An Uncommon Protector is a great addition to the Lone Star Hero collection. The stories in this series can stand alone. Each story contains a hero who was part of a group of Confederate POW soldiers. These men formed an incredible bond that proved to be strong even after the war was over and these stories took place. The bond between these men provided the common link between the stories. I liked both the main story and the flashbacks to the POW camp. Those flashbacks helped me understand how Thomas viewed himself within the group.
This novel was really enjoyable to read. It had danger, vile characters, sweet and tender romance, and hope. I really liked both main characters. Laurel was a strong woman, yet she learned when to ask for help and rely on others. Thomas had to overcome a lot in his life. Even in this book he had growing to do, yet he was a strong and loyal defender.
This story was a joy to read from start to finish and I definitely recommend it to fans of historical fiction set around the civil war era.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post.
The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.
When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.
Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.
But when cattle start dying and the squatters damage a barn, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He’s a trustworthy hero who’s survived a terrible past. He needs more than just his freedom, he needs her love and care too.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.