• Uncommon Protector

  • Living an Extraordinary Life One Day at a Time
  • By: Shelley Shepard Gray
  • Narrated by: Nan Gurley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-02-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (1 rating)


Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict - a man who's just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one-year post.
The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her 200-acre ranch as best she can.
When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.
Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he's in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn't pay a few fines. Laurel's offer might be his only ticket out. Though she's everything he ever dreamed of in a woman - sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong - he's determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he's free again.
But when cattle start dying and Laurel's life is threatened, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn't long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He's a trustworthy hero, and he needs more than just his freedom - he needs her love and care, too.
©2017 Shelley Shepard Gray (P)2017 Zondervan
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4 out of 5 stars
By Starr on 04-04-18

Good book -ok narration

I own the book and enjoy it. It’s the story of a young woman,Laurel, trying to save her ranch with the help of a “convict” she has employed while she is being harassed from both family members and an unknown source.

The narrator does not capture accents or written out clues describing the voices. The book takes place in Texas with Texans and the author mentions the “drawl” and tone of voice, etc. However, the narrator fails to use Texas accents. If she had and if she put mood into the conversations, it would have improved the performance greatly.

The book is a Christian historical fiction with a happy ending. It is the second in the series but, a stand alone read.

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3 out of 5 stars
By audmcc on 04-09-17


Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, very slow and tiresome. I was looking forward to this book because I love the author's other books. It is too bad that Nan Gurley was the narrator. I think someone else would have made the difference.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Too be honest, I never finished listening to it. I tried several times, but could not handle the long drawn out tedious descriptions.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nan Gurley?

Angela Brazil

What would have made this romance irresistible?

A faster pace and more tension between the two main characters.

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