I always enjoy Winnie Griggs' books, set in historic Texas
and featuring strong women and men who fit the period
perfectly. Latest in her lively Texas Grooms
series set in Turnabout, Texas is the account of one Hank
Chandler whose recently deceased sister has saddled him
with two orphan children. Janell Whitman, the town's well-
behaved schoolteacher, happens to greet them at the railway
station on their arrival. Without anyone intending it, THE
HOLIDAY COURTSHIP is about to begin.
Young Chloe is deaf and Janell has some experience with
deaf people. The little
girl's brother Alex
has become protective and slightly rebellious after all
this change. They also have a pet cat. As a single man,
sawmill owner Hank thinks it would resolve some problems if
he married. He doesn't know how to raise or feed children.
He may have to hire a housekeeper, given that he doesn't
have a lady love. But since his priorities have changed,
he's started to look at the prim little schoolteacher in a
We learn about signing to communicate with deaf people, but
just when all is going well, Hank makes it clear he
both wants a wife and has not a shred of romance in him.
What woman would like to be told she's a good choice
because she is convenient and doesn't have prospects? No
Janelle has been hiding her status as a divorced lady,
which could make her undesirable as a teacher or a wife.
Teaching the children and bringing them to Reverend
Harper's Sunday service is as far as she is prepared to go.
But when Hank asks her advice on finding another lady who
might suit, she's got to come up with some answers - which
means looking into her own heart.
There's some gentle humour and practical suggestions, for
instance how to enter a girl's room if she can't hear a
knock. As winter descends, with ice snapping branches, the
town's preparations for Christmas get under way. Pecan pie,
strung popcorn decorations and gingerbread flavour the
merry antics. If you enjoy THE HOLIDAY COURTSHIP you will
be delighted to hunt up the rest of this family-friendly
romance series by Winnie Griggs, and her other fine
historical Texan tales as well.
As Christmas approaches, Hank Chandler is determined to find a
wife to mother his sister's orphaned children. When schoolteacher
Janell Whitman offers to help him with his niece and nephew, she
seems to be the perfect match—but she won't accept his proposal.
Instead, she insists she'll find him another bride before the
Janell moved to Turnabout, Texas, to put her past behind her and
focus on her future—one that doesn't include marriage. But while
she plays matchmaker and cares for Hank's children, she loses her
heart to the two youngsters…and their adoptive father. If Janell
reveals her secrets to Hank, will he still want her to be his