They both want the truth, but are they willing to pay the price?
Ava Summers is more than ready to say goodbye to the breakneck pace of the city, and an invitation to her grandfather’s ranch is exactly what she needs. Finding out her former flame is running the ranch, on the other hand, was entirely unexpected. How can she put aside her memories of that whirlwind summer when she has to work beside the handsome cowboy every day?
Jameson Ford was grateful to be offered the new foreman job at Wolf Creek Ranch. He's eager to prove himself, but quickly distracted by the reappearance of his first love, who also happens to be his boss's granddaughter. It’s been over ten years since they promised each other forever, and neither of them know how to pick up where they left off or if they should forget it ever happened.
Allied by their love of the ranch, Jameson and Ava have to work together, despite the lingering feelings between them. When Ava unburies secrets about her family, she doesn’t know if she can trust anyone. Most of all, can she learn to trust her heart on her way to discovering the truth?
Truth is a Whisper is the first book in the Christian romance Wolf Creek Ranch series.
Mandi Blake was born and raised in Alabama where she lives with her husband and daughter, but her southern heart loves to travel. Reading has been her favorite hobby for as long as she can remember, but writing is her passion. She loves a good happily ever after in her sweet Christian romance books and loves to see her characters' relationships grow closer to God and each other.
Truth is a Whisper - Mandi Blake - 4.5 Stars - The perfect hallmark movie style Christian cowboy romance story I needed!
This follows our main characters of Ava and Jameson. We start of with Ava being forced to leave him with her very controlling and narcissistic mother. Then we cut to 6 years later when they have the opportunity to meet again as Ava comes to visit her grandfather on the ranch she left so long ago due to his health issues going on. She soon realizes how much she loves the ranch and doesn't want to leave it -- or Jameson. We see some family drama and secrets unfold with Ava's mother and Ava and Jameson start to work together on the ranch - tied together by their love for it. Will she stay? Will she finally start her life without being tied down to the control of her mother? Can Jameson prove himself to those he wants to most? The story takes off from here.
Ya'll this book surprised me! Thank you Mandi Blake for such a feel good, lighthearted, Christian romance with a lot of things I loved! I did wish we saw her salvation experience but overall great faith!
✅Christian Cowboy Romance ✅Set on a Ranch ✅Guy is a Christian, Girl is not but starts to believe ✅Guy is a protector 👏👏🤠 ✅Great Faith Elements - they go to church, many prayers and discussions around believing in Jesus and reading their bible etc. ✅Great Family Element - a precious grandfather figure I LOVED. One of my favorite things in books are Grandfathers because I unfortunately didn’t have the opportunity to have a relationship with mine who both passed away. ✅Romance was quicker but not totally instalove - they did know each other a short time but I feel like the way this story was told—it didn’t feel like instalove to me. I was so connected with the characters, the small town, the family, etc. ✅ALL THE HALLMARK MOVIE 🧀CHEESE🧀 I NEEDED. ✅Great ending with resolution I wanted!
Pick this up if you enjoy a good Christian romance with some lighthearted hallmark cheese :) Excited to read book 2 in the series soon! Only content warning would be details surrounding a narcissistic parent.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy to honestly read and review. All thoughts are my own.
They fell in love as teenagers but were separated and six years later the finally got together. They both dated other people while apart but they met again and were right back in love. There is a side story of somebody wanting to buy the ranch and they were bad people, and another storyline about her Mother who was very hateful. Everything works out in the end. This was a Christian novel and there was only kissing.
Cowboys, ranch life, estranged family, good friends, and some real life snakes on two legs to make things interesting…that’s what you get with the Wolf Creek Ranch series. But it is more than that. You ever want to watch a show that is like Yellowstone without all the bad stuff, well here is your chance to read an amazing series filled with all the good stuff and none of the bad content. Think Yellowstone, Little House on the Prairie style in a Dallas (tv show) setting. You get a grand, broad spectrum of characters, interweaving storylines, some life drama, a few bad guys trying rain on the parade, and most importantly faith. Not just your dusty Bible sitting on the shelf faith. Real tangible, attainable faith. Mandi doesn’t shy away from hard topics or the guilt, pain, and regret that results from them. She also takes a bold stance on how faith is forgiving and redeeming. A faith that is found in and on Jesus. Great series! If you like clean swoony romance with lots of characters and real life stories then you’ll love this.
