~Book Review~ “The Friar” by Samantha A. Cole



Adam Westfield is a man who feels he has fallen from grace.  Now that he has served his time for the sin he committed, he begins searching for meaning and purpose in his life since he can never return to the brotherhood he was forced to leave behind.

Sage Hammond is a woman struggling to maintain the ranch she ran with her now deceased husband.  The widowed mother of two is determined to keep the ranch in her family’s name, but is struggling to make ends meet after medical bills forced her to take out a mortgage on the property.

When Adam finds himself on Sage’s land seeking work for meager wages and a place to stay, Sage finds herself reluctantly agreeing to let the handsome stranger stay.  It’s not long, however, before sparks begin to fly between Adam and Sage.  Adam finds himself both falling in love with a woman as well as with her children – two things he never thought he would experience in life.  Sage finds herself ready to let go of her first husband’s memory in the hopes that she can once again find happiness with a man.

Fate, however, does not make this relationship easy.  Misfortune seems to have found Sage’s ranch and she and her children are in danger.  Will Adam be able to keep them safe while discovering the cause of the danger?  Will Sage and Adam be able let go of their pasts to have a chance at a future?  One click to find out!

The Friar was very different from Samantha A. Cole’s typical work, however the story was simply stunning.  The characters feel so real and are very easy to fall in love with.  Adam’s struggles with his past actions are heart breaking at times, and his inner character truly shines the more we discover about that one fateful night.  Sage is a strong and sassy woman determined to preserve her children’s future.  Watching her learn to let go of the memory of one man to have a chance at love with another was beautiful.  I also loved watching Adam fall in love for the first time with not only Sage but her children.  The relationship he forms with her young daughter is truly incredible to see.

The Friar is action packed with a plot that will keep you guessing where the danger to Sage and her family is coming from right up to the end.  It is a well written mix of romance, sassy banter, heart breaking moments and thrills.  Kudos to Samantha A Cole for stepping outside of her box!

5 stars


About the Book:


Adam Westfield gave his heart, mind, body, and soul over to God and entered the Franciscan Brotherhood, but a moment of rage had him breaking his vows and one of the ten commandments. Five years later, he’s released from prison a changed man once again. Unsure of his destiny now, he hits the road, roaming the United States, hoping to find a purpose in life again . . . and forgiveness.

A widowed mother of two, Sage Hammond is doing everything she can to hold onto the horse-breeding ranch that had belonged to her husband’s family for generations, but times are tough and she’s just barely getting by. Unable to find a ranch hand willing to work for meager wages, she thinks all may be lost and she will have to sell. Until a quiet, handsome stranger appears to be an answer to her prayers.

Adam is falling in love for the first time in his life, however, strange things begin to happen at the ranch—things that are putting Sage and her children in danger—and he finds he is willing to sell his soul to protect them. But will it be enough?

A man trying to overcome his past. A woman trying to secure her children’s future. Can they both learn to live in the present and discover that second chances do exist?

***The Friar is a stand alone novel and not related to any of Samantha A. Cole’s current series.

About the Author:

A proud member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Samantha A. Cole is a retired policewoman and former paramedic who is thrilled to add author to her list of exciting careers. She has lived her entire life in the suburbs of New York City and is looking forward to becoming a snow-bird between New York and Florida someday. Her two fur-babies, Jinx and Bella, keep her company and remind their mom to take a break from writing every once in a while to go for a walk, which is the best way to deal with a stubborn case of writer’s block.

An avid reader since childhood, Samantha was often found with a book in hand and sometimes one in each. After being gifted with a stack of romance novels from her grandmother, her love affair with the genre began in her teens. Many years later, she discovered her love for writing stories was just as strong. Taking her life experiences and training, she strives to find the perfect mix of suspense and romance for her readers to enjoy.

While the original planned stories for the Trident Security series have been completed, the seven novels and two novellas have brought many opportunities for Samantha to spread her wings and bring her readers more characters and stories to love. Look for her upcoming Trident Security Omega Team series, Doms of The Covenant Novella series, Blackhawk Security series, and more from the Malone Brothers series, in addition to several stand alone projects.

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