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When it comes to family, Ruby Baxter hasn’t had much luck. The important men in her early life abandoned her, and any time a decent boyfriend came along, she ran away. But now Ruby is thirty-one and convinced she is failing her teenage daughter. Mia is the one good thing in her life, and Ruby hopes a move to Kansas will fix what’s broken between them.But the road to redempWhen it comes to family, Ruby Baxter hasn’t had much luck. The important men in her early life abandoned her, and any time a decent boyfriend came along, she ran away. But now Ruby is thirty-one and convinced she is failing her teenage daughter. Mia is the one good thing in her life, and Ruby hopes a move to Kansas will fix what’s broken between them.But the road to redemption takes a detour. Hank McArthur, the biological father Ruby never knew existed, would like her to claim her inheritance: a dusty oil ranch just outside of Unforgiven, Oklahoma.As far as first impressions go, the gruff, emotionally distant rancher isn’t what Ruby has hoped for in a father. Yet Hank seems to have a gift for rehabilitating abused horses—and for reaching Mia. And if Ruby wants to entertain the possibility of a relationship with Joe Dawson, the ranch foreman, she must find a way to open her heart to the very first man who left her behind....

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The Promise of Forgiveness Reviews

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2018-10-28 20:56

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.I have to admit that I was a little surprised by this book. There were things that I really liked about it and things that I didn't really care for but in the end it was an enjoyable read. I initially thought that this book was some kind of romance based on the cover but after reading the description, I realized that this book would be something completely different. I am really glad that I decided to read Ruby's story.The story opens with Ruby and her teenage daughter, Mia, getting off the bus in Unforgiven, Oklahoma. She has just decided to relocate to Kansas from Missouri with a short stop in Oklahoma to meet her biological father. Ruby didn't even know that she was adopted until her father, Hank, sent her a letter but she decides to go to meet him anyway. Ruby and Mia end up finding much more than they bargained for at Hank's ranch.I liked the characters overall. Ruby was a different kind of main character. She wasn't the sweet and innocent female that you sometimes find in fiction. Ruby has been single mom since she was 18. She has had a string of boyfriends but has never been in a real committed relationship. I liked Ruby and thought she had a lot of spunk. My only problem with Ruby was that she felt a little bit stereotypical. Hank was pretty awesome and I really liked just about everything about him. He stands by the choices that he made and takes responsibility for his actions. He was a very patient and giving character. I thought that Joe and Mia both brought a lot to the story as well.There was a little bit of mystery to keep me guessing. I wanted to know what was going on in the town of Unforgiven. I liked how the problems at the ranch really brought out some of the stronger parts of Ruby's character. The bigger mystery for me was what had happened with her adoptive parents and her birth mother. There were just so many things that Ruby didn't know about her own history.There were a couple of things that I didn't like as much about the story. I never did figure out what was going on regarding women in Unforgiven. I would take that town over one with a shopping mall any day. I know it is shocking but not all women like to shop. It just seemed really weird how they kept saying women didn't like the town and went elsewhere. There were a few other moments that made me scratch my head such as when there was a mention of a whore gene. Excuse me? That is the kind of thing that just takes me out of a story. The good in this story far surpassed any of the flaws and the flaws were really pretty minor and didn't play a huge role in the book.I would recommend this book to others. It was an interesting story about a woman finding herself that I think will appeal to many. This is the first book by Marin Thomas that I have read but I will be looking for her work again in the future.I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - Berkley/NAL via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.

  • Emily Liebert
    2018-11-13 18:45

    Thomas’s women’s fiction debut takes a heartfelt look at the complexities inherent in familial relationships. It’s authentic, poignant, and will have you turning pages well past bedtime.

