US Marshal Jed Stark was having a tough time dealing with his latest assignment. The young half-breed boy accused of stealing a stallion was like looking at a mirror image of himself at that age. Angry, and full of rage, Hawk was claiming the stallion was his. Hawk’s story was that his grandfather had been murdered and the ownership of Wind Son falsified by the rancher who had sent for Jed to bring in Hawk and return the missing horse. Deciding the best course of action would be to take Hawk to the safest place Jed knew of until he could get to the truth; the only place Jed had ever been able to call home, the Johanson family farm.
It had been six years since Ole Johanson and his daughter Sadie had watched Jedediah Stark ride away from their farm and never look back. Oh, there had been the occasional letter, but never any visits. However, here he was a US marshal and dragging along a young boy Jed claimed was his prisoner. Ole could swear he was watching a replay of the day the young half wild orphaned Jed had come to live with him and his wife. Sick, and knowing it wouldn’t be much longer before he joined his beloved wife, Olga, in eternity, Ole was happy to have one more chance at making a difference in the life of a boy who needed a home.
It was Sadie Johanson who was most stunned by Jed’s return. Sadie had been in love with the brash half Indian Jed ever since he had come to live with her parents on their farm. Sadie always knew in her heart that one day, Jed would return to her. To get him to recognize that he was as much a part of her as she was of him, was a complicated task for Sadie to undertake, but this time she was bound and determined to make Jed see beyond what he perceived as his shortcomings to the proud and noble man Sadie loved.
Pat Pritchard knows how to tug at the reader’s heart with her inspirational stories of love and family, and here it is again with Come Home for Christmas. Jed Stark’s Indian heritage makes him feel undeserving of Sadie’s love, but that does not stop him from desiring her. The sparing between the two star crossed lovers begins to wear thin, but the touching ending is worth the read.