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.
A 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.
Of 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.
A Christian, crime, mystery, romance, historical novel, who would think it could be done!? Author Amanda Cabot did and she has succeeded with this wonderful novel!
The author really showcased her writing skills with this new book!
Poor Lydia Crawford uproots herself from her New York home, quits her job as a school teacher, and heads to Texas to meet the love of her life, finance, Edgar. Upon arriving with engagement ring in hand, not only does she find that Mr. Right has disappeared but has also left behind a pregnant wife! In the face of the shock and pain of this betrayal, she also finds that even though the civil war has been over for 15 years, the hostility of the town people toward Yankees had not abated.
Little did she know the handsome and very helpful sheriff, Travis, who meets her at the stagecoach, was going to be her protector and new romance? As the story progresses you see how perfectly matched they were to each other, both, kind, giving and caring people. He senses her dilemma and immediately finds her a place to stay and work with his great Aunt Bertha. Aunt Bertha is rich, and has strong influence. Someone the residents dare not cross. This gives Lydia protection from the cruelty and acceptance in the community. An added blessing is the closeness the two quickly develop. Lydia is a strong woman of faith. She trusts God and believes she was brought her to here for His purpose, but she has no idea what that is.
Though the town is small it harbors many mysteries and Lydia aims to discover them. Soon after her arrival a string of minor crimes begin to occur. She teams up with Travis to get to the bottom of it. The characters were well fleshed out and delightful. You feel as if you knew them personally. The descriptions of the town and activities of the characters were vivid. I like feeling as if I am there and a part of the story. The plot was entertaining and intriguing. You will be kept guessing! A great book. I was very happy to see that this is a trilogy so more books are to come!
I was provided a copy of this book by Chosen books, with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
A Stolen Heart is the first book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy. After reading this book I am looking forward to what Amanda Cabot writes next. This book was set in the 1800s and I enjoyed visiting this small town from back then. It was interesting seeing the tension between what people call the Northerners and everyone else. This story follows Lydia and Travis as she accustoms to a new town with the help of the sheriff.
This trip has turned out way different than Lydia was planning. Thinking she was going to finally marry her fianc she is shocked to find out that not only is he already married, but also missing. Determined to find out what happened Lydia isn't leaving no matter how she is treated. Travis the town sheriff is also anxious to find out what happened to one of his residents. Can they work together to solve the mystery? Or will they only get in each other's way?
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance with just a little mystery mixed in. I really enjoyed the characters and can't wait to see them again in the next book. I had fun trying to solve the mystery and was dying to see what was going to happen next. I received a copy of this book from Revell publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.