The Rancher’s Temporary Nanny
Laura Lee has longed for a child of her own—but she never expected one would suddenly appear on the school steps. With a note begging her to raise the baby girl, the teacher must find a new home since there’s a rule against children in the boardinghouse. Her only option is becoming a temporary live-in nanny for a rancher.
Widowed single father Clint Shepard needs a nanny for his daughter immediately—even if hiring Laura means he’ll have to find someone else in a few months when school starts up. But after spending time with her and the little girl she’s raising, he starts falling for them, and wishing their arrangement could be permanent.
Baby on Her Doorstep by Rhonda Gibson
I started this book a little distracted, as the heroine shares her name with one of publishing’s most famous erotic romance writers. This wasn’t the best choice for a chaste Christian book!
Baby on Her Doorstep has all the hallmarks of Harlequin’s Christian romance line: the abandoned child, the match of convenience, the single father trying to make ends meet in the 19th century Wild West.
I struggled to connect with the story in the beginning, because all the plot points seemed to be happening in a hurry, before we got to know or like these characters.
In the space of about an hour:
- The heroine finds an abandoned baby, with a note attached telling her to care for her.
- She meets with the sheriff, who gives her permission to keep the baby (it occurs to nobody to find out why the child was abandoned, or to find the mother).
- She meets the hero and his daughter.
- The hero offers her a job.
- Hero, heroine, and both children go out to lunch.
After that there’s a time jump where we discover she has accepted the job and is moving in with him.
If you like books with these themes, there’s nothing wrong with this one, but it felt more like paint-by-numbers than others I’ve read in the Love Inspired Historical series.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.