Paper Roses, Texas Dreams Series #1   -     By: Amanda Cabot
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Paper Roses, Texas Dreams Series #1

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Mail-order bride Sarah Dobbs arrives in Texas in 1850, only to learn that her future husband, Austin Canfield, is dead! Seeking refuge with his family, she tries to reconcile herself to an uncertain future. Will Austin's stubborn brother, Clay, spoil her happiness? Or is he the man she was looking for all along? 416 pages, softcover from Revell.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 080073324X
ISBN-13: 9780800733247
Availability: In Stock
Series: Texas Dreams

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The future stretches out in front of Sarah Dobbs like the pure blue Texas sky. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom, Austin Canfield, a man she has never met but whose letters have won her heart from afar. But there is one problem--he has died. And Sarah cannot go back East.

As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin's brother, Clay, struggles with his own muddled plans. Though he dislikes working on the family ranch and longs for a different life, Clay is driven to avenge his brother's death. But something between them is growing and neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit it.

Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep readers into the Hill Country with a tale of love and loss, closed doors and beautiful possibilities that will leave them wanting more.

Author Bio

Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the co-founder of its New Jersey chapter, and an avid traveler. She lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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  1. Margot
    South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Predictable but Surprising!
    April 7, 2014
    Margot
    South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Paper Roses, Texas Dreams Series #1 - eBook.
    I was pleasantly surprised by the first book I've read by Amanda Cabot. It was soothingly predictable, but full of interesting and surprising twists and turns. Like a long journey - you know where you are going when you start out, and you look forward to getting there, but that doesn't stop you from very much enjoying the trip. As well as the romance, there was the mystery and suspense, and just a touch of humor. Sarah was a delightful heroine - wounded but strong, fearful but brave. Clay is a true Texan hero - very hurt by the past, having suffered so many losses, but always the generous gentleman. there is a strong emphasis on God's plan in their lives, and the need to trust Him with our lives and our futures. Most enjoyable!
  2. emily
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 10, 2013
    emily
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Paper Roses, Texas Dreams Series #1 - eBook.
    Sarah Dobbs leaves Philadelphia with her little sister Thea in tow, searching for a new life where her past in unknown. She hopes that life as Austin Canfield's mail-order bride in Ladreville, Texas, will give her the chance to give Thea a place to grow up free from the judgmental attitudes she left in Pennsylvania. However, when she arrives, she finds that Austin has been murdered.

    Clay, Austin's brother, is struggling with the pain of losing his wife and his brother and with the invalid state of his father. He is a doctor at heart and not a rancher, but someone must keep the spread running. Not only that, he is desperate to catch the person responsible for Austin's death. The problem of his brother's bride-to-be is the last thing he wants to deal with.

    This story of love, forgiveness, and faith set in post-Mexican War Texas is written very poignantly. The plot is intriguing and the end is relatively satisfying. Although I did begin to suspect who was responsible for Austin's death, I was still surprised by the revelation of the killer. However, I did feel that the end results were wrapped up too quickly and that the outcome could have been explained further. Maybe Ms. Cabot concludes the story more fully in the next sequel in the series (I haven't read it, but I would like to). But, no matter, this novel is an enjoyable read that does not go overboard into the romantic. More importantly, the Gospel is clearly presented, which is very important to the story.
  3. Mrs T
    Ozark, Mo.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I was very moved by the story plot and all.
    November 22, 2013
    Mrs T
    Ozark, Mo.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Paper Roses, Texas Dreams Series #1 - eBook.
    The story plot was intriguing and interesting. I was especially impressed with the way our Lord was intertwined in the story. I look forward to the following stories within this series.

    Also, not knowing how I really feel about ebooks versus an actual hard cover book in hand, I was pleased CBD offered free ebooks for trials. Thank you CBD.
  4. raurio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Light & Fluffy
    November 13, 2013
    raurio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Paper Roses, Texas Dreams Series #1 - eBook.
    A good book for a light read on a sunny afternoon or a dreary day.
  5. Readermi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Extremely Happy and Blessed
    October 7, 2013
    Readermi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was far and beyond my expectations.

    I have always had an avid interest in mail order brides of yesteryear, so reading books on the subject have been an enjoyable pastime of mine.

    "Paper Roses" was a beautiful story that showed the bringing together of two lives as it should be--through friendship and gradually developing selfless love. Too often, Christian fiction conjures romance through self-centered passion and lust, which is sadly in grave contrast to what Scripture teaches and which only advocates a worldly, carnal mindset. Not so with "Paper Roses".

    In this book you will find a realistic journey of people through the valleys of their lives, adventure, mystery (a true whodunit), friendship, courage, and, yes, romance. A romance that is sweet and enjoyable.

    Rarely do characters come to feel real to me, but these did. Probably because Amanda Cabot wrote from her own experiences. They react as real people would react, and thus this book avoids that all-too-often feeling of ridiculousness that dwells within the pages of many fictions. It was strange, but I had the odd sensation that I could actually meet these people, and it was disappointing to have to recall that this was merely a book.

    If you choose to read this book, you will not only be entertained, but you will also be blessed. You will close the book after the final page with a smile on your lips and a happy, refreshed heart.

    Enjoy!
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