An Uncommon Protector

An Uncommon Protector 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

  • Title: An Uncommon Protector
  • Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
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  • Page: 158
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  • 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 receivOverwhelmed 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 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 than just a former soldier He s a trustworthy hero, and he needs than just his freedom he needs her love and care too.

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    1. An Uncommon Protector (Lone Star Hero, #2) I knew I enjoyed reading Shelley Shepard Gray's books but this one just blew me away. This is the best one I've read to date! Rich in historical detail and vivid descriptions you will feel as if you are there with Laurel Tracey and Sergeant Thomas Baker. Laurel has the hardship of trying to run a 100 acre ranch on her own. Knowing she is unable to do it she buys a prisoner for a years time to work her land and protect her from squatters on her land. Tho [...]

    2. Shelley Shepard Gray knows how to weave a solid post Civil War love story.In An Uncommon Protector, Laurel is trying to save her ranch. Her parents and brother are deceased and she is determined to turn the ranch into a thriving one. Thomas is a former soldier serving time in prison for a gambling debt. On the surface, they seem an unlikely pair.While the romance was good, my favorite parts of the novel were the flashbacks to the POW camp and the bond of brotherhood among the soldiers detained t [...]

    3. Full review on Faithfully Bookish wp/p7ngfE-AFY’all, this series has something very special… man love. That’s right, I mean good old fashioned, band of brothers, solemn vow loyalty! Toss in a Texas damsel in distress, a dash of mystery, a splash of danger, and a healthy dose of romance and that, my friends, is a recipe for one delicious read!Laurel Tracey is just another rancher’s daughter-next-door until readers consider her resilience, determination, and tenacious work ethic. Thomas Ba [...]

    4. This book is a second in a series, but can be read as a stand alone. I have not read the first, and completely enjoyed and understood this one. Now that I know some of the backstory and characters, I really want to read the first book.This book takes place in Texas after the Civil War. Many women are widows and fatherless, Laurel falls into this category. She is trying to keep her family ranch up and running while finding a lot of opposition. Her step-siblings are leeches and want her to sell so [...]

    5. It seems like I don’t give many solid five-star ratings. This is largely because I don’t round my ratings up. I always round down, because I know I tend to be more generous than many other reviewers - and because I want to be able to see at a glance on which books I have actually given five stars to! So I’m impressed that I’ve given both this book and the first in the series five stars. Good job, Shelley Shepard Gray! An Uncommon Protector (Zondervan, 2017), second in theLone Star Hero [...]

    6. An Uncommon ProtectorShelley Shepard Gray Fans of historical fiction will love this book set just after the Civil War in Fort Worth, Texas. In this story, which is the second in Gray’s Lone Star Heroes series, we meet Laurel and Thomas. Laurel lost her father and brother in the war; shortly thereafter she loses her mother and stepfather as well. She is trying hard to hold on to her family’s cattle ranch, even though her step-siblings want her to sell out. Thomas is a former soldier who spent [...]

    7. This is the second book in a series, but it can be read as a stand alone (insert wildly appreciative applause) I have an immense dislike for books that forced you to buy the next in a series to just find out what happens, readers should want to buy the next in a series, not have to. That said, I plan on buying the first one because I really enjoyed this one! Set just after the Civil War in Fort Worth, Texas this is a well written story of love, loss, vulnerably, loyalty, the human spirit and fai [...]

    8. An Uncommon Protector is the second book in A Lone Star Hero Series. I absolutely loved it. The uncommon protector was a civil war veteran named Thomas who was plucked from jail to help save Laurel Tracey's ranch. This book includes a band of brothers who swore a promise to each other in a prisoner of war camp to come to each other's aid should the need arise. The hero was a tough guy who was so tender and protective of Laurel. She was a sweet but determined heroine who trusted a convict and pri [...]

    9. Y’all just go ahead and get your fans and fainting couches handy, ok? Because Thomas Baker will have you swooning before the first chapter is finished. His rakish grin, his handsome figure, his rogueish thoughts whew. Maybe just go on ahead and sit by the nearest snowbank while you’re reading this too. Or, if your weather is miserably unwintry like Kentucky’s, read by the open freezer door.Besides Thomas and all his swooniliciousness, we also get to meet Laurel. She’s a fantastic heroine [...]