  • Dorine
    2018-10-30 15:34

    Rated 4.5 - An unusual, character-driven relationship story in a desolate setting that reflects their inner turmoil, this novel will inspire raw emotion and capture your heart.Ruby Baxter and her fourteen-year-old daughter Mia leave Missouri and arrive in a small, desolate town in the Panhandle. The letter from her biological father’s lawyer influences her stop in Unforgiven, Oklahoma, on their way to Ruby’s new job in Elkhart, Kansas. It’s a shock that Ruby’s now deceased parents never told her she was adopted. Called to this dustbowl by the father she never knew to claim her inheritance, Ruby now wonders if it was wise to take this leap of faith. Especially since her relationship with Mia is already strained. They’re stuck here until the next bus comes through so she might as well find out what her father wants from her.Ruby is an unusual female lead for women’s fiction. She’s worn and hardened by experience as well as by the men in her life who have never lived up to her expectations. Beginning with her adoptive father who stopped communicating with her prior to his death, then this biological father she hasn’t met who gave her away, while adding her many meaningless relationships, including Mia’s father, Ruby doesn’t have much faith in men. When Mia acts out in the worst of ways in response to Ruby tossing away one more male relationship, Ruby has to move them somewhere to save her daughter’s reputation. Ruby loves Mia but she’s struggling with her own self esteem. She doesn’t want Mia to turn out like her, having made numerous mistakes, but she’s not sure how to reach her before losing her completely.Mia immediately takes to Ruby’s biological father Hank and they form an unbreakable bond. Ruby is jealous of their easy relationship and can’t seem to forgive her father long enough to get to know him. Hank and Mia share the love of the horses that Hank rescues. Together they earn these animals’ confidence. The ranch foreman, Joe Dawson, is just as broken as Mia, Ruby and Hank, maybe even more so from the death of his son years ago that continues to haunt his interaction with others.From carnies to oil riggers to ranchers, Unforgiven is filled with a variety of roughnecks who are mostly men. The few wives stay away from Unforgiven, preferring to shop, work or socialize in the adjacent town. Unforgiven is a man’s town and they’re not keen on Ruby’s interference in their world.As Ruby struggles with her relationship with a father she feels deserted her, she can’t help but defend him against whoever is trying to force him off his land. Meanwhile, Joe and Ruby form a friendship and begin to heal their broken pasts. Can these characters, all in need of forgiveness, find it in each other?All likable characters in need of love, kindness and understanding, I couldn’t help but hope they’d find forgiveness. If not from each other, at least from themselves. I wanted them to find the compassion they all desire, even if they don’t know it at first.THE PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS is full of flawed, interesting people. The plot is enhanced by the numerous, diverse men who are all suspect, as Ruby tries to determine who is trying to hurt Hank. A contemporary ranching story with a little suspense that propels the story forward, I don’t think it fits completely into women’s fiction because there are more men in this story than women. THE PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS is in a category by itself as a character-driven story that is emotional, thought provoking and full of love. It’s gritty like the dust that blows through the Panhandle. It will make you smile and cry before you sigh with relief when it looks as though they’ll all be okay. A great novel with life-like, tenacious characters in need of a promise for tomorrow, THE PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS pulls at your heartstrings with the complexity of humanity.Review by Dorine, courtesy of Romance Junkies and The Zest Quest. Digital ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Kate Moretti
    2018-11-09 20:44

    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!

  • ChrisCarroll
    2018-11-10 16:41

    Finding out you're adopted is probably a difficult situation especially if you have no idea and you're now an adult. Finding out that your biological parent is trying to get in touch with you that's got to be a trying time as well.The author introduces us to Ruby who is a struggling single parent. She is having difficulty with her own child and now she's being called home to a parent she didn't know existed. Smack in the middle of the barren heart of Oklahoma is ranch and a dying town where everyone knows your business. This is where Ruby and her daughter try to figure out life, learn to accept, and eventually come to deal with a new family.The author includes a blossoming romance, a bit of mystery and intrigue, and growing acceptance that learning about your family can bring. This book was a very easy read, enlightening, endearing, and very entertaining. The author crafted lovely clean read that will leave you with a sense of forgiveness that may make you want to pick up the phone and make right anything that that you have going on in your life. Highly enjoyable and a delight to read. Perfect for a weekend retreat you have been dying for!

