A Stolen Heart

Cabot, Amanda. A Stolen Heart: Cimarron Creek Trilogy- Book 1. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
Traveling from the North to meet and marry her intended in the South, Lydia Crawford is surprised to find her fiancĂ© gone…not just gone, but leaving a pregnant wife in his place. Between secrets and trials, faith and hurt, memories and love, Lydia finds the quaint town of Cimarron Creek in the Texas Hill Country may not be as unfriendly as she first suspected. Learning to forgive while finding happiness in unexpected places, A Stolen Heart is full of adventure, mystery, and love…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Drawn to the delightful cover by a favorite author of mine, Amanda Cabot begins her new Cimarron Creek Trilogy series in a sweet albeit fussy manner. Truly liking the storyline fused with enjoyable characters, this novel surely met my expectations. Easy yet complete, a perfect read for a spring vacation, to fill an Easter basket or share with a friend, A Stolen Heart sets the stage for the next book in the series due out later this year which I intend to read.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Stolen Heart from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

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In Firefly Valley

Cabot, Amanda. In Firefly Valley: Texas Crossroads Bk 2. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
fireflyvalleyMuch to her chagrin, Marisa St. George finds herself without a job, requiring her to move back home to a rural town in Texas. Daughter of the cook at Rainbow’s End resort, Marisa accepts the position as business manager temporarily. Without many fond memories of the town and some difficult issues she must address, Marisa surprises herself when she meets the long-term resort guest, Blake Kendall. As a struggling writer, Blake also has hurdles to overcome which just may include winning Marisa’s heart…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having read and enjoyed the first book in the Texas Crossroads series, At Bluebonnet Lake, I was excited to read the next book. I found this contemporary romance to move slowly yet in a calming manner with several characters revisited from the first novel. Having learned my lesson with the first book- not to judge a book by the cover- I again was not a fan of the cover yet the story within was worth the chance. With the third book out in Spring of 2016, On Lone Star Trail, I will definitely look for it. Perhaps the most inspiring aspect though is the author, Amanda Cabot, who followed her dream of writing and now is living it.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of In Firefly Valley from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

At Bluebonnet Lake

Cabot, Amanda. At Bluebonnet Lake: Texas Crossroads series. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
blueHigh-powered and fast-paced Kate Sherwood can barely slow down her life enough to accept her widowed grandmother’s invite to join her at Rainbow’s End, a resort her grandparents spent a vacation at over fifty years ago. Though changed, the resort still has potential especially when it comes to offering experiences to guests. Perhaps a late-life romance, maybe a slowed-down love interest, and perchance a young lady helping her mom find happiness again…all at Bluebonnet Lake!

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a reader who judges a book by the cover, I am glad I pursued this novel after not finding the cover particularly alluring. As a contemporary Christian romance though, I surprisingly enjoyed it albeit that is not usually my chosen genre. Quite feasibly though, I believe the reason I was drawn into the storyline had to do with the writing style of Amanda Cabot, an author I have not yet read (hard to believe, I know). With a good dose of faith, quite a bit of romance, a few surprises, and the promise of a sequel, I must admit I will return to Bluebonnet Lake, in the heart of Texas.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of At Bluebonnet Lake from Revell for my honest review*