Trace Riley has been self-appointed guardian of the trail ever since his own wagon was attacked. When he finds the ruins of a wagon train, he offers shelter to survivor Deborah Harkness and the children she saved. Trace and Deborah grow close working to bring justice to the trail, but what will happen when the attackers return to silence the only witness?
The Accidental Guardian takes us to a time and place when our country was being settled and the main transport was the wagon trains. However not all trains made it safely to their destination especially when they were being stalked for their goods and the bad guys had no morals and killed just to kill.
This is the world that Deborah finds herself in along with her sister Gwen and the two children in their care. To their rescue comes Trace Riley who knows exactly what they are going through. This story takes us into the majestic mountains with rugged cowboys but cowboys who protect women and children.
I liked the balance that the author took between vengeance and justice. I enjoyed the characteristics of the men and the women and how thankful they each were for what the other did for them. I liked seeing people working together at what they did best for the benefit of all involved.
The romance was a treat and I am glad that Trace finally had someone. The ending sets up the second in the series nicely, and I agree with Utah when he says it will be a long winter! Looking forward to the rest of this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.