AUTHOR: Mary Connealy
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'd hoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong.
Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around, and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling--yet enticing.
Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together--yet every day approaches the moment she'll leave forever.
The gorgeous cover of this book drew me like a bee to nectar. Isn’t it beautiful? I’d read other books by the author, too, so I opened this one with anticipation.
The story begins with a bang. Several bangs, in fact, as the wagon train Deborah, her sis Gwen, and two toddlers were travelling with is massacred. They are the only survivors. But Deb won’t give up, and when she sees a man on horseback, she confronts him to ask for help. She doesn’t know whether he’s trustworthy, but does she have a choice?
The hesitant, growing relationship between Deb and Trace wove seamlessly with the tension of opposing goals of independence and revenge. Faith and forgiveness is a major theme of this story as they both have to deal with past pain in order to face the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed An Accidental Guardian and look forward to the next book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. It earns five stars. Recommended!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.