This book Free to protect was gifted to me to read and then write a review. I enjoyed reading this novella by Leah Atwood, wished it were longer. The story begins with Emma Lee, a rich bankers daughter who feels like she is finally going to persuade her father to give her in marriage to her present beau. But the night of the party her parents are murdered and the sheriff feels that Emma Lee’s life is in danger also and she cannot go home. Garrison Gray is an excellent shot with a gun who has landed in jail for a foolish act committed while drunk. The sheriff has a plan where non-violent men who were convicted of a crime and sentenced to serving hard time are given a second chance and marry a Freedom Bride. Thus both will benefit from the Freedom Bride arrangement. Emma Lee will be protected night and day as they live as husband and wife (in name only ) When the murderer is caught, they will allow their marriage to be annulled and Garrison is a free man, not having to wait the six months as stipulated in the agreement. Can this pampered rich girl, who is in mourning, cope on a small homestead without the conveniences she has always known?. Right away there is chemistry between them, but is there too much difference in their backgrounds to remain together? This was a quick easy read with christian principals and faith throughout.