Thursday, March 11, 2021

Review of The Soldier's Unexpected Family by Tanya Agler

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to the book tour for The Soldier's Unexpected Family by Tanya Agler! This is the third book in the Heroines of Hollydale series, which is a series I have been enjoying. Read on for my full book review. You can also read an excerpt at my site Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for even more. And best of luck entering the giveaway! 

The Soldier's Unexpected Family
(Heroines of Hollydale #3)
By Tanya Agler
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 230 Pages
March 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He had a plan…
She changed it all!

Major Aidan Murphy arrives in the charming small town of Hollydale to take full guardianship of his six-year-old nephew. Only there’s a slight problem—his vivacious, fiery co-guardian. School teacher Natalie Harrison has no intention of letting Aidan take her best friend’s heartbroken little boy away. Now Aidan must convince Natalie that blood is stronger than love…even if his heart tells him otherwise.

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**My thoughts**
This is the third book in the series. I read and enjoy the first book in the series, but somehow missed the second one! (Which I will go back to reread soon!) I didn't feel like I had missed anything, though, so feel confident that you can read this one completely as a standalone. You'll just enjoy a few of the characters some more if you go back and read the others.

Talk about complete opposites! Natalie is very laid-back, sweet, prepared for anything but can also fly by the seat of her pants. I think she is a good balance between being spontaneous and being a planner, though she leans a bit more toward the spontaneous side. She has a tremendous love for life and living in the moment. She is also a kindergarten teacher, which really helped me to relate to her ability to go with the flow and care for people, most especially her best friend's orphaned son Danny.

Aidan is hard for me to warm up to. He's military and very rigid. He also had experiences in his own life that helped to feed this strict part of his personality. He comes to town to claim custody of his biological nephew after his sister's untimely passing. 

He and Natalie butt heads from the very beginning. Not only are they complete opposites, but they are also fighting for the same thing - custody of Danny. The boy's mother knew what she was doing when she set up guardianship for her son, but these two seem to have a hard time accepting it. They're both very stubborn and I just kept yelling at them to figure out a compromise. I feel like I had some good ones figured out pretty early on, but they both dig in their heels and only want their way.

At the same time, by digging in their heels, they are able to teach each other how to give a little bit. Aidan can learn how to relax a little bit and Natalie can learn to be a bit more firm.

The two are attracted to each other, though I admit I didn't quite feel the heat of the sparks flying off of the pages as much as the story insinuated. I could totally see how it would happen, though. Those we battle the most can end up being the most attractive, right? Finding that balance could create a great relationship, and you find yourself wanting them to figure it all out, for themselves and for Danny.

I really do enjoy this setting of Hollydale and want to visit there. It was fun seeing characters from earlier books making appearances. And I have a feeling I know who is going to be the star of the next book in this series. I am looking forward to returning in the next installment.

Thank you to Prism Book Tours and the author for my requested review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Tanya Agler remembers the first set of Harlequin books her grandmother gifted her, and she’s been in love with romance novels ever since. An award-winning author, Tanya makes her home in Georgia with her wonderful husband, their four children, and a lovable rescue beagle. When she’s not writing, Tanya loves classic movies and a good cup of tea. Visit her at or email her at

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