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Tanner's Promise

(The Harlow Brothers #1)

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Tanner Harlow is a talented landscape designer, quietly building a name and a solid future when he finds himself needing to be the temporary guardian to his eleven-year-old half-sister. Tanner loves her, but can’t see himself as a father figure or imagine how he’s going to build his business during his busiest season with a child in tow until his newest client—his high sch ...more
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Published August 3rd 2018 by Tule Publishing
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Bette Hansen
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Tanner is such a kind, compassionate, loving man you can't help but fall in love with him. He hasn't let his rough childhood make him bitter. Now life is dumping on him again. His mother just passed away and he finds himself responsible for the care of his 12 year old sister until his aunt can take her to Hawaii at the end of summer. He's just getting his landscape business off the ground so taking time off isn't an option. So as he goes to meet his latest client he has no cho ...more
Maria
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4.5 stars.
I loved this story and its hero, Tanner Harlow. The strong, silent hero, wearing an innate sadness and loneliness, and the “I’ve-loved-you-for-years” are amongst my favorite tropes and Kaylie Newell does write them superbly! The mingling of past and present – and future, with Tanner’s brothers’ stories to come and, I hope, his wonderful little sister, Maddie, too – is fantastic in its depth
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SuperWendy
The conflict needed a serious shot in the arm. Hero's mother has died and he's taking temporary custody of his 12-year-old half-sister for the summer until she moves to Hawaii to live with their aunt. He's working to get his landscaping business off the ground and needs a babysitter. His old high school crush (the heroine) agrees to watch the girl in exchange for a break on her landscaping bill. He's mooned over her since high school when she was the head cheerleader dating the jerk football qua ...more
Shari
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why does love have to be complicated for Tanner? Tanner young and single, has just taken temporary custody of his half sister, who is eleven. His sister would like to make this permanent but Tanner does need see himself as a full time father. Tanner has also has reconnected with his high school crush, Francie who has just moved back to Marietta.

Loved these characters, they all showed such emotions. They all showed such growth in their personal lives and finally finding their HEA. I did not wan
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Donnajo
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book for a honest opinion.

"The Setting sun lit the Montana Sky in a slow bleed of fluid purples and burnt oranges the likes of which Tanner Harlow hadn't seen since he was a kid." A great start to the first book in the Harlow Brothers series, Tanner's Promise by Kaylie Newell. Great characters and character development. I especially enjoyed the connection between Tanner and his sister Maddie. Looking forward to seeing what the next book brings
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Sherri Babb
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read by Kaylie Newell and it was incredible. I loved this book from the very first sentence. I felt so many different types of emotions when reading this book. For me this book was about second chances at living life for Tanner and Francie. Tanner grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and he didn't really have a very good parental figure to help guide him. As a kid he had a really bad stutter and was tease a lot because of it. Francie grew up on the other sid ...more
Paula
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked everything about the realistic, heartfelt Tanner's Promise by Kaylie Newell. I have read another story written by her, also published by Tule Publishing but this is my favorite. It looks to be the start of the series, so I am looking forward to more of the Harlow Brothers in the future.

Tanner has overcome many of life’s obstacles to become an outstanding individual that you would want in your community. While he was my favorite of the couple along with his little sister, Francie Tate was
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Julia David
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Tanner's story and can't wait to read the stories for the other brothers. Tanner is trying to start a business and take care of his little sister. They are still mourning their mother's death. She wasn't always much of a mother, but they loved her. Tanner isn't sure he could raise a little girl, so he will be sending his sister to live with their aunt after summer is over. Francie is a grade school teacher and is trying to fix up her new home. She needs something done with the yar ...more
Kari
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, audiobook
I really enjoyed this cute romance. I loved watching Tanner slowly realize that the town liked him and that he was worthy of love and had the ability raise his little sister. Francie and Tanner were really cute together and I was rooting for them. I also loved the relationship between Tanner and his little sister. It was really sweet. I highly recommend his one and want to read the others in the series.
Diane Peterson
Just a really nice contemporary novel. High school classmates reunite when she returns to the town as a third grade teacher. He is a budding landscape designer raising his 12-year-old sister. I really liked their interaction and how they dealt with some emotional baggage from the past. There were genuine tears at the end. This RITA finalist shows rock solid writing and realistic behavior. I really liked it.
Becky Burciaga
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No matter the authors, their stories or characters, the setting of Marietta, Montana is truly a favorite of mine. Tanner’s story, the first in the Harlow brothers series, has left me already waiting for Luke and Judd’s stories.

