An Uncommon Protector - Book Review

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 Laurel’s life is threatened, 
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, and he needs more than just his freedom—
he needs her love and care too.

My Thoughts
An Uncommon Protector is one of those books 
that is just plain and simple enjoyable.
The author brings in just the right amount of romance, suspense, and humor
to make it a book that the reader looks forward to picking up.

I thought Laurel was simply lovely both inside and out.
Her kindness, generosity, and desire to work hard for her beloved ranch
shines through and you can't help but appreciate her selfless character.
The same could be said about Thomas.
While he has lived on the streets and had a rough life he has a heart of gold.
He is a man that is willing to go the extra mile 
to make sure those around him are protected and taken care of.
Laurel and Thomas fit perfectly together
and while the romance was a tad predictable
it was still heartwarming and ever so sweet.

I must say the suspense lacked a little
since I was able to identify the men behind the attacks early on in the book.
Yes, there was a time or two that I wondered what would happen
and who might possibly get caught in the cross hairs,
but there definitely could have been a little more "umph" to the suspense.

As for the Christian aspect in the book
I found it to be light.
I enjoyed the fact that the characters gave thanks to God
for all things even during times of difficulty and hardship.

An Uncommon Protector is the second book in the series
and can easily be read alone.
The author does bring in a few characters from the first book
A Loyal Heart, but it's not difficult to follow along.
You can find my review for the first book here.

Like I said in the beginning,
An Uncommon Protector is an enjoyable read-
it's not too deep and it's not shallow.
I am happily giving this book 4 stars.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers.
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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.  
Find Shelley on her website:

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Lowcarb team member said...

"An Uncommon Protector is one of those books, that is just plain and simple enjoyable. The author brings in just the right amount of romance, suspense, and humor to make it a book that the reader looks forward to picking up."

Sounds my sort of book - thanks for the review

All the best Jan

Michele said...

Thank you for the recommendation, Steph!

Hope you're having a blessed and fabulous weekend. Hugs! ♥

NanaDiana said...

That sounds like a good book. I like a Christian novel that does not 'beat you up' with its religious aspect--that tells the story and weaves God into it without trying to convert you to a particular religion. Thanks for the review. xo Diana

Christine said...

Thanks so much Stephanie for your review! I look forward to reading this sometime soon!

Tamago said...

Your introduction of the book made me very curious! He is an uncommon protector indeed :-) Sounds like a wonderful book!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, I love anything prairie or country. Looks like a sweet book!

Dianna said...

Thank you for this lovely review, Stephanie.

Vee said...

A well rounded review. I certainly like the heroine's name.

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thank you for sharing.

Proverbs 31 said...

Sounds like my kind of book thanks for sharing x

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the review, dear Stephanie. We've had some rainy afternoons, just perfect for reading!

Marcia said...

Sounds like a good one, Stephanie.
Lovely Sunday to you.

Melanie said...

This sounds like a nice relaxing book to read. Sometimes, I like to just read something predictable but pleasant. It sounds like a lovely love story. Thank you for the in review. Have a blessed day.

Debbie said...

a nice review, the book sounds good. i don't read but if i did, this sounds like something i would enjoy. i, of course, will not be entering your generous give-a-way!!!

Bethany Carson said...

I always enjoy reading your book reviews. This one sounds like an intriguing one.

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