This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Father’s Second Chance
Love Inspired (July 21, 2015)
Mindy Obenhaus

A Word from the Author: To steal a line from Donny and Marie, I’m a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll. I’m trapped in the city, but prefer the country or the mountains.

I love Jesus, my family, and just about anything sweet.

I believe Jesus died for my sins, rose three days later, and will one day return. He has carried me through some of my darkest hours. Without faith in Him, I would be nowhere.

I have a penchant for chocolate, clothes, and shoes. When I’m not penning romance novels, I enjoy cooking, decorating and shopping.


Businesswoman Celeste Thompson has one goal: to make her restaurant and hotel a success. She doesn’t need any distractions, even from handsome contractor Gage Purcell and his two adorable little girls. Besides, single dad Gage is just biding his time before a big job at the mines comes through. But as Celeste’s project springs to life, their arguments transform into attraction. Gage isn’t looking for romance, especially not with another career-driven woman like his ex-wife. But openhearted Celeste is more than just another work-consumed client. She might just be his happily-ever-after.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Father’s Second Chance, go HERE.



Despite the fact that many look down on mass market paperbacks such as the Love Inspired novels, I’ll admit that I have a weakness for them. Where else can you find an authentic love  story that is pared down to fit the shorter format which usually results in very little fluff. Over the years I have also witnessed what I think is a marked increase in quality of these books.

A Father’s Second Chance is just such a story. Both heroine Celeste and hero Gage have returned to Ouray, Colorado for different reasons. Celeste is determined to make a success of her grandmother’s diner and everything indicates that she will succeed. Gage has returned home so his mother can help with his two motherless daughters and hopes to find work in one of the local mining companies. As can be expected, the pair’s first encounter is just less than cordial but as they are forced to spend time together while Gage renovates her building, each of them learns that first impressions are not always correct.

I thoroughly enjoyed A Father’s Second Chance with its strong characters, straightforward plot, bits of humor, endearing children, some tension filled plot twists, and of course, romance. It also does not hurt that it delivers a strong message of faith and forgiveness.