The Marshal's Ready-Made Family (Prairie Courtships, #2) by Sherri Shackelford

The Marshal's Ready-Made Family (Prairie Courtships, #2)

Gentlemen don't court feisty straight shooters like JoBeth McCoy. Just as she's resigned to a lifetime alone, a misunderstanding forces the spunky telegraph operator into a marriage of convenience. Wedding the town's handsome new marshal offers JoBeth a chance at motherhood, caring for the orphaned little girl she's come to love. Garrett Cain will lose guardianship of his niece, Cora, if he stays single, but he knows no woman could accept the se...

Details The Marshal's Ready-Made Family (Prairie Courtships, #2)

TitleThe Marshal's Ready-Made Family (Prairie Courtships, #2)
Release DateFeb 4th, 2014
PublisherLove Inspired
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Christian, Westerns, Love Inspired, Love Inspired Historical, Historical, Historical Fiction, Category Romance, Christian Fiction

Reviews The Marshal's Ready-Made Family (Prairie Courtships, #2)

  • Jess the Romanceaholic
    See, I was just talking about how I know that Inspirational titles can have chemistry between the protagonists, and this was a lovely example. While there was still no lovemaking (boo), even after the characters were married, I at least got the sense that they were attracted to each other. Plus, bonus points for having a plain, tom-boyish herione ;)4/5 Stars
  • Dawn
    There are times when I really enjoy being part of Reader Service. This was one time. This book comes out in February, and I spent a cozy New Year's Eve at home with my nose buried in it. I might list the various Love Inspired Historicals as read, but I rarely will give it a star rating (unless it's for Book Cover Bingo). But this time, I wanted to.JoBeth McCoy and Garrett Cain end up being forced to marry after a misunderstanding happens. He's th...
  • Janis Kay
    I loved JoBeth and Garret as a couple cuz they molded together before they even realized how well they complimented each other. (That was a really long, possible run-on, sentence.) The underlying suspense plot kept me guessing, but then again, (view spoiler)[I was not made aware of the fact that Tom had a brother -who was even worse of a goodfornothing (hide spoiler)]. Sorry, but if you don't want me to ruin it, don't read that hidden part. Anywa...
  • Leigh
    I fell in love with Jobeth in the first book and I love how her story wrapped up!
  • Jessie
    I'm a sucker for marriage of convenience stories, especially with children involved. JoBeth McCoy is the telegraph operator. When Five year old orphan Cora arrives on the train, JoBeth watches her until her uncle, Marshall Garrett Cain arrives back in town. Jo Beth forms a bond with Cora, and continues to help watch her even when her uncle returns. After all, the jail isn't a good place for playing tea party. When Garret needs a wife in order to ...
  • My Book Addiction and More MBA
    THE MARSHAL'S READY-MADE FAMILY by Sherri Shackelford is an exciting Inspirational Historical Romance Kansas in 1881. Can a marriage of necessity turn into a love of a lifetime? To find out join JoBeth McCoy,a telegraph operator and Marshall Garrett Cain on a journey of discovery, forgiveness, healing, danger, secrets, faith, and finding true love.Garrett has guardianship of his young niece, Cora, but if he stays single, he may lose her. Enter Jo...
  • Rhonda
    4 STARSI really like JoBeth's character. She is fun, caring, smart and can out shoot all her brothers. She is not afraid to beat the guys and be true to herself.Garrett Cain has secrets in his past. He is afraid he will be like his father. He is willing to fight for the best thing for his little niece who just became a orphan.Cora is a character you wished you could comfort her. She has bonded fast to JoBeth after she arrived in town before her U...
  • Melanie
    The Marshal's Ready-Made Family was such a cute read! I didn't think I'd love it as much as I did, but it was just so charming and sweet! I liked how JoBeth was confident in who she was (tough and tomboyish) and didn't want to change for a man. I also loved how Marshal loved her for who she was, even if he tried not to let it show. All in all, a super sweet read with just enough danger to keep you turning pages. :)*Disclosure of Material Connecti...
  • Linda Hubalek
    A book you can get into because the dialect and story line flow effortlessly, drawing you into the story of a former tomboy that sticks to her values, and a sheriff that becomes the guardian of his niece. A marriage of convenience could become true love between the two, if only the sheriff can come to grip with his past. Several twists and turns in Sherri Shackelford's "The Marshal's Ready-Made Family" keeps the reader wondering how the story wil...
  • SuperWendy
    This is a nice, sweet story. Hero with a Big Secret becomes guardian to his orphaned niece after his sister dies. Heroine is a Plain Jane tomboy who is always being dismissed by the single men in the community. For historical western romance fans - think of it like a lighter version of a Maggie Osborne story.
  • Magrra
    This is simply a very good story. The characters development is believable
  • Shelly
    I like a good story regardless of the sexual content; this is a good story with no sexual content. JoBeth McCoy is a tomboy. She wears pants under her dresses. She wears cowboy boots. She wears braids. She works as the local telegraph operator. She’s happy – isn’t she? In a time when all of her friends are married and having children, JoBeth’s given up on both. She’s seen enough to know that it’s not something that she’s suited for ...
