Mother for His Children
Single father Shane McCoy has his hands full trying to run a ranch while raising two-year-old twins. His children clearly need a mother’s guiding hand. An encounter with a lovely stranger on a train platform offers an unconventional answer to his predicament when she suggests a marriage of convenience.
Tessa Spencer needs a fresh start far from her con man father’s schemes. His latest scrape has made her the target of a vengeful outlaw. Shane’s isolated ranch provides refuge, and his children easily win Tessa’s affections. But as her chequered past resurfaces, only honesty and trust will make this family Christmas the first of many…
This is one of those books you wouldn’t even realise was a Christian romance unless you knew that the book line was a Christian one. The characters hardly mention their religion, and when they do, it’s a throwaway line that is period-appropriate. So it worked for me perfectly. In this instance, all the religion does is make characters behave more like people of the era did.
I was getting So Tired of romance involving children, particularly single fathers who needed a woman to care for their kids, so I didn’t go for this one right away. I should have, because it is one of the better historical romances I’ve read recently.
As with many of these books, this one works just fine as a standalone, but is also part of a bigger series (and I didn’t even realise I’d read one of the others until near the end!). The blurb, cover etc. look fairly standard for these books, and yet I found this a more enjoyable read than most I’ve come across in the line. I’m not sure I can even explain why. I suppose this author is just generally good, and not obsessed with preaching to her readers.
Though marketed as a Christmas book, Christmas only happens in the epilogue, so even with the twin toddlers this isn’t an overly sweet read. I did miss the little girl a bit; the author clearly favoured the boy and he was the focus of any scene the children were in.
This was just a nice read. If you’re looking for a winter or Christmas book that isn’t full of cheesiness, this is a good bet.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.