  • Christine~justlovemybooks.com blog~
    2018-11-07 20:41

    A truly beautiful story of love and forgives. This was not the usual type of romance I read and prefer. Another words, romance was not the focus of this novel. With that being said, there were things I liked and even disliked about this story. I should say that after having read the blurb and several Goodreads reviews, I knew going in this would be different. Because I like author Marin Thomas, I read it anyway. Our main character Ruby has recently discovered she was adopted, after receiving a letter from the man who gave her away thirty years ago. Her birth father, Hank. Needless to say, Ruby is shocked and angry so she decides to go and see him. Nearly everyone Ruby has loved has let het down, left her. She doesn't trust easily if at all. Mia is Ruby's fifteen year old daughter who Ruby raised on her own. I have to say that Hank was, hands down, my favorite character in this story. Nearly every time Ruby got him to open up about the past, my eyes teared. My heart broke over and over for Hank. I wanted to jump into the pages and hug this man hard! In addition to all the sadness in the story there was some mystery going on as well that fit nicely. So, yes, I did enjoy this story; it was well rounded and pulled many different emotions from me. However, it did not have the HEA that usually satisfies me. I would have appreciated an epilogue just to ease my mind that everything was going to continue to work out. For example, Hank was in poor health and I wanted (no needed) to know that he lived for many more years. As for the romance growing between Joe and Ruby? There could have been a bit more to that as well. At one point Joe left, (you'll have to read to find out why) then came back to tell Ruby he wanted to be with her. But he never said those three important words. Did I believe he loved Ruby? I do but hearing him say the words, especially after she did, would have been appropriate. One other issue with this story that fell a bit short for me was how the mystery was resolved so quickly in the last chapter. I wanted to know for sure that the villains got what they deserved. Ruby had a personality that made it very difficult for me to like her. That being said, I'm still glad she along with Mia, Joe and especially Hank were happy at the end.4 Stars!!

  • Kristy Harvey
    2018-10-20 19:29

    Full of warmth and wisdom, Marin Thomas’s beautifully written 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. This is a truly special read that will stay with you long after the last page!This is one that I will read again and again and recommend to all my friends!

  • Lis Carey
    2018-11-07 19:49

    Ruby Baxter knows she's made a mess of her life; she's determined that her fourteen-year-old daughter, Mia, will not do the same. When she finds Mia naked with a boy, she decides they are moving to Kansas and making a fresh start.But along the way, they'll stop--briefly, as briefly as possible--in Unforgiven, Missouri, to meet the biological father she never knew existed. Her adoptive parents never told her she was adopted, and died in a car crash when she was eighteen. Her previously close had tanked suddenly when she was sixteen. Mia's father left her to raise Mia on her own when she told him she was pregnant. Now a letter from a lawyer tells her that she was adopted, and that her biological father, who gave her up for adoption at birth, wants to meet her.But Ruby has no more trust to give, and all she wants from the first man to abandon her is a medical history. It will be a brief stop.Ruby, her father Hank, her daughter Mia, and Hank's friend and farm hand, Joe Dawson, all have a lot to learn about forgiveness--of each other, themselves and those who aren't with them anymore. Ruby in particular needs to learn to trust. It was hard enough losing the close relationship she'd had with her father, Glen Baxter, when she was sixteen, with the sudden death of both parents two years later preventing her from ever finding out what happened or reconciling with him. Finding out now that her father surrendered her at birth when she hadn't even known she was adopted is another kick in the teeth she didn't need.Ruby has to learn that she can trust and love again. Mia needs to learn she's loved and valued by her mother. Hank needs to move on from his lost Cora. Joe has his own loss that he's mourning and blames himself for. These are all engaging characters, very well handled, in a mostly gentle story that I very much enjoyed reading.Recommended.I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher.

  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    2018-11-13 17:56

    I really wanted to like this, but it just didn't appeal to me. I could never get vested in the main character Ruby. For me it was a very slow read where Ruby goes through all the thoughts of why she can't commit to a relationship (blaming every male in her life), lets her daughter (very bratty daughter) dictate to her and then sets very low expectations of herself. Every little detail undermines her self confidence which makes her a lackluster person to support.The mystery of who is sabotaging her birth father's ranch was fairly easy to guess and wasn't enough to add action to the story.As this is very much a character driven story, you really need to be vested in the characters. Individuals who enjoy reading about characters struggling through everyday life might enjoy this. The story was well written and edited.Thanks to First To Read and Penguin Random House publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Judy
    2018-11-01 22:37

    I enjoyed reading this book and watching Ruby come into her own. Marin Thomas definitely has a knack for describing family dynamics and relationships. Her characters are very real and complex. I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Thomas.I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Kathy
    2018-11-06 16:28

    4.5 stars.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. 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.

