Rachel Yoder has two choices: marry Gabriel Fisher or move to Ohio. As an orphan, Rachel doesn’t have much to offer; any match she can make will be a good one. She just didn’t plan on Gabriel with his big hands and permanent frown.
As a widower Gabriel needs help caring for the farm and his six children. But he never thought he’d marry a slip of a girl who barely reaches his chin.
Yet as time passes, Gabriel finds himself thinking about a real marriage. They have spoken vows to God and each other, but can he risk his heart with Rachel?
A marriage of convenience story that will melt your heart. There is so much to recommend in this book. Lillard has a wonderful capacity for bringing depth to her characters which brings them to life in a special way. Both hero and heroine have been forced to cope with more than their fair share of grief. Both cope in different ways and that makes a fascinating read when they come together under one roof.
The taciturn Gabriel cuts a foreboding picture and if I were Rachel I'd be shaking in my boots. Luckily some hard knocks in life have given Gabriel's bride a backbone of steel. She's made a deal and she intends to stick to it, not realizing that her very presence has set Gabriel's well-ordered world spinning out of control. Some wonderful comedic scenes still have me smiling. Not to mention the goats. Seriously, who can resist a good goat story? :-)
While this is the third book in Lillard's Clover Ridge series, it can easily be read as a standalone. But be forewarned, once you've read this one you'll be racing to the store to pick up the first two.
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