Bound by a Child
Pony Express rider Jacob Young is a man of action, which is why when he sees a little girl caught in the middle of a stampede, he races to her rescue. And he soon discovers the child is the half sister he hadn’t known he had. The more time Jacob spends with adorable Daisy and her beautiful guardian, ranch owner Lilly Johnson, the more he realises they’re filling all the lonely corners of his heart.
Wary Lilly can’t deny the cherished feelings that overcome her when Jacob vows to protect her and Daisy from any harm. And she can’t help but hope that maybe they can put their past hurts aside and forge a future together as a full-fledged family.
I often enjoy these little historical romances from the Love Inspired (Christian, but not preachy) line. They’re usually set in the United States around the 1860s-80s and make for a solid, quick read.
Pony Express Hero is set in 1860, which had me wondering if these characters were going to survive the upcoming war! It’s the way I always feel when reading romances set immediately before a major conflict.
My favourite part of the story was the little girl, even though I’m not one for over-the-top cute kiddies in books. Yes, she was definitely Romance Novel Cute, but she had a personality that beat everyone else in the book.
I liked many aspects of this story, but the hero was a jerk. A misogynist. His conflict (I guess) was supposed to be learning to trust women, but because ONE woman in his past treated him badly doesn’t give him a free pass to dislike and distrust every other woman in the world!
Despite his birth mother being less than perfect, he was adopted by a wonderful woman who raised him as her own, and now he is presented with the heroine, who is nothing but kind to him. But all he does through the first half of the book is think nasty things about her and make grand generalisations about all women.
I wondered why he wanted anything to do with his sister when she was just going to grow up and also be one of those “awful” women!
Now, as for this sister, I didn’t think it was squicky, but I’m sure some will. Both hero and heroine are half-sibling to her…
There are other parts of this story to like, and I do like the frontier (or whatever it would be called) setting.
One other niggle was some of the language. Thee constant use of “Can I? Yes, you can.” instead of “May I? Yes, you may.”, for example – this IS back in the day when people cared about those things. I had a little old granny’s voice in my head, correcting their speech throughout!
I didn’t hate this book by any means, but I came extremely close to hating the hero.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.