The Real Thing
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.
"Brimming with genuine honesty, The Real Thing takes a heartfelt look at second marriages and blended families. You'll cheer for Forkner's characters, who are poignantly sincere and refreshingly determined, as they confront a series of challenges that test their resolve and redefine the meaning of family. A story filled with warmth and empathy - once you begin reading, you won't want to put it down!" ~Marin Thomas, Author of The Promise of Forgiveness
About Tina Ann Forkner (Cheyenne, Wyoming Author)
Tina Ann Forkner is a substitute teacher and award-winning novelist. Her books include The Real Thing, Waking Up Joy, Rose House, Ruby Among Us, and Nashville by Heart. Tina's novel Waking Up Joy from Tule Publishing is a Virginia Romance Writers 2015 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Recipient - Romantic Elements. She lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.