3.5 ⭐️ Having read the Blackwater Ranch series by Mandi Blake, I was SO excited to begin this new one. Jameson was a part of the Blackwater books, so he was not a stranger —especially in book six which was probably my favorite!
Just like in the preceding series, the author did a fantastic job of making the reader feel at home on Wolf Creek Ranch. The characters are well developed/relatable and you leave feeling like you’ve made friends. Ava’s grandpa was a favorite for sure and reminds me of my own grandfather ❤️
Jamison has had some tough stuff to overcome (it’s mentioned in Redeeming the cowboy and here also) and Ava is no different. I love the themes of redemption and forgiveness woven through this story. Sin always hurts more than just the offender, but Jesus offers hope…
There are some more mature themes and parts that I would not recommend it for teenage readers.
Reason for 3 star instead of 4: I skimmed most of the kissing explanation paragraphs as I felt it a bit over the top sometimes. But there was so many other sweet moments and the love story was sweet.
I was so grateful to receive an ARC of this book and truly enjoyed it! I look forward to reading Blake and Everlys story when it comes out.
Ava's memories of her long-ago visit to her grandfather's ranch are very sweet - until the ending where she was torn away from the man she's never forgotten. Since then, though, her mother has kept her busy right under her thumb. When her grandfather calls asking her to visit and help out for a while following a stroke, she drops everything and goes. But she never expected to find Jameson still there, and now foreman. They both still feel the attraction, but her life is back in the city - isn't it? Should she decide to move, she'll have to face her mother's wrath... When long-buried secrets begin to surface, Ava must decide who to believe and what she wants her own life to look like.
The start of a new series! I'd have to say that after such a start, I'm looking forward to seeing who else on the ranch is going to find their happily ever after in this series. In the meanwhile, though, this was an enjoyable read, as long as you can largely ignore Ava's dictatorial mother... It was good watching Ava gradually find her feet and her way in life, as well as seeing her and Jameson get back together again. I also enjoyed getting to know the various other inhabitants of the ranch, and look forward to seeing more of them in future. A good read.
Note that I received a review copy of the book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.
This is the first book I’ve read by Mandi Blake but it won’t be my last! Ava & Jameson make a sweet couple. Ava is lost and trying to find her way. Jameson is strong and a born leader. I really like his character. There are some surprising twists and turns but I love how it all came together!
Mandi's Blackwater Ranch series is one of my favorites of all time, and when I found out she writing a sort of "spin off" series from it, I couldn't wait! Jameson was a character that intrigued me right from his first introduction at the start of the Blackwater Ranch books, so this book was extra anticipated for me, as I couldn't wait to see him get his own story.
I've developed pretty high expectations over the years when it comes to Mandi Blake's book releases, and I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm never disappointed. I honestly wish more and more authors would write straight from the heart the way she does, and I love how every single one of her books has felt like I could personally connect with it.
Truth is a Whisper is the first title in her brand new Wolfcreek Ranch series, and while it's definitely different than anything she's done before, it's already a new favorite for me. Jameson and Ava's relationship has started off with nothing but obstacles as the two of them meet when Ava meets her grandfather for the first time at her grandmother's funeral, having never known the two of them before due to her mother's estrangement. Jameson works for her grandfather, and the two fall quickly for each other, but of her course her mother forbids it and they're not sure if they'll ever find their way back to each other.
When Ava returns to the ranch a few years later, she's surprised that Jameson is still working for her grandfather, and even more surprised that he seems to still want a relationship with her. As Ava tries to navigate the big changes in her life, she must come to terms with what caused the separation between her grandfather and mother in the first place, and must deal with the shocking events that come as a result.
