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The year is 1880, ten years after the Civil War, when school teacher Lydia Crawford leaves all she knows in Syracuse, New York and moves south. She is eager to begin a future with her fiancé Edgar Ellis in Cimarron Creek, Texas. When she arrives, she finds these southerners still resent the Northerners. Next she discovers Edgar is missing and much to Lydia’s surprise has left his pregnant wife. With nowhere to stay and unsure who to trust, she meets the sheriff who finds her a place to stay with his Aunt Bertha. Did Edgar leave on his own accord? Or was this foul play? Will the town people eventually grow to like this Northern Yankee?
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Cimarron Creek Trilogy
Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites readers back into Texas's storied past to experience love and adventure against a backdrop of tension and mystery in this first book in a brand-new series.
ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Historical ReadOctober 27, 2017ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
This is such a wonderful read! Lydia leaves NY and travels to Texas to meet her fianc, who she finds out has left town as well as leaving his young pregnant wife. Im not so sure I could have stayed in Texas knowing I had been rejected, as well as knowing how the Texas people feel about northerners. But instead of folding, and running back to NY, Lydia stays and is determined to make a life for herself.
I so much admire Lydia and her feisty determination to face the challenges ahead in her near future. I was so pleased with the towns people and even though suspicious of her at first, the did accept her and was willing to help. The entire story from beginning to end is full of pleasant surprises and twists and turns, the characters are fun to get to know, and the plot flows so well. This is one of those stories that I want to keep on my readers shelf to read again! I highly encourage you to pick up a copy to read for your enjoyment.
I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 55.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Stolen HeartJune 2, 2017Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A STOLEN HEART is Ms. Cabot's newest book. Lydia comes to Cimarron Creek to marry her fiance who promised all kinds of fresh starts for both of them, but when she arrives, Edgar has gone missing and not only that but he's married!!! What's a girl to do?
The sheriff, Travis, expects her to return to New York, to her prestigious lady's school she taught at. But Lydia seems determined to stick it out, despite the fact that she's a Yankee (in a southern town) and despite that fact that all the eligible bachelors are suddenly interested....
Lydia is a strong heroine, knows what she wants and determined enough to work for it. I had to admire her pluckiness.
I did find some of the story predictable -- the cover gave one thing away before I even opened the book -- but it was an enjoyable read and like the sheriff and everyone else in town I wanted to know what happened to Edgar.
If you like historical romances set after the Civil War, then you'll love A STOLEN HEART by Amanda Cabot. A must read.
EmilyAnne284 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Historical RomanceMay 24, 2017EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Lydia Crawford travels to Cimarron Creek in post-Civil War Texas, she expects to be greeted joyously by her fianc and married within a few days. Instead, she finds his pregnant wife wondering where he has gone. Discouraged but with nowhere else to go, Lydia accepts the reference of the local sheriff, Travis Whitfield, and begins boarding with his elderly aunt. The two women decide to open a candy shop even as half the men in the town want to marry Lydia while the other half reject her as a Yankee. Meanwhile, the missing tavern-keeper is not the only mystery plaguing the town.
A Stolen Heart is the first book in Amanda Cabots newest series. The setting was one of the first things I noticed. Only a decade had passed since the Civil War, and like many Southerners, the residents of Cimarron Creek refused to let go of the past, which makes Lydias job as a Northern newcomer and shopkeeper all the harder. The novel did not dig too deeply into the historical setting, but used the customs and culture of the time to frame a lovely romance between Lydia and the local sheriff. It was obvious from the beginning that the two of them would fall in love, even though two of Traviss friends set their sights on Lydia the moment she stepped off the train. Travis and Lydia were a cute couple to watch fall in love. Both had initial misgivings about marriage, but they let God and their love for each other overcome their fears, showing character growth. And, yes, Im giving that away because A Stolen Heart literally speaks romance in the title, so the ending is obvious. Something that is not obvious from the title is the mystery that helps bring them together. There are at least two missing people in the town along with some unexplained vandalism, and since it is the Sheriffs job to solve the problem, the characters find themselves in the middle of the problem early on. The development of the mystery and the ultimate solution were intriguing and satisfactory. And can I just say that I loved the prose itself? It dragged me into the story and kept me involved from the beginning, banishing thoughts of finishing the other books I was already in the middle of until this one was finished.
I recommend this book to fans of sweet historical romance. A Stolen Heart is another fantastic novel from Amanda Cabot, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads, via NetGalley. All opinions are expressly my own.
MarilynCoral Springs, FLAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Can't wait to read the next oneMay 1, 2017MarilynCoral Springs, FLAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is book one in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy, what a great place to start. I love the authors style and how she develops her characters. I was thrilled to learn this was a start of the series, for I wanted to learn more about some of the characters in her story.
Lydia Crawford, a yankee, finds herself at the mercy of southerns when she gets to Cimarron Creek, Texas and things are not what she expects. She is a determined, beautiful woman with nowhere else to go. Lydia must learn to trust men, especially when many strange things are happening in their nice little town.
Travis Whitfield, the handsome sheriff, must find all the clues to the many different mysteries and twist and turns taking place in his town and in his life. He is not expecting the beautiful Lydia Crawford to completely change his way of thinking.
I loved the many different personalities in this novel and all the mysteries, romance, family, forgiveness and friendships that are in it. I look forward to reading more from this series.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet romance with a kick of mystery in Texas Hill CountryApril 20, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lydia steps off the stagecoach in Cimarron Creek only to have all her hopes and dreams dashed in a matter of minutes. Never mind that the bearer of bad news is an altogether swoonworthy sheriff who tries to help her out of a bad situation.He's a tad gun-shy when it comes to ladies and she's sworn off men for good. It's a match made in heaven -- not!
I love the way this story unfolds. Lydia finds unexpected allies in a southern town that tries to hold her personally responsible for the outcome of a war that ended fifteen years earlier. And she finds a new purpose that helps her slowly win over the crusty citizens of this quaint Texas town...and gain the admiration of a certain sheriff.
The mystery angle was a huge surprise for me and I loved it! It grows more puzzling and then downright sinister as the story progresses. Danger and action; tender romance and the strength of community all contribute to sweet reader satisfaction. And, hooray, this is the first book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy so there's more fun to come.
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.