Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Friar by Samantha A Cole

Title: The Friar
Author: Samantha A. Cole
Publisher: Samantha A. Cole
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/F
Page or Word Count: 217 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Adam Westfield gave his heart, mind, body, and soul over to God and entered the Franciscan Brotherhood, but a moment of rage had him breaking his vows and one of the ten commandments. Five years later, he’s released from prison a changed man once again. Unsure of his destiny now, he hits the road, roaming the United States, hoping to find a purpose in life again . . . and forgiveness.

A widowed mother of two, Sage Hammond is doing everything she can to hold onto the horse-breeding ranch that had belonged to her husband’s family for generations, but times are tough and she’s just barely getting by. Unable to find a ranch hand willing to work for meager wages, she thinks all may be lost and she will have to sell. Until a quiet, handsome stranger appears to be an answer to her prayers.

Adam is falling in love for the first time in his life, however, strange things begin to happen at the ranch—things that are putting Sage and her children in danger—and he finds he is willing to sell his soul to protect them. But will it be enough?

A man trying to overcome his past. A woman trying to secure her children’s future. Can they both learn to live in the present and discover that second chances do exist?

Adam has found his calling as the Lord’s servant. But when he acts to protect a child, he believes God has forsaken him. After serving time, he finds a need to hit the road and find out who he has become. Will helping a widow and her children help him find forgiveness?
The Friar by Samantha A. Cole tells us of Adam’s journey toward acceptance, forgiveness and love. This story is different than Ms. Cole’s prior works but I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this story but Ms. Cole did not make it at all preachy. It is apparent that Adam’s faith is important to him but Ms. Cole did not ram that fact down our throats. Instead she focused on Adam’s journey toward acceptance and love. I loved that Sage was able to look past her initial prejudice to see the man beyond the ex-con. I loved seeing Adam and Sage take it slow as they moved toward intimacy. I enjoyed seeing Adam become a member of the family. Ms. Cole gave us a story full of love and forgiveness with unexpected twists and turns. This story is a well written and enjoyable read.

                           Five Shooting Stars

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