From start to finish, this beautifully written Christian romance was one I could barely bring myself to put down, and wow I never wanted it to end. It made me both ugly cry, and laugh out loud, and I loved how realistic Ava's journey to find Jesus was. This book was pretty much everything I was hoping for and more, and I'm so excited to read more books in the series in the future as I literally loved the large cast of secondary characters, and I can't wait to see each of them play a bigger part in future stories.
If you haven't yet read one of Mandi's many amazing books, Truth is a Whisper is a great one to start with, and definitely reads both authentically and realistically, and is a heartwarming romance that I can't possibly recommend enough.
Final Rating: 5/5.
Definitely go ahead and check this one out!
I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary advance reader copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This new series is a clean, Christian romance that centers around Ava Summers and Jameson Ford. These two met six years ago when Ava’s grandmother passed away and she and her mom visited Wolf Creek Ranch. A place that her domineering mother had left behind years ago and never returned to. For Ava, it was the place she fell in love and felt happy . As much as Jameson wanted Ava to stay, he had nothing to offer , and her mother’s psychological abuse, won over. When Ava’s grandfather calls her for help, she chooses to go against her mother’s wishes, and leaves Denver . From the moment Ava and Jameson meet again, it felt like they might have a chance this time around. But what happens when Ava’s mother threatens her livelihood? What happens when secrets are revealed? Will Ava choose Jameson , her grandfather, the Wolf Creek Ranch , as well as her happiness, or will her mother destroy any hope of happiness? While the story was engaging, it’s also a reminder that one’s childhood does in fact affect the person once they become an adult. Old hurts and feelings of inadequacy are hard to overcome. But with faith, love and hope, these negative feelings can be overcome. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars _____________________________________ Story Notes
This new series start is a wonderful read about being brave, embracing love and forgiving those who have hurt you deeply.
Ava was so unconsciously broken by her mother’s demanding treatment of her that she didn’t even believe she was lovable anymore. Mandi did such a great job of conveying Ava’s pain and longing without making her whiny or annoying at all. I honestly felt like I needed to jump into the story and give her mother what-for. Thankfully, Jameson was there to do it for me 😍 And when she finally gets brave enough to no longer be bullied….whoa! Look out world! Ava’s ready to make her mark!
Jameson has loved Ava since she came to Wyoming six years ago for her grandmother’s funeral. He’s finally got another chance to win her heart - for good this time, if only Ava will let him. Jameson is such a good guy. He’s responsible, smart, kind and he teaches Ava that she can decide what life can be when she’s ready for it. He never makes her feel small nor is he disrespectful to her overbearing mother. He points her to Jesus to help her see her worth and how much she is loved. Definitely the kind of champion we all need in our lives.
This book had all the things I love in a romance - good characters, no insta-love, good conversations, a little suspense to keep things interesting and a love story that is beautifully swoony. I certainly recommend you put this lovely book on your TBR ASAP and settle in for a story that will leave you cheering. I’m definitely looking forward to where Mandi is going to go next with this series. The teaser epilogue was just enough to get me excited for the next book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Mandi Blake. I am not required by anyone to provide a positive review but am pleased to do so. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
I loved this sweet romance! The Wolf Creek Ranch setting really draws you in as a reader! The close knit group of characters make it easy to invest in the story! I just want to hang out with the ranch workers and be part of the crew…ok, minus the work and the barn smell! Jameson was the perfect steadfast hero! He was kindness and unwavering love personified! I really enjoyed the bold faith themes of forgiveness and redemption that were written into this story. Mandi Blake is somehow able to take a hard to like character and make you root for her change of heart! The last bit of the book was intense and will keep you on your toes with a bit of danger! I really enjoyed this story and cannot wait for the next book in the series! There just might be a teaser at the end of this book and it made me want more!!! Fans of clean contemporary romance will enjoy Truth is a Whisper!
Who doesn't love a good cowboy as a hero!? And Mandi Blake has crafted a wonderfully swoony cowboy in Truth is a Whisper! I mean, he was loyal, dependable, had great work ethic, and just the way he sort of pined over Ava...... yeah all the heart eyes here.
