A Man To Hold On To (Tallgrass, #2) by Marilyn Pappano

A Man To Hold On To (Tallgrass, #2)

A Tallgrass NovelA MAN TO HOLD ON TOTherese Matheson doesn't know if she'll ever get over losing her husband in Afghanistan. Surviving Paul's death has been hard, but raising his sullen son and his thirteen-going-on-thirty daughter alone has been even harder. All they need is a fresh start, and Tallgrass, Oklahoma, could be the perfect new beginning . . . especially when Therese meets Sergeant Keegan Logan. The sexy combat medic and single dad so...

Details A Man To Hold On To (Tallgrass, #2)

TitleA Man To Hold On To (Tallgrass, #2)
Release DateFeb 25th, 2014
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, War, Military Fiction, Fiction

Reviews A Man To Hold On To (Tallgrass, #2)

  • Jultri
    This was a surprisingly enjoyable audiobook with some moving moments. Therese's husband (Paul) passed away in Afghanistan 3 years earlier, and she is left raising his 2 sullen and highly challenging children, as their flighty biological mother is unwilling to take on the responsibility. She's at the stage where she is ready to throw in the towel and give the children up as she struggles to connect especially with the angry and hostile 13 year old...
  • Ian
    After mariah's mother abandons her, she is placed in the care of Keegan who was named as father on the birth certificate. But Keegan knows all too well that Mariah was conceived after his girlfriend was unfaithful...and he knows who the father is. Therese has had her share of hardships. First Abby and Jacob, the children of her husband Paul's previous marriage came to live with them. Then Paul was killed in Afghanistan, and now her two step-child...
  • Susan
    Good book with a very realistic feel to it. Therese is a member of the Tuesday Night Margarita Club, also known as the Fort Murphy Widows Club. Like her friends, her husband was killed in Afghanistan, and she is left to pick up the pieces. In her case, she also has custody of his two children, a sullen eleven year old boy and a bratty thirteen year old girl. In the first book, A Hero to Come Home To, there were glimpses of what she has been going...
  • Sonya Heaney
    Originally posted HERE .Really 2.5 stars. Why would any woman agree to raise the illegitimate daughter from her dead husband’s affair when she was already saddled with two legitimate children from his previous marriage? After I requested this book for review I checked out some early reviews and got worried.It seemed A Man to Hold on To was a story than leaned very heavily on religion, something that was more inspirational women’s fiction tha...
  • Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
    Tallgrass has quickly become one of my favorite series. I'm addicted and I'm not so patiently waiting for the other Margarita girls to get their HEAs.While I loved this story I had some HUGE issues about 2 things that happened and because of those things that love was a little tarnished for this book. 1. When Abby slapped Therese in the face. I didn't like Abby's treatment of Therese up until this point but I did understand why she acted out. But...
  • Sharon Redfern
    Therese Matheson has had a very rough couple of years. Her husband died in Afghanistan and she has been raising his two children, Abby and Jake since then. Therese has conflicted feelings about the pre-teens because they have ranged from indifferent to downright hostile to her. Therese doesn't want to force them back to their unwilling mother but she is nearing the end of her rope.Enter Keegan Logan, who comes and tells her he was a friend of her...
  • Christie
    A Man to Hold on To is the second book in Marilyn Pappano's Tallgrass series. I haven't read the first yet and had no difficulty or confusion while reading this one. As a military wife of 13+ years you would think I would want to read about something besides cute men in uniforms and life on base, but that isn't the case. With that said, rarely do I pick up a novel that actually does this life I love (and sometimes loathe) justice. Most books are ...
  • Shirley Wine
    Another great readI really enjoy Marilyn Pappano's books, her Tallgrass novels display the depth and compassion of the human spirit. In this loosely bound series Army widows find friendship and companionship as they deal with the tragedy and reality of their men going to war and never returning. Pappano has a real gift for delving into her character's psyche and finding their inner strengths, their frailties and their vulnerabilities. When army A...
  • Tabs
    **Note: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**This is the second novel in a series that features Army widows in Tallgrass, Oklahoma who find second chances at love. So far, I've read both Tallgrass books and a bonus novella from a Christmas anthology. I liked all three. Even though sweet contemporaries aren't usually in my wheelhouse, I found myself really connecting emotionally with th...
  • sue
    I was lucky to be be granted this book to read and review for my honest opinion by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) Via Net Galley, I am oh so glad they did as I thoroughly enjoyed it.I had to remember in parts this is fiction though, as I found it hard to see how a women could take in the children from his previous marriages and then one from his affair.I later understood it as it was Bible based and of course.....forgiveness is the key. I am ...
  • Terri
    I really enjoyed this book--my first by Marilyn Pappano. Therese is a windowed military wife who has been left to raise her two rather difficult step-children. She gets support from a military widows group she belongs to, but is still contemplating giving up the children. Keegan is a military man who was left a little girl that's not even his daughter.He leaves the little girl with his mother while he goes to find the girl's real father, Therese'...
  • Kathryn
    Another interesting book in this series about women who have lost their husbands in war. I really like the way Therese hangs in there with her two step children and understands what they are experiencing, inspite of their not so friendly behaviour.
  • Ellen Thielen
    This series focuses on a widow's club close to an army base. A soldier raising his girlfriend's small child connects with a widow raising her teenage stepchildren.
  • Maggie Shanley
    This one was rather far-fetched but got better towards the end. Keegan Logan is trying to find a new home for his "step-daughter", Therese is raising her step-kids, but not happily. The kids are soon intertwined and Therese and Keegan are figuring out what makes a family.
  • Kathy
    4.5 stars.After reading A Man to Hold on To I am officially hooked on Marilyn Pappano's delightfully heartwarming Tallgrass series. In this latest installment centered around a close-knit group of war widows, Therese Matheson and Keegan Logan are facing difficult decisions about the children unexpectedly left in their care. Three years after her husband Paul's death in Afghanistan, Therese is struggling to build a healthy relationship with her tw...
