Baby on Her Doorstep by Rhonda Gibson
Author: Rhonda Gibson
Release Date: May 8, 2018
If you're looking for a short, touching romance, Baby on Her Doorstep is worthwhile. It's a Christian historical romance set in the west. While there were aspects that got a bit much for me, I found it enjoyable despite those intruding thoughts.
Laura Lee is a widow and happens to be a pretty popular teacher. As summer break begins, her life takes an incredible turn. Someone leaves a baby with a note asking her to raise the little girl as her own.
After a trip to the sheriff's office, Laura learns she can keep the child for now. Clearly, the note writer wanted Laura to gain custody. The sheriff says he'll try to find the baby's parents, but he can't see why the court won't eventually make sure that she becomes the adoptive parent. There's one issue that remains. Laura lives in the boardinghouse and babies are not allowed. She has until the end of the week to find a new place to live.
Clint Shephard is a single dad. His wife died of an infection shortly after childbirth. While he adores his daughter, his housekeeper has given him a day to find a nanny. She simply feels she is getting too old to chase a toddler around. He goes into the town to find a nanny and is introduced to Laura. She seems perfect for the job, but she's hesitant. Eventually, she agrees.
Living on Clint's ranch is meant to be temporary, but Laura finds herself enjoying this new job a little too much. When the time comes to leave, she doesn't know how she'll do it. Clint wants them to stay, but Laura hides a secret that makes it impossible to even consider staying with Clint forever.
Baby on Her Doorstep was sweet and moved swiftly from chapter to chapter. I did have a few issues with the age of two girls, especially Laura's adopted daughter. It's said she's probably a year old, but she was doing things that made her seem much older. For whatever reason, I found myself stuck on that. Every time they'd mention her actions, I'd say that doesn't fit with a one-year-old.
I also found myself kind of annoyed with Clint's housekeeper. Before she'd even met Laura, she came off as spiteful and mean. I didn't get it. She wanted a nanny, but no nanny seemed good enough. I found her maddening as a result. I could have understood it if she had a thing for Clint, but she was much older and had absolutely no interest in him.
In the end, I did read the book in one sitting. It was light and satisfying. It was exactly what I was looking for.