". . . 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.
Lydia packs up her entire life and moves to Cimarron Creek to be with her fiance, Edgar. But when she steps off of the stage coach, she's met by the sheriff who informs her that Edgar is missing and his pregnant wife is very worried about him. Lydia manages to hide her dismay and soon learns that the town has many secrets and a not so secret dislike of Northerners. But she shoulders on and insists on calling this small town home.
The story started out with rich details and captured my attention immediately. I've read a series by this author before, but it was a contemporary setting. So this was a change for me. I enjoyed this book even more than her previous ones. The characters were very well defined and stood out. They all had flaws and quirks that made the story come alive. The romance was clean and the plot had elements of faith woven throughout. There was a little mystery mixed in with the romance and drama that added a touch of suspense. The author did a great job of tying everything up together in the end, while leaving an opening for the next book. I loved how she set the scene and found my self wishing she'd hadn't limited herself to only three books by calling this a trilogy. I can see an entire line of books with different characters from the town. Can't wait to read the second book.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All thoughts expressed are my own.
When 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.
Crossed paths lead to cross-county changes and cross purposes. Lydia Crawford leaves New York following the man she plans to marry. Yet when she arrives in post-Civil War Texas, this Yankee schoolteacher finds life does not turn out as expected. The plucky lady seeks to make her own way, but will she ever be accepted in her new town? The endearing characters and touching tale make this book memorable. I enjoyed the plot and its surprises. It's not just a simple, typical story. The love and growth exhibited offers an example to emulate. I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
This is a Historical fiction with a twist. This is a story about Lydia Crawford , a schoolteacher from Syracuse, New York who comes to Cimarron Creek thinking she will be marrying Edgar. No one likes her because she is a Northerner or like some call her a carpetbagger. When she comes to Cimarron Creek she finds out that Edgar is missing and he is also married and his wife is expecting. She has no where to stay so the Sheriff ( Travis) finds a place for her with his Aunt Bertha Henderson. Lydia and Aunt Bertha hit it off well and become close. Unsolved mysterious start to happen around town and fingers get pointed. Will they find out who is causing these crimes? Will Edgar be found? Will Lydia find love? This is a wonderful book full of surprises. Can not wait for the second book in this Trilogy.