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.

Praise for The Real Thing
"Forkner's writing shines with wit and wisdom in this beautiful story of love and family that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. The Real Thing is guaranteed to steal your heart." ~Kim Boykin, Author of A Peach of a Pair

"An endearing, modern tale about Cowboys, Rodeo Queens, and above all - the simple truth that love is both messy and healing - and worth coming back for again and again. One of my favorite reads of the year!" ~Amy Impellizzeri, Author of Lemongrass Hope

"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

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"An insightful, engaging storyteller." - Susan Meissner

Used availability for Tina Ann Forkner's The Real Thing

Paperback Editions

February 2016 : USA Paperback

Title: The Real Thing
Author(s): Tina Ann Forkner
ISBN: 1-944925-05-8 / 978-1-944925-05-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group, The
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Kindle Editions

April 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Real Thing
Author(s): Tina Ann Forkner
Publisher: Tule Publishing
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