More Than A Promise

More Than A PromiseMore than a Promise by Ruth Logan Herne
Genres: Contemporary
Published by Franciscan Media on March 18, 2016
Pages: 292
Also by this author: Refuge of the Heart, Back in the Saddle

 

About More than a Promise (from the back cover):
Widower Matt Wilmot is an excavator by trade, but with his three rambunctious young sons making trouble all over town, he may not have what it takes to dig them out on his own.

The boys’ antics have earned them a riotous reputation in their small town of Cedar Mills. When Matt’s former mother-in-law, a powerful lawyer and judge, threatens to sue for custody, Matt’s sure she means it.

Enter Matt’s new neighbor, Elle Drake. She’s made a successful career for herself as an artist and potter, but after a disastrously public break-up with her millionaire ex-husband, she’s back in Cedar Mills to lick her wounds and set her roughed-up self-image to rights.

After Matt’s oldest son causes damage in Elle’s yard, her common-sense approach forces the boy to take responsibility for his actions—and gives Matt the wake-up call he desperately needs.

Initially adversarial, attraction grows between Matt and Elle as they get to know one another. Matt appreciates Elle’s effect on his sons, and when he gets cornered into having a Sunday breakfast with Elle and the boys, he has fun for the first time in…well, he can’t remember when.

Everything changes when Elle hears the boys’ grandmother berating Matt in public and threatening to take the boys. She defuses the situation by pretending to be Matt’s fiancée and the boys’ future stepmother. When Matt decides it’s a brilliant plan and kisses her to seal the deal, Elle knows he’s crazy. But he’s also sweet, funny, engaging, sexy and strong, which isn’t exactly a bad thing!

The newest Christian romance by Ruth Logan Hearne combines heart and humor with a dose of small-town reality.

Every time I pick up a book by Ruth Logan Herne, I know I’m in for a heartfelt story of love, faith, humor, and grace. No matter the setting, the plot, or the characters, I always have a huge grin on my face from page one to “the end”… even if I might also be brushing away a few tears or shouting helpful advice to the hero or heroine (who inevitably don’t listen to me).

Every time I pick up a book by Ruth Logan Herne, I know I’m in for a heartfelt story of love, faith, humor, and grace.

I adore the children in More Than A Promise!!! Todd (“thoughtful and kind with a little bit of his dad’s protective nature”), Randy (he could teach some adults a thing or ten about how to be a friend), Amos (oh, be still my heart with his widdle wisp)… even feisty niece Jenny in her brief appearance in the very first chapter.

And along with the kids comes a lot of the humor. Particularly as poor beleaguered Matt tries to wrangle all three boys into church.  At the same time. By himself. Needless to say, it does not go well for anyone in the vicinity. It’s a comedy of errors and awkwardness, topped off with Randy’s “Can we come again next week?” I laughed out loud at that. Matt did not. 😀

I adore the children in More Than A Promise!!!

But really, who can blame him? His boys are … shall we say … a handful. As Elle so helpfully recites for him, “In the past three weeks, they’ve exploded cherry bombs, stolen my clothesline, painted a stray dog, attempted to hang their little brother playing Wild Wild West, and run amok with a piece of heavy machinery in my yard, successfully taking out both a perennial garden and a sizeable lawn ornament.” Haha! I’m still laughing! Pretty sure Matt still isn’t.

Speaking of Matt, he’s a lot clueless but a lot dreamy too. Elle makes such a great match for him with her practical yet nurturing personality.  Neither of them have had an easy journey through life so far, and both have their fair share of battle scars deep inside. Having a front row seat as Ruth Logan Herne weaves their stories together with grace and romance is not to be missed!

Having a front row seat as Ruth Logan Herne weaves their stories together with grace and romance is not to be missed!

Delightful, warm, and charming, More Than a Promise is more than a love story. Or rather, it’s more than a story about two people falling in love. It’s a story of hope and faith, of humor and family, of blending lives, of second chances, and most of all it’s a story that points to the Author of all love stories and how He’s head over heels for us. You will instantly relate to these characters – whether married or not, single parent or multi-parent, or even just a “cool aunt” like me. Ruth Logan Herne has written another story that wraps you up in a warm quilt, hands you a piece of just-out-of-the-oven apple pie, and sits down with you on the couch to chat a while.

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