A Soldier's Promise
Three years ago Daron McKay made a vow to his dying army buddy: watch over his wife, protect his child. But he never imagined he'd fall in love with mom and baby.
Now as Emma Shaw barely hangs on to her ranch and her daughter faces lifesaving surgery, the cowboy bodyguard is determined to see his promise through. But Emma doesn't want a hero. Especially one riddled with guilt. She'll make it on her own, just like she always has.
With Emma, Daron faces his most difficult assignment: showing the battle-scarred widow that letting go makes you stronger—and that loving is worth the risk…
A charming and touching story of Daron, Emma, and little Jamie, where healing of body, mind, and soul is taking place, where faith is restored, and love found, where a partnership of a sort is formed, friendship is the foundation to romance, and community support makes everyday living easier.
Daron is a hunted warrior, the images from his time in Afganistan don't allow him to rest, yet the nightmares keeping him awake able him to keep an eye on Emma and Jamie, to make sure they are okay, to keep them safe.
Emma is tired of just surviving, of being a charity case, of being the atonement for Daron's guilt. She is taking steps to get on with her life, to get an education, to get the financial situation better, to take care of Ace, her granddad, and to provide a good and stable life for Jamie, but it seems that after every step forward comes two steps back. Now her former brother in law is harassing her for money he owns to the drug dealers, Jamie needs a heart surgery, Ace was injured, and all she wants to do is lean on Daron for mental support, but not if he is there just because of pity and guilt.
As Daron helps Emma to keep them safe and secure, Emma teaches Daron about faith and forgiveness. And as life marches on, the feelings they have for each other take a new turn at the most turbulent time of their lives.
Emma and Daron were such a perfect pair, just what the other needed. Emma is strong, independent, and stubborn, so it isn't easy for her to make room for Daron in her life. But Daron doesn't give up on her. He knows what he wants, and his feelings for Emma are not going to go away or fade with time.
The journey of Daron and Emma is heartfelt and filled with lots of emotions. Life isn't easy, hardships are many, yet they learn to lean on their faith in God, and trust His guidance in their lives. And even though the story has its fair share of angst and drama, even danger, and menace, there's also joy, laughter, and smiles, and an adorable little girl with the sweetest disposition
~ Four Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me