Tender Hope (Cimarron Creek Trilogy)
A Tender Hope is the third book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy, an American West series set in Cimarron Creek, Texas in the late 1800s. Thea Michener and the other characters come alive quickly, and tension is set between the midwife and a Texas Ranger on the hunt for a deadly gang. With the backdrop of a pre-established community of characters, some actions might better be understood having read the previous books, but it doesn’t take long to get into the energy of a woman adapting to a new town, new friendships, old hurts, and the surprise of an abandoned baby. Faith is a big factor in this series and is credited when developments work to the favor of the main characters. With criminal investigations knitting the town tightly together, the real test for Thea and the Texas Ranger is courtship, unraveling secrets, and finding a way to right the very bad wrongs of their past. Circumstances are overcome easily in this novel about second chances at romance and family, and the conversational writing style is so easy to follow and enjoy that the book is more about discovering what’s on the next page and less about finding the mysterious gold. The author clearly understands delivering good characterizations, believable conflict, and resolution. The setting feels accurate for the era, and it’s a book I can highly recommend.