In Tanner and Francie the author has crafted a love that planted itself within these two at a young age with it finally coming to fruition years later. The story is rife with the couple’s chemistry...their first meeting after years apart was certainly sigh worthy. The myr
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Karen Roma
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanner’s Promise is my first read by Kaylie Newell and it was delightful! Tanner is a fabulous character and definitely grabs hold of your heart from early in the book. The story has great world building, an easy ebb and flow and is just a wonderful read. It's heartfelt, passionate and will make you cry; I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Jessica
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanner is HOT! I don't care how he looked or acted in high school.... he is a class act now.

Tanner and Francie both grew up together in a small town - same high school classes and everything. Francie was the popular girl and Tanner was the awkward guy with a stutter. Tanner always had a crush on her and she always admired his bravery.
8 years later Tanner owns his own business, has grown into his body, no longer stutters and is the temporarily guardian to his 12 year old sister. Sounds dreamy, r
...more
Louise Bird
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scanned-books
Awesome book! I read this whole book in one day while waiting in a airport and on my flight.
This is book one in The Harlow Brothers Series. I can hardly wait for the next one.
Life is complicated and our childhood impacts our life, but only if we let it. These are the themes this book touches on. This is a great read, well written with a good ending.
Jacki
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
This is my first book by Kaylie Newell.
I always enjoy revisiting Marietta.

What I liked:
The writing style
The characters
Part of a series: The Harlow Brothers
Standalone
HEA
Epilogue

I look forward to reading more from this author and the other books in this series.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from NetGalley.
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I’m always hesitant to read books that feature children. As someone who doesn’t have children of my own, I often find it difficult to relate to the struggles parents face. So, I was a bit hesitant when I decided to pick up this book. But I also happen to love a good second chance romance. I also love seeing people grown and change. If you’re anything like me, I’m happy to say Maddie was well a well-developed and complex character in her own right. She was very purposefully included in the book a ...more
Emma
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aug 2, 2018 ready to post on thursday
Tanner’s Promise by Kaylie Newell
Book 1 of The Harlow Brothers series
Description: Tanner Harlow is a talented landscape designer, quietly building a name and a solid future when he finds himself needing to be the temporary guardian to his eleven-year-old half-sister. Tanner loves her, but can’t see himself as a father figure or imagine how he’s going to build his business during his busiest season with a child in tow until his newest client—his high school cr
...more
Jo Reads Romance
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
A fun, small-town feel romance
4 stars

This is the first Kaylie Newell book that I have read and also the first in a new series about the Harlow Brothers. Each book follows a different brother so stands very much alone. No cliffhangers here. (Hey - if your book is good enough - people will buy it without you having to resort to cheap marketing tactics. Just saying.) The next book in this series is Luke’s story, Luke’s Gift.

The story kicks off with Tanner in a bit of a turning point in his life
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Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

If you’re a reader who categorizes your stories by trope then Tanner’s Promise is going to be a grab bag of surprises for you. Since Tanner and Francie were classmates at one time, and there was a bit of a crush going on, you might see this as a second chance romance… or you might also see it as a friends to much more romance. Me? I simply see it as a very good, intriguing romance and let the characters tell me their unique story.

