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First – I have to talk about the kids. Frisco and Sutter and sweet little Mica. These kids are adorable! Even the boys in their own precocious, rambunctious way. Their fierce protectiveness of their family, their boyish energy, and their ultimately tender hearts (masked by manly gruffness of course) made me smile every time they stole a scene.
Callie – oh how I wanted to just give her a huge hug. She’s been through so much and carried so many burdens that, when someone else shows up to carry them for a while, she doesn’t know how to relax and just ‘be’, nor even how to rest in a friendship. And the delightful Wallin family is full of potential friendships! Callie’s insecurities are in juxtaposition to her inner strength, and this makes her a very layered and inspiring character. And the subplot about reading! Ah! Be still my heart.
Levi is a reformed rogue turned preacher (that seems to be a theme today) with a big heart. He’s also currently fighting a losing battle when it comes to his feelings for Callie. I loved watching him fall in love! And learn to be an uncle-dad! So swoony. It’s also here, in Levi’s preacher capacity, that the author is able to weave some very sweet spiritual truth into the story. Namely – that we are more precious than God to the One who loves us best, that we are more than the sum of our past, and that He has come that we might be forgiven.
Bottom Line: His Frontier Christmas Family is delightful in every way. It will hit you in all the feels and leave your heart cozy warm and Christmasy. Swoony romance, adorable kids, and a large lovable family make this the ideal wintry weekend reaad!
(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I purchased for my own collection)
Callie is the newest visitor to the town, and she has faced many difficult situations on her own. Raising her brothers and niece, the idea of depending on another is tempting but dangerous, given how everyone else in her life has ultimately left. When she arrives under Levi’s care, the family welcomes her openly, but Callie is afraid to trust and get her heart broken again.
Trust and honesty play a very important part in this storyline—in partnerships in the goldfield and in life. Some of my favorite moments are when another part of the truth comes out; seeing how the individual characters respond with grace and mercy is both heartwarming and encouraging.
I really enjoyed this book—not much of a surprise given that I have liked the previous ones, but with each novel, the growing family becomes more real to me. Each member’s story fleshes out the other people, too, and the brief updates are like catching up with those we haven’t seen in a while.
After hundreds of pages, I wouldn’t think there was much left to share about the Wallins, but every time a new book comes out, I’m like a kid at Christmas again, eagerly opening the cover and diving in to discover something delightful.
This is the perfect Christmas read, especially for those who have enjoyed the Frontier Bachelors series before. But those who have not read the previous books will still find a warm Christmas story, filled with family, faith, and love. I recommend it highly for fans of historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
California “Callie” Murphy, at the tender age of twelve, had to step up and care for the family because she had been surrounded by men obsessed with gold fever. She is now twenty-years-old, disillusioned when it comes to men, and doing everything she can to keep the family fed and cared for while her brother (the only surviving family member old enough to earn money) was out in the gold fields. Callie is alone, caring for her two younger brothers and infant niece, when Levi Wallin arrives to inform her of the death of her brother, Adam.
Before he died, Adam had asked Levi to care for his family. Levi was once a minister, but had lost his way. Levi feels as though God is giving him this opportunity to make amends and help a friend. He convinces Callie to come live with his family at Wallin Landing as his wards. Levi will see them clothed, fed, housed and educated. However, Adam knows that should Callie find out why he feels compelled to help her and her family, she may not want anything to do with him. The more Levi learns about Callie, the more he wishes he were worthy of her affections.
**** FOUR STARS! If you are looking for an Inspirational Christmas love story to put you in the holiday mood, then this novel is for you! Callie is a terrific role model. I loved her from the beginning. Levi is hard on himself, for very good reasons, yet I still found myself liking the man; again, for very good reasons. This Inspirational Historical Romance had me squinting my eyes in suspicion, reflecting on words of wisdom, grinning at childish humor, and melting over earnest emotions between characters. In other words, it kept me guessing as to what would happen next and left me feeling totally satisfied of the outcome. Absolutely terrific! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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