"The Promise of Forgiveness" by Marin Thomas is the story of Ruby Baxter and her heritage. Ruby's family is what some might say is white trash; others would say working poor with an incredibly colorful streak. Ruby discovers she has been adopted at the age of 31 when her biological father send a letter to her lawyer about an inheritance. Her father's days are numbered and he wants to leave her with his ranch. Ruby and her daughter Mia, a chip off the ol' block, hop on a bus and head for Oklahoma leaving behind old boyfriends of the both of them. Ruby has trust issues and she is teaching them to Mia. Upon arrival in Oklahoma, she begins to learn about her parents and grandparents, both biological and adopted and not only discovers more about them, but also about herself.
Ruby's character is not a charmer, she has issues to spare, but the reader wants to keep reading, to learn more about her. Thomas doesn't cut any corners with her characters; they are deeply flawed and realistic. This was a really good book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from First to Read.