  • Paula
    Enjoyed Therese and Keegan's f...k up story. Can't wait to have update from the next book
  • Debbie Hodge
    Who is your family? The title question is a major theme of this second book in Marilyn Pappano's Tallgrass series. You find yourself identifying in some way with each character in A Man To Hold On To. The hero and heroine, and their children/stepchildren are all struggling to find their way through secrets, grief, guilt and betrayal. Of course, there are struggles along the way yet, in the end, final decisions are based on love, faith and commitm...
  • Ashley Gibson
    I received this ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) for free through Goodreads First Reads!Therese Matheson is a grieving widow taking care of her husbands children and they are not making it easy on her. Therese meets Sergeant Keegan Logan (a combat medic and single dad) awakening a desire in her she thought long gone. Keegan always wanted to be a father someday, however someday comes sooner than he planned when his ex-girlfriend disappears leaving her ...
  • Paige Norman
    ***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS***This is the 2nd book I've read by Marilyn Pappano and I thoroughly enjoyed this was as much as the first. I loved this book for so many reasons, but the main reason was the female character, Therese, was completely relatable to me. She's a step-mother who's raising her husband's children after he's died. She's dealing with an ex-wife who really isn't as interested in her own children as she should be. She's dealing with ...
  • Karen
    This is book #2 in the Tallgrass series, the military wives and widows and the problems they go through in life. While a couple of other threads are running through the story, this story mostly deals with Therese and her step-children.I thought Therese was a doormat when I read the first book. Her step-daughter is 13 and a hateful handful while her step-son is starting to slowly come around. Therese teaches school and has a gentle touch with kids...
  • Annie
    Therese Matheson’s military husband is dead and has left her to raise her two step children by herself. Something she isn’t sure she wants to do. They are both a handful but that stepdaughter would make a nun swear! Keegan Logan (also in the military) is left with a two year old after his girlfriend takes off and abandons her child. His goal is to find little Mariah’s father and return the little girl to her new family. Turns out her father...
  • Darcy
    This one wasn't the happy romance I expected, instead it was more melancholy. I felt for Therese as she struggled with what to do with Abby. I hated that for her own mental health she was considering that Abby needed to go. I hate to admit it, but I thought Therese was heading in the right direction. Abby was a bitch to Therese, even as Therese kept turning the other cheek. But there is only so long you can do that before breaking.Keegan was an i...
  • Joy
    I received this advanced readers edition from a Goodreads give away.I read this book in one day. Okay I had insomnia but I could have gone to another book but I stayed with this one. I found Therese’s dilemma very real. It’s hard enough to keep a snarky teenage girl when they are your own, much less someone else’s. Keegan seemed like a great guy, almost too good to be true, but they might be out there. I also like the side characters. Might...
  • Sue
    In A Man To Hold On To by Marilyn Pappano, Therese is still struggling 3 years after her husband died in Afghanistan. He was the love of her life and now she is raising his son and daughter, not an easy or enjoyable task. She feels like she’s just barely making it day by day. None of them are happy, and Therese is feeling the stress of her living situation. Her saving grace are her friend’s in the Tuesday night margarita club. They know her, ...
  • Julie Mink
    This is the second book in the Tallgrass Series. The series follows the lives of theTuesday Night Margarita Club, also known in the Tallgrass community as The Widow's Club. Tallgrass, Oklahoma is the home of Ft. Murphy and the widow's of a group of solders who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.They are all struggling to rebuild their lives and go forward and the love and friendship of the others help keep them going.They meet every Tuesday...
  • Elizabeth
    Reviewed for NetGalley - I mostly enjoyed this book. In fact, the teaser chapter for this book was the whole reason I read the first book, and waited for this one eagerly. I liked a lot about this book, particularly the romance between the main characters. I thought their dates were adorable and even though they seemed to fall for each other super quick (which kind of seems like a theme in this series so far) I believed they were falling for each...
  • Jenn O'Brien
    An excellent follow-up to the first book in this series first-rate storytelling, with multidimensional, interesting characters.Readers were introduced to these army families in the first book, which focused on one of the relationships. The second book expands upon these characters, again with the same formula of emphasizing one relationship. It is easy to see where the third book is going to go.Yes, it is formulaic and there are no surprises; th...
  • Kat
    a widow is raising her husbands 2 kids from his first wife. he had a affair before he was deployed and it resulted in a little girl. but the mother didnt want her and listed some other man as her father on the birth certificate so when she abandoned her at daycare they gave the girl to him. he didnt know the real father was dead, showed up at his house to give the girl to him to find his widow had enough problems with his 2 kids and x wife that d...
  • Janeiowa
    Ms Pappano writes a very powerful story of love, acceptance and betrayal by those who should love their spouses and children unconditionally.This is the story of Therese Matheson, her stepchildren who are unwanted by their mother and Keegan Logan who comes to see Therese's late husband, Major Paul Matheson, not knowing he died in Afghanistan...leaving behinfpd a child from a one night stand with Keegan's girlfriend while Keegan was in Afghanistan...
  • Karen Grage
    I really enjoyed this one. We were introduced to Therese in the first book and learned a lot about the isssues she had raising the two children from her husband's first marriage. Keegan came into her life in this book and their relationship built naturally. Everyone reacted how you would expect to issues that came up and both Therese and Keegan grew. Very well written and I'm looking forward to the third installment in this series.** I received t...