Lydia Crawford is heading to Cimarron Creek, Texas, and heading to a new life with her fianc. But something has gone terrible wrong - Edgar Ellis has disappeared and left behind a wife who is in the family way. Having cut all ties to her former life Lydia is a Northern in a sea of Texans for whom the resentments of the war that divided a nation have not yet been forgotten.
Fortunately for Lydia, she was met by the newly appointed sheriff, Travis Whitfield, who directed Lydia to the perfect place to regroup. With her plans for her life completely undone, Lydia needs to decide what her next move will be. But asking Edgar why is pretty high up on her list.
For Travis determining why Edgar abandoned his wife is of utmost importance ~ was it voluntary because of the imminent arrival of Miss Crawford? Fear of his responsibilities? Or was something more sinister involved? And is Miss Crawford indeed who she claims? And what was her purpose in settling so far removed from her old life?
As Lydia settles into her new life she finds a unique need that her skills can fill and she becomes an accepted member of the community. But when a series of crimes begin occurring in Cimarron Creek suspicion natural turns to Lydia. Could she truly be guilty of these crimes? And how could she have fooled some many people? Perhaps Cimarron Creek chose the wrong man to be sheriff and needed someone who could look deeper and could protect them from Northern opportunists.
This is the first book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy and there is a definite mystery that runs through this book though the book itself is identified as a historical romance. Set in 1880, Texas is still recovering from the wounds it received during the Civil War so it is interesting to see how the people all react to Lydia and her Northern ties. The family ties that bind this town have a powerful influence throughout this story. And if you've read and enjoyed Amanda Cabot in the past you don't miss this delightful read!
I was provided a review copy of this book by Revell with no expectation of a positive review - all expressed opinions are my own.
Ten years after the Civil War, Lydia is a Yankee thats unknowingly engaged to a married man, traveling South across the country to start completely over and reinventing/finding herself in this beautiful book. I mean, come on! Look at that gorgeous cover!! Tell me you dont want to pick this one up!
Amanda Cabot has a way of intertwining spiritual matters, deep characters and beautifully vivid visuals in her writing. You can see it all so clearly. I absolutely loved reading this book. Through all the trials Lydia has to work through, theres hope and a spirit of determination. Most importantly, theres no whining and I LOVE that!
You will fall in love with the citizens of Cimarron Creek as they fight for their way of life and learn how to love a Yankee. Be sure to pick up a copy of this great read! Thanks for this fabulous book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion! Heres to many more!!
Traveling from the North to meet and marry her intended in the South, Lydia Crawford is surprised to find her fianc gonenot just gone, but leaving a pregnant wife in his place. Between secrets and trials, faith and hurt, memories and love, Lydia finds the quaint town of Cimarron Creek in the Texas Hill Country may not be as unfriendly as she first suspected. Learning to forgive while finding happiness in unexpected places, A Stolen Heart is full of adventure, mystery, and love
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Drawn to the delightful cover by a favorite author of mine, Amanda Cabot begins her new Cimarron Creek Trilogy series in a sweet albeit fussy manner. Truly liking the storyline fused with enjoyable characters, this novel surely met my expectations. Easy yet complete, a perfect read for a spring vacation, to fill an Easter basket or share with a friend, A Stolen Heart sets the stage for the next book in the series due out later this year which I intend to read.
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of A Stolen Heart from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
This novel has a mix of romance, mystery, betrayal, suspense, and Biblical themes. I thought that the beginning was a little slow. I also was grateful for the genealogy chart in the front of the book as there were a lot of names introduced in the first few chapters, but once I was able to get into the story a little more, I found it was enjoyable. I liked that not every part was predictable and there was a bit of mystery sprinkled throughout. I thought some of the parts seemed unrealistic and worked out a little too perfectly, and I found it a little difficult to connect with the characters for this reason, but nonetheless the storyline is interesting. I am looking forward to hopefully delving deeper into their lives in books 2 and 3!
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
This is a story that immediately swept me back to 1880 and brought the Texas Hill Country to life. This story brings engaging characters like Lydia Crawford, Bertha Henderson, and Travis Whitfield that weave their way into your heart quickly. The small town of Cimarron Creek was founded by three families and Bertha Henderson is one of the oldest living relatives. Lydia left New York with great hopes and dreams, but her arrival in Texas shattered both. Lydia must face the fact that her life is about to change in ways she never imagined. Her strength of character is shown through her resilience and determination. Bertha is one of the town leaders and holds a lot of influence over the town. Travis comes from one of the founding families, but he's never tried to use that to influence anyone.
The story has elements of faith, forgiveness, mystery, romance and trust. This is the first book set in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy and a great way to start a series. I look forward to reading the next books in the series. I would recommend this to anyone who loves small town intrigue and a clean, feel good romance.
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.