  • Nicole Smith
    2018-11-05 16:27

    For me this was a powerful book because there is so much power behind forgiveness. It's not easily given and most often then not so very painful for the person who is giving that forgiveness. Ruby hasn't had the best of luck and has made some bad mistakes, but who hasn't made decisions that they later regret. One thing she never regrets is her daughter. She may regret becoming a teenage mom, but never her daughter. Right there for me no matter what Ruby wins in my book. Blow after blow comes for Ruby and she decides answering the summons from her biological father may give the closure she needs on her past. She's surprised by the ornery man that meets her with a shotgun, but she has no idea that this decision will change the course of her life forever. Ruby has trust issues no one would blame her and now her relationship with her daughter is struggling. As she gets to know the man who didn't keep her she realizes there is more than meets the eye. Trouble is brewing and it has Hank's ranch in it's sights. Ruby has an inner struggle of stay or go. On top of that ranch hand Joe is sure easy on the eyes. Joe has his own demons to work through himself. This unlikely little family blossoms into something really special. From thinking that this could be the worst mistake of her life could potentially turn out to be the best thing to happen to them all. I cried, I laughed, I smiled, and I shook my fist while reading this one. It's an overall great read that I highly recommend!

  • Mary
    2018-10-30 22:35

    Ruby Baxter is at the point in life where she’s going to be the one to cut out before anyone else will leave her again. So when she received a letter from her birth father asking her to see him she decided to give him two minutes and then would move on with her life. What she didn’t expect was that her fourteen year old daughter would want to get to know her grandfather.With their visit extended indefinitely Ruby is forced to consider a relationship with the man who gave her away just days after her birth. More than a couple of characters have to learn to forgive in order to move forward – and sometimes that means to forgive themselves first. Marin Thomas made me care about her characters and cheer them on their journey of understanding, acceptance and forgiveness.The novel is filled with colorful secondary characters (the sheriff, the bar owner, and the proprietor of the general store – to name a few) who added a good deal to the plot. There was also a mystery to solve – who was sabotaging the ranch and why?The Promise of Forgiveness is the author’s first women’s fiction novel after publishing more than two dozen romance novels. I enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of Marin Thomas and women’s fiction. 3.5 stars. *I received a review book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-23 16:53

    I was given an ARC of The Promise of Forgiveness for an honest from NetGalley and this is my review.I absolutely loved this book. It was so heartfelt and real I was hooked from the beginning. This book draws you in and almost makes you feel like you are part of the the book and going through everything Ruby, Mia, Hank and Joe are.The characters were all great. Ruby was a special lady who had gone through so much in her life already and I loved how she was learning to deal with her trust issues with men and how to fix things with her daughter. Mia was a typical teenager who was fun to watch grow throughout this book. Hank was really a special character because he was trying to make up for giving up his daughter and he was just a character one had to feel connected to. Then there was Joe with his pain that he had to overcome in order to more or less live life again. All four broken in some way but together make a very special family.I also enjoyed the bit of mystery the book had going on. Even though I had parts of who wanted the land other parts where surprising. I know my review is a bit of a mystery but I hate spoilers so I did not want to give the book away but I also wanted to relay that it has some really great things about it and it is worth reading. That is also why I am giving it five out of five stars.

  • Peggy
    2018-10-31 15:52

    **SPOILER FREE**How real this story felt... How much you can and may relate to it. I found myself reading the book and contemplating just how much this relates to so many. But only you will know once you grab yourself a copy of this book. But I will also say this, even though this is a fictional read, it's still not one to take lightly as you may see things in yourself or other that relate to the story.*Received for an honest review*

  • Yona McDonough
    2018-11-15 19:54

    I was given an early copy to preview and was immediately swept up by the characters and the story. I loved the relationship between Ruby and Mia; such a well drawn mother and daughter. And I sympathized with Ruby's struggles, and kept cheering her on as she made one small step, and then another, another, toward the life she wanted--and deserved. Well observed and psychologically astute, THE PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS is an enormously satisfying novel that I would eagerly recommend to others.

