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A Father's Promise

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Is he ready for fatherhood?

He doesn’t think he deserves a family…

But now he has a daughter.

Stunned to discover he has a child, Wes Bishop isn’t sure he’s father material. But his adorable daughter needs him, and he can’t help feeling drawn to her mother, Laurel Donovan—a woman he’s finally getting to know. But can this sudden dad overcome a past tragedy that has him convin
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 16th 2020 by Love Inspired (first published 2020)
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A FATHER’S PROMISE is the first book in a new series and I loved every minute of it. The story takes place in Bliss, Texas and Mindy Obenhaus describes it so beautifully that I am ready to pack my bags and go see it for myself. What more could you ask for right? A FATHER’S PROMISE deals with so many different emotions that one minute I was giggling and the next tearing up. I love when an author can do that to their readers! Don’t you just love second chance romance stories?

Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Father’s Promise is a great start to this new series set it Bliss, Texas. I thought that the way Wes reacted to finding out that he was a father was simply wonderful. Even though he didn’t believe he should have a family, once he discovered that he had a daughter, he was completely devoted to her.

The way Wes and Laurel related to each other throughout this story seemed very realistic to me. They had a connection through their daughter, but they both felt uncertain about each other. I really en
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have read many books by author Mindy Obenhaus and really enjoyed them so I was happy to be able to review A Father’s Promise. I enjoyed Laurel and Wes’s story very much. There was so much for each of them to deal with throughout the story. They both struggle dealing with trust issues. Each has a good support group. And I love Laurel’s extended family!

This story is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, and is very family oriented. Irma and Joyce are ad
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mindy Obenhaus is back with this second chance romance, set in the town of Bliss, Texas.

Laurel Donovan comes to Bliss for a new start, she is befriended by other women who are all active members of the community. Laurel is the mother to a young daughter, Sarah Jane, who is adorable and loved by all. I admired her optimism and strong faith.

Wes Bishop is a Veteran, who wants to make up for lost time with his daughter. I like how he is cool headed and rational, he takes the time to connect with Lau
Excel Andy
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Father’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus is just too wonderful!

The book cover is so beautiful and attractive.

This is the first book of Mindy Obenhaus  that I am reading and this won’t be the last hopefully.

Welcome to a little town called “Bliss” in Texas. I want to live in such a town where everybody knew each other and they are so thoughtful.

I was swiping each page on my screen to read the next word, sentence or paragraph.

Laurel is a good mum,let’s give her some credit. Wes is a character you reall
Rachel DeVaughn
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet romance about second chances, forgiveness and family.

Retired from the Navy, Wes goes to visit his sister in Bliss Texas were he runs into Laurel who he hasn't seen in years since a convention in Las Vegas. Laurel is now a single mom to Sarah-Jane and trying to make a difference in the small Texas town all while trying to keep a secret that could alter lives forever. 

Easy to read story with great characters and full of emotion. I loved reading about God's love and his hand in the
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you in advance to the author, Mindy Obenhaus, along with JustRead Publicity tours for providing a complimentary copy of this book to review. A positive review was not requested or required. All words are my own.

Obenhaus is an author I’ve had the privilege of reading a previous novel of. That was the emotional “Her Rocky Mountain Hope” which was book #5 of the Rocky Mountain Heroes series. I enjoyed book #5 so much that I, with some difficulty, tracked down the previous four novels. And, w
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So, um, yeah...that cover! Promises all kinds of delicious goodness because who can resist a hero snuggling a cute baby? Not me, that's for sure! I had to gobble this book up despite the fact that it's about one of my least favourite story tropes -- secret baby. But I'm a Mindy Obenhaus fan and I love the way she spins a small-town contemporary romance so I didn't think twice about diving into Wes and Laurel's story and am I ever glad I did!

First off -- the whole secret baby aspect is handled re
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Father’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus welcomes us to the new community of Ft. Bliss with a group of cherished friends. I like each of these ladies already and appreciate that they’re a bit older than your typical romance heroines (30s-40s).

In this first of the series, we get to know Laurel, who struggles with abandonment by her father. While I understand how that can affect your entire life there were times that I got frustrated with how much she projected her father’s decisions onto Wes. But, sh
Riella Cristobal
When Wes Bishop comes to the small town of Bliss, he is shocked to discover that he has a daughter. Though he struggles to believe that he is capable of being a father, Wes refuses to leave his new-found child and her mother, Laurel Donovan, who is still drawn to and desires to know. With the tragedies and hurts of the past, can they find forever together?
This was such a sweet book! I love when there are kids in it and Sarah-Jane was so cute! She was such a sweet baby and so loved. Both Wes and
Hallie Szott
Jul 14, 2020 marked it as reviewed
If you need a sweet romance, pick up A Father’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus!

Wes Bishop may not have planned on a family, but finding out he has a daughter certainly changes all his plans. The mother of that daughter, Laurel Donovan, has been hurt in the past, so of course, she and Wes have plenty to work through to determine what their family will look like. Luckily, they just might get the second chance they need.

Obenhaus excels with small-town settings and charming characters, so I definitely en
We have a God who takes bad situations and turns them into something wonderful. Romans 8:28 plays out in so many ways - in all things God truly does work for the good of those who love him. Mindy Obenhaus has taken this truth and incorporated it into a wonderful clean romance in A Father’s Promise. Readers will learn about many heart breaking stories in the lives of Laurel and Wes but they will also learn the good that comes from those situations. God is at work even when we don’t realize it. Mi ...more
Kendra Neal
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy LOVE Inspired books. The books are short, easy to read, and a quick read. I also enjoy reading books by Author Mindy Obenhaus. A Father's Promise fits all the wonderful qualities I like in Christian Romance books.

