About the Book
Book: Tomorrow’s Shining Dream
Series: Texas Promise #2
Author: Naomi Rawlings
Genre: Christian Historical Romance; Western Romance
Release Date: April 27, 2020
She needs to learn how to flirt. He needs to forget she exists. Then she asks him for help finding a husband… What could possibly go wrong?
Charlotte Westin has always been more comfortable in a saddle than a ballroom. That wouldn’t be a problem, except her father owns the largest ranch in Texas—and he insists she marry a wealthy city-slicker worthy of a cattle baron’s daughter. There might be someone out there who’d love her for who she is instead of her money, but she’s been fooled by a sweet talker before, and her family is still suffering because of it.
With an old friend-turned-enemy returning to town and cattle rustlers running roughshod over the county, Sheriff Daniel Harding knows the last thing he should be thinking about is a woman… especially the one woman he’ll never be able to marry. Then Charlotte Westin asks for his help, and Daniel can’t refuse. Until he finds out exactly what she wants…
When Charlotte comes to Daniel with a plan to find herself a husband, Daniel is forced to face his feelings for her—as well as some past mistakes of his own. But as the rustlers grow more dangerous, Charlotte’s father takes drastic steps to engage her to a man she doesn’t love. And Charlotte and Daniel soon find themselves caught between the burdens from their pasts and others’ expectations. Will they let their past choices ruin their dreams? Or will Charlotte and Daniel embrace God’s forgiveness and forge a happy future for themselves?
From jagged mountains and green river valleys, to cattle ranches and vivid sunsets, Tomorrow’s Shining Dream offers a meaningful story about simpler times, sincere faith, and unfailing love.
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Tomorrow’s Shining Dream by Naomi Rawlings is another home run! I genuinely believe it is impossible for Ms. Rawlings to write a bad story. If you have never read one of her books, I implore you to do so ASAP! There is so much to love about Tomorrow’s Shining Dream. The plot is highly engaging. I’m a huge fan of Westerns and this one is perfect. The setting is gorgeous. The characters are dynamic and relatable. The romance is superb with just enough tension between the hero and heroine to keep the reader turning pages well into the night. And, the themes discussed are timely. Tomorrow’s Shining Dream is a must-read novel!
A lot happens in a lifetime. Many times a lot of bad happens. Generally speaking, people react to the bad stuff in one of two ways — they accept the moment for what it is (a tribulation as mentioned by Jesus in John 16:33) and cling to Jesus tightly, or they get mad at God and make statements like, “God doesn’t love me” or “God has stopped listening to me.” Daniel Harding is the uber-handsome, super loyal, big-hearted hero in Tomorrow’s Shining Dream. As far as heroes go, Daniel is pretty swoony and wonderful, but he does have an Achilles heal — he’s stubborn about forgiving others. He has no real issue forgiving others for little, insignificant things, but when it comes to something HUGE like the maiming and disabling of his father, Daniel isn’t easily able to forgive the man he believes is responsible for damaging his dad. Does Daniel’s father have an issue forgiving the man Daniel struggles with? Nope, not for one second. In one of the best moments in this novel, Daniel’s exceptionally wise father reminds Daniel that ALL things that happen in our lives are approved by God. God is the BOSS always. Yes, Daniel’s father can no longer walk, which means he can no longer be the town’s Sheriff. Life had to change for him in a big way, but he’s alive. God could have taken him to Heaven and left Daniel’s family fatherless and husbandless … but He didn’t. What I loved so much about this moment is the perspective shift. We humans get SO caught up in the negative. I would bet that half the things we get so angry over, those things we refuse to forgive, have positive sides that God is begging us to see. Daniel is rightly put in his place by his very loving earthly father and realizes that holding back forgiveness has really done nothing but hurt himself and ruined a friendship. Personally, I feel that Daniel’s father was gently scolding me, too! I don’t have any forgiveness issues right now that I know of, but I do have some things in my life I need to see from the positive light rather than the negative. What about you, dear reader? Do you have a perspective shift that needs to take place, too?
Tomorrow’s Shining Dream is such a lovely story of forgiveness and grace and patience. It’s definitely a story that will stick with me long after the final page has been turned. If you are a fan of Christian Western Romances that are well written, highly engaging, and filled with timely themes and messages, then Tomorrow’s Shining Dream is the novel for you!
***Recommendation*** Tomorrow’s Shining Dream can easily be read as a standalone novel; however, I personally feel that to get the best reading experience you should read Tomorrow’s First Light first.
I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from the author, Naomi Rawlings, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.