Ready to Trust (Hearts of Oklahoma #2) By Tina Radcliffe Christian Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages July 21, 2020 by Love Inspired
Proving he’s a changed man could be his biggest challenge yet.
Rancher Reece Rainbolt’s shocked to learn he’s inherited half of Claire Ballard’s family farm—and that he’s a father. Now Claire’s determined to break ties with the man who once left her behind. But Reece will buy her half only on one condition: she must stay in town to help with the harvest…and let him get to know his little girl.
Overall, Ready to Trust is a pleasant contemporary read set in Oklahoma, complete with a ranch, an orchard, horses, and even a goat.
I liked how Reece jumped right into fatherhood, stepping up to what he knew was right, even at Claire’s hesitation. The interactions between Reece and Zoe were wonderful to read.
While I understand Claire’s hesitation at first, her extreme resistance to allowing Reece into their daughter’s life was very frustrating. I also get her hesitation to form a new romantic relationship, but that should be separate from allowing Zoe to know her father. Both Reece and Claire are guilty of over-reacting, but eventually they realize that they can mature and come together for their daughter’s sake and even fall in love.
There are some great secondary characters in this story who made me smile. They served to spur Reece and Clair to think beyond themselves. I like the diversity of situations and perspectives from the various characters and the wisdom they brought to the story.
I received a copy of this story for the purpose of this tour. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Other Books in the Series
Finding the Road Home (Hearts of Oklahoma #1) By Tina Radcliffe Christian Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages February 18, 2020 by Love Inspired
Some paths need courage to follow… Can they find their fresh start with roadblocks around every corner? To care for her orphaned nieces and nephews, Daisy Anderson moved to a small town for a new deputy position—but now her job could be eliminated. With potential budget cuts looming, her only hope is to work with police chief Mitch Rainbolt to save their department’s funds. But can their fight for her job lead to something neither dared wish for: a future together?
Tina Radcliffe is the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award-winning author of inspirational romance. She is an ACFW and Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, and a four time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Tina is the author of fifteen inspirational romances for Harlequin HarperCollins.
He doesn’t think he deserves a family… but now he has a daughter.
Stunned to discover he has a child, Wes Bishop isn’t sure he’s father material. But his adorable daughter needs him, and he can’t help feeling drawn to her mother, Laurel Donovan — a woman he’s finally getting to know.
But can this sudden dad overcome a past tragedy that has him convinced he’s not meant to be a husband or a father…and make a promise of forever?
Here at Kat’s Corner books, we’re fans of cats, but love all pets. Do you have a pet?
Mindy: We do! Two sassy dogs. Both of them have attitude, so things get lively sometimes.
Open your text message app. What are the first 10 words that come up automatically?
Mindy: Me too! I’m excited to see it with lights on.
Kat: I am dying to know what you want to see with lights on. A house, a car, a submarine?
When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
Mindy: Mom, grammy, cook, maid… You know, an array of very glamorous things. 😉
Kat: That why we read, to live vicariously in glamorous lives! Next stop: Hollywood.
What is one thing you’d like your readers to take away from this story?
That nothing is too big for God. He can bring our greatest blessings out of our biggest mistakes.
For readers new to the Love Inspired Line what is something you’d like them to know?
Mindy: Love Inspired books may be shorter reads, but they’re still satisfying and many of them tackle some tough subjects. And they are always uplifting with a guaranteed HEA.
What is a passion you have besides writing?
Mindy: Food and family. I love to cook (and eat), but cooking is always more enjoyable when you’re doing it for someone you love.
Kat: I agree – I like cooking but not just for myself.
If you could meet one person who is no longer living who would you pick and why?
Mindy: My husband’s great grandmother. She was born in the late 1860s, orphaned at four years old when her parents died in a yellow fever epidemic, inherited thousands of acres of land that’s still in the family today and married a statesman. Definitely an interesting woman.
Can you tell us a little about your current WIP?
Mindy: I’m at the very beginning stages of book three in my Bliss, Texas series. And, unless something changes, it involves a castle—in Texas. 😉
Kat: I like castles!
How do you approach faith in your books?
Mindy: Prayerfully. I know God has a plan not only for each and every story, but for a reader He knows needs to hear the message that is inside. I want to be sure it’s His words that are on the page, not mine.
A Father’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus welcomes us to the new community of Ft. Bliss with a group of cherished friends. I like each of these ladies already and appreciate that they’re a bit older than your typical romance heroines (30s-40s).
In this first of the series, we get to know Laurel, who struggles with abandonment by her father. While I understand how that can affect your entire life there were times that I got frustrated with how much she projected her father’s decisions onto Wes. But, she is a great mother and a kind friend. One thing that I admired was her willingness to forgive – a plot twist you’ll have to read to find out.
