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A Family for the Holidays, a Love Inspired Historical novel in the Prairie Courtship series, by Sherri Shackelford
Paid to accompany two orphaned siblings to their grandfather in Nebraska, Lily Winter is dismayed to discover the old man has gone missing. And when the children's inheritance makes them a target, buying protection is Lily's only option. Until a handsome gun-for-hire suggests another solution: marriage.
Undercover US Marshal Jake Elder can't reveal his true identity without blowing his mission. Nor can he leave the town's pretty new arrival unguarded. But while uncovering a plot against her charges is difficult and risky, falling for Lily is all too easy. Especially once their marriage in name only gives Jake a glimpse of how wonderful Christmas—and their future as a family—could be.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Love Inspired Historical
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 0.76 X 4.21 (inches)|
Series: Prairie Courtships
Trosado5 Stars Out Of 54.5 STARS!October 6, 2016TrosadoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a marriage-of-convenience story. In order to protect two orphaned children from being released into the custody of a shady businessman, Jake and Lily marry.
I always enjoy a realistic marriage-of-convenience story. Because I, also, enjoy slow-burn romances, MOC books are the perfect trope. In A Family for the Holidays you get the misunderstandings and non-communicated feelings as per normal, but you also get a beautiful love story that encompasses not only the H/h, but the orphaned children, as well. I really loved Jake's noble and protective character who slowly realizes that a home, wife and children are a new dream for his future. At the same time, Lily is realizing that same new dream. Also, as per previous books, this author is fantastic at writing realistic children. In fact, much of the humor from this story comes from the children, Sam and Peter, and their wild and adventurous imaginations. With some mystery and adventure thrown in, Sherri Shackelford has written another fabulous romance in the Prairie Courtships series. This book reads as a stand-alone, but with some fun glimpses of couples from previous books.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Trixi4 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming holiday read!October 5, 2016TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Lily Winters finds out that the grandfather she's suppose to be escorting two children to is missing, and their inheritance could pose danger for them, she has little choice but to hire Jake Elder for protection. She has no idea that he's not really an outlaw but an undercover US Marshal. All she knows is he's the man for the job! Can they solve the mystery of the missing grandfather & return the children to safety before someone kidnaps them? And when they start posing as a family, things get even more complicated!
I really enjoyed my first book by this author! Lily is a no-nonsense, take charge person who will do what it takes for the children's sake. Jake has his secrets but for a good reason, he also has a good heart and doesn't fool Lily one bit! The banter between these two makes for lots of humor as well as the subtle attraction to put a smile on my face. Both Pete and Sam make a delightful addition to the mix and give the story a real family feel. Between the mystery of the missing grandfather, trying to elude danger & discovery, and the building attraction between Lily and Jake, it kept me turning pages faster than a speeding bullet!
*I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review which I have provided here. Thank you Sherri for a fun adventure, I look forward to many more!*
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5A sweet, light-hearted romance with a thread of suspenseOctober 5, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A sweet, light-hearted romance with a thread of suspense.
Jake and Lily together are an interesting mix of funny and poignant. The dialogue between these two is priceless -- the quips -- the way they say one thing while thinking something else. And the sheer stubbornness of both manifests itself in some hilarious situations. Definitely fun to keep up with them and the antics of Lily's two young charges. And really, who can resist a marriage of convenience story? At Christmas time? Not me!