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Tanner’s Promise gives us a second chance romance and introduces us to landscaper, Tanner, and elementary school teacher, Francie.
TANNER’S PROMISE by Kaylie Newell
Publication Date: August 2, 2018 Genre: Romance Source: Publisher Publisher: Tule Publishing Purchase: Amazon Length: 110 pages Story Rating: 5/5 Romance Rating: 4/5
Tanner Harlow is a talented landscape designer, quietly building a name and a solid future when he finds himself needing to be the temporary guardian to his eleven-year-old half-sister. Tanner loves her, but can’t see himself as a father figure or imagine how he’s going to build his business during his busiest season with a child in tow until his newest client—his high school crush who still makes his heart pound—has a proposition that will help them both as long as Tanner can resist the tempting lure of the girl next door.
Elementary school teacher Francie Tate moved back to Marietta to be close to her ailing father. She plans to settle in and fix up her little bungalow before the school year starts, but definitely needs help with the neglected yard. She’s shocked when the landscaper she hired turns out to be a class mate. Tanner used to be shy in school, but he isn’t the same kid anymore–he’s tall, sexy, and has the most striking brown eyes she’s ever seen. When Francie learns of Tanner’s need for child care, she impulsively offers to watch his half-sister for the summer in return for some landscaping and renovations around the house.
It seems like a win-win, but Francie didn’t bargain on falling in love.
I’m always hesitant to read books that feature children. As someone who doesn’t have children of my own, I often find it difficult to relate to the struggles parents face. So, I was a bit hesitant when I decided to pick up this book. But I also happen to love a good second chance romance. I also love seeing people grown and change. If you’re anything like me, I’m happy to say Maddie was well a well-developed and complex character in her own right. She was very purposefully included in the book and didn’t detract from the central love story.
Both Tanner and Francie were well-developed characters that I grew to care about as I read the story. I really wanted the two of them to be happy and let go of the scars of their past. The plot was relatable, I’m sure I would react in much the same way as the they did should I find myself in a similar situation.
There were a couple of intimate scenes in the book. However, they were few and chaste enough I wouldn’t have a problem with my mother reading this book.
Tanner’s Promise certainly falls more on the side of women’s fiction than romance. There’s Tanner and Maddie’s grief at the loss of their mom. Overbearing family members who believe they know best and an 11-year-old who is mature beyond her years.
I enjoyed watching Tanner and Francie as they dealt with the ghosts of their past and came to terms with the decisions they made in high school.
Lack of cowboys aside, I only have one complaint. The synopsis talks about Francie’s ailing father. I think he might be mentioned once in passing at the beginning of the book, and that’s it. The lack of her father confused me, if my dad was ill enough to necessitate my moving home, you can bet I would be visiting him every chance I got and his well-being would be on my mind at all times. Francie didn’t once think about him.
Overall, Tanner’s Promise was a perfect summer read. Ms. Newell gave us the right balance of angst, tension, and hope. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a bit of romance in their women’s fiction.
If you enjoy a sweet second chance romance like this one, you might also enjoy Holding on by Pamela Clare or Rebel Pilot Texas Doctor by Eve Gaddy