  • Cathy Lamb
    2018-11-11 21:52

    The Promise of Forgiveness is a true romance. True in that there is that huge romantic element, you're routing for the heroine, we have an interesting and compelling setting, but there's also real - life problems that effect women. It's complicated, it's layered, it's a great winter read.

  • Ann Garvin
    2018-10-17 19:26

    Fresh, warm, real and written by an author who knows how to write. A beautiful realistic portrayal of a mother daughter relationship when the mother has limitations and the daughter is just trying to figure things out. Lovely.

  • Elaine Stock
    2018-11-11 21:56

    I was fortunate enough to read an advanced copy of Marin's new venture into Women's Fiction single titles and loved this story!

  • OpenBookSociety.com
    2018-11-16 23:47

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/th...The Promise Of ForgivenessBy Marin ThomasISBN13: 9780451476296http://www.marinthomas.com/Brought to you by OBS reviewer jerjenSynopsis: When it comes to family, Ruby Baxter hasn’t had much luck. The important men in her early life abandoned her, and any time a decent boyfriend came along, she ran away. But now Ruby is thirty-one and convinced she is failing her teenage daughter. Mia is the one good thing in her life, and Ruby hopes a move to Kansas will fix what’s broken between them.But the road to redemption takes a detour. Hank McArthur, the biological father Ruby never knew existed, would like her to claim her inheritance: a dusty oil ranch just outside of Unforgiven, Oklahoma.As far as first impressions go, the gruff, emotionally distant rancher isn’t what Ruby has hoped for in a father. Yet Hank seems to have a gift for rehabilitating abused horses—and for reaching Mia. And if Ruby wants to entertain the possibility of a relationship with Joe Dawson, the ranch foreman, she must find a way to open her heart to the very first man who left her behind. (Goodreads)Review:Ruby Baxter has not had an easy life. She has not had much luck with love and feels that any important man in her life has failed her. The only thing she did right was her daughter, Mia. But now even that relationship has hit a rough patch, so she decides that she and her daughter need to move and make a fresh start. But before they reach their destination, they have to make a stop. Ruby has recently learned that she was adopted and her biological father has sent her a letter. She plans on stopping by, meeting him (but not liking him or forgiving him) and finding out about her medical history for her daughter’s sake. Then she and her daughter are leaving to start their new life.But as they say “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. When they get to the ranch, Mia falls in love with the horses that are on the ranch. And she begins to fall in love with her “grandfather”, Ruby’s biological father, Hank. Mia makes it perfectly clear to Ruby that she does not want to leave the ranch and if Ruby wants to, she can go by herself. With their relationship being so rocky, Ruby does not want to upset Mia any more, if she can avoid it. So she agrees to stay at the ranch through the summer. But she still does not plan on liking or forgiving Hank.The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Ruby is not afraid to speak her mind and wants to make sure that everyone is treated fairly. She is willing to fight any injustices that she observes. But in her personal life, she is not as strong and does not have a lot of confidence, especially when it comes to the men in her life. And she does not know how to fix things with her daughter. But she is willing to try and do what she thinks is right, no matter what it takes. Mia is a typical teenager in many ways, struggling with all things that teenagers struggle with. She has all of the teenage insecurities that teens deal with but she has the added burden of not having any male role models in her life. Hank is not one to try to make excuses for his behavior (giving Ruby up for adoption all those years ago) and he wants to get to know Ruby and Mia and make things right. He has had heartbreak in his life (losing Ruby’s mother many years ago) and he is still in love with her.The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in bringing out emotions in the reader and I experienced happiness, sadness, laughter and suspense. There is a mystery contained in the book, who is behind the incidents that keep happening at the ranch. I did not figure out who was behind all of these things until it was revealed at the end.This book is such a good read. It is not so much a love story as it is a story about second chances, forgiveness and moving forward. It is about family, lifelong love and commitment, and personal growth. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written women’s fiction. I believe this is the first women’s fictional novel written by Marin Thomas, I sure hope it is not her last. I look forward to reading more of her books. *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  • Debi Lantzer
    2018-10-26 17:44

