Book Review ~ A Lawman’s Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

A Lawman's Christmas: A McKettricks of Texas Novel

Title:  A Lawman’s Christmas
Author:  Linda Lael Miller
Series: A McKettricks of Texas Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: September 20, 2011

Rating: 5/5


The sudden death of the town marshal leaves Blue River, Texas, without a lawman…and twenty-five-year-old Dara Rose Nolan without a husband. As winter approaches and her meager seamstress income dwindles, she has three options. Yet she won’t give up her two young daughters, refuses to join the fallen women of the Bitter Gulch Saloon and can’t fathom condemning herself to another loveless marriage. Unfortunately she must decide—soon—because there’s a new marshal in town, and she’s living under his roof.

With the heart of a cowboy, Clay McKettrick plans to start a ranch and finally settle down. He isn’t interested in uprooting Dara Rose and her children, but he is interested in giving her protection, friendship—and passion. And when they say “I do” to a marriage of convenience, the temporary lawman’s Christmas wish is to make Dara Rose his permanent wife….


I just LOVE Linda Lael Miller.  She’s one of my all time favorite romance authors, she just knows how to rock my socks off.  So naturally, I jumped at the chance to read a friends copy of A Lawman’s Christmas.  Here’s a random confession:  I did a “happy dance” when I got home with this book. 🙂

The book takes place in 1914.  Right as things in Europe are REALLY starting to heat up, get tense and it’s looking like there is going to be a war.  Which means that all those Armies are going to be in desperate need of beef to feed their fighting men.  Our hero Clay has big plans to be ready.  What he doesn’t plan on is Dara.

You see when Clay accepts the position of marshall of the town of Blue River, Texas he has a plan set in his mind.  One that involves a ranch, a wife and a house full of children. But there is a slight wrinkle in his plan and it comes in the shape of Dara Rose Nolan, the widow of Clay’s predessor.

Dara and her two small children are living in the cottage that has been promised to the new marshal as part of his pay package.  If they have to leave their home they will have no where else to turn to.  Dara is determined to not end up homeless and Clay is taken aback by Dara’s determination and situation.  This is when Clay decides that he will stay at the jailhouse until Dara is able come up with a more suitable situation for her family.  But circumstances happen which lead to a marriage of convience for Clay and Dara.  But how long will it remain “convenient” considering both Clay and Dara are more than a little bit attracted to one another?

Overall, I thought that this was a very good Christmas story.  I was hooked from the very beginning and I really liked Dara, I think it would be really hard NOT to like her.  It had to be beyond difficult to be a woman in that time in history and I could not help but cheer for Dara.


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