Title: Dakota Child
Author: Linda Ford
Publisher: Steeple Hill Inspirational Historical Romance (Love Inspired Historical)
Copyright Date: 2009
Print Date: December(?) 2010
Pages: 270 + "Questions for Discussion"
Book Description (from back cover):
Trapped in a North Dakota blizzard, single mother Vivian Halliday's prayer for herself and her child is answered. Rescue comes in the seemingly terrifying form of Billy Black, the hulk of a man feared by all the townsfolk. Yet in the home he shares with his ailing mother, the handsome, gentle giant warms her baby's bottles and sings sweet lullibies that lull even Vivian to peaceful sleep.Comments:
When the storm abates and it's safe to leave, will she seek the life that led her back to the villiage or stay where she's found an unexpected family for herself and her Dakota child?
I recieved this as part of my "Holiday Package" from TellHarlequin. I don't read Inspirational fiction often anymore (there was a time when I read quite a lot of it), but I still enjoy the ocassional fix. =) Plus, the word Child in the title fit one of my challenges for 2011. Reading this would get me off to a great start, no?
I enjoyed the story. I thought the hero and baby were sweet, liked the setting in general, and didn't find it too preachy (Though I saw another reviewer did ... I'm thinking it's a matter of perspective. There are some VERY preachy books out there. Inspirational and otherwise. This one isn't preach free, but I personally didn't think there was a lot.)
Actually, probably the part that did bother me a little was the hero's mother. Or, rather, her history. She was abducted by Indians for 6 years while the hero was a young child. I won't go into much detail because I don't want to spoil the story. But I thought the Indians were too generic. They were the evil abductors, so I would have liked to have known at least known what tribe they were supposed to be from.
Overall I found this to be an easy read. As an added bonus, it has a blizzard through the first chunk of the story so it's a good cozying up type of book for this time of the year.