What a sweet and festive addition to the Frontier Bachelors series! This book can be read as a stand alone novel, yet ties in beautifully with the other books preceding it.
It is a tale of burdens, regrets, and guilt, as well as one of new beginnings, love, and family. I thought that this sweet story flowed nicely. I appreciated seeing things through Callie’s eyes. She and her two brothers were not raised in high society, or even middle class society. They grew up at various gold panning camps and their existence was a rough one. It was interesting to see what things they were surprised or confused about, as well as watch them as they began to understand that the Wallin family was happy to have them as part of the community.
Levi’s backstory was also very interesting. Having read the other books in the series, I was familiar with Levi. How much he had grown! Not only into a man, but into a man who worked to share God’s word and love to all people. However, he also had things to overcome in this novel that related to past decisions he had made. Levi carried quite the burden of guilt.
His Frontier Christmas Family had so many great Christmas and winter scenes in it. This was the perfect read for the holiday season.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A Family Made at Christmas
After taking guardianship of his late friend’s siblings and baby daughter, minister Levi Wallin hopes to atone for his troubled past on the gold fields. But it won’t be easy to convince the children’s wary elder sister to trust him. The more he learns about her, though, the more he believes Callie Murphy’s prickly manner masks a vulnerable heart…one he’s starting to wish he was worthy of.
Every man in Callie’s life chose chasing gold over responsibilities. Levi—and the large, loving Wallin family—might just be different. But she can tell he’s hiding something from her, and she refuses to risk her heart with secrets between them. Even as they grow closer, will their pasts keep them from claiming this unexpected new beginning?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first Regency romance novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Regency romance The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998). In 2011, she was delighted to move into Christian romance with the publication of The Irresistible Earl.
Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency romance novellas (“The June Bride Conspiracy” in His Blushing Bride, “Sweeter Than Candy” in A Match for Mother, and “A Place by the Fire” in Mistletoe Kittens), which are now featured in electronic book form as Be My Bride. Her novels have been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese; and Lord Borin’s Secret Love and The Rake’s Redemption have been issued in hardcover, large print editions. Many of her works are also available as electronic books through Belgrave House’s Regency Reads line or as self-published works, such as Perfection.
Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally–both her parents were excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician, now retired. Her mother envisioned the plot for “Sweeter Than Candy,” the novella which was written as a tribute to her.
Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.