Shelley Shepard Gray. An Uncommon Protector. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
After a busy couple of weeks of cold weather and too much to do, I was absolutely thrilled to curl up with a good book, particularly Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest release.
Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series with An Uncommon Protector. After losing her parents and brother, Laurel Tracey finds herself running the family ranch by herself. Under the intense pressure of operating the ranch and securing it against squatters, Laurel turns to an unlikely source for help, a former soldier who has been held prisoner in the local jail. In return for his keep, Thomas Baker becomes Laurel’s sole source of help on the ranch. However, even the presence of a capable man on the ranch does not lessen the external threats to Laurel and her property. Turning to the men of his unit, Thomas is determined to protect Laurel from those who are trying to steal her ranch from her.
First introduced in The Loyal Heart, a small group of Confederate soldiers continue to readjust to civilian life while coping with their memories of the war in An Uncommon Protector. Ms. Gray’s approachable writing style and intriguing characters will delight fans of heart-warming historical Christian fiction.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading An Uncommon Protector. While Ms. Gray steers away from developing an overly complex plot, she writes a novel that encapsulates what makes Christian fiction so great: likeable characters, a positive and hopeful message, and a storyline that takes the reader on a relaxing and enjoyable adventure. In the midst of an insane week, this is the type of story that makes me want to pick up a book, as a form of relaxation and escape. An Uncommon Protector remains true to historical details, while feeling universal to the nature of modern-day challenges in people’s lives. After reading the first two novels in Ms. Gray’s Lone Star Hero’s Love story series, I am eager to see where she takes this series next and which characters she explores further.
Fans of Ms. Gray’s other historical Christian fiction novels will definitely want to read An Uncommon Protector. Likewise, readers who appreciate relatively light historical Christian fiction will also find this novel to be an appealing read. Ms. Gray’s light writing style makes this a particularly good read for those readers who oftentimes enjoy Christian novellas.
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