars out of five. Zondervan provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
RobbyeReviewer More than 1 year ago
Laurel Tracey is fighting a seemingly losing battle a few years after the Civil War. Her step-father had left his ranch to her, but having no one but her lazy step-siblings who don’t help her, she rapidly realizes she may lose everything. Thomas Baker is a former Confederate soldier, and just a little bit hot headed, creating more problems than results for himself. One problem he creates lands him in jail. Hoping to be freed under a labor purchase program at the local jail, he submits to being caged in the hot sun and scrutinized by the citizens of the area, never dreaming a beautiful woman would free him. Told from the perspective of both Thomas, by employing flashbacks, and Lauren, we learn a lot about both characters. I enjoyed this story very much. Laurel and Thomas are hurt, lost souls that are having a hard time seeing their own worth. Both have some deep-seated issues to work through, and being forced to work together every day helps to compel them towards facing and resolving their difficulties. However, they both come across as likable and hardworking, with fun and engaging personalities. An Uncommon Protector, by Shelley Shepard Gray, is the second novel in A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story, but it works well as a standalone tale. I received this book free through the Fiction Guild program in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Several twists and turns. Laurel is trying to save her family farm but someone is trying to take it from her. She purchases a prisoner to help keep the farm going. Will Laurel and Thomas be able to save the farm and figure out who wants her land?
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read, and I liked both the main characters. Laurel is very independent out of necessity. Thomas Baker makes for an amazing hero with a past to touch anyone's heart. I read this in one sitting and enjoyed the light hearted story. I don't always explain my star rating, but some have said they wish reviewers would so I'm going to try to do so for most of my reads. This book got three stars because after a few chapters, I knew exactly how it was going to end. It was entirely predictable. Still an enjoyable read, but I give books with more depth and originality higher stars. This book was very much character driven. Not much history in it. The characters are plenty to fill the story and make for a good one. I received this read from the publisher for my honest opinion which I have given.
StephieJ More than 1 year ago
An Uncommon Protector is book 2 in the Lone Star Hero series by Shelley Shepard Gray. I enjoyed both of the books, but I really liked this one the best. I really enjoyed the main character, Laurel. She was a likeable and realistic character. I especially liked the romance and the historical aspect of the book. But, I also liked getting to know Thomas and his "brother" friends. Also, there was even some mystery and suspense too to make the book even more enjoyable. I highly recommend this book you will enjoy it! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My opinion is my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I just could not get into this book. I tried very hard, but it just put me off. From the very beginning, the two main characters just seemed to think only of their attraction to each other. Right off the bat. The female lead offers a drink of water to a prisoner and when he looks at her, she gasps with longing. Seriously? It put me off for the rest of the story and this author is better than that. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley. My opinions are my own.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I love this Lone Star Hero series by Shelley Shepard Gray. She has a gift to transport her readers back to a time and place where chivalry and virtue really matter. The main characters in this book are two lonely people facing terribly difficult circumstances. Miss Laurel Tracey has lost her family to war and illness, and struggles to maintain her hold on the family ranch. Sergeant Thomas Baker is a Confederate hero trying unsuccessfully to find his place in post-war Texas. Their paths cross when she decides to redeem him from the jail where his gambling debts have landed him, in exchange for a year's labor at Red Roan Ranch. The tension and attraction between them is immediate and intense. Though outwardly different - one gentle and modest, the other bloodied and blunt - they each see the value in the other that the rest of the town misses. Each in their own way, Thomas and Laurel vow to become protectors of the other. Neither feels worthy or realizes the value they have in the other's eyes...a little bit of "Beauty and the Beast" in the Lone Star state! Their tenuous friendship is tested when someone starts poisoning Laurel's cattle and making threats on her life. Thomas realizes that to win this "war," he's going to have to call on his friends from the POW camp where he spent the end of the Civil War. One short telegram later, it's Major Ethan Kelly, 2nd Lieutenant Robert Truax, and Captain Devin Monroe to the rescue. The banter of old friends reunited is as entertaining as their defense of Miss Tracey and her ranch. (Hint: I love a book where the villains are truly despicable and easily recognized!) Though the end of this story was never much in doubt, getting there was as delicious as Laurel's southern cooking. Flashbacks from their days in the POW camp provide gentle insights into the hearts of Thomas and his friends, and life around the time of the Civil War. Gray's research makes learning history interesting and easy. I can't wait for the third book in this series to see how these men rescue another lady in distress and further cement their unusual friendship. But before then, I think I'll read the first book again and see what interesting details I might have missed! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a review.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series and I loved it even more than the first one. Rich in detail and history of the Post Civil War Era. I love learning while reading fiction. These characters are vey dimensional and I loved getting to know them. It is hard to imagine the struggles of this era, but they are brought to life in Shelley's writing. It is a story of hope and redemption, along with romance, history, and suspense. I received a complimentary copy from the Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
