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.
Bestselling author Cara Putman returns with a romantic legal thriller that will challenge the assumptions of truth tellers everywhere.
Savannah Daniels has worked hard to build her law practice, to surround herself with good friends, and to be the loyal aunt her troubled niece can always count on. But since her ex-husband’s betrayal, she has trouble trusting anyone.
Jett Glover’s father committed suicide over a false newspaper report that ruined his reputation. Now a fierce champion of truth, Jett is writing the story of his journalism career—an international sex-trafficking exposé that will bring down a celebrity baseball player and the men closest to him, including Savannah’s ex-husband.
When Jett’s story breaks, tragedy ensues. Then a commercial airline crashes, and one of Savannah’s clients is implicated in the crash. Men connected to the scandal, including her ex, begin to die amid mysterious circumstances, and Savannah’s niece becomes an unwitting target.
Against their better instincts, Jett and Savannah join ranks to sort the facts from fiction. But can Savannah trust the reporter who threw her life into chaos? And can Jett face the possibility that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life?
Hubs and I have been diligently reading this series out loud to each other since the first book. While initially we were both skeptical about the legal thriller aspect, Cara quickly made us jump all over the wagon. Now, we count the days for the next release.
Hubs thoughts: (He is clearly more poetic than I am.) “Flight Risk takes off in Putman’s final story of the Hidden Justice Series, presenting a unique perspective of truth. It’s a ride of turbulence, so keep those seat belts on and the pages turning, as you land in the tension of faith, love, redemption, and revenge.”
My Thoughts: Now that we’ve read many of Cara’s books, we knot the seemingly unrelated story lines will somehow weave together, but taking the journey of just how it happens is page turning. It was fun discussing just what way the story might turn and how pieces were connected with hubs. I think this would be a great book club book. People could come up with some pretty fun scenarios.
I loved how Savannah is founded in faith, but not so much that it comes off as preachy or unrealistic. She’s open about her anger and struggles and talks to God like a friend. She strove for a balance of patience and grace while also looking for areas she needed to intervene with her sister and niece. Her perspective on a tough situation and how she dealt with it is admirable.
I like that we’re seeing her as an older than typical character. She brings a maturity balanced with being too stuck in her ways that age and wisdom would bring. It’s a nice perspective not as common in Christian Fiction.
As with all of our read out loud books, there is enough romance to keep me happy and enough seat of your pants for hubs. Cara strikes a great balance even if I always long for more kisses. I’ve been waiting and waiting for Savannah to find her love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Hubs didn’t have to read it at all, so his thoughts are totes his (though I may translate grunts into English 😉
About the Author
Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently writing book 33 and dreaming up future books, not hard when she sees what-ifs everywhere.
Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW and gives back to the writing community through her service on Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana.
Cara is also an attorney, full-time lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!), George Mason Law School, and Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. You can learn more about Cara at http://www.caraputman.com <http://www.caraputman.com/>.
Learn more about Flight Risk and Cara Putman here!
Can she stop a deadly crop virus from ending up in the wrong hands? Biologist and single mom Sassa Nilsson just witnessed her mentor’s brutal murder by environmental extremists. Now she’s the last link to a deadly pathogen they plan unleashing—and their number one target! But can handsome border patrol agent Jared De Luca shield Sassa and her baby long enough to find a cure…before the entire world faces the unthinkable consequences?
I can always count on Tanya Stowe for a good suspense read. In Killer Harvest Tanya brings a twist we don’t often see in Christian Suspense – biological terrorism on our agricultural system. What makes it especially scary is the possibility of this being a reality. Thankfully, the good guys win!
I thought it was interesting having two main characters who have been through a divorce. While I can’t speak to the accuracy of dealing with divorce fallout (I’m blessedly married to my first love), I appreciate both characters working through it knowing it is such a common situation in our society. How do you move to a new relationship in a godly way? How do you do this relationship differently then you did before? How do you deal with the past baggage, the fear of failing, the hope for new things? I think Tanya handles these questions well.
My heart melted every time Jared played with Kari. He doubts his abilities to be a good husband and father, but his actions prove that he will be given the chance. He sticks by Sassa without question showing loyalty. But, he’s not perfect. I do wish we would’ve seen more growth as a believer before the very end of the story.
Sassa doubts her abilities after some bad past decisions, but with her team’s and Jared’s belief in her, she gradually builds confidence to overcome such a tough situation and feelings of failure. She is stubborn to a fault, though when it come to lab experiments you have to be to not give up.
One character I wasn’t sure if I liked or didn’t was the lead FBI agent, though I want the opportunity to get t know him better.
I received a copy of this story for the purpose of this tour. I was not required to submit a positive review, all comments are my own.
