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Praise for The Promise of Forgiveness

“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

About the Author

Marin Thomas is an award-nominated author of more than twenty-five novels, including the Cash Brothers series. She grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin, and attended college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she played basketball for the Lady Wildcats and earned a BA in Radio and Television. Following graduation, she married her college sweetheart in a five-minute ceremony at the historic Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. While her two children were young, Marin coached youth basketball. Now that her son has graduated college and her daughter is in graduate school, Marin writes full-time. She and her husband currently live in Houston, Texas. The Promise of Forgiveness is her first women’s fiction novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (March 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451476298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451476296
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poignant and heartfelt, The Promise of Forgiveness by Marin Thomas is a captivating novel of healing, reconciliation and love.

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.
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Ruby, now aged 31, seems to be a natural magnet for loser men. As a result her daughter Mia is one angry teenager convinced her mother is totally selfish and has never given one thought to what Mia thinks or feels about their unstable life. Her plan was to move to Kansas for a fresh start where she could focus specifically on her daughter’s upbringing. However, now Ruby has received a lawyer’s note telling her to come to see her real father, Hank McArthur, in the town of Unforgiven, Oklahoma. The town’s name is obviously contrived but clearly appropriately named. Ruby is distressed as she resents that her natural parents gave her up for adoption. Meeting Hank, Ruby is determined to give him no easy way to her heart.
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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How can you find it in your heart to forgive others, when you can't forgive yourself? That's a question that Ruby must answer, as she and her daughter make their way to Unforgiven, Oklahoma. Ruby is 31, and a single mom to her teenage daughter, when she suddenly discovers that she was adopted, and her biological father, Hank, asks her to come see the ranch she will inherit when he dies. Furious with her adoptive parents for not telling her she was adopted before they died, and angry at the father who gave her away, Ruby struggles to forgive them all. She's determined to build a new life for her daughter, but isn't convinced that living on Hank's ranch is the answer. First she must find it in her heart to forgive and to let her heart open to the possibilities of love. A great story filled with rich characters. The setting becomes a character in this book, and the author does a brilliant job making the reader feel that you are at that desolate, dusty ranch.
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The relationship between Mia and Ruby was wonderfully drawn and complex. This novel examines the bonds of family, those we know well and those we've only just met. Add in a great setting - have you ever heard of anything more instantly descriptive than Unforgiven, Oklahoma? - some quirky side characters, and a swoon-worthy love story and you've got yourself a charming, cozy Saturday read. You'll read it in a day, I promise!
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Late in March, I was visiting author Kristy Harvey's blog, [...]. Harvey is the author of fan faves such as <i>Dear Carolina</i> and <i>Lies and Other Acts of Love</i>. While reading Kristy's posts, I ran across a book giveaway that caught my attention immediately. I entered right away. <i>The Promise of Forgiveness</i> by Marin Thomas was that book. Kristy notified me a couple of days later that I had won. Yay me, right?! Thank you, Kristy, for introducing me to Marin Thomas!! Coincidentally, I found Kristy Harvey through a group of talented female authors at [...]. Marin Thomas is also a part of this fabulous group and I highly recommend that you check each of these ladies out, if you haven't already discovered them for yourself. All are a great, supportive bunch and each brings her own unique charm to Tall Poppy Writers. Now, back to Marin and her brilliant women's fiction debut, which, if you're still following along, I won through a blog giveaway.

Hot diggity dog! As promised, I received my prize package and I was delighted to find not one but TWO SIGNED BOOKS from Marin!! Thomas was kind enough to send a signed copy of <i>A Cowboy's Claim</i>. I quickly sent an email thanking her for her generosity. Marin answered back right away, confirming what I had suspected. Marin Thomas is an author that cares about her fans and those that read her stories. Does this influence my opinions of Thomas's books? Nah. The book stood out on it's own. But it does make me a lifelong fan.

Ruby, accompanied by her fourteen year old daughter Mia, steps off of a Greyhound bus at the desolate, windy four corners of Unforgiven, Oklahoma. Thomas was brilliant here, creating a small town that represents her characters life choices, decisions, and emotions.
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