Friday, March 25, 2016

The Promise of Forgiveness by Marin Thomas

Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by NAL

When it comes to family, Ruby Baxter hasn’t had much luck. The important men in her early life abandoned her, and any time a decent boyfriend came along, she ran away. But now Ruby is thirty-one and convinced she is failing her teenage daughter. Mia is the one good thing in her life, and Ruby hopes a move to Kansas will fix what’s broken between them.

But the road to redemption takes a detour. Hank McArthur, the biological father Ruby never knew existed, would like her to claim her inheritance: a dusty oil ranch just outside of Unforgiven, Oklahoma.

As far as first impressions go, the gruff, emotionally distant rancher isn’t what Ruby has hoped for in a father. Yet Hank seems to have a gift for rehabilitating abused horses—and for reaching Mia. And if Ruby wants to entertain the possibility of a relationship with Joe Dawson, the ranch foreman, she must find a way to open her heart to the very first man who left her behind. 

My Thoughts…

A surprise adoption, losing your parents, getting a letter from you biological dad, and having your 14 year old daughter lose her virginity is a lot for any woman to handle.     Meet Ruby…she has all this to deal with and more.     As a struggling single parent to a teenager she is called home to meet her sick biological dad that she didn’t even know existed.    She handled it all with a grace, patience, and understanding.    Ruby was strong, even when she thought she would crack from the pressure.    She stood up to the challenges that would have pushed most people over.     I love her. 
Every character in The Promise of Forgiveness is loving, understanding, and in need of forgiveness.     I wanted everyone to find their happy place and be there with people who will trust and support them in their journeys.      The path each character takes is perfectly intertwined with each other.    They are not always the easy or straight path, but it is the path that they have to travel to get where they belong.   Sometimes they didn’t even know where they were heading.

The Promise of Forgiveness is a wonderful book.    The story is heart tugging and beautiful.    The characters are amazing.   I recommend picking up your copy now.   

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