Tanner certainly isn’t a ladies man,
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Eileen
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, tule
I loved, loved, loved Tanner’s Promise by Kaylie Newell, her first book in The Harlow Brothers series. This wonderful story is not quite a second-chance story or friends to lovers trope, but the hero and heroine were high school classmates. Tanner Harlow has quietly been building his landscape business using his landscape designer degree. After the death of his mother he finds himself as the temporary guardian to his eleven-year-old half-sister. Tanner loves his sister but has no idea how he’s g ...more
Angel Hatfield
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanner was talking to his Aunt Vivian and she said it would make sense if Tanner kept his half sister -Maddie who was twelve- for the summer and then in the fall she would come get Maddie and take her back to Hawaii. Tanner’s mother had only been dead for twelve hours and Tanner had learned it only took twelve hours to turn everything you knew about your life on it’s head. . But Tanner had just got a loan to start his landscaping design business which was named Quaking Aspen Landscape and he nee ...more
Suze Lavender
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanner is setting up a landscaping business in his hometown Marietta. When his mother passes away he becomes his sister Maddie’s temporary guardian. Tanner isn’t sure he can give the preteen the care she needs, but he loves her dearly and is very protective of her. That’s why he doesn’t want Maddie to stay at home by herself when he’s working. Fortunately the ideal solution presents itself. Tanner’s next project is at the house of his high school crush. Francie is a teacher and doesn’t mind spen ...more
Val
Tanner Harlow's mother died and now he and his two older brothers (Luke & Judd) are in charge of their 11-year-old half sister, Maddie. But Luke is in Afghanistan and Judd is working as a pilot, so in the meantime Tanner is the only person Maddie can count on, that is until Tanner reunites with his high school classmate, Francie Tate. She will take care of his sister while he works on her house's landscape. It sounds like the perfect deal but then...

Tanner and Francie start having feelings for e
...more
Sandi Ramirez
I have been waiting for this Marietta book to come out for a while and when it did Tanner Harlow's school life reminded so much of my school life that it simple blew me away. I sat and read this book in one sitting. It is no surprise to those who know my reviews that I would be reading this Marietta based book because well it has become by adopted hometown. But this book touched more to me than simply being part of a community that touches my soul. This book is about three brothers who are there ...more
Shelagh
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not ashamed to say I reached for the tissues more than once while reading Tanner’s Promise. This book is just so gorgeous! There’s 26 year-old Tanner, having lost his mother and suddenly finding himself raising his 11 year-old sister Maddie, who is adamant she doesn’t want to go and live with their aunt. It’s so easy to see just how confused and conflicted Tanner and Maddie are as they come to terms with both their grief and their new living conditions, but to make things more challenging fo ...more
Sue
I really loved this book, set in the fictional town of Marietta, Montana. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. We meet Tanner and Francie, former classmates who’ve both recently returned to Marietta. Tanner has started his own landscaping business and after the recent death of his mother, has taken temporary custody of his sister Maddie. Francie’s father is ill so she’s moved back and gotten a job as a teacher at the grade school. Francie has purchased a fixer up ...more
Debby
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tanner Harlow was gawky and stuttered during high school, and was frequently bullied by the more popular students and had an unrequited crush on Francie. Francie "Pollyanna" Tate also grew up in Marietta, MT and dated one of those bullies. Forced by her mom to enter beauty pageants and always be "on", she's trying to overcome those tendencies when she moves back to teach school in Marietta. Tanner is working hard to start his landscaping business when his mom dies leaving the care of his younger ...more
Jessica
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanner is HOT! I don't care how he looked or acted in high school.... he is a class act now.

Tanner and Francie both grew up together in a small town - same high school classes and everything. Francie was the popular girl and Tanner was the awkward guy with a stutter. Tanner always had a crush on her and she always admired his bravery.
8 years later Tanner owns his own business, has grown into his body, no longer stutters and is the temporarily guardian to his 12 year old sister. Sounds dreamy, r
...more
Debbie Oxier
Tanner's eleven year old half sister comes to temporarily stay with him after her mom dies. He's single and so are his two brothers, who aren't in a position to take Maggie. Which leaves their aunt Vivien. She lives in Hawaii and was never really close to any of them. Although it will take some doing, Vivien thinks she can handle Maggie and will fly over to get her once everything gets resolved in her end. Meanwhile, Maggie is with Tanner. He has his own landscaping business. That's where Maggie ...more
Penny Leidecker
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I’ve read by Kaylie Newell, but it definitely won’t be my last. I really enjoyed reading reading Tanner’s Promise. This book is about Tanner and Francie. Tanner has the responsibility of taking care of his kid sister, Maddie, after their mother dies. He’s just started his landscaping business and he knows he can’t take her to every job. When he goes to a client’s house, he’s surprised it’s Francie, the girl he secretly loved in high school. Others may have known about his ...more
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Kaylie Newell lives in Southern Oregon with her husband and two daughters. She’s the proud author of over a dozen romances, including the RITA® finalists, Christmas at The Graff and Tanner’s Promise.

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