But I think perhaps my favorite part of the entire story was watching Ava come to be her own person. For basically her whole like she seemed to walk in her mother's shadows, doing everything she was told to do. Even in adulthood. For Ava to even go to the ranch at all was a giant leap, and Blake weaved in moments of doubt here and there. But as you continue the story, you just see Ava start to blossom, and start to think about the life God has for her, not her mother. I love seeing this kind of growth in characters - it doesn't always have to be about the romance (although the romance was good!).
Contemporary romance fans are sure to enjoy book one in Mandi Blake's new series. I know I certainly did and cannot wait for what's next! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I don't know, maybe it's me... This is the second 3.5 read I've read lately. Maybe it's not fair for me to be rating these right now, but in this case I'm wondering if it's not more that I'm too close to the subject matter at the time?
I know what it's like to have a narc. parent, in my case it's a step-parent, but still...And maybe that's why parts of this book felt both a little too close to home at times and a bit unbelievable other times? So fair warning, I'm doing my best, but this one's a little harder to give an unbiased review, but I am glad Mandi Blake chose to write this one and that she did write it this way, it's just hard to accept some truths in certain seasons of life, I'll just assume that's the issue here...?
I loved meeting Jameson and Ava in this one! I knew them from later books, but hadn't actually read the earlier books in this series yet, which brings us to why I'm reading this one now. Haha. Interesting timing, but God knows what HE's doing, so everything has a reason and I am choosing to believe the timing of this read isn't random either.
Still, I enjoyed the story overall as well! It's a sweet cowboy romance. City girl falls in love with her family's ranch, a ranch that she was forbidden to enjoy until recently. The romance was clean, although there was kissing and some people might not enjoy some of the kissing and subtle innuendos. There is also a faith element that I enjoyed seeing explored in this story, but it is a Christian book, so for those who aren't fans of that...Well, here's your heads up. It also mentions Christmas, which I tend to avoid (I avoid reading stories that focus on any holiday, not just this one.) but I was actually somewhat surprised how it was handled in this one!
I also loved seeing this new side of Mr. Chambers! I'd seen him in books #4 & #5 so far, but this was a new side and I loved seeing him slowly open up and grow in this one! Likewise, Paul provided some fun surprises of his own! I loved seeing both men interact with the younger men and women around the ranch. I love a good older mentor/parent who teaches the younger generation, and this one was a wonderful example of both types of relationships, both a more parental role (grandfather) and a mentor/skilled worker that others around the ranch look up to.
This was the first book I've read from Mandi Blake and it totally lived up to my expectations. I loved that Mandi weaved her Christian faith into this romance without going overboard and that it had the perfect amount of sweet kisses.
I loved that this was somewhat like a second chance romance of Ava and Jameson being able to meet again and that they were able to pick up where they had left off 6 years before. I loved Jameson and his dedication and protectiveness of Ava. I loved that Ava found courage and a way to stay on her own two feet because she knew Jameson was always behind and supporting her.
This book had such a great romance, but I also loved the secondary story of forgiveness and redemption. I loved that we got to see characters change, grow, and forgive one another.
If you are looking for an uplifting book full of love, a bit of suspense, faith, and just an overall great story give this one a go!
Physical Intimacy: Lvl 1 Sweet Kisses Zero Swearing Christian Aspects Dual POV
After reading this book, the first in a new series, I can’t wait to read the next book! Jameson and Ava’s story is a wonderful journey of self discovery and a sweet, clean romance. They met years before on Ava’s first visit to her grandparents ranch, on the occasion of her grandmother’s funeral. Then, Ava had been devastated by her grandmother’s death, even though she had never been given the chance to meet her. Jameson had been the one person who had given comfort and made her feel special. Their parting had been difficult, heartwrenching and forced by her controlling mother who couldn’t wait to escape back to city and away from the family ranch. Any chance to communicate with other afterwards was thwarted by her mother.
