A Lawman's Christmas
A McKettricks of Texas Novel
Linda Lael Miller
Clay McKettrick son of Chloe and Jeb, grandson of Angus has left the homestead in the Arizona Territory to set out to make his own mark in Texas. He takes a temporary position as Marshall of Blue River while buying a large parcel of land and ordering a house out of the Sears and Roebuck catalogue. It might be 1912, but he’s still not sure he’ll install electricity. He wants it all, a home and a family and as soon as he’s settled he’ll start looking around for a suitable wife.
Dora Rose Nolan has finally run out of luck, her deceased husband and former Marshall gave her the right to stay in the little cottage provided by the town but a new Marshall is coming and that means she’ll be out on the street if she can’t find someway to provide for herself and her two small daughters.
Fate it seems has plans for these two searching people, can they make lemonade out of lemons, will there be Christmas magic or is it all just an illusion.
The Queen of the western romance takes us back in time to revisit one of her most prolific families and in doing so brings to light the many industrial miracles of the early 20th Century, telephones, electricity and the house kits sold by Sears and Roebuck. She also brings us a timeless tale about faith about kindness and about love in the face of adversities. The plot is a simple tale of love and loss and most of all of believing. Ms. Miller always floors me how she can move so seamlessly from modern time to the past and her dialogue is a prime example as you’ll see as you read about a simpler time and very different ways than we’re used to today. Her characters are so wonderful and in addition to her hero and heroine the two little girls will rule the pages with their wistful wishes and their down to earth practicality. The romance is timeless in its simplicity and it’s heady in its sensuality and no one who loves a great romance will get through this without a tear and a smile.
You may want to add this to your list for Santa, or better yet run out and buy yourself an early gift, in this, your first must read of the Holiday Season.
Ms. Miller it is an honor to read one of your novels, there are few authors who continually wow me with their consistent excellence. Thank you for always taking me on a journey I never want to end.
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