Wes is up front about his move to Iraq, which I appreciate after so many books where one or the other tries to hide the fact that they’re leaving in a set time. Laural and Wes have to face that together and both struggle with what that means for them. The way Wes dived into parenting despite his concerns made me smile with some adorable moments.
Hubs read this out loud to me and made me wait to finish it until he could read again. His thoughts: “It was an intriguing little book, but she could add in some military conspiracy twists.” LOL. I reminded him that the suspense books have PURPLE spines. 😉
I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this tour. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Award-winning author MindyObenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining and sometimes adventurous manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer, and the occasional coyote, mountain lion, or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, and watching copious amounts of the Hallmark Channel.
(1) winner will receive a signed copy of A Father’s Promise, a $20 Amazon gift card, and a James 1:17 mug!
Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 6, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 13, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
Series: Love Inspires Suspense Genre: Christian, Inspirational, Romance, Suspense Publisher: Harlequin Publication date: September 1, 2019
She was framed! Or was she? If only she could remember… Border patrol agent Jocelyn Walker has no memory of how she turned up unconscious with a cache of drugs—or why a gang is dead set on killing her. With evidence stacking up against her, Joss takes refuge with driven DEA agent Dylan Murphy, who guards—and suspects— her. But will finally trusting each other lead them into a trap they’ll never escape?
Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…mysteries and exotic adventures, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey filled with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary.
1. Here at Kat’s Corner books, we’re fans of cats, but love all pets. Do you have a pet?
Not at the moment. While we were working in the Middle East our dog passed away. He was in the arms of our sons and loved, sitting on the grass while thier babies played around him. We knew that we would be selling our house and hitting the road in an RV so we opted not to find another pet, especially since we planned to do lots of hiking, museums and tours. I love cats too!
K: Aww. Losing pets is always so hard, but glad he was in a happy place. It makes sense RVing that a pet would be difficult. We have one cat, but would love to have a dog. One day, when we have a yard (shhh, don’t tell Sasha)!
2. Open your text message app. What are the first 10 words that come up automatically?
Look at our gorgeous little honky tonks in Tombstone.
(Two of my grandchildren just graduated from high school and we are taking them on a graduation trip. We stopped in Tombstone and bought them both cowboy hats and I sent a picture back to thier mom, my daughter. They looked gorgeous!)
3. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
Mom. Meemaw. Pickleball player. Full time RV’er.
K: Pickleball? I’ve heard of it, but had to ask Google. Anyone else curious? Click here.
4. What inspired the idea for Fatal Memories?
My husband retired and we moved to southern Arizona. I loved the area and needed to write a story about it!
5. What is your current WIP?
Killer Harvest. It’s set in Central Calilfornia.
K: Oooo so many ways that story line could go!
6. What was the hardest character to write in Fatal Memories?
Neither Joss nor Dylan were hard for me to write. I felt like I knew them both very well. But finding a way to get these two driven characters together was a challenge!
K: Strong willed personalities do present a challenge, but they also give us sparks! Thank you for sharing them with us.
This book made it onto Hubs Hot List. Ya’ll know how rare that is. That makes two books for Tanya, so you know she’s a great suspense author. He liked the non-stop action, from the opening pages to the big finish. I think this would make a great Hollywood action flick.
Hubs: “This book is enticing. The plot grows thick with twists and turns building on the edge of your seat. Specifically, I enjoyed learning more about the drug cartels/gangs in the Southwest and with all the politics taking place today involving this area of the U.S. it leaves some room for hope and reconciliation on both sides of the border.”
In this series by Mindy Obenhaus we meet the Stephens men and their loves. I have enjoyed the first three books in the series and hope we get to read the Jude and Daniel’s stories as well.
Mindy takes us back to Ouray, Colorado, a setting I haven’t visited much in fiction, but I want to visit in real life thanks to vivid descriptions of the area. I think a Jeep tour might be a bit scary, but I would love to do a trail ride! (Lily would very much disagree with me.)
With believable characters, I could find something to relate to in all of the stories. While there are several characters to track between the family and the town, I felt like it fit right with the story, bringing me into town life.
If you’d like to see my thoughts on the individual stories, please click here.
I received a copy of this series from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions are my own.
Lawman Joe Sheehan is desperate to bond with the daughter he’s just discovered he has. But as a virtual stranger to twelve-year-old Amelia, the task seems impossible. Until Claire Conley moves to town. A social worker renovating a mansion into a foster home, Claire is the first person to get through to Amelia. Falling for the single dad was not on Claire’s to-do list. But with Joe and Amelia around, the house finally starts to feel like home. Claire’s ready to fight to convince Joe that together they’ve done more than fix a house…they’ve built a family.
