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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.
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.
Digging4PearlsShippensburg, PAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great New TrilogyApril 17, 2017Digging4PearlsShippensburg, PAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lydia Crawford leaves everything she's ever known to travel from her home in the east, to a small town in the Texas Hill Country to meet her fianc. She arrives to find not only is he missing, but he has a pregnant wife as well. Even though the Civil War is long over, she's an outsider and many resent Northerners. Lydia is unsure what to do next.
Sheriff Travis Whitfield takes his job seriously and that includes welcoming newcomers to his town. While he has no interest in marriage, he determines to make sure Lydia has somewhere to stay while figuring out why she came.
"No matter what anyone said, she wouldn't believe this was a mistake." The first line of Amanda Cabot's new book, A Stolen Heart, pulls you in and you don't want to let go when the last page comes to an end. It's a delightful start to Amanda's new series, Cimarron Creek Trilogy and I eagerly await the next one.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Adventure, love and great characters, you will fall in love with this series!April 4, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0". . . a man would have to be blind in both eyes not to be dazzled." (23) And dazzled you'll be with Amanda Cabot's newest release, A Stolen Heart, the first book in a new series, Cimarron Creek Trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. With the reserved hearts of both main characters; one with a broken heart the moment she stepped off the stagecoach, and the other, years of seeing what marriage have done to his parents, we can see what kind of hurdles these two will face.
"Men can't be trusted where love is concerned." (136)
A story filled with characters you'll love, a love that builds through trust and friendship, and a mystery that sets the plot in motion, A Stolen Heart may just steal your heart. Plus the swooniness of one town sheriff and the sweets of one confectioner will take away any hesitation you have in finishing this story in one sitting. The sweetness doesn't end with the sweets sold in the sweet shop, but the gift that only true love can give, that's priceless. Contrary to the first line of the book, this read will not be a mistake.
"Pride may be a sin, but not acknowledging God's gifts is equally sinful." (68)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.