Review: Perfect Gifts (A Christmas Railers Novel) by R.J. Scott and V. L. Locey

Rating: 5🌈

The 12th story in the fantastic Harrisburg Railers series, Perfect Gifts is a heartwarming holiday tale of love in all its permutations. Couples, family, sibling, and deep friendship. Various relationships dynamics are featured here to a emotional, heartfelt display of love.

Ten and Jared are startled when their young daughter, Lottie, announces she wants a brother. Both had quietly been thinking of adding to their family but this prompts a immediate discussion and decision to foster and adopt.

Perfect Gifts is the story of what follows. The process, the anxiety of waiting for the call, and the stress and doubts when it happens.

The authors have created a holiday story that’s one for all seasons. When two boys , abused by some of the very people who should have been keeping them safe, come to find their forever home. It’s grounded in the older boy’s mistrust and pain, the younger brother’s hope and joy.

The characters are real , the elements believable, and the events that occur both heartbreaking and emotional.

A side storyline that involves a teammate and his brother is also a element that engages your heart with its high level of angst and anxiety for those who are part of this thread. It will be carried over into the next Railers book.

My only tiny issue is that I wish the ending had been longer. Not that it needs to be but I wanted more time with the new family. I was so connected to them every step as they formed a new family group that I really didn’t want to leave them there yet.

I hope to see more of them in future stories.

I’m highly recommending Perfect Gifts as a perfect holiday story. › showRJ Scott – Perfect Gifts


Family comes first in all things. Whatever the cost.

Ten had always heard the saying ‘Out of the mouth of babes,’ but he’d not expected it to hit home as it had. After a comment from their daughter, Ten and Jared find themselves pondering an addition to the family. Moving into the adoption process is nerve-wracking and riddled with anxiety—kind of like how the Railers have been playing of late. Bringing two young men into their homes and hearts isn’t going to be a smooth ride. But with patience, humor, and love, the bumpy road might just be a little easier to travel.

Expanding their small family was always in the cards, but no one could have foreseen the process clashing with the worst ever start to a Railers season. A string of losses, a vital player missing from the defense, a captain in the emergency room, and winning a single game seems impossible, let alone getting the team to the playoffs. Faced with hard decisions, Jared refuses to take his work home, but it’s difficult when your husband is at the cutting edge of the losing streak. His focus fractures when one of the siblings they are matched with is frustrated, angry, and has a healthy dose of mistrust.

Jared and Ten’s parenting skills are tested, but they will do anything to make a place in their home the perfect gift for two children lost in the system.


Unless it’s noted, all books reviewed have been purchased by the reviewer.

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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