I discovered Amanda Cabot when I read Paper Roses, the first book in this series, and eagerly awaited this sequel. Although Scattered Petals can easily be enjoyed on its own merits, my enjoyment was increased because I felt a kinship to the people of Ladreville, Texas, whom Id grown to love. But this was definitely a new romance centered on two wounded people, both of whom had suffered great tragedy. My heart went out to Priscilla from the beginning, and kind, caring Zach earned my immediate respect when he came to her aid. Life has left them hurting and hungry for love, and yet both feel so undeserving. Cabot has woven an emotional tale sprinkled with snippets of suspense and characters who will stay with me. She does a masterful job dealing with a difficult subject and leaves the reader satisfied with a heartwarming conclusion. I highly recommend Scattered Petals to readers who enjoyed a moving inspirational historical romance. My thanks to Revell for my review copy.
Amanda Cabot writes a commanding story of unspeakable tragedy and loss of hope but also of forgiveness and redemption for her characters who battle private wars of brokenness. Cabots emotional story of the power of selfless love will be remembered long after turning the last page.
Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot is the second book in the Texas Dreams series. Not reading the first of the series didnt hinder my enjoyment of the second. This novel opens with Priscilla Morton heading west via stagecoach, along with her parents. The characters immediately seem real as they experience the trials of the jolting ride. Five pages into the story, their lives are forever changed.Yes, it opens with such a bang I wondered how the author would sustain tension after such a height (or I should say depth, since it was a tragedy). Cabot does not disappoint. She maintains interest and tension throughout the 380 pages. It is hard to set aside.Priscilla struggles with trusting God after He allowed such devastation, but manages to come to terms with her faith and eventually realizes He allows suffering for a purpose. She had sought adventure and surely found it, although in different ways than she dreamed.Readers will enjoy this tale of a proper Bostonian woman finding her true home in rugged Texas in the mid-1800s. Bandits, murder, and conflict between French and German settlers are among the trials dealt with in Scattered Petals. I like the redemptive conclusion, which portrays the way God often works in the lives of His children.
Two people running from a past they long to forget, can love conquer the barriers they have erected around their hearts?While you dont need to have read Paper Roses (the first book in the series) to understand Scattered Petals, I believe you will have a better appreciation for the characters and their town in this second book if you do. Scattered Petals picks up right where Paper Roses left off (only with primarily new characters). Different variables played into this story. From a town that refuses to let two people from different nationalities to marry, to a spoiled young man bent on revenge. And that is just what is going on in the background. The main story plays out on the pages canvas with desperation, guilt, loss, hurt and love.What kept me reading the story (besides wanting to know how everything would come together) is seeing how the author would tie together the secondary characters and bring them into the plot. And customary to Amanda Cabot (what I enjoy about her fiction) are the endings. She always finds a way to ratchet the tension and bring the reader to care about how it concludes.I found Scattered Petals a touching love story, with some suspense.I received this book from the author to be used as an influencer. I received no compensation for my review.
Priscilla is ready for adventure. On her way to Texas with her parents she cant wait to see the ranch her sister wrote about. She is enchanted by the countryside, what she can see of it through the stagecoach window. But Priscilla has yet to see the barren land Patience talked about. Who would suspect that evil lurks along the beautiful rolling hills?Zach is comfortable with life. Hes settled in; to his job as ranch manager and his role as a member of the small town of Ladreville. Though far from perfect the towns-people are a good group and Zach enjoys his frequent visits to town.When tragedy strikes the Morton family a chain of events unfolds that will change lives, challenge faith and bring a hidden past to light. Facing what they must Zach and Priscilla will need more strength than they believe they have. Theyve always known that with God all things are possible. Now they will find out if that is true.Amanda Cabot has written another fast moving story. The characters lives will grip your heart and have you turning pages quickly to find out if they can make it. With Ms. Cabots gifted use of descriptive prose beautiful Texas hill country unfolds. Shes given us a community of characters who challenge us to look at the way we view others. Many thanks, Amanda Cabot, for this compelling story of Gods sustaining grace.