    I read this book in a matter of two days front to cover and I managed to fit in an 8-hour day at work so I felt it deserved a post.A quick shout out to those of you that I know read these book reviews (Gloria G., Ann T., Barb R. and Donna B.) - I wanted to let you know that I liked this book and you probably will too. It was a little sappy in some places, but I was in the mood for sappy myself :) I believe that the author, Marin Thomas, created the plot for The Promise of Forgiveness by taking a little of the expected and mixing it with a little of the unexpected - just enough to keep readers going. I would think to myself, "oh, I could have written this plot" and just as if Ms. Thomas heard me, she would switch things up and I'd made a left turn when I thought I'd be going right, which I really liked. The main characters were well written, they are complex and have "real people" emotions. I felt like I might have lived next door to them sometime in my life.Sometimes I feel like it is kind of hard to write these book reviews when a book is still resonating in my head swirling around, but I'll give it a shot anyway.The main characters are Ruby, a single mom, and her teenage daughter, Mia. Ruby is single by choice, having thrown out her last boyfriend before it could become "real". She feels betrayed by her parents when she learns that she was adopted by them only after they die in a car accident. She receives a letter from a lawyer looking for her right about the same time Mia gets in some trouble with a boy in school, so it seems like the perfect time to get out of town. They plan to head to Kansas to fix their problems, but Ruby and Mia are going to make a stop in a dusty old town named Unforgiven first.Ruby meets Hank, her biological father, who is a cranky rancher on a broken down and dusty ranch. Hank is getting older and wants to offer Ruby her an inheritance - the . Hank has many layers and like an onion, as his layers begin to peel, Ruby finds it hard to continue to keep up her guard against him and not give him her forgiveness for putting her up for adoption in the first place. She learns about her mother, Cora, and everything that goes along with Cora being her mother - both good and bad. She learns more about why she felt her adoptive father emotionally abandoned her when she was 16 and what really happened back then.What started out predictable with the ranch was the fact that there was a ranch hand named Joe. I immediately thought I knew how the story with Joe would go, but I didn't go that way. Then, I thought I was completely figuring out the whole ending, but I didn't figure that out either. The "side" characters - the people all around the main characters - were quirky and interesting on their own and really added to the story for me, keeping the plot turns going. I loved the fact that most of the town consisted of men, and when they were gathered together at the local bar they acted worse than any gossiping woman I've ever met! .... and then there's a whole second story going on with the ranch and this adds some extra suspense and mystery to the plot, which I really enjoyed. Because it is the mystery part of the book, I'm not going to give any spoilers about it.The book has a conversation guide at the end which was nice to read and reflect upon the book and my own life overall. The Promise of Forgiveness shares a story of this family's flaws, their pains and their joys, and their true emotions as they journey through the healing and forgiveness of the past. It shows how families can repair and restore what was once broken. As I said above, I would recommend this book as a great read!I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and unbiased opinion. Thanks NetGalley!

