πŸ‘πŸŒ³πŸ„ "Ready to Trust (Hearts of Oklahoma #2)" (2020) πŸ„ πŸŒ³πŸ‘ - Book Review & Tour #RTPrism

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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.

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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?

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About the Author


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.


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My Review 

Thank you in advance to the author, Tina Radcliffe, along with Prism Book Tours for providing a complimentary copy to review. A positive review was not required or requested, and all words are my own.

Wow! Has anyone checked out the peaches on that cover?

A quick (and rather cute) story here …

This isn’t my first visit to Rebel, Oklahoma. And, it looks like it won’t be my last.

I had originally won book #1 – “Finding the Road Home”, as part of another author’s contest (again, no obligation to leave a review was ever required). So, I was REALLY looking forward to reading it when I could. I love to explore new-to-me authors, and Radcliffe is one such one – though she is no longer a “new-to-me” author.

I ended up winning a contest of Tina Radcliffe’s – it was a 2-in-1book of reissued stories. Since it was on or around my birthday, I thanked the author as it was definitely a special win.

As a bonus, she sent an autographed copy of that book. I gave the other copy to my mother, who ended up reading hers before I could read mine.

While it is rare for my mom and me to read the same books or even genres, my mother had nothing but praise for that book! She loved it. She isn’t much of a reviewer, but she was telling me I HAD to read it. And, I knew I would have to – that’s why I wanted it.

I decided – as I am doing a review for this book, “Ready to Trust” – it was time to read book #1.

And, I can see why my mom raved about it. She doesn’t do that often, so it is VERY high praise and definitely one that left an impression on her. By chapter 2, I was solidly hooked. I was reading so fast it was hard to take notes to be honest.

Since this is book #2 in the series, it “can” function as a standalone, but trust me when I say – MUCH BETTER READ TOGETHER. And, when you’re done, you’re going to want #3. My mother already wants this book (“Ready to Trust”), and we’ve even pre-ordered book #3 – “His Holiday Prayer” which is Tucker’s story.

Book #1 featured Mitch Rainbolt, this is Reece’s story. I found it funny that in the first book, Mitch had teased Reece about finding love, and this is Reece’s story.

Mitch and Daisy return, along with a few other characters. In fact, Daisy has a strong presence in this book as not only Reece’s sister-in-law, but a friend to Claire. Readers will be happy to see Daisy’s “success”.

Since I already loved Reece from book #1, this just continued his story. Claire was a different subject. There were times I truly understood where she was coming from when it came to Zoe, but I also felt that she needed to see how different Reece was. People can change, and also given what was going on at the time, Reece wasn’t in a good place.

While not pertaining to Reece, there is an “alcohol addiction” mentioned in this book. For those who might be triggered by that, this serves as a slight “warning”.

This was a darling or rather “peachy” story. Reece definitely shined in this story, and along with cute Zoe – there was a stubborn cow that seemed to make me laugh every so often. The characters were so realistic that this was like revisiting old friends.

Radcliffe didn’t hold back in this novel and really built off the momentum from the first story. She has a gift for creating realistic characters and such small towns that readers may want to flock to them. The other citizens are just as wonderful. While this was a quick read, the story wasn’t set to a rapid pace, nor did it slug along either.

Like the first novel, I really couldn’t put this down. I read half (½) the first night. And, it was an even quicker read than the first one. I absolutely loved this story, and Reece’s daughter was absolutely precious. I love how he didn’t shy away from being a father, and how he wanted to protect her heritage and legacy. On the other hand, I would’ve liked to have seen Claire have a bit more faith in him. And, it took over halfway into the novel for the big reveal.

I had one question, even at the end. It didn’t detract from the story, but I was really curious – I was wondering why Claire’s father left half (½) the farm to Reece.

As this is Love Inspired, the book will have Christian/faith themes like the first one – bible quotes, faith in God, references to faith. The tone is light and not a central theme of the story. One lesson is that when we want to see the bad – that is all we will find.

Fans of the author and the previous novel are sure to enjoy this book. It was as sweet and precious as the first novel. Overall this is an adorable, heart-tugging, beautiful, peachy treat of a book!

I’m definitely looking forward to the next story.



RATING:

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Goodreads

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Bookbub

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Personal Rating (see rating explanation in this blog: https://readingexcursions.blogspot.com/2020/01/rating-system-2020-changes.html)

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