A Tender Hope | Book Review
Updated: Mar 18, 2019
As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it's time for a change. With her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek's midwife, she has no intention of remarrying. So when a handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep with an abandoned baby, Thea isn't sure her heart can take it.
Ranger Jackson Guthrie isn't concerned only with the baby's welfare. He's been looking for Thea, convinced that her late husband was part of the gang that killed his brother. But it soon becomes clear that the situation is far more complicated than he anticipated - and he'll need Thea's help if he's ever to find the justice he seeks.
This book was the third in the Cimarron Creek trilogy, which I have not read, so there were moments when I wondered if there were backstories that I was missing. But overall the book stood alone and the story was complete in itself.
Reading A Tender Hope was like watching a Christmas Hallmark movie or eating your favorite comfort food - predictable, but relaxing and enjoyable. (I mean, we all know what happens in Christian western romances when the tall, handsome hero in a cowboy hat rides up.) Amanda Cabot's style was pleasant, and the story was well-written. The fact that Thea is a midwife was unique, and although she and Jackson had a lot to work through, their relationship didn't feel rushed and was sweet and wholesome.
Aimee and Nate's love story on the side was plumb cute, and I loved the inclusion of Stuart, the abandoned baby - is there much else cuter than seeing a big strong guy holding a baby, in real life or in a book?! As someone with firsthand experience, I don't think so. :)
If you're a fan of Janette Oke, you'll love this book!
When is your favorite time to read books? Rainy afternoons, curled in bed late at night, waiting rooms? Or like me, whenever you can fit it in? :)
*I received a copy of this book from Revell Books (a division of Baker Publishing Group) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.*