I have previously read Amanda Cabot's historical romance series, so I was interested to see what she did with a contemporary romance. I loved it. There was humour, particularly in the form of sweet old grandma, reliving a wonderful week spent at Bluebonnet Lake with her deceased husband, fifty years ago! She revisits the Rainbow's End resort with her granddaughter, Kate Sherwood, who has trouble facing life in the country, after success in her fast-paced city life. Grandma and Rainbow's End are both a little worse for wear, keeping handyman Greg Vange busy keeping up with them. Romance sparks like fireflies around the lake, but you'll have to read for yourself how things work out. You wont regret it.
This is the first in the Texas Crossroads series, what a great place to start.
Advertising executive Kate Sherwood has promised her grandmother, Sally, that she will take her to Rainbows End resort in the Texas Hill Country. She is not prepared for the run down resort. It is not exactly what Sally described nor what it is advertised as. Yet, she has promised her grandmother a month here at this resort so she will make the best of it. When she sees Greg Vange she mistakes him for the handyman. She quickly learns her mistake and that is when the sparks fly. Not only is Kate in for a surprise but so is Sally. Kate must make decisions about her future that she is not sure she is ready to make. What is it that will truly make her happy?
Greg Vange is not sure why God has led him to Rainbows End but he knows he is here for a reason. When Kate Sherwood steps into his life he is not sure where it will lead, if anywhere. Greg has some issues he needs to figure out for himself and find exactly where God is leading.
The slow paced town is not what either Greg or Kate are used to yet it has a homey feel. I love the lessons learned by both Greg and Kate and I also enjoyed Sally and her chance at love. This is almost like two romance novels in one.
I was given a copy of this book from neutrally for my honest opinion.
This contemporary romance is set in Texas hill country, where wildflowers bloom, at a rundown resort called Rainbows End. Actually, two love stories emerge from the trip Kate, a New York advertising whiz, takes with her widowed grandmother, Sally, who had longed to revisit this special place shed loved long ago. The story is slow-paced like the setting, and the author seems to use too much telling and repetitive introspection, but the characters are alive and make the reader care about their lives. Not only do the main characters grow, but their self-understanding and relationships mature too. Things may tie up more sweetly than in reality, but isnt that why we read novels?
The first novel in Amanda Cabot's Texas Crossroads is so warm and inviting to the reader to come in and enjoy. The setting itself got my imagination soaring! What's not to love about a remote resort near a pristine lake? Does it matter that the closest town is becoming more of a ghost town than thriving metropolis?Kate has more than enough flaws to make her unlikeable, but her love and devotion to her grandmother definitely make up for it! And by the end of the novel she has made a transformation that is true to life. I love the resort, and am thrilled how it becomes a character. Well written, characters that grow in maturity, a setting that draws you. Vivid imagery brings life to this story and I visualized the resort both as it had been and how it was and could be. A series that I will be looking forward to continuing.
Thank you to Tim at Graf-Martin Communications and Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this novel. I was given this book free in exchange for writing an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own
I hate to say it but I did not enjoy this book. It is in a word, boring. Very. With just as much cheese thrown in for good measure. This was so disappointing. I am a fan of Amanda Cabot's historical fiction, especially her Texas Dreams series. I don't mind a light, fluffy read once in a while, but this was over the top with the cheese factor and not much happened to anyone in the course of the story, especially not that you couldn't see coming from the get go.
I couldn't connect to any of the characters. I didn't find them interesting or even very likeable. I found it additionally annoying that this story is told from 3 points of view which just serves to draw it out longer without adding much to it in my mind. I wanted to like this book, I was excited to read it because it was by Amanda Cabot even though the writeup didn't thrill me, but it wasn't worth it. Skip it and find her historical fiction instead.
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