When preacher Hugh Arness advertises for a marriage of convenience, the single father’s not expecting Annie Marshall to apply. She’s too vivacious–and far too pretty. Yet Annie connects with his withdrawn young son, Evan, and he agrees to a trial period–which her grandfather will chaperone–until Christmas. By then he’ll have found a candidate who doesn’t make him long for more than he feels worthy of…
Security and her own home…Annie wants both, without the heartache love brings. Soon she’s earning little Evan’s trust, eager to show his papa that their partnership can work. She knows that Hugh needs tenderness, too. And maybe this Christmas could mark the end of their practical arrangement…and the start of a true union and real family.
This was a sweet little story, set in Montana in 1890. These Love Inspired Historical (Christian romance) books almost always come with children at the centre, but the boy in this one stood out from the crowd because of his unusual challenges.
There’s rather a lot of religion in Montana Bride by Christmas – that might either appeal or turn you off it. Seeing as the hero is a pastor it’s to be expected, but at the same time he’s not a particularly preachy guy. I just skipped some of the praying and got on with the rest.
I liked the Montana setting, especially with a Christmas theme. Most of the books in this line seem to be set in other, more southern US states.
Overall, this was an easy read with likeable characters. Even though it’s Christmas-themed I didn’t find it overwhelming. Linda Ford is a solid writer.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.