An Uncommon Protector is a great addition to the Lone Star Hero collection. The stories in this series can stand alone. Each story contains a hero who was part of a group of Confederate POW soldiers. These men formed an incredible bond that proved to be strong even after the war was over and these stories took place. The bond between these men provided the common link between the stories. I liked both the main story and the flashbacks to the POW camp. Those flashbacks helped me understand how Thomas viewed himself within the group. This novel was really enjoyable to read. It had danger, vile characters, sweet and tender romance, and hope. I really liked both main characters. Laurel was a strong woman, yet she learned when to ask for help and rely on others. Thomas had to overcome a lot in his life. Even in this book he had growing to do, yet he was a strong and loyal defender. This story was a joy to read from start to finish and I definitely recommend it to fans of historical fiction set around the civil war era. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
jewelrydiva More than 1 year ago
An Uncommon Protector is the second book in A Lone Star Hero Series. I absolutely loved it. The uncommon protector was a civil war veteran named Thomas who was plucked from jail to help save Laurel Tracey's ranch. This book includes a band of brothers who swore a promise to each other in a prisoner of war camp to come to each other's aid should the need arise. The hero was a tough guy who was so tender and protective of Laurel. She was a sweet but determined heroine who trusted a convict and prisoner of war to help her save her ranch and keep her safe. This was a very good book and I never got bored and I looked forward to each new page I turned. I am committed to this series and I cannot wait for the next one to be published. *I was given a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers and was under no obligation to leave a review.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
It's been awhile since I've read a book by Shelley Shepard Gray. So, I was quite excited to receive this new book and it's about Texans! Poor Laurel Tracey. . . both her brother and her father have died in battle and then her mother dies soon after. Laurel is left trying to hold on to the family ranch. And it's not a small ranch...two hundred acres! But Laurel is tough and no one is going to take what is hers. She's gutsy too! Then to top it all off she discovers that squatters are living in the north pasture and are not leaving! (shame on them!) Laurel doesn't have much cash but by "accident" she learns of a former soldier, Thomas Baker, sho has landed himself in a heap o' trouble. Laurel decides to use the last of her cash to get him out of jail. Thomas thinks Laurel is so pretty and strong. Anyway, he owes her so he has decided not to get attached to her but to work hard and pay her back for helping him. But then Laurel's cattle begin to die and her life is threatened. So, together Laurel and Thomas work hard to save the ranch and Thomas looks after Laurel. I loved this historical novel, the second one in the Lone Star Hero's series. And you don't have to live in Texas to love this story! *This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
After the Civil War and the deaths of her father, mother and brother, Laurel is left with the responsibility of running, and saving, her ranch by herself. Thanks to an interesting law in town, Laurel has the opportunity to use the last of her money to free a prisoner and have him work on her ranch for a year. Former soldier Thomas finds himself in jail for being unable to pay his debts. Desperate for a rescue from prison, he is relieved when Laurel purchases him. Determined to do right by her, he is determined to work as hard as possible to help her save her ranch. Soon after his arrival on her land though, strange things begin happening. Are these new happenings the work of the squatters on her land, or something more sinister? When Laurel's life is threatened, Thomas realizes he may have gotten more than he bargained for when Laurel rescued him. It is now his turn to rescue and protect her. I loved this book, and am definitely interested in reading more in the series. This is book 2 in the 'A Lone Star Hero's Love Story' series, but can absolutely be read as a standalone. Be forewarned though, I've already added book 1 to my wishlist! Many thanks to Thomas Nelson/Zondervan publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Now, go forth and read it!
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Y’all, this series has something very special… man love. That’s right, I mean good old fashioned, band of brothers, solemn vow loyalty! Toss in a Texas damsel in distress, a dash of mystery, a splash of danger, and a healthy dose of romance and that, my friends, is a recipe for one delicious read! Laurel Tracey is just another rancher’s daughter-next-door until readers consider her resilience, determination, and tenacious work ethic. Thomas Baker is no stranger to hardship and that just seems like a huge understatement. His fierce drive to protect Laurel extends beyond repaying a debt, Thomas is determined to defend her honor, her livelihood, and her home. Readers become acquainted with the heroes of this series through flashbacks to their time in the POW camp and each reunion after the war’s end is both challenging and heartwarming. I can’t wait to see which officer will find love next! I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through BookLook Bloggers and NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.