Author: Jill Kemerer
Series: Wyoming Cowboys #3
Publisher: Love Inspired
No. of pages: 288
Published: September 18, 2018
My Rating: 4 Stars
A nanny at Christmastime…
Will she find love in this Wyoming Cowboys novel?
Six weeks on a ranch caring for quadruplets—aspiring nurse Ainsley Draper’s prepared for a busy Christmas. When the children’s handsome uncle opens the door, her task gets extra complicated. Marshall Graham is upholding his promise to look after his twin sister, the babies’ mom. But as family loyalty clashes with new love, will the perfect present include a future with Ainsley?
Having just read a dark story filled with dangerous psychopaths, I thought I would settle my brain by reading a sweet romance. Um, things didn’t quite go as planned. This book is not a sweet, sappy romance as it deals with very serious issues like postpartum depression and codependency.
In this exceptionally touching story, Marshall Graham has uprooted his life to help his twin sister Bella with her month-old quadruplets. Bella is experiencing serious issues and cannot care for the babies. Her husband Raleigh is keeping himself busy on the ranch he runs. He simply seems to have no idea what to do. Feeling incredibly responsible for his sister, Marshall has hired someone to assist him in caring for the babies.
Ainsley Draper is working on her nursing degree, and is waiting on word for a new job. She takes the temporary position of caring for the adorable set of quadruplets. When she knocks at their door, she stares up into the eyes of a drop-dead cowboy. Oh no. There is no way is she going to work with a man she is immediately attracted to. However, Ainsley quickly learns that Marshall is the Uncle. But, where are the parents?
Ever resourceful, Ainsley quickly assesses the situation by creating a marvelous system that shows immediate results. But, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Without even a moment to query her attraction to Marshall, Ainsley sees a great level of dysfunction in the household. She has deep concern for Belle and her disconnect from the babies. The father is notably absent, working very hard on the ranch, and Marshall is juggling everything, almost taking full responsibility.
During her stay, Ainsley draws close to Marshall. They go beyond caring for the babies. They manage to share meals, and even have the opportunity to worship together. However, as mentioned at the beginning of this review, there are very serious issues going on, and raw experiences and feelings are explored throughout.
Oh, was I brought to tears. In every romance there must be conflict. It is a necessary formula to make a story work. While as a reader I knew that things would eventually work out for Marshall and Ainsley, it seemed impossible on many levels. The moment that I realized how things would flow, my heart almost melted. But there were moments when I truly bawled. My emotions were a mix of sadness and joy.
Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets is a warm holiday story where the author definitely was not afraid to touch on the aforementioned issues, as well as alcoholism and abuse. Jill Kemerer also brought in faith and hope. I was quite moved by this story and hope to acquire the first two books to read and to continue on with the series.
Many thanks to Harlequin Love Inspired and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hello! I’m so glad you stopped by. I’m an author, wife, mom and avid reader. My mornings always include coffee, and the rest of my day wouldn’t be complete without chocolate, preferably M&Ms.
I grew up in the country in Michigan and now reside in a picturesque little town in Ohio. Our family has moved a lot over the years, and we realized we don’t mind living near a city, but we don’t want to live in one! My husband and I were high school sweethearts, and we have a daughter in college and a son in high school.
Nature inspires me. We’re blessed to live near beautiful parks, and if the weather cooperates, I take long walks outside. Some of my best plot twists pop into my head on these walks. Love when that happens!
My books contain a blend of love, humor, and faith. I adore romance! And I can’t help it–life makes me laugh. But what really defines me is my faith. I’m not perfect–never will be–and I am thankful I don’t have to be.
If you’re interested in hiring me for your freelance writing needs, go to my HIRE ME page. I look forward to talking to you.
I also speak to writers groups and women’s groups. Contact me if you’re interested.
I like my Christmas reads to be a bit lighter and brighter. Sounds like this one isn't for me.ReplyDelete
Oh, my! 4 babies sounds like my worst nightmare! The poor woman ;)ReplyDelete
I typically refer light-hearted Hallmark type Christmas stories, but this one sounds like something I would enjoy that is outside my normal holiday read.ReplyDelete
At first the premise has me thinking this wasn’t for me, but now that I see the more serious undertones I think I might enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Too many babies. I think I would die!ReplyDelete
Ooh, this one sounds right up my alley! I love these types of almost over-the-top romances :) Great review!ReplyDelete
I love the cover because of the babies. Tbh, it's quite unexpected that the story is that heavy. Great review!ReplyDelete
Robin, thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my book. I truly appreciate your thoughtful review. Have a blessed 2019!ReplyDelete