  • puppitypup
    Christian Romance Not badThis is one of those stories that you have to suspend belief in order to enjoy, where the reason the marshall can't give his heart to Jobeth would be easily solved with the tiniest bit of common sense. You can't have it both ways, either a man is "good enough" be a good father and husband, or he's not. In this book, he's perfectly willing to be one, but scared to death to try the other.And the logic behind Jo thinking she...
  • The CurvyJones
    Jo Beth McCoy is the definition of a tomboy, but one thing is clear: when she meets the Marshall's newly arrived niece, there is a strong emotional connection. The two form an instant bond and are quite the pair. Jo Beth is the strongest, wilyest, most unafraid woman in Cimmaron Springs. She can out fight, outshoot and out-argue any man in town, which makes her a perfect match for gruff and tumble, no nonsense Marshall Garrett Cain.Cain has a "da...
  • Gail
    Good read. A sweet story with a marriage of convenience. The hero is the town marshal who has specialized in cleaning up towns with a corruption problem. The previous sheriff was crooked. To make things more tangled, he's been sent his sister's little girl, like she was a package, after the girl's parents died in a fire. The heroine --the telegraph lady-- has looked after the girl while the hero was away chasing crooks. The heroine is the town to...
  • Paula-O
    Sherri Shackleford writes "The Marshal's Ready-Made FamilyGarrett Cain has a problem, His sister has died and left him gardian of a beautiful little girl,now Cora is not the problem exactly but some folks think a lawman living over top the jail is just not what a little girl needs. A cousin wants to get her so he can have the estate that goes with her but once Garrett met Cora he fell in love and doesn't want to lose her. He is even willing to th...
  • Marilyn Johnson
    JoBeth McCoy is very a outspoken, self assured, and not your typical woman in 1881. She never thought any man could love her with her "tomboyish" ways. Therefore she has never had a desire for a family of her own. She never imagined Cora. When Garrrett Cain, Cora's uncle, and handsome lawman, get custody of Cora he needs help. JoBeth always thinks of other first, even if her heart is possibly changing. Can she love a man, even if he never loves h...
  • M.A. Nichols
    This book is entirely forgettable. I've never read any Christian romances and was curious to try one out. This came recommended to me and it's not bad, it's just not memorable. I read it a couple days ago and to be honest, I'm already having a hard time remembering what the story is about. Again, it's not a bad story, it's just that I've read a fair amount of historical romances and so many of them follow similar tropes. I probably would have giv...
  • Romantic Reads and Such
    I really enjoyed The Marshall’s Ready-Made Family. Usually my historical romances are all about the British lords and ladies so it was a nice change to move to the Old West. Being a part of the Love Inspired line, it delivers the expected heart-tugging warmth their books are known for.I really enjoyed The Marshall’s Ready-Made Family. Usually my historical romances are all about the British lords and ladies so it was a nice change to move to ...
  • June
    The sins of the father and forgiveness are the big issues in this story.Garrett grew up with a secret that kept him from loving people. He did his job and moved on.JoBeth has had her own share of secrets, not being able to admit to her mother why she does not want to carry on her calling of being a midwife. When the two are brought together by one little girl, their lives change. Though they have feelings for each other, they have to avoid them b...
  • Jennifer
    This one had a lot of things thrown in that didn't seem necessary. For example, (view spoiler)[ the marshal has to marry in order to keep his niece. That should have been enough, because the heroine volunteered early on for the duty. However, then, the author decided to make it so they had to marry because they were caught together at night. Why? (hide spoiler)] It seemed like the author kept having new ideas to add and tended to forget the main ...
  • steph
    Predictable but good. The new Marshal in town finds himself guardian of his adorable little niece. Little niece takes a shine to a single women, Marshal and said heroine get married to have a family for the niece but it's just a marriage of convenience until they start to fall in love.I really enjoyed the main heroine,Jo. She was not afraid of being herself even when she was made to feel less of a woman because she wasn't into dresses and regular...
  • Lois
    I met this author when the Heartland Romance Author's group came and spoke at the Millard Branch Library in Omaha. I enjoyed the program and enjoyed the book. Thanks Sherri! Now I am on the lookout for the first book "Winning the widow's heart."
  • Heidi Smith
    Received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.This was a very sweet story. I enjoyed the way it was written, and I really feel for the characters. A good easy read!
  • Kincaid
    Another good book by Sherri Shackelford. I haven't found a bad one yet.
  • Val
    Loved it! Read for at least the 2nd time and I know I'll read it again. Jo is my favorite by far.
  • Laura
    A fun sweet read. I enjoyed seeing how the heroine grew and changed throughout the book. Heat: Mild, Language: clean