When Wes Bishop comes to the small town of Bliss, he is shocked to discover that he has a daughter. Though he struggles to believe that he is capable of being a father, Wes refuses to leave his new-found child and her mother, Laurel Donovan, who is still drawn to and desires to know. With the tragedies and hurts of the past, can they find forever together?
This was such a sweet book! I love when there are kids in it and Sarah-Jane was so cute! She was such a sweet baby and so loved. Both Wes and Laurel were strong and kind characters. Though they had a lot to learn about each other and being a family, they both loved Sarah-Jane and wanted good for each other. God had brought them through trials and together again to grow in new ways. Through different circumstances, Wes and Laurel are brought together to work on a project in their town. As they work side by side, they grow closer and begin to fall in love. I really liked how Wes and Laurel really sought to understand and help one another. They talked and listened to each other. Even though both were hesitant about a romantic relationship because of the past, they cared for one another. Neither believed that they were meant for love or truly would receive it. Of course, their friends and the others in the town were certainly involved. Between Laurel’s group of friends, a few older ladies who loved to matchmake and their church community, Wes and Laurel were surrounded by people who cared about them and helped them to trust.
This is the first book of those set in Bliss, and was a great set-up for the books that are to come! I hope that some of the characters that were introduced in this book get their own stories, like Laurel’s friends. I have no doubt that some of the matchmakers in town will also make appearances! I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to those who like sweet romances! It is a sweet clean book with a protective hero, strong heroine, an adorable baby, and a HAE!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Mindy Obenhaus’s new book, A Father’s Promise! I adored this book, it was so good. I can’t wait for you guys to read the book, and today I am so lucky to be able to share an interview with Mindy.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Father’s Promise Author: Mindy Obenhaus Publisher: Love Inspired Release Date: June 16, 2020 Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
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?
Riella: Where did you find the idea behind this book? Mindy: I think it found me. I had a single mother with a baby, and she had no idea where the father was or even his last name. So that begged the question, what if he showed up one day?
Riella: What made you want to be a writer? Mindy: That is something that’s a challenge to figure out. You see, I was never a reader. Even though my mother devoured romance novels my entire life, I had no interest in reading. Then she moved in with us and brought hundreds of books with her. All romance, but newer. As I sorted through them, hoping to get rid of some, I became intrigued and the next thing I knew, I was reading book after book. Over time I realized that even though I hadn’t been reading for all those years, I was always making up stories in my head. Soon I began to wonder if could actually write one of those stories. So, I gave it a try. Of course, I knew nothing about the craft of writing, so I had to learn. But God used that time to impress upon me that He wanted me to write for Him. So, that’s what I’ve always tried to do.
Riella: What character are you most like? Mindy: Hmm… Good question. I would say there’s a little bit of me in each of my heroines, but I’m probably most like Paisley, one of Laurel’s friends who happens to be in the process of getting her own story. Paisley is nurturing and loves to bake and entertain.
Riella: What do you want people to take away from this book? Mindy: I want them to understand that no matter how big our mistakes, God can turn them into blessings.
Riella: How did you get the ideas for the characters? Mindy: That’s a tough question because they just kind of come to me. Then I have to get to know them and find out what makes them tick.
Riella: Do you take inspiration from your life for plot points, characters, etc? Mindy: Quite often, yes. 🙂
Riella: Is this book connected to the other series that you have written? Mindy: It is not. A Father’s Promise is the first book in a new series entitled Bliss, Texas.
Riella: Which character do you relate to the most? Mindy: I think I can relate to each of them in some way, shape or form. Or, at least, put myself in their shoes.
About the Author:
Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus 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.