Wes Bishop has always thought that he is not Husband nor Father material due to something that happened in his past. He discovers he has a Baby Girl and wants to have a relationship with her. He begins to start falling in love with Laurel Donavan, the woman he felt he ne
June Jacobs
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this engaging novel by a 'new-to-me' author very much.

The problems encountered by the main and supporting characters in this book were unique, but realistic. I enjoyed the way the community of Bliss pulled together to help those in need.

This cover may be the sweetest Love Inspired cover ever, in my opinion.

I will definitely look forward to reading more books by this talented author in the future.

I received a paperback copy of this book from the author through a JustRead Publicity Tour
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m usually hesitant to read unknown child stories, but Mindy Obenhaus wrote such an engaging tale, I loved everything about A Father’s Promise.

Laural Donovan and Wes Bishop met in Vegas and for one night had a moment that would impact the rest of their lives. Well, Laurel’s life at first when she discovered she was pregnant. They hadn’t even exchanged last names so she couldn’t tell Wes about the baby and Wes never stopped thinking of Laural, but had no way to find her. Until he arrived in Blis
Caitlyn Santi
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome story! Since I first saw this adorable cover I knew I had to read this book, so I of course jumped at the chance to request a review copy! I loved this book! Mindy Obenhaus is a new-to-me-author and while this was my first time reading one of her books it most definitely will not be my last!
This book has an excellent message, if we confess our sin and ask Jesus to be our savior He can (and often does) turn our mistakes into amazing blessings! It never fails to fill my heart with
"Dreams were fragile things. One little slip and they could shatter into a million pieces."

Mindy Obenhaus has a way of creating redemptive stories nestled within a delightful small town atmosphere. This inaugural book in her new series set in Bliss, Texas is simply charming and heart-warming. Laurel is a fiercely independent yet tender-hearted single mother, working hard to raise her infant daughter. Wes is a retired navy man, looking for a purpose and a place in the world. He is capable, intell
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this first book in a new series by Mindy Obenhaus. I loved the small town setting of Bliss and the way people rally around one another. I also liked how Laurel and her three close friends are independent women.

What stood out the most to me was how Laurel and Wes relate to each other. Even though there were misunderstandings and sometimes very realistic "snipping" at each other, they were both quick to own up to it and make things right with the other.

Laurel and Wes both had issues to
Valri Western
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What touched my heart so much about this book is the way baby Sarah-Jane loved her new daddy (Wes) from the moment she met him. Although she hadn't met him until she was about 14 months old, her heart knew he was special in her life! She practically leapt into his arms and always had a heart stopping smile for him when he entered a room. How could that not melt a dad's heart? Wes didn't know he was a father but when Laurel told him, he is overcome, of course. It doesn't take long for him to warm ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderful book! I loved Wes, Laurel and baby Sarah-Jane. Can't wait for the second book from the small town of Bliss. ...more
My criteria for a 5-star rating is that I have to finish a book with a smile on my face and warm heart. This book achieved that with it's ending. The ending touched my heart. It was sweet and perfect. I loved everything about it.

However, there were many things that I didn't love in this book.

The book was heavy handed with it's preaching. There was constant praying and mini-sermons about morality and sex before marriage. I found it off-putting and skimmed through it. I love a clean romance, I lov
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book full of personal misunderstandings of characters who are otherwise firmly grounded in faith. It brought to mind how so many people feel lonely, unworthy and unlovable, even though they are greatly loved. I enjoyed the small-town Texas details, the Navy references, the multi-generational church fellowship, and the way the town of Bliss worked together to fix a problem. Having lived in Texas for 5 years, I appreciated the speech and tone of the book--proper grammar, wit ...more
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like reading Love Inspired Inspirational Romances from Harlequin, you'll like Mindy Obenhaus' book, A Father's Promise. I usually don't like surprise baby books, but this one was different. The main characters, Wes Bishop and Laurel Donovan are responsible adults who don't make a habit of "fooling around". They made one reckless decision at a convention in Las Vegas a year and a half ago that led to a beautiful baby girl named Sarah-Jane. Since then, Laurel has been living in Bliss, Texas ...more
Elaine Applebury
This is the first book in Mindy Obenhaus’s “A Bliss,Texas Novel” series. Laurel Donovan is a single mom that moves to Bliss, Texas to start a new life for herself and her young daughter, Sarah-Jane. She has her three friends to lean on. Wes Bishop has come to Bliss to visit his sister before going to Iraq for a year. He has lived with a tragedy that convinces him that he doesn’t deserve a family. Surprises are certainly in store when Wes and Laurel come face-face on the street in Bliss. Both lea ...more
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Inspirational Romance, Contemporary Romance, Western Romance, Wholesome Romance
Bliss, Texas (Book #1)
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved that these characters weren't 25 and have a little lived experience. There's something about finding love when you think you've missed the window is very sweet and satisfying to me. ...more
Debbie Sue
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very sweet story and the cover is adorable. Definitely will read it again and do recommend it
Kaye Wingo
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book, I could not stop until I finished it...Great book
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Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer and the occasional coyote, mountain lion or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and watching the Hallmark Channe ...more

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