Dakota Child by Linda Ford

December 27, 2010 2 flames 0

Author: Linda Ford
Source: Harlequin Ambassadors
*I received this book free of charge
in exchange for an honest review*

Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Steeple Hill (September 8, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373828209
ISBN-13: 978-0373828203


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 lullabies that lull even Vivian to peaceful sleep. When the storm abates, will she still seek the life that led her back to the village?


This was my first read in the Love Inspired Historical line by Harlequin.  While the book featured great writing skills by the author, Linda Ford,  I will say that I don’t think I will be reading anymore from this line.

The author has a wonderful gift for writing.  The book flowed great and the story was heartfelt.  I really loved the character of Billy Black.  He was so sweet and patient with the baby that it melted my heart! Here was this large man with a heart of gold, sitting in a rocker and humming the baby to sleep.  Vivian was an okay character for me.  She just wasn’t outstanding in my mind.  She was ordinary and the same type of character found in most books. While I enjoyed her being paired with Billy Black, she just didn’t have the wow factor that I like.  The one thing that I did not enjoy about this book was the constant reference to religion.  While I understand that this book is in the Christian Romance line, I have read other Christian Romance books that didn’t have this much preaching.  I think the author could have written the book with the same impact if she would have cut out a lot of the bible quoting.

While this book was just okay at most for me, I think it is because this type of book is not my style.  I just couldn’t bring myself to enjoy a book that had to force bible scriptures to me in every chapter.  If you like these types of books, then I do urge you to read it.  :Like I said, the author does of wonderful job with the writing skills.  But, if you are not a fan of this sort of genre, or if you don’t like to be preached to within each chapter, then I suggest holding off on reading this book right away.


  If the library doesn’t have it, don’t worry about reading it! 2 STARS

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