A Family Made at Christmas
After taking guardianship of his late friend’s siblings and baby daughter, minister Levi Wallin hopes to atone for his troubled past on the gold fields. But it won’t be easy to convince the children’s wary elder sister to trust him. The more he learns about her, though, the more he believes Callie Murphy’s prickly manner masks a vulnerable heart…one he’s starting to wish he was worthy of.
Every man in Callie’s life chose chasing gold over responsibilities. Levi—and the large, loving Wallin family—might just be different. But she can tell he’s hiding something from her, and she refuses to risk her heart with secrets between them. Even as they grow closer, will their pasts keep them from claiming this unexpected new beginning?
I think I’ve read all but one of the books in this (so far) seven-book series that follows a big 19th-century family establishing their own little township near Seattle. The books make for fast, easy reads, and it doesn’t particularly matter if you read them out of order.
His Frontier Christmas Family is a solid entry to the series, and while it is both a Christian book and about a big family at Christmas, I didn’t find it too cheesy. Even with the hero being a minister I didn’t find the religion intrusive.
I appreciate that there is a huge cast of characters but the books are written so that they don’t take over. That is always a danger in a long and still-growing series.
I thought the twin boys were written well. There is also a baby who I didn’t mind, but I did become a little frustrated with how often she was mentioned. Every time something happened or an adult character did anything, we were told how the baby reacted, whether it was a smile, a wave, a giggle etc.
Basically, this is an easy Christmas read.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.