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
Ruby Baxter has made enough mistakes in her short life. The majority of those being men. It has been her experience that men leave. Starting with her emotional distant father and then the father of her daughter, Mia. Being a teen aged mother was rough enough and Ruby already has a reputation for picking up and dumping men regularly.
However, when she walks in on her 14 year old daughter in bed with a boy, Ruby has had enough. To make a fresh start, she accepts a job in Kansas. Then she gets a letter from an attorney claiming to represent her birth father who is trying to find her and give her the run down ranch in the tiny town of Unforgiven, Oklahoma. Which was a shock as she never knew she was adopted!
Ruby decides to make a short stop to meet this man who gave her away and find out why. She is in no way prepared to forgive him or even like him. Mia isn’t at all happy about this situation but has a totally different reaction to Hank, her new grandfather.
Will Ruby be able to trust any man? Will she discover the truth behind her adoption? Will she be able to forgive her father and herself?
This is a wonderful story of despair, hope, love, forgiveness and redemption. The characters are all flawed in some way that makes them easy to relate to. That is the one thing I love about Marin’s stories.
I hope you will give it a read!
About Marin Thomas:
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Marin Thomas writes Women’s Fiction for Berkley and western romances for Harlequin and Tule Publishing. To date she has contracted over 35 projects for Harlequin. Her first women’s fiction novel, The Promise of Forgiveness, released March 2016
Marin grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin and attended college at the University of Arizona where she played basketball for the Lady Wildcats and earned a B.A. in Radio-TV. Following graduation she married her college sweetheart in a five-minute ceremony at the historical Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marin and her husband currently live in Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends her free time junk hunting and researching her next ghost tour.
Marin’s Website http://www.marinthomas.com/