Christmas Stranger

Marriage, family and a house of her own are things that have passed Melinda Jane Frazier by. All her friends in Primrose are either married or have children by now, while she doesn’t have a husband or children. She knows that the chance of finding a husband has passed yet Melinda still dreams of that day. A blizzard sweeps through the night and Melinda gets her chance to see what life with a family is like. She never expected to see Zeke and little Timothy almost frozen to death on her porch. Something about Zeke’s kindness enchants her and little Timmy warms her heart. Being with them is like what her life would have been like if she had accepted marriage years ago. Each day with them is pulling her heart sideways. She knows Zeke is a wanderer at heart, never staying in one place for more than a couple days. Can Melinda convince him that sometimes finding a good home with a woman like her is all he and Timothy need?

A Christmas Stranger is a tale of one man’s wanderings leading him to a woman who has almost given up on love. Zeke has always moved from one place to another with his little boy, never expecting to stay more than a couple days. I loved that Melinda took these two in not knowing for sure if they will hurt her or not. These three were so great with each other to the point where you will cry at certain points and root for them at others. You will also want to give Zeke a hit upside the head so that he gets a bit of common sense. A really great read.

Book Blurb for Christmas Stranger

Melinda Jane Frazier, postmistress and farmer in Primrose, Missouri accepts her single state. But her solitary existence changes overnight, when strangers arrive during a blizzard. Holding Papa's old rifle, cocked and ready, and counting on help from Brownie, her overlarge Lab, she cracks the door open.

She opens her home to Zeke, a widower, and his young son, Timothy. They fill her heart with unexpected Christmas cheer. Though Zeke insists he's a drifter, moving from odd job to odd job, Melinda begins to hope he'll change. How can she bear to return to the lonely existence she knew before Zeke drifted to her door?

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2009 4.25