5 Stars Out Of 5
One of my favorite Love Inspired titles
January 17, 2012
It wasn't love at first sight for me when I met Parker Watson, the hero of "Montana Match" by Merrillee Whren (Love Inspired, January 2012.) This cowboy's heart is colder than a Montana winter. The only thing that can melt this glacier is his young twin daughters.
He has reason to be bitter. Six years ago unfounded accusations and malicious gossip cost Parker his career, his reputation, his friends, and the woman he loved. Taking refuge on his ranch, Parker's lived the life of a recluse-staunchly avoiding the town of Stockton and the residents that shunned him.
He believes he's protecting his daughters from Stockton's scorn by keeping them in the nest. But when the girls' nanny and teacher moves away, the working dad is desperate to find a replacement.
After an unexpected meeting with recently unemployed Brittany Gorman, Parker makes her a generous offer. But Brittany has reservations, she's a former financial planner and sometimes substitute teacher, who feels ill-equipped for the challenge of schooling two energetic girls. Despite her misgivings, Brittany feels God is pushing her outside of her comfort zone, so she reluctantly accepts the position.
After a rocky start, Brittany fits in with the family, bringing fun and a fresh perspective to the lives of Parker and his girls. Brittany's rock-solid faith in the God that Parker hasn't had any more use for than he does the folks of Stockton has him considering that it might be time to let go of the past. Slowly Parker begins to warm to Brittany's optimistic spirit and hardworking ways.
But his inability to forgive and forget the past, causes strife between the pair. Brittany's determination to expose the girls to the simple joys of town life angers Parker. His icy tongue will have you reaching for a parka.
Spring is slow in coming to Parker's heart. But seeds of hope and change take root in his life. Parker's journey from silent and sulking to a changed creature in Christ seems as natural as a winter snowfall. By the end, even this Carolina beach girl would be willing to be his Montana Match!
*I was provided a free copy of "Montana Match" to review. My opinions are my own and I wasn't required to give a positive review.