Now, an unexpected call from her grandfather spurs Ava to take time away from her job as her mother’s assistant to visit her grandfather and the ranch again. Learning of his stroke has made her determined to spend time with her grandfather and get to know him before it becomes to late, like it was with her grandmother. Seeing Jameson, now the ranch foreman, again is both unexpected and welcome. Neither has forgotten the other, nor have their hearts. Even the constant needling and harassment from her mother does not lessen Ava’s resolve to spend time with her grandfather and Jameson. For Jameson, his time with Ava is bittersweet since his heart longs for her to stay permanently, but he knows this is just a visit and who knows when she will come again. He is unaware that Ava is undergoing a transformation, coming into her own and discovering that she can be her own person away from her mother. Her decision to learn all about the ranch and it’s operation both surprises and delights Jameson. Their journey towards a happily ever after involves confronting the expectations of her mother, and Ava discovering her faith in God, in others and in herself. Together, Jameson and Ava can weather any storm and overcome any obstacle before them with God’s help and guidance, and the support of their ranch community.
The realistic, well defined and fascinating characters made it easy to immerse myself in this wonderful book. I look forward to reading the next book and others written by this author. I received an ARC of this book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
First of all, cowboy heroes in romance novels are one of my weaknesses. And Jameson definitely delivered. Overall I really enjoyed this story. I had a slightly tough time settling into the groove of the book as I was transitioning over from a few back to back rom com reads, but I'd say that's more on me than the author. Once I got into it, I really started to enjoy it. I was really intrigued by just what the heck was Linda's problem and what secrets she was holding on to so tightly. Well that made for a good reveal! Ava really grew in confidence throughout the book, which was great to see. I also felt like the faith elements blended seamlessly into the rest of the story. I definitely plan to continue on to the rest of the books in the series.
I loved Jameson and Ava's story. I admired Jameson's unwavering love, concern and compassion for Ava, and for others on the ranch, and for the graciousness he extended to Linda who, at the start, I really wanted to dislike because of her meanness to Ava and the trouble she brought to the ranch. I loved Ava's enthusiasm as she blossomed at the ranch and with Jameson. Sweet and inspiring romance. Brilliant series starter. I received an ARC of this book but voluntarily and happily leave this review.
Ava and Jameson are adorable. Even though they spent years apart, Jameson becomes undone when she shows up again. And Ava grew so much living with her grandpa. She just blossomed.
At first, I thought this book would mostly be about a couple finding each other again. And it did have that. But it was so much about Ava's growth as a person. And not just her. It really took me by surprise the direction Ms Blake took the story. But I loved it!!
This is quite possibly my favorite book by Mandi Blake.
Ava had spent all her life trying to please her mother Linda – an impossible task no matter how much Ava did. Jameson knew how toxic her relationship with her mother was, as his had been no better. Jameson and Ava had had a short relationship many years earlier when she visited her mother’s parents ranch for the funeral of the grandmother she had never met. Now Ava is trapped in a job she didn’t like, having never finished college and is now her mum’s assistant (read slave) at the TV station. When Ava gets a phone call from her grandfather telling her he was recovering from a stroke and asking her to visit, Ava takes a week’s leave and much to her mother’s fury, goes back to the ranch she had only visited once before, not knowing Jameson was now foreman. What I liked about this book was the realness of the characters, Ava was torn between what she wanted and what her mother wanted – leaving an abusive and manipulative relationship is never easy, and trusting others can be hard. Jameson too had his self doubts from his upbringing, but his Christian faith was strong as was his work ethic and desire to help others. Being a longer book, this story had depth, it wasn’t a quick ‘fall in love and live happily ever after’, Ava had to work through her fears and learn to trust those around her – and their God. I loved the storyline, the characters and the setting. I received an ARC but this review is my own.
Ava was lost, stuck in a situation working with her controlling mother, not really happy. The call from her grandfather that she barely knew gives her a reason to escape to Wolfe Creek Ranch and discover a life she never knew she wanted with a man who only wants her happiness. But she's torn between duty to a mother and herself. Even though Jameson is young he has a take charge hardworking way about that makes it easy to see why he became foreman. He has a week to convince Ava to stay this time. I had a bad feeling about Dane from the beginning, who provides suspense to the story. Reading this book made me realize how much I would love to vacation on a ranch someday, riding the horses, going on trails, and spending time with people who welcome you.
