Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Child’s Gift by Linda Warren

Posted December 5, 2019 by meezcarrie in Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, Linda Warren, romance / 6 Comments

A Child’s Gift by Linda Warren, On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Texas Rebels #8

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (clean)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2019
PAGES: 384

Will an abandoned child bring them together?

Or tear them apart?

Cowboy Jericho Johnson lives a good life working on the Rebel family’s Texas ranch. All he’s missing is a wonderful woman like Anamarie Wiznowski. But Rico’s troubled past and Ana’s disapproving family conspire against them. When Rico is named guardian to a four-year-old boy, he asks Ana for help. And suddenly, he’s falling faster than Christmas snow…for Ana, sweet little Dusty and life as a family man!


Other Books In This Series
(note: these books are in a different imprint than the ‘clean read’ line)

First of all, how can you resist that adorable cover – cowboy hat, little boy dimples, those eyes! That is, admittedly, what drew me to this book in the first place. That, and the Harlequin Heartwarming line which I love supporting.

Little Dusty’s story is heartbreaking from the moment he crosses paths with Rico & Ana on the pages of A Child’s Gift by Linda Warren. Sadly, there are more stories like his in real life – children overlooked by an overworked system that’s supposed to be protecting them from mothers who can’t be safe parents. Fortunately for Dusty, he has Rico & Ana who are ready to love him and care for him, if the system will let them. And, despite the sad parts of Dusty’s story, he stays absolutely adorable and will easily capture your heart. Seeing ‘home’ through his eyes plants a smile firmly on your face – or something’s broken in you. A touching reminder, especially in this Christmas season, to open your heart to the ‘least of these’ and love well.

Speaking of loving well, my favorite part of this story was the Rebel family and how they really had made Rico part of their family – even if he was too guarded to see that. (I haven’t read any of the Texas Rebels series in the American Romance imprint and at times felt like I was missing out a bit on these supporting characters’ backstories. But I didn’t have any trouble following the story or characters playing out in this installment so I think this can definitely be read as a standalone.) The author did a great job of paralleling Rico’s story with Dusty’s in many ways, and while it makes your heart hurt to read about two wounded little boys – one now an adult – it also heals that same heart a little to see the power of a family’s love. In fact, A Child’s Gift reminded me of the Bible verse “God places the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:6) and how family isn’t necessarily defined by blood or DNA but by love.

Bottom Line: A Child’s Gift is heartbreaking & heartwarming all at the same time. Warren writes Dusty with ease, achieving the right ‘voice’ for this sweet little boy’s age and experiences. I’ll be thinking about him for a while. Some of the other main characters & their reactions/interactions were flat or didn’t make sense, though, and that made it hard for me to stay engaged all the way through. Yet, even with that, I loved watching Ana find her own footing and take some much-needed steps that really added layers to her personality over the course of the story.  A sweet read for the season!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 3.5 stars / Dusty grabbed my heart!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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Two time Rita® nominated author Linda Warren has written forty-five books for Harlequin. A native Texan, she’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the West Houston Chapter. Drawing upon her years of growing up on a ranch, she writes about some of her favorite things: Western-style romance, cowboys and country life. She married her high school sweetheart and they live on a lake in central Texas. He fishes and she writes. Works perfect. You can find out more about Linda at

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