THE CHRISTMAS CHILDREN
Reserved widow Eileen Pierce never considered herself the kind of woman who was cut out to be a mother. She wouldn’t know what to do with one child, much less ten. But when handyman Simon Tucker is stranded in town with a group of young orphans at Christmastime, she discovers she can’t just turn them away.
Simon knows there’s more to Eileen than meets the eye. Though his easygoing demeanour immediately clashes with her buttoned-up propriety, Simon’s kindness soon melts Eileen’s stern facade. Simon and the children already upended Eileen’s quiet, orderly life. Will they do the same to her guarded heart?
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If you like tame Western historical romances, this is the kind of book you’ll probably enjoy. Yes, it’s a Christian romance, but I think the author did a good job of weaving the Christianity into everyday life rather than preaching. I don’t read Bibles or any of that, but I didn’t find the religion distracting.
Our hero turns up in town with ten children in tow, and he needs someone to take them in temporarily to care for them. However, I thought he was being desperately unrealistic when it came out he expected one person to take all of them in – including him!
Of course, that one person turns out to be our heroine. She was a little hard to understand at first because she’s not only a private person but she’s hiding secrets. She was also raised in a strict way and so wasn’t the best person to deal with unruly children at the beginning. However, I like it when a character can change and grow on you as you read.
As cheesy as the ten children theme might sound, I think it was handled pretty well. I know some readers will run screaming from the idea, but it was definitely not as over-the-top as it could have been.
This is the kind of book readers of the line will already know they enjoy, so I’m preaching to the converted. If Christian romance (or the American South in the late nineteenth century) isn’t your thing, this probably isn’t the book for you.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.