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Publisher Description

Sometimes you have to don a pair of cowgirl boots...

Manda Marshall is ready to leave heartache behind when she marries Keith Black, a champion saddle bronc cowboy and man of her dreams. But going from the serenity of small town Tennessee to the exhilaration of the rodeo, nothing can prepare her for being a cowboy’s wife. Becoming the new stepmom to Keith’s little boy and teenaged daughter has Manda relying on her deep sense of longing for a family and budding love for her stepchildren to strengthen their bond.

Manda’s desire of being a rodeo cowboy’s wife begins to take second place as she works to reinvent a life for herself and new family, but when mysterious phone calls from Keith’s missing ex-wife dredge up the past, Manda finds her marriage and family in an unusual and heart wrenching dilemma. The life she had worked so hard to build is suddenly redefined and her commitment to her husband and family is tested.

What Manda discovers has the power to heal or break her family in this emotional tale of cowboys, rodeo queens, and what it really means to ride beside a cowboy and his family, no matter the risk.

Fiction & Literature
April 7
Tule Publishing
Tule Publishing Inc.

Customer Reviews

momof3boysj ,

wonderful story of love and family

beautiful story of starting over: new marriage, step-parenting, new home, unexpected changes, etc... When Manda married Keith, she wanted to exorcise the past, but as someone whose business has a lot of vintage, she learns not everything should be vanquished. A surprise phone call and meeting a stranger turns their lives upside down, but as they learn the truth, they learn to redefine the family dynamics and a whole new family is born. Love, trust, honesty, and even the unexpected blessing of a baby will bring Manda and Keith closer as a couple. Manda's journey is a wonderfully written story. And most importantly, Manda realizes everything she is is "the real thing."

BookSnuggle ,

Heartwarming Story

The Real Thing" by Tina Ann Forkner is a heartwarming story of two people that get a chance for happiness in a second marriage.

Manda's first husband cheated on her, but she is now ready to move on and marry Keith Black. Keith is a champion saddle bronc cowboy. He has two children that he has been raising alone since his wife just up and left him.

This is an emotional story of real hurts and healing. The author did a great job of getting your attention and keeping it. This story is more about real life struggles. I still enjoyed the story even though I like more of an escape from real life struggles in stories I read. I loved how the author tied everything together.

I received a copy of this book from Tule Publishing for an honest review.

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