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The Promise of Forgiveness Paperback – March 1, 2016
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“Thomas, a prolific romance writer, has crafted an introspective and touching women’s-fiction novel….the growth of the main characters feels genuine and sincere. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Fern Michaels will enjoy this family-focused story of betrayal, growth, and acceptance.”—Booklist
“There’s a big promise in this book: love, redemption, and a story so gripping I couldn’t put it down.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
“I loved the book! Marin Thomas has a wonderfully fresh writing voice...[This] is a compelling story of forgiveness with a warm heart at its center. You won’t want to put it down!”—Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Shameless
“A heartfelt novel of mysteries hidden in lonely hearts. Marin Thomas gives us characters that jump off the page, people we root for, and who dare to reach for love."—Curtiss Ann Matlock, USA Today bestselling author of Love in a Small Town
"The Promise of Forgiveness takes a heartfelt look at the complexities inherent in familial relationships. It’s authentic, poignant, and will have you turning pages well past bedtime.”—Emily Liebert, author of Those Secrets We Keep
"The flawed, frail, but deeply human characters…will have you rooting for them from the first page, and cheering by the last.”—Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of You Were Meant For Me
“Thomas writes with warmth and empathy...The beauty of the western landscape, the difficulty of navigating parenting on all levels, and a beautiful romance rounds out this hopeful book, filled with complexity and love.”—Ann Garvin, author of The Dog Year
“I loved the ranch in Unforgiven, Oklahoma, the mysteries no one wants to talk about, and Ruby Baxter, who flew right off the page, fists swinging, boots tapping. She was one of those true as life characters you don’t forget.”—Cathy Lamb, author of My Very Best Friend
“Full of warmth and wisdom…The Promise of Forgiveness proves that the past doesn’t define the future, family is what we make it, and, most important, it’s never too late to become the person you want to be.”—Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of Dear Carolina
“A story with more twists than a hand-braided lariat...What makes this novel rise above the rest are the quirky but believable characters, the surprisingly sensual details of a dusty Oklahoma town, and the way Thomas writes about even the most flawed characters with grace, affection, and humor.”—Holly Robinson, author of Chance Harbor
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When Ruby Baxter discovers her fourteen year old daughter Mia following in her dysfunctional footsteps, she decides it is time to leave her small hometown and string of bad decisions behind. After accepting a job in Kansas, Ruby is stunned to learn her biological father Hank McArthur would like to meet her. Intending only a short layover in Unforgiven, OK, she is dismayed by Mia’s instant rapport with Hank and her growing attachment to his rescue horses. Never anticipating how much this decision will irrevocably change her life, Ruby agrees to remain a few extra weeks at the Devil’s Wind Ranch in order to continue mending her fractured relationship with her daughter.
Ruby has learned the hard way not to trust anyone and her deep seated abandonment issues cause her to maintain an emotional distance from the people in her life. She is quick to end relationships due to her fears and in doing so, she hurts both herself and Mia. Unwilling to risk further pain, Ruby initially has no intention of forgiving Hank for his decision to give her up for adoption, but the crusty rancher slowly begins to slip past her rather formidable defenses. Amid growing concerns for his health and safety, Ruby begins to entertain the idea of remaining permanently but will she find it in her heart to forgive both herself and Hank for past mistakes?
Ruby is also taken aback by her growing attraction to Hank’s ranch hand, Joe Dawson. Joe is a quiet man whose tragic loss lead to a somewhat itinerant lifestyle until he began working for Hank. Before meeting Ruby, he never entertained the possibility of a lasting relationship but he is willing to give their fledgling romance a chance. However, Ruby and Joe are both a little skittish when it comes to risking their hearts and with their unresolved issues sometimes ruling their decisions, a future together is far from certain.
A secondary story arc about the unsolved vandalism on the ranch adds an element of suspense to the storyline. With growing concern for not only Mia’s safety but Hank’s as well, Ruby pressures local law enforcement to take the investigation more seriously. Ruby has her suspicions about who is behind the sabotage and she takes matters in her own hands when the sheriff refuses to listen to her. The resolution of this storyline is somewhat surprising as are the motives for the crimes.
The Promise of Forgiveness by Marin Thomas is a heartwarming novel about the importance of forgiveness and learning to trust despite having been let down in the past. Another equally valuable lesson in the story is recognizing then consciously taking steps to break the cycle of destructive behavior in order to forge healthy relationships and become a better role model for our children.
The Promise of Forgiveness is an emotional and meaningful novel that will linger in readers’ hearts and minds long after the last page is turned. An outstanding read that I absolutely loved and highly recommend.
I received a complimentary copy for review.
Little does Ruby or any reader, for that matter, realize that little by little, Mia and Hank begin to form a natural grandfather and granddaughter relationship. Both are tart of tongue and Mia seems seriously concerned about the poor state of Hank’s health. Hank would like Ruby to inherit his oil ranch but it seems someone else has different plans as different “accidents” start happening. Mia is the smart one who senses someone else with devious ideas is orchestrating the mishaps.
Joe, a ranch hand, and Ruby begin to hit it off, but both have past stories that need to be released before they can let go to care for each other. Mia, on the other hand, has Hank’s passionate love for horses. He begins to teach Mia how to train them and care for them as the precious possessions these horses are. This is really the highlight of this beautiful novel, filled with tender, funny and poignant moments the reader will love!
The Promise of Forgiveness is wonderful, contemporary fiction that is more than pleasing reading and memorable for the evolution of love that gradually but potently emerges! Very nicely done, Ms. Thomas!
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