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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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*

A Bouquet of Love

Thompson, Janice. A Bouquet of Love (Vol 4): Weddings by Design. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
bouquetLanding a new job at Galveston Island floral shop, Cassia Pappas doesn’t have time to help her Greek family with the new restaurant they’ve just opened on the Strand. Torn between options, Cassia doesn’t expect to fall in love at the most inopportune time either. To make matters worse, her father has decided to steal customers from Parma John’s which is run by the town’s favorite family. Will Cassia succeed in her career? Will she follow her heart or her head? Can pizza, flowers and Greek food ever co-exist peacefully?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Full of total nuttiness, a bit of insanity, faith and even romance, A Bouquet of Love is fun, well written, delicious and sheer zaniness. Being the fourth book in the Weddings by Design series, as a new reader to this author as well as this series, I did not have any trouble enjoying it. Though I may have missed some references to previous characters, I was oblivious to it and it did not detract from my understanding though I do plan on reading the entire series (perhaps backwards at this point to stick with the wacky theme)! Writing this story during a particularly hard time in her life, Janice Thompson did an excellent job…God must have given her just the words she needed for this romantic comedy!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Bouquet of Love from Revell Publishing for my honest review*