Friday, August 7, 2020

READY TO TRUST by Tina Radcliffe, Reviewed by Winnie and Kim

Some of the reasons you should read Radcliffe’s newest book:

The first and most obvious reason is the cover of Ready to Trust. The swoony picture of Reece Rainbolt is featured for you to refer back to as often as you’d like. In case you don’t notice--be sure to make note of the peaches in the background at some time, as they are part of the story.

Endearing, realistically-flawed characters that show growth and change. Reece Rainbolt and Claire Ballard are so interesting to get to know. I loved seeing their relationship progress.

The awesome cast of secondary characters, such as Willard, one of Reece’s ranch hands. Willard to Reece, “Sweet-talking an old cow. My job description just hit an all-time low.”

The witty, fun dialogue—see the above quote for an example. Reading a book by this author is always a treat because of her ability to write an absorbing story using her great sense of humor and fun.

Radcliffe’s descriptions are wonderful. “After her visit to his home last night and seeing him with Zoe, she realized that she was only just beginning to peel the onion on this new Reece Rainbolt.”

Last, but not least, is an uplifting message of forgiveness, redemption, healing, and hope that will leave you feeling inspired and lifted with feeling preachy. Radcliffe is a master at weaving an organic inspirational message into her stories.

This is the second book in a series by this author, but it can be read as a stand alone story. 4.5 stars
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions are my own.

Tina Radcliffe writes the best cowboy romances! I love the families she creates and I always want to move to her fictional towns. She also writes the best secondary characters. I loved Willard in this story! This is the second book in her Hearts of Oklahoma series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but book 1, Finding the Road Home, is also excellent and really should be read too!

Storylines where the heroine keeps such a huge secret from the hero always worry me because I’m afraid it will make me dislike the heroine. Thankfully I ended up really liking Claire. Her growth throughout the story was perfectly done and while I have to admit that she slightly irritated me a time or two, it all worked out because of what I thought were Reece’s perfect verbal responses and reactions. He was sweetly understanding, but he was not a pushover either. In fact, I loved Reece from the second he appeared on the page. I loved how he treated Claire and his relationship with Zoe was heart melting! Reece and Claire’s relationship worked because they each lowered their pride and were willing to admit the wrongs they had done to each other.

This is another wonderful read from Tina Radcliffe. I am really looking forward to the next story in this series which is about Tucker who is a widower and has the sweetest twin daughters and it’s a Christmas story!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. The faith element is light.


BackCover Blurb:
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.

Harlequin Publishing July 2020
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  1. Great reviews, ladies! Winnie...YES....just look at that cover! *sigh* (I love peaches! 😉) And Kim, I also want to move to any of Tina’s communities. Do we all agree Willard is the great secondary character? I’m so ready for Tucker’s Christmas story....with the perfect title for the season. Thanks for your thoughts on Ready to my new favorite Tina Radcliffe romance.

  2. Thank you so much, Kim and Winnie! What great reviews. Kim, it's so funny that Claire irritated you a time or two. She did me as well. I wanted to slap her and say, get over it. LOLOLOLOL


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