I’m so excited! Today is a very special one. I would like for you to help me celebrate the release of The Daddy List by DeWanna Pace. This is the first Love Inspired Historical by DeWanna, who passed away unexpectedly on November 19th before she saw her 19th novel on the shelves. For the last thirty-five years, DeWanna was a writer and teacher in our writing community and everyone clamored to get a critique from this beloved lady.
You may remember DeWanna a one of the Ladies of the West who wrote six Kensington western historical anthologies with Linda Broday, Jodi Thomas, and me.
This book is so funny. A little girl who is desperate for a daddy decides to start interviewing candidates. She takes bank patrons hostage in an attempt to do just that. Only she gets them and herself caught up in a bank robbery. When the smoke clears, one man, Bass Parker, has suffered a bullet wound. In an effort to make amends, the child’s mother, Daisy Trumbo, takes Bass to her house to recuperate. Only she discovers he’s to blame for her husband’s death.
This is a story of forgiveness, trusting your heart and taking a chance on love.
Here is our review and tribute to our friend and fellow critiquer, who helped us through more books than we can count.
“The Daddy List is truly DeWanna Pace’s crowning jewel. She was at her very best in this story. Her wit shines through along with the depth of her gentle heart and is reflected in Daisy’s and Bass’s tender love story. Their love develops slowly as they find the courage to let go of the past and learn to trust again and the final result is a forever kind of love. So many rich, endearing characters. Daisy’s daughter, Ollie, is such a pistol as she searches for a “Daddy.”
DeWanna perfectly captures the child’s unique way of putting things and we never knew what that little girl was going to do or say next. Then there’s Daisy’s brothers-in-law who kept us in stitches, especially Max Trumbo.
If you’re looking for a story that will delight and entertain, this is the book for you. We fully recommend it.”
Now here is an unedited excerpt:
Keeping this promise would wear her out before it was all over with, but keep it Daisy Trumbo would. Long strides hurried her down the planked sidewalk that led from the mercantile where she’d been stocking up on supplies. According to a handful of outraged citizens, her seven-year-old daughter was apparently over at the bank holding several men hostage with a gun.
Daisy had agreed to consider every man her child chose to interview in the quest to gain a new father, but holding them prisoner until each passed or failed inspection was simply taking this too far.
Where in the wild stretch of Texas had Ollie gotten her hands on a gun?
The book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble (both online and in bookstores, and many more places.
In honor of DeWanna’s 19th release, I am giving away The Daddy List (your choice of eBook or paperback) to one person leaving a comment!