  • Debbie Lester
    2018-11-16 16:27

    Marin Thomas enters the Women's Fiction ring with her new novel, The Promise of Forgiveness. Thomas gives readers a story about forgiveness and redemption. This is a book that dives into the intensity of family bonds and the courage it takes to trust those who have hurt you in the past. There is a bit of mystery, a touch of romance and a mother/daughter relationship that will have readers flipping those pages way into the night. A great read from Marin Thomas.What I liked:Thomas has always excelled at setting and drawing the reader into the landscape of the book, whether it's in her previous western romances or her new book. In The Promise of Forgiveness the setting was actually quite important. Unforgiven, Oklahoma is about as descriptive as you can get. This a dusty, dirty town that feels washed up and spit out. It's mostly populated by men, ranch hands, roughnecks and those who just showed up and stayed. I liked the fact that Thomas almost makes this town feel like a character. When Ruby and Mia step off the bus, it's like a breath of sunshine and their influence on this town and those in it is immediate and startling. Ruby is such a great heroine here. She has been through a lot when readers meet her. She was somewhat estranged from her parents, got in some trouble and ended up pregnant as a teenager. Relationships are not her strong point and her daughter seems to be following in her footsteps. They need a fresh start. When Ruby finds out shes adopted and stands to inherit a down trodden ranch an ailing father, it's not quite what she had in mind. A great premise. Readers automatically are drawn to this single mom on a quest for a new beginning. Ruby and Mia's relationship is strained and Ruby seems a little frayed around the edges. Just like Unforgiven. Thomas dives right in and shows readers a relationship between a woman and her father that is both tenuous and hopeful. Ruby blames Hank for abandoning her and it's spilled over into other trust issues. She runs away from every relationship that could hurt her. It was amazing to see the way her walls begin to crumble when she sees Hank become the grandfather that Mia needs in her life. This book is about forgiveness and letting go of the past and it's also about redemption and doing the things you need to, to move on. I thought Thomas gave readers some very complex characters with deep seated issues. All of them work together and grow so much throughout this one.Women's fiction and romance walk a fine line sometimes. The author has to really make an effort to make the story about the journey and not just about a love interest. I thought I might have issues with that here but it was not as pronounced as I thought it would be. Marin Thomas has previously written several western romances which were delightful reads, but focused on the romantic aspects more so than anything else. The Promise of Forgiveness does have romance. The ranch foreman, Joe, has issues of his own to sort out and his relationship with Ruby is important to the story but not the main focus. Bottom Line:This is a great book. Marin Thomas gives readers a wonderful premise, forgiveness and takes them on a journey they will not soon forget. The characters are intense and emotional. They are complex and intuitive. I loved watching them grow and change. You've got some romance here, a bit of mystery, a great setting and some familial bonds that become stronger with each chapter.

  • Denise
    2018-11-08 20:43

    Ruby Baxter and her teenage daughter Mia are two of a kind and Ruby doesn’t want that.  She wants her daughter to be better than she was and Mia wants nothing to do with her mother.  When Ruby sees Mia taking the same path as her, all of her insecurities and fears in her life make her pick up their life and move to a new place with a pit stop in Unforgiven.Unforgiven, Oklahoma is a mess!  Ruby and Mia are brought to the town of mostly men by a dying biological father she didn’t know she had.  Hank McArthur is near the end of his life and needs to make amends to those he hurt, especially the daughter he gave up for adoption.  He knows his end is near and feels the only thing he has to offer his daughter is her inheritance.  He is leaving her The Devil’s Wind, the ranch that looks like Hank appears to the world...old and washed up but with a pot of gold deep in it’s depths.While searching for the parts of herself she didn’t know were missing, Ruby meets Joe Dawson the foreman of The Devil’s Wind.  Joe takes care of the ranch and Hank but wants nothing to do with any emotional attachments other than the animals.  Joe left his old life behind and began this life of going where he goes and staying where he doesn’t need to feel.  The desolate ranch was the perfect place to hide from himself.  He doesn't want to be happy but the longer he’s at The Devil’s Wind, the mores he cares for the animals and people on it which is messing up his plan.It doesn’t matter if you aren’t adopted, didn’t lose your parents young or aren’t a single parent...there is a little bit of Ruby in us all.  We’ve all been parts of Mia, Ruby and Joe at some point in our life.  You will find it hard to put this book down once you start, so clear your schedule! I loved it! This is my favorite book I have ever read from Marin Thomas!I received an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Viviane Crystal
    2018-10-28 20:40

    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!

  • MelissaI
    2018-11-11 22:41

    Slower start, however I'm thrilled I hung on because it started tossing in little things that made me smile, tear up, a little mystery and suspense and it also had 'so' much relatable between the family bonds which had been shattered that I also found hope. I read this yesterday about 50 pages at a time.....woke up, coffee, read, soup and tea, read, nap, read, more tea, read and today continued. It was one I almost gave up on in the very beginning and very happy I didn't by the end. The 50 page intervals of reading says a lot because when I don't feel well, I am very rarely able to do a thing and this "flu" that's appearing every day more and more to 'not' be the flu, I still kept picking it up between short breaks. Again, that's a rarity for me to do so it speaks highly of the story. Lovable characters, good and great diologue, paragraphs and pages of hope through tough times. It's a light and cozy read with mystery and light suspense. It'll touch your heart and also make you question what's forgivable. What's forgettable and to what lengths you'd go to, to repair the things most important which became so broken. I definitely wish for this in print so I can read it again and share it along to my daughters. Apologies for typos and auto corrects. There so much more to say and I'd like to break it down more as soon as I'm feeling better. Definitely worth the read and I do recommend it! Thank you, #Penguin #FirstToRead for the opportunity to read this book as a DRC.

