11 March 2021

The Soldier's Unexpected Family | Excerpt + Giveaway


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.

Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: March 1, 2021



She tried to smile, but the man stared at her, his brow furrowing deeper with each passing second. Once again, a rush of familiarity flooded her, but she couldn’t pinpoint why it seemed like she should know him.

“I had every impression you’d put up more of a fight.”

“Why would I argue with you? You’ll make life so much easier around here. By the way, I didn’t catch your name. Mister...?”

Out of the blue, Danny rushed toward her, Diane on his heels. Whatever was wrong with Danny must be serious. “Excuse me a minute.” Her cowboy boots smacked the pavement as she hurried toward the pair. “Mom! What’s happening? Danny, are you okay? Did you fall down?”

Danny rushed past her, and she twirled around. The stranger stood a couple of feet away, awe and wonder lightening his hard face. Crouching down, he opened his arms wide for the sopping-wet missile heading his way. Danny flew into his chest, and the man absorbed the impact without falling down. Instead, he cradled Danny’s head and held him tight.

Out of breath and wringing the wet towel, Diane reached Natalie and touched her arm. “He started running before I could find out anything.”

No wonder the man’s gray eyes looked so familiar. Natalie saw the same shape and seriousness in Danny’s brown ones every morning across her breakfast table when Danny slurped down his favorite cereal and drank his orange juice. Danny’s uncle, Major Aidan Murphy, had arrived in Hollydale six months ahead of schedule.


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 www.tanyaagler.com or email her at tanyaagler@gmail.com.


(1) winner will receive a print copy of The Sheriff’s Second Chance (with swag), $15.00 Amazon Gift card, and reader’s coffee cup!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 9, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 16, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Thank you for being part of the blog tour for "The Soldier’s Unexpected Family" by Tanya Agler.

    Love the cover and can't wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Thank you for sharing What a great review!

  3. The cover looks so sweet!

  4. Thank you so much! - JustRead Tours

  5. This sounds like a really good read.

  6. Sounds like a good read. I like the cover.

  7. Sounds like a good read. I like the cover

  8. Hallie, Thank you for sharing.

  9. This is my kind of read! I'm checking it off of my tbr very soon!


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