- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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. Unforgiven is Ruby's birthplace but she didn't return to reminisce. Ruby received a summons of sort from her birth father, a man she has never met. To Ruby, Hank McArthur is yet another person that deserted her. Ruby has come to Unforgiven to meet the coward that gave her away when she was but days old. Filled with anger and false pride, Ruby plans to give ole Hank a piece of her mind. But Unforgiven has other plans for the thirty one year old Ruby, a single mother who has made bad decisions of her own. Ruby and Mia have a strained mother/daughter relationship and before Ruby can judge others, perhaps she needs to take a step back and fix herself. Mia is not speaking to her mother, she blames Ruby for almost everything and like a typical teenage girl, rebels against her mother. The bleak and dusty Unforgiven seems like the last place in the world for Ruby and Mia to find happiness and hope. After all, what's to love about a town filled with nothing but grit, grime, secrets, and unrealized dreams? Well, there's Joe, the quiet ranch hand at Devil's Wind that Ruby takes an interest in. Then there's Hank. Mia attaches herself to Hank and his rescued horses immediately, putting more distance between mother and daughter. Ruby didn't plan to spend much time in this Godforsaken town but Unforgiven has plenty in store for Ruby, Mia, Hank, and Joe. Each of these characters are seeking forgiveness and a place to call home. Living in Unforgiven might teach some to forgive and the unlikeliest of families to form, moving past hurt and resentment.
I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. I liked that Ruby was raw and oh so flawed. I don't like my protagonists to be perfect. Where's the challenge? Ruby was honest and real, someone easy to root for. In fact, I fell in love with all of the characters and felt a strong connection to each. Again, Unforgiven was the perfect place to put these people who desperately need to work through their own issues. Unforgiven seems hopeless but after the dust settles, hope shines through. I would've liked to stay a bit longer in Unforgiven myself. There's s great story going on here. Please, Marin! Give us more.