A Baby for the Doctor
After becoming a foster parent to a young boy, equine therapist Jordan Conley’s life gets turned upside down. Little Levi is in need of an exceptional pediatrician, which means seeking help from Dr. Ash Sheehan—a man that, despite her heart-pounding crush, isn’t her type. Her life is horses and hay, and she can’t imagine the suit-clad doctor in a pair of cowboy boots. As a confirmed bachelor, Ash has never been nervous around women, but there’s something about Jordan that flusters him, and working closely together doesn’t help. The last thing he’s looking for is long-term romance. But the more involved he gets, the more he wishes they could stay together…always.
Their Secret Baby Bond
He wanted roots. She chose career. Can a baby bring them back together?Wynn Sheehan planned to change the world—not return to Alabama alone and pregnant. Her life is in shambles, but at least she can help take care of Latham Grant’s ailing grandpa. Latham isn’t ready to trust the woman who eagerly left him and their small town behind. But can they ignore the spark rekindled by unexpected Family Blessings?
The Marriage Bargain
Family Blessings lead to new beginnings. Jules Sheehan will do anything to keep custody of the two orphaned girls in her care—including a marriage of convenience with their uncle. Cam Quinn crosses the globe as a travel writer, but he’s ready to settle down. Now tough, tender Jules is offering the home he’s secretly longed for. Can this marriage in name only become a family of the heart?
This series by Stephanie Dees focuses a family that has a big heart and passion for loving foster kids who need a home and a Savior.
The Dad Next Door:
I read this book after reading book 2 in the series, so I had already connect with Joe, Claire, and Amelia, but I enjoyed reading about their start as a family. I admire Joe for the way he stepped right into fatherhood, even with some bumbling and learning, he was immediately steadfast and gave it his whole heart. At the end he paints a picture for their future that melted my heart. I promptly sighed and read it to hubs. A foster brood sounds about perfect to us too.
As a former foster mom, I admired the passion that Claire poured into renovating the house with the intention to foster a bunch of kids who needed love and God’s care, despite the hurdles that pop up. Having read the rest of the series, I know we get to see Claire more, and this aspect come out more and more.
A Baby for the Doctor: I LOVED THIS BOOK – by page 2. I connected with Jordan right away. As a former foster mom, I knew just what she was feeling throughout the book: the joy, the heartbreak, the face on the floor prayers. Ms. Dee did a fantastic job bringing the realities of foster parenting while also giving it the positive perspective that often lacks in fiction.
Ash was swoony and steadfast. His heart for kids will make you melt and smile. While I don’t live with diabetes, I do have a chronic illness, so I also connected with Ash, who was in a good place dealing with day in and out of life with a chronic disease while not letting it get the best of him. I appreciated that Ms. Dees also showed the side of him that got fed up, because we all have those days as well, but he didn’t let drag him down.
Their Secret Baby Bond: I already like Latham having read the first two books in the series and was hoping he’d get an HEA! I also knew something was up with Wynn when I met her in the 2nd book. I enjoyed this story about lost and returned loves, broken hearts and dreams, and God’s restoration. Ms. Dees approached a topic that isn’t often told from a faith perspective – that of an out of marriage pregnancy, but she uses the Sheehans and their community to show Wynn that God has not turned his back on her for her choices and that he can bring beautiful things out of them.
Latham shows us how we may have dreams, but when life happens it’s not an abandonment of those dreams, but a changing. He really made me think as I have dreams that haven’t gone as I imagined, but this story reminded me that God can still use those, just in an unexpected way.
The Marriage Bargain: Marriages of convenience are one of my favorite premises, but pulling them off in a contemporary setting can be difficult. I think Ms. Dees did a good job of a plausible story line giving the reasoning and feelings of both the hero and heroine and why they decided to dive in. While I may think it a bit far fetched having experience with the custody courts, if I was in the same position as Jules, I can’t say that I wouldn’t come up with a similar hare brained idea. I’ve also seen the courts make decisions opposite of what you think is best for the kids, but that’s where trusting God’s plan critical. Jules, like all of us do at some point, leaps forward to take the situation into her own hands.
What helped make this marriage of convenience more realistic for me is that there was an instant attraction. While relationships shouldn’t be based all on the physical, you can’t deny that love at first sight exists – it’s just a different type of love. A deeper long lasting love based on friendship has to grow with time and for Jules and Cam this love is show through a slow tantalizing burn.
We also get to visit with all the other characters from the series, which I loved, without feeling like you missed backstory. A satisfying ending to a series.
I received the series from the author but was not required to write a postive review.