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lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5can't read to enjoy the next book!March 15, 2017lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Sheriff Travis Whitfield has a problem on his hands. There have been several petty crimes in town as well as the disappearance of a town citizen and he cant solve either mystery. Some are beginning to doubt his ability to be sheriff. On top of that, a young single woman has arrived on the stagecoach and she is from the North! Many in town are still angry over the War Between the States that ended 15 years ago, so he knows she might not have the kindest welcome. She is also looking for the missing man he cant seem to find! However, he feels it is his duty to welcome the newest guest to town. Once he realizes she has no place to stay, he offers his aunts home as an option. She accepts and he realizes at once how beautiful she is and how many single men in town there are that will be vying for her hand in marriage. He is glad he isnt in the market to get married.
Lydia has uprooted her entire life in Syracuse, New York to come to Cimarron Creek, Texas to marry a man who has disappeared after he has married someone else! Now what is she going to do? The kind and handsome sheriff has offered her a place to stay, but what will she do with her time? How will she earn her keep? She was a schoolteacher in Syracuse, but Cimarron Creek already has a schoolteacher. She moves in with the sheriffs aunt and the two immediately like one another. Their relationship soon becomes close like that of a grandmother and her granddaughter. As the sheriffs aunt is wealthy, this helps Lydia be accepted in town by most people, but not everyone. Lydia has sworn off men and getting married because men just cant be trusted.
This first book in a new trilogy from author Amanda Cabot is truly entertaining. I especially liked the inclