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Jen PenMidwest4 Stars Out Of 5Delightful start to a new series with an enjoyable storyline...March 27, 2017Jen PenMidwestQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4SUMMARY:
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
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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.
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*I received a complimentary copy of A Stolen Heart from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
LifeofLiteratureGender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Good IntroductionMarch 27, 2017LifeofLiteratureGender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This 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.
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Cimarron Creek Trilogy #1March 27, 2017KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5Surprising mysteryMarch 27, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Stolen Heart was a historical tale that took me by surprise by the plot and the intricacies of the suspense. Lydia sets out toward Texas to reunite with her fianc, Edgar, only to discover that he had not waited for her. Not only that but discovers his very pregnant wife is having the sheriff, Travis, look into Edgar's disappearance. That is only the first of a slew of strange and foreboding crimes that is happening in this idyllic little town.
Ms. Cabot really brought me into the setting of her story by describing the town and the residents of Cimarron Creek and giving us the history behind its founding. She has even included a family tree at the beginning of the book to help us see who is related to whom and who is from the original founding families.
This is a story of new beginnings but also touches on the prejudice that still existed several years after the Civil War ended and the affect the Reconstruction had on the South and its people. Lydia being a northerner had many obstacles to face in addition to her broken heart. The romance was a nice slow buildup of two people getting to know each other on a daily basis and working towards a common goal of finding the evil person/persons involved in making the town less safe for its residents.
The thread of mystery and suspense was very well done. I had not guessed the culprit/culprits at all. As the story went along, it almost seemed everyone had a shady past and could be the villain(s). That being said, my only quibble was that the story wrapped up to neatly at the end. I felt something was missing, the crimes solved too easily especially in the wake of some very shocking plot twists. There are still a few loose threads that I hope the author will address next in the series.
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
DMSELFAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Shop GoodnessMarch 25, 2017DMSELFAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Of all the Amanda Cabot books, I really enjoyed this one too. I can always count on her to bring forth a compelling story that has layers and layers of depth to it.
The historical tidbits are researched and quite accurate. The characters are well developed and the reader will watch them grow in personality and beliefs as the story progresses.
This book introduces a well known setting with new people. And I do look forward to the next book as it will finish a story line that was hinted at in this book.
There's always a little bit of mystery in Amanda Cabot's books. It adds to the conflict along with the characters' conflict with each other. There's also a bit of heartache in this book, but it is handled well and strengthens the story even more.
As usual, Amanda Cabot delivers a great book!