Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
Setting: Blue River Texas, December 1914.
Clay Mckettrick comes by train to be the marshal of a town called Blue River. We see that he’s in his late twenties. At the train station, he meets a young child named Edrina Nolan. She tells him, very matter-of-factly, that her father was the previous marshal. As you meet her, you will see that she is a very precocious child. Edrina has a sister named Harriet. Edrina will make you laugh and Harriet isn’t too far behind. They are both wise beyond their years.
On seeing Edrina home, Clay meets her mother Dara Rose. We see that Dara Rose is doing the best she can, under the circumstances, to take care of her family. Clay hopes to find himself a good woman and settle down. Maybe Dara Rose will be that woman.
At one point in the story, Clay stops by with two letters for Dara Rose. You get the indication that these two letters may change Dara Rose’s life – you will need to continue reading the story if you want to find out if this is true or not. Clay is definitely the hero of the story – he is a man that protects women, children, and animals (definitely my kind of hero).
During a snow storm, Clay comes into the jail to find his cousin Sawyer. But Clay is none too happy about the reunion. Will Sawyer get his own story?
Dara Rose also gets some bad news two weeks before Christmas. Our hero shows up to make things better for her. The reader will be able to tell that Clay is going to be great for the Nolan family – he’s just what they need.
This is a historical romance with more on the romance and less on the sex – the story doesn’t need it. The reader will want to turn the page just to watch the connection between Clay and Dara Rose blossom. You will also want to see what Edrina and Harriet get into.
Linda gives the reader a love story that builds over time. Any sex between the main characters comes toward the end – which is the perfect place for it to occur. She also adds a nice Christmas message into the storyline.
You will be very pleased to add this book to your collection. This book can be read on its own but if you enjoyed it, you may want to go back and read her other books in the McKettrick series. If you follow this link you can see a list of all Linda’s books by series.