I'm really enjoying this series and the characters. I loved Cort and Elle's story. A great second chance romance that captivated me from the beginning. These two were made for each. I look forward to more books in the series.
Mandi Blake did a fabulous job writing this book. Jameson and Ava story. Along with all the other characters at the ranch. There was a twist or challenge around each corner. The hard fought relationships of Ava and those she loves and how they change and grow; shows real character development. A good clean read for teens and adults. I’m looking forward to reading Blake and Everly story.
This was an interesting story and I enjoyed it very much. Ava went to Wyoming to visit her grandfather. Jameson was there on her first trip to see grandfather and they had formed a real like for each other.
A sweet, slower read. They fell in love, but she went home. Years later she comes back to care for her grandfather, but she only has one week there before returning to her life unless Jameson (and the Lord) can show her another future.
Jameson and Ava met what seems like a lifetime ago. What has happened in those six years?? If Ava can escape from her mother and live the life she's wanted forever maybe they can make it. A wonderful read!!!
This is my first time reading something by Ms. Blake, so I didn't have any specific expectations going into it. It is the first installment of the Wolf Creek Ranch series, and what a wonderful start it is! I found this to be a very sweet and clean Christian-based romance, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Ms. Blake does a really nice job with her descriptions making you feel as if you are in Wolf Creek Ranch yourself. She really brings the story and characters to life with her wonderful storytelling. This is a beautifully written story of forgiveness and redemption. Both Ava and Jamison had an instant attraction to each other when they first met six years ago. Now that she is back, they both have some challenges to overcome before they can reach their path of happiness. This was such an easy story to get engrossed in and I had a difficult time putting it down. I am really glad to have had the opportunity to read it and I am anxiously awaiting the next book!
I received a complimentary copy from the author and am voluntarily providing my review.
5 stars for Ms. Blake's Christian romance with just the right touch of drama to make it really gripping. I became so intrigued in the story of Jameson and Ava that I couldn't put the book down. I'm glad there are several books in this series because I can't wait to read more about the families and friends of Wolf Creek Ranch!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all of the characters involved. The whole concept of the book spoke to my heart and I think it will speak to the heart of others. I love a good faith and family based book and this was did not disappoint. I am not one to reveal details of the book because I think you need to read it and find out for yourself. I highly recommend this book.
I’ve enjoyed Mandi Blake’s books before and this one didn’t let me down. She takes lost, broken people and points them to God’s unshakable love. The different levels of this story kept me on my toes. Looking forward to getting to know the other residents of Wolf Creek Ranch.
Ava was Jameson's first love. Jameson met Ava when she and her mother came for her grandmother's funeral when Ava was finishing high school. When he came up on her crying, overwhelmed with the grief of losing a grandmother she had never met, he couldn't help trying to comfort her. He was smitten from then on. Ava's mother was awful and mean and manipulative and she whisked Ava away and Jameson was sure he would never see her again.
Now, it is six years later and she appears at the Wolf Creek Ranch again to help her grandfather. Jameson is now the foreman for the ranch and has grown up and he still wants Ava but he isn't sure he deserves her or if she will want him. The more time they spend together, the more they begin to see that they belong together. There are almost insurmountable odds against them, though, the least of which is Ava's mother.
There is suspense, family drama, romance and swoon worthy moments in this story. It is a clean, wholesome read with substance but no sex or foul language to distract from the story. I can't wait to read the next one in the series since there was a little taste of it at the end of this story to whet your appetite.
I was given an arc copy of this book and I willingly offer my honest review.
I was reading some of the reviews before I was able to start this book due to being sick, I almost felt lost and wondered if I would be able to follow along since the author's previous series was mentioned so much. However - "New/old" friends at Wolf Creek Ranch. Some who need/find redemption and forgiveness. Ava with her task master mother Linda, which makes us so much more grateful for Grandpa needing help, (just not the reason he needs the help).