    10. An Uncommon Protector – Shelley Shepard Gray The last book I read by Shelley Shepard Gray was A Texan’s Choice, and from what I can remember – and the cover helps me remember – I really liked it. An Uncommon Protector was a good read also. It is the story of Thomas, a man who can’t seem to catch a break, and Laurel, a woman carrying the responsibilities of a man after the Civil War. Thomas is serving time for an unpaid gambling debt, but was “purchased” by Laurel to help on her ran [...]

    11. This is the second book in this series, and just as good as the first one The Loyal Heart, and you might consider reading this one too, but you don’t have to have read the first to enjoy the second.Thomas Baker as a mother I wanted to grab and hold that poor boy, and things don’t seem to get much better for him when he ends up a Confederacy Prisoner, and our dear boy has a temper, not that I blamed him, but he sure does get whipped for it.What put these two together is kindness and belief in [...]

    12. Although somewhat predictable, the memorable characters faced with an interesting situation made this a mostly satisfying read. Some chapters go back in time to provide background information about Thomas which filled in his character, helping me better understand him. I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

    13. This book delivered everything I hope for in historical fiction. Our wounded hero is admirable and likeable even though he’s a bit rough around the edges and our heroine is strong and lovely and in need of a friend. The unlikely pair finds themselves thrown in the middle of a mystery and threatened by an unknown enemy. This Post-Civil War tale had me glued to the page.I’ve really enjoyed this entire series. I’ve liked getting to know these ex-Confederate brothers-in-arms and the women they [...]

    14. This was an enjoyable read, and I liked both the main characters. Laurel is very independent out of necessity. Thomas Baker makes for an amazing hero with a past to touch anyone's heart. I read this in one sitting and enjoyed the light hearted story.I don't always explain my star rating, but some have said they wish reviewers would so I'm going to try to do so for most of my reads. This book got three stars because after a few chapters, I knew exactly how it was going to end. It was entirely pre [...]

    15. First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, AN UNCOMMON PROTECTOR is the second book in the A Lone Star Hero's series, but it stands alone. I didn't read the first book A Loyal Heart and had no trouble following along with this book. I mostly read Ms. Gray's Amish series, but have read one of her historicals in the past so decided to give this one a try. It has an interesting premise. Single girl losing ranch so she hires a convict (when [...]

    16. An Uncommon Protector ( A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story)By: Shelley Shepard GrayAn Uncommon Protector is book two in A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story by Shelley Shepard Gray. Wow, Ms Gray captured me at the start and did not let go till the end. She weaves an uncommon love story that will have you trying to read faster, and turn the pages faster to see what is going to happen next. I really loved Laura Tracey and Thomas Baker, the two main character who was really brave and strong. Laura lost all [...]

    17. What an outstanding follow-up to the first Lone Star Hero's Love Story, The Loyal Heart. When the first Lone Star Hero called on his band of brothers for assistance, one of them was unable to answer the call. This is his story, and we quickly learn why Thomas Baker was unavailable.When Laurel Tracey sees Thomas for the first time, as part of a chain gang working on her ranch, she is fascinated. Left to run her family's ranch alone after the devastation of the Civil War, she soon finds herself hi [...]

    18. This is the first book I have read by Shelley Shepard Gray. I picked it up on the "new" shelf at the library. After I started it I realized it was book two in A Lone Star Hero's Love Story. But it was certainly enjoyable as a stand alone. I was conflicted on how to review this book because there were a few parts I just didn't feel worked for me for example, Laural Tracey's position on the ranch. Supposedly she has been running the ranch all alone for a few years, but when she hires Thomas she se [...]

    19. Two people - both desperate to escape. One a jail cell and work gang, the other - her the danger that lurks on her own property boarders. When Laurel Tracey decides to scandalise her home town and free a man from the local jail in exchange for a guaranteed years work - she knows she’s taking on a risk. But something about this particular prisoner inspires a strange confidence and trust. Could this deal both work to the others advantage?Thomas Baker, former solider and recent jail bird on accou [...]

