Angel's Embrace is the third in the inspirational romance Angels of Mercy series, by Charlotte Hubbard. The first book details Mercy Malloy's story, the second, Christine Bristol's.
Christine and her brother, Billy, moved with their mother to Abilene, Kansas after a gang killed their father and Billy's twin, and they lost their farm. Their mother left them with Mercy, who raised the children like her own. Billy lived for the day he can return to Missouri and avenge the deaths of his brother and father. Angel's Embrace tells how he learns his brother was not killed, and what he does with the information.
At the beginning, Emma Clark is buying material for her trousseau in 1876 Abilene. After grasshoppers destroyed her father's crops and contributed to her mother's death, Emma has designed a happier ending to the year. She's maneuvered Billy Bristol into marrying her. Things are looking better for Emma, until she picks up a piece of mail addressed to Billy from Eve Massena.
Eve knew Billy's family when they lived in Missouri. She insists she must talk with him. Eve's language sounds familiar, and out of pique and fear, Emma tears up the letter and an enclosed painting. Thinking the matter over, Emma is shocked when Eve shows up during the wedding, collapses on the floor of the church and proceeds to have Billy's niece.
Thanks to the unexpected "guests," Billy escapes marriage to the controlling Emma. Eve stays with the Malloys, and--like Billy before her--learns the true meaning of love from Mercy and her patchwork family. Billy returns to Missouri where he meets his brother and uncovers a few surprises. Soon thereafter, he and Eve know what God intends for them, and they move forward with confidence and love.
Angel's Embrace is a fine inspirational romance, like A Patchwork Family and Journey to Love. I'm looking forward to the fourth in the series.