  • Lynn Brooks
    2018-10-20 17:36

    An emotional journey through years of hurt and disappointment in the lives of several characters. The power of forgiveness is shining bright ... forgiving yourself, forgiving those who hurt you, and most of all, forgiving the pain that has kept you standing still all these years.Ruby Baxter is 31 years old and has nothing to show for her life other than a sassy teenage daughter that she feels like she's failed. She's moving them to Elkhart, Kansas in hopes that a new start will get their relationship back on track and be what they both need in life to make them happy. When she received a letter from her birth father, she's shocked because she didn't even know he existed. She decides to stop in Unforgiven, Oklahoma to see what he wants, and what his story is.Hank McArthur is none too warm when they arrive ... at least to her. He and Mia hit it off right away and he takes her daughter under his wing and teaches her about horses. Ruby has to learn to cope with the answers she finds there from Hank, and along the way, how to make her daughter happy again. Ranch forman, Joe Dawson, is there beside her each step of the way.** Received free in exchange for an honest review **

  • Beth
    2018-11-08 17:48

    I was given this book from the program First To Read and I really enjoyed it. There are many complex relationships going on in the story. As an adult Ruby finds out she is adopted. She receives a letter from a lawyer stating her biological father Hank would like to meet her. Ruby has a 14 year old daughter, Mia, that gets into some trouble so Ruby decides to leave their life, meet her biological father, and start a new life somewhere else. Ruby and Mia have a very complex relationship as any mother with a teenage daughter would have. Mia immediately takes to hew new grandfather and that hurts Ruby, as her relationship with her daughter is strained as well as her relationship with her new father. This book is about life, love, and forgiveness. There is also a mystery aspect as someone wants Hank to sell his ranch as the place is being vandalized. Ruby was just going to stay a few days to meet her father and then leave, but can she find a home at the ranch? Ruby learns things about her biological mother that she doesn't like and is worried she may turn out like her. The book has a conversation guide at the end which makes you think about your own life. I enjoyed watching Ruby grow throughout the story.

  • Susan
    2018-10-20 17:37

    I am honestly not sure how this book showed up in my "to be read" pile! The title caught my eye, though, when I was browsing my pile to decide which book would be next. A quick-read not to be confused with a shallow read. Instead, the characters, setting and plot take the reader deep into the world of family, love, brokenness and the need that I believe all humans have for forgiveness. The characters are a bit rough around the edges and full of baggage. One reviewer writes, "a character-driven story that is emotional, thought provoking and full of love. It’s gritty like the dust that blows through the Panhandle. It will make you smile and cry before you sigh with relief when it looks as though they’ll all be okay. A great novel with life-like, tenacious characters in need of a promise for tomorrow, THE PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS pulls at your heartstrings with the complexity of humanity" (http://thezestquest.com/2016/03/01/re...). I agree. If you enjoy reading about how flawed humans peel away the layers and find relationships and forgiveness then this book is worth adding to your "to be read" pile.

  • Debbi DuBose
    2018-11-06 18:33

    I won an ARC of The Promise of Forgiveness in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for a sincere review. I loved absolutely everything about this book. This story covers so many wonderful topics: single motherhood, adoption, fear of relationships; fear of rejection; mother and daughter conflicts; loss of a child, learning to forgive one's own self, in order to forgive others; and how to become a family again. The most stunning aspect of this book is it's characters. They are literally so well-written through their actions and inner thoughts that I felt like they were my friends! How ironic is it that the Father whom 31 year old Ruby has never met, invites her and her daughter, 14 year old Mia, to Unforgivin, Oklahoma? Hank McArthur lives on Devils Wind Ranch with his three rescued horses, some cattle, and a dog. Joe also lives at the ranch. He's like a son to Hank and he runs the ranch. I decided not to get into any more of the details of this story because I don't want to spoil one page of it for you. WOW! What a GREAT READ!!

  • Susan Peterson
    2018-10-18 23:41

    Love and forgiveness 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.