When Annie Marshall arrives to answer single father Pastor Hugh Arness's advert for a mail order bride, with her grandfather in tow, he is shocked. Annie is beautiful, vivacious, and far too lively to be a preacher's wife. But she connects instantly with his 4 year old son, Evan, who is still recovering from the abuse and neglect of Hugh's former wife, he agrees to a trial period chaperoned by Annie's grandfather.
I like how protective Annie's grandfather is of her, he loves her and doesn't think that she should marry someone for convenience, but agrees to stay and chaperone. He is quite the character, and adds alot of humor to the book.
Annie is intelligent, thoughtful, and compassionate. I love how she helps Evan come out if his shell and reconnect with his father, suggesting forming routines to give Evan a stronger sense of security. As Hugh sees Annie with his son he can't help but have trouble trying to ignore his growing feelings for her.
Overall, this is a fun read, and a sweet read for Christmas. I like that Annie's family rallies around her and that she is able to stand up for herself and the life that she wants.
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