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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.
He's made mistakes in the past, ones that he deeply regrets. And ones he wishes to make up for! Taking guardianship of Callie and her siblings is one way he wants to atone for his past sins. Vowing to care for and provide for them, he does all he can to keep that promise. In the process, his heart tangles with that of Callie. He's afraid to get close to her because he's sure once she's found out what he did, she will never love or forgive him.
Callie has always had to scrape for the necessary things in life; food, clothing, shelter. Now that she's taking care of her siblings and her brother's passing, it's even harder. When help comes in the form of Levi, can she trust him to keep his promise of partnership? And with the big loving Wallin family, she finds herself lacking. Can they show her that in the eyes of God and them (especially Levi), that she's a treasure worthy of love?
I found this story to be full of faith, forgiveness, and new beginnings. More importantly, a reminder that God loves us in spite of our past mistakes. A heartwarming Christmas themed story that's sure to please fans of Regina Scott and the whole Wallin clan!
*I received a complimentary copy from the author and no favorable review was required. *
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