The Real Thing

The Real Thing

by Tina Ann Forkner


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781944925055
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 04/04/2016
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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The Real Thing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read in long time and the storyline is different than anything I think I have ever read... Keith is a rodeo bronc rider (don't let that deter you) and married to his high school sweetheart with two kids... They have it all until one day she disappears... Later he gets divorce papers and a request for half the money... Gives him sole custody of the kids... Fast forward and he meets and falls in love with Manda who has her own baggage to haul... This is a dramatic and sad tale that takes many twists and turns to get to an ending that is as happy as possible... Beautifully told by the author... Brings into play a very scary health issue.. But, a love story that will make you glad you read the book...
momof3boysj More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story of starting over: new marriage, step-parenting, new home, unexpected changes, Alzheimer's disease, etc... When Manda married Keith, she wanted to exorcise the past, but as someone whose business has a lot of vintage, she learns not everything should be vanquished. A surprise phone call and meeting a stranger turns their lives upside down, but as they learn the truth, they learn to redefine the family dynamics and a whole new family is born. Love, trust, honesty, and even the unexpected blessing of a baby will bring Manda and Keith closer as a couple. Manda's journey is a wonderfully written story. And most importantly, Manda realizes everything she is is "the real thing."
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
The Real Thing by Tina Ann Forkner....This story is very real life with blended family, second marriages and issues making it work. The characters Manda and Keith are very well written and relatable. Tina does a great job making this book believable and it hits all the emotion buttons. I would highly recommend this book to my friends and family. I received a complimentary book from publisher for an honest review.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Full of strong emotion, love, and what makes a family The author has a voice and style that are unique and take a little getting used to. Once you do, you will get drawn into the story. This is not a romance, it starts with Manda and Keith's wedding. Manda is marrying not only Keith, but his two children. Manda is excited about being a step-mother Keith's young son and teen daughter, but her new stepdaughter is still hoping her mother will come back. This is a story about love, marriage, and family, and making the family work in the way that works for all the members. I loved the character development, especially the way Manda grew. She was forced to assess her marriage and what is important. This was not a romance, but it is full of strong emotion and love. This story will surprise you and it stuck with me for quite a while after reading it. **I received an advanced reader's copy in exchange for a honest opinion.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
A brilliant tale about the ups and downs of life and finding happiness in a second marriage. When Manda Marshall married three time world champion rodeo star Keith Black, she knew she had some trials ahead of her. She would be raising Keith’s children who were slow to warm up to the idea of a new mother. They would be living in the same house that Keith shared with his ex-wife who no one knew where she was. It was like she just vanished into thin air. Would Keith’s ex ever try to come back home or see him again? And then there are the rodeo queens….. Manda and Keith are enjoying life as newlyweds when Keith finds out the truth about his ex-wife Violet. That is when everything changes. Violet is in a nursing home with early onset Alzheimer’s. Manda is forced to live with the knowledge that even though Keith loves her, he also still cares very much about Violet and wants to be there for her. As beautiful as life can be, it can also be confusing, heartbreaking and very messy. Manda struggles with an unplanned pregnancy and worries if she will lose the child like she did in the past. She juggles working with her sister at the shop they own together, helping Keith’s daughter get ready for her prom, running the household and taking trips with Keith to the rodeo or to visit Violet. Then a bomb is dropped on her by one of Keith’s oldest friends. Keith has a secret that he has been keeping from Manda. This story is one that is easy to get hooked on. It is well written and thought out. You can tell the author did all the research to make it as real as possible. The characters are flawed and they come with baggage much like people in the real world do. But it’s how they work through everything that would tear most couples apart and how they never lose their faith in love.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Real Thing,  Tina Ann Forkner Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: women’s Fiction This book turned out to be a very different read from what I expected, still good but a complete surprise! I thought this would be a fun, rodeo themed how the new wife fits in to the family read, with the ex wife being some beautiful, jealous b itch type,  popping up to cause problem's. I do love those characters ;-) they provide so much fun! Well, the ex does pop up but she’s nothing like I expected and the issues her presence causes are totally different.  I love Manda, though at first she does come off as the teeniest bit spoiled daughter self obsessed. Just saying – she’s not really like that though, her past marriage and problems have really knocked her confidence. Keith's son is very young and happy to have her around, but Peyton, the 14 going on 24 year old daughter (aren’t they all at that age?) really isn’t happy about dad’s new wife. Then there’s Keith, handsome, charming rodeo star, and all the issues that come with that. He’s their dad, her husband but on the circuit it feels like he’s everyone’s property....He’s a great guy though, devoted to his family and adores Manda and her sister and dad. They’ve become one big family, with lots of friends they all know from the town they’ve grown up in and the rodeo world.  Manda’s trying hard to fit in, difficult when she’s scared to ride, and Peyton makes it clear that she’s Not a substitute for her mum, that she wants Violet's things left alone. Poor Manda, I understood her desire to stamp her own mark on their home, but of course Peyton wants her mum’s things left alone. She’s convinced her mum, who disappeared without trace except to forward divorce papers, will return, so when she gets a call on her phone from her she’s ecstatic. Just when they’re beginning to create a new life, when things are going so well then its all turned around.  Its a book that shows how issues affect everyone, how that we all make mistakes, that trying to do the right thing can cause so much pain. I liked that Keith was such a wonderful husband to Manda, and a great dad to the kids, but he’d learned too from his past mistakes, he’d done things he regretted.  I liked how Manda had to learn to trust him, to not jump to conclusions because of how her ex was, I loved seeing how Peyton grew, and how they became a family finally, working through all the issues and difficulties to move forward. They were all in a really difficult position, one that’s faced by so many families in one way or another. There a section where someone says “Think about it. Most families don’t fit that conventional bill, whether it’s Grandpa living in the guest room or a single mom working double shifts while Grandma babysits...” and it echoes what I’m always thinking and  saying – there is no such thing as “Normal” – whether that's in families or individuals. Everyone has problems, the perfect life we read about is just a story, in real life we all have things to work past, problems to deal with. It turned out to be a very different read from what I’d expected, but a very moving and emotional one. Who would know what to do? Which route to choose? And who’s to say which way is best when any decision, any choice can have the potential cause terrible problems. Thankfully, here they all come through but its at times a hard journey. . Stars: Four, a really interesting and moving read. How many families face a problem similar to this
CArcidiacono More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story and the strong steady pace throughout the book. Manda marries the cowboy of her dreams, Keith. The books starts off a little rocky, then has highs and lows that truly test the couple and their family. A great story to show you that every marriage is not perfect but works when you put effort into it. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
The Real Thing" by Tina Ann Forkner is a heartwarming story of two people that get a chance for happiness in a second marriage. Manda's first husband cheated on her, but she is now ready to move on and marry Keith Black. Keith is a champion saddle bronc cowboy. He has two children that he has been raising alone since his wife just up and left him. This is an emotional story of real hurts and healing. The author did a great job of getting your attention and keeping it. This story is more about real life struggles. I still enjoyed the story even though I like more of an escape from real life struggles in stories I read. I loved how the author tied everything together. I received a copy of this book from Tule Publishing for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An intriguing and realistic look at second marriages and blended families and dealing with the pain and hurt of the past while trying to build a future. Manda loves her new husband Keith with her whole heart but she struggles with the trials of a teenage step-daughter and the constant memory of the wife and mother that abruptly left them. When secrets start to come to life, how Manda handles the knowledge could make or break this new family unit. Definitely a book I enjoyed and recommend.