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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This is a wonderful story about finding yourself lost after taking a wrong turn and then making the hard decision to go where the Lord leads, no matter if it seems impossible or not.
Once again Amanda Cabot has fulfilled my expectations by writing (and writing well) a romance that touches the heart and fills the soul with warmth. Her characters are real--with real emotions and real problems--and her story line keeps you wondering what's going to happen to these people you have grown to love and care for.
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In reading At Bluebonnet Lake, it made me really yearn for a vacation. One of those stress-free, no obligations, relaxing vacations where your days are filled with doing all the fun things one enjoys. Much of my holidays this year have been jam-packed with business (had four weddings within my close family and friends circle three of them were spread out over six weeks!), so I jumped at the chance to have a mini mind vacation by joining Kate Sherwood and her grandmother on their trip to Rainbows End.
At Bluebonnet Lake is many things. It is a touching story about the strong relationship Kate shares with her grandmother; a sweet romance (the fireworks between Kate and Greg and their fun dates were so cute!); and a little knock on the head about being too consumed with ones career. Im starting to sound like a broken record on this subject (all the novels that are coming out now appear to have the same theme!), but career ambitions are a great thing, except when they overtake our lives and affect our relationships with those dearest to us. And for Kate, her career ambitions could also mean missing out on a chance at true love.
All in all, I really enjoyed my trip into the town of Bluebonnet Lake. It was refreshing and completely satisfying - so much so that Ill be keeping an eye out for the next instalment in the series!
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