I received a ebook copy of this book through netgalley for my honest opinion and review.
If you are a fan of the McKettrick series by Linda Lael Miller you are in luck! This is a new book that goes with the series and features Clay McKettrick. Clay is the son of Jeb and Chloe McKettrick from Second Hand Bride.
A Lawman's Christmas
Linda Lael Miller
Love comes home for the holidays in a brand-new McKettrick tale from New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
The sudden death of the town marshal leaves Blue River, Texas, without a lawman…and twenty-five-year-old Dara Rose Nolan without a husband. As winter approaches and her meager seamstress income dwindles, she has three options. Yet she won’t give up her two young daughters, refuses to join the fallen women of the Bitter Gulch Saloon and can’t fathom condemning herself to another loveless marriage. Unfortunately she must decide—soon—because there’s a new marshal in town, and she’s living under his roof.
With the heart of a cowboy, Clay McKettrick plans to start a ranch and finally settle down. He isn’t interested in uprooting Dara Rose and her children, but he is interested in giving her protection, friendship—and passion. And when they say “I do” to a marriage of convenience, the temporary lawman’s Christmas wish is to make Dara Rose his permanent wife…
This is a sweet little book of only 256 pages but packed full of that McKettrick spirit. Clay McKettrick wanted a ranch of his own. He had plans to build a small house and barn and start his own ranch in Blue River Texas. For now he took the job as Blue River's town marshal while he waited for spring to start building. Dara Rose Nolan was already twice married and widowed and her last husband was the last town marshal who died in a embarrassing way. She was living in the marshal's house on borrowed time and knew it. Dara Rose had two small girls ages 5 and 6 Harriet and Edrina that are just as cute and funny as can be. Clay arrives in town and meets Edrina right away and they click and Clay already gets a soft spot for her. He meets Dara Rose then and decides that she needs the house more than he does and tells her he'll stay at the jail for now. Unfortunately the town council decides if he isn't going to live there they need to sell it. They already have someone in mind and that someone has been after Dara Rose to put her kids in a orphanage and come and marry him and mind his home. Clay comes to the rescue of course.
You'll just love these characters. It didn't take me long at all to like Clay and the girls are adorable. Dara Rose is a bit prickly but she is hiding some secrets and protecting her hearts and her girls. She can't help it. This i awesome little Christmas love story McKettrick style. I give a Lawman for Christmas 4 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick stars. To read more about Linda Lael Miller and her other Cowboy books check out her website. www.lindalaelmiller.com