Friday, February 17, 2017

An Uncommon Protector By Shelley Shepard Gray

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.

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Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.

I patiently awaited this book. I like Gray's books and book one in the Lone Star Hero's Love story series was not one to forget. Book two was just as good.
I love a great love story and the characters were unforgettable in this one.
The history is rich and the love story is real.
I gave this book 4 stars. I hope that you will read this series as well.
I received  this book from the publisher for review. A favorable was not required and all views expressed are my own.


  1. Oh I will love this civil war books are the best.

    1. Jean you are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you!

  2. I will check my library for this.

  3. I liked the first book and just like you Mary I have been waiting for this one to come out.

  4. I will be getting this book this weekend. Thanks Mary

  5. I guess I will have to get these books for my wife she likes the Amish books by this author.

  6. I am so excited about this one. Please don't call or come by this weekend. I will be enjoying this book.

  7. This sounds like a wonderful book! I definitely want to read this series. Thank you Mary for another great review!

  8. I think I will pass on this book.

  9. Sounds like Shepherd has written another winner! Thank you, Mary.

  10. Sounds like Shepherd has written another winner! Thank you, Mary.

  11. I love Shelley's writing! I haven't been able to read her Lone Star Hero Love story series yet, but they sound so good! Thanks for your review on this one, I'll definitely be putting these on my want-to-read list :-)

  12. Anything by Shelley Shepard Gray has to be good !!!!!!!!!! Blessings DanaGirl

  13. Sounds like a very good book, I would love to read it.