    20. An Uncommon Protector is a great addition to the Lone Star Hero collection. The stories in this series can stand alone. Each story contains a hero who was part of a group of Confederate POW soldiers. These men formed an incredible bond that proved to be strong even after the war was over and these stories took place. The bond between these men provided the common link between the stories. I liked both the main story and the flashbacks to the POW camp. Those flashbacks helped me understand how Th [...]

    21. This was a cute period novel, set after the Civil War in Texas. Thomas and Laurel come together after Thomas' indenture to Laurel for a year to help him leave prison. Thomas is a former Confederate soldier who has a quick tongue, but loyal, and has integrity to help others and work hard. His past, the death of his parents and hard scrabble existence as a young man on his own, let him to be very independent, but loyal to those who become his family. Laurel is fighting her step-siblings and a form [...]

    22. After reading Shelley Shepard Gray's Chicago World's Fair Mystery series and being pleased with two out of three of them, I had a good idea of how Gray writes. She invites me into the historical setting with no problem. I could picture the setting and see the characters moving around. I understood the character's plight and emotions. While the story is predictable and non-original, I did like the hero who was a "bad" guy turned right, even though I believe his crime that put him in prison wasn't [...]

    23. An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray is a marvellous Christian historical romance, set in the aftermath of the American Civil war. I absolutely loved it.War changes people - for better or for worse. Bonds of brothers formed in hardship, persist in peacetime, united by shared memories and promises. Women and children suffered. Men did unthinkable things. Some people still believed in goodness. "She still believed in goodness in the world, even though she had survived a war."War can make [...]

    24. There is just something about A Lone Star Hero's Love Story series by Shelley Shepard Gray. Book 1, The Loyal Heart had captured my heart, and in the second book of the series, An Uncommon Protector we are once again thrown into a story of how war had affected and change people. And before we get to that, lets talk about our main characters, Thomas Baker and Laurel Tracey. Boy oh boy! Thomas Baker is one worthy hero. Rakishly handsome and with a grin that can heat through the pages to our finger [...]

    25. An Uncommon Protector is the second installment from the Lone Star Hero series. The War Between the States was hard on Lauren Tracey. She loses her mother, father, and her brother. She has inherited a 200 acre ranch-a ranch she is running alone. She decides to free Thomas Baker from jail and hires him for a year to help her on the ranch. The two have to solve a mystery of why her cattle are suddenly dying. Could they find that their own lives are in danger?I thought An Uncommon Protector to be a [...]

    26. What the book is about: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.W [...]

    27. Title: An Uncommon Protector (A Lone Star Love Story #2)Author: Shelley Shepard GrayPages: 305Year: 2017Publisher: ZondervanMy rating is 5 stars.This is a good, old-fashioned, Western romance set in 1867 for the most part with some flashbacks to 1865. The main characters are Laurel Tracey and Thomas Baker. Thomas was introduced in the first book of the series, The Loyal Heart. The flashbacks take place in Ohio in a Confederate soldier prison camp toward the end of the Civil War.Thomas Baker has [...]

    28. When squatters begin to take over her homestead, Laurel Tracey realizes she needs help. But who can she turn to in order to save her land? Certainly not her spoiled step-siblings who are pressuring her to sell the land her father left her. But when Laurel sets her sights on a handsome prisoner outside her window doing labor, she wonders if he might be the answer to her prayers. Using every penny she’s saved, Laurel buys the prisoner’s freedom, offering him room and board pending he work for [...]

    29. I enjoyed An Uncommon Protector. It didn't make me dance a jig, but it was an easy, enjoyable, sweet read. To my taste it was somewhat incomplete felt like once we reached the end, we should only have been just been gearing up to the middle of the book. I felt the same about book 3 in the series, too, it just felt cut short. While I did enjoy the flashbacks to when Thomas was in the POW camp (I didn't really care for them in book 3), considering my feelings about the overall pace and length, I c [...]

    30. An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Sheppard Gray is the second book in Ms. Gray's Lone Star Hero's Love Story series. I enjoyed this series' first book, The Loyal Heart so I was eager to read this second one. The Verdict? A relaxing, enjoyable read that was interesting, engaging and definitely brightened my day! The story is well written, entertaining and the characters are well rounded. This romance is fraught with challenges, mysteries, a leading hunky male with a group of stand up friends comin [...]

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