About the Author
Tanya Stowe is a Christian Fiction author with an unexpected edge. She is married to the love of her life, her high school sweetheart. They have four children and twenty-one grandchildren, a true adventure. She fills her books with the unusual…mysteries and exotic travel, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey packed with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary.
More from Tanya
As a teenager, I spent my summers water-skiing on the King’s River in Central California. Even though we lived on the coast and the ocean, we traveled inland to the smooth river waters every other weekend for our sport. We camped on a sandy beach, skimmed over the water all day long and at night sat under a sky full of brilliant stars and listened to the sound of the water rippling past. Since we lived on the coast with a heavy marine layer, the amazing sky always fascinated me. Surrounded by massive cottonwood trees, with the smell of ripe fruit drifting toward us, my river experiences were different from home and more than memorable. On some nights we’d hear the splash and laughter as teenagers, somewhere across the river, came down to swim. I always wondered what it would be like to live in the nearby small, neat-as-a-pin town, to know the same people all of my life and to be able to drive down to the river with my friends on any given night. I envied those teenagers and always knew I’d someday write a story about central California. I didn’t know it would involve biological warfare and crazed killers…but that transition is another story all its own! I’ll stop here and hope you enjoy Killer Harvest!
Today I’m interviewing Melony Teague! I first meet this awesome lady a few years ago at CFRR and heard about her dream to write a book, and now, here it is!
Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it.
Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.
Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?
Interview with Melony
1. Here at Kat’s Corner books, we’re fans of cats, but love all pets. Do you have a pet? Yes, I have two cats. One is a boy, and the other is a girl and they are siblings. They pretty much rule the house. The gray girl cat is like the watchdog of the house and hisses at intruders (visitors, including my mother-in-law, it’s quite embarrassing) and the boy cat, on the other hand, just wants to cuddle everyone.
Kat: Sasha says “Hi!”
2. Open your text message app. What are the first 10 words that come up automatically? I am here for you to pick up the kids.
Can you tell I do a lot of mommy-taxi duty?
3. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
Aside from being a mom and a wife, I also read and review books. I consider eating chocolate a hobby. So there’s that. Sometimes I can do all of these things at once.
Kat: That is a hobby I can get behind. Except white chocolate because there’s not any actual chocolate in it.
4. What inspired the idea for A Promise to Keep?
I was inspired by a few internationally newsworthy events a couple years ago which really zeroed in on the role technical rescuers play and their level-headed approach to crisis. I was fascinated by their professionalism and their mindset. I also wanted to tell a story from an immigrant’s perspective, and that’s why Savannah is an immigrant, from South Africa. South Africa also happens to be my own country of birth, even though I am now a Canadian citizen. I also have a soft spot for second chance stories.
5. What is your current WIP?
At the moment I’m deep into research and plotting for a book that follows directly on from A Promise to Keep, which will tell Johnnie’s story. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my research trips to talk to real-life technical rescuers so far. I even got to sit in the truck.
Kat: I can’t wait!
6. What was the hardest character to write in A Promise to Keep?
I didn’t really have a character that was hard to write, but I did have an unexpected one. Donovan Radcliffe snuck in and demanded he be a part of the story even though he was never in the original synopsis. So I guess he was ornery that way, but I love him for it.
Kat: I’m hoping we’ll see more of him. Please?
I’ve been looking forward to this book for so long that I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the image in my mind. BUT IT DID!
I really enjoyed Melony’s debut novel. It has an interesting story line with some unique circumstances. While there are a couple story aspects you see in similar troupes, Melony brings a unique twist that is all her own.
“‘What I was going to say…was that I was afraid that almost a week with me would ruin our friendship.’ He wanted to ruin their friendship so much it moved into new territory. But he wasn’t about to reveal that quite yet, so he put on his best poker face and tried to slow his pulse.”
I fell in love with him right then. Michael is a steadfast gentle hero. I’m not sure if I wanted him to be more assertive or appreciated his patience to let Savannah work through her grieving. What I do know is that I liked him from the start.
Savannah went through a tragedy that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I understand her reluctance and fear to open her heart again. She shows how people grieve in different ways, but I admire her courage to try, even if she has to take a few steps back to be able to run forward.
Overall this is a solid debut from Melony and I look forward to reading her stories for years to come and watching her develop as an author. If you’re looking for a contemporary romance with heart, give it a try!
I received a copy from the author but was not require to post a positive review. All opinions are mine alone.
About the Author
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. With foamy lattes in-hand, she writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor. Though she has no hobbies outside of reading, writing, and eating chocolate, she is a member of ACFW and teaches seniors in her community to write their memoirs. She confesses with no shame that she has a strong belief that pumpkin pie is an acceptable breakfast food since it’s mostly vegetables. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in the melting pot that is Toronto with her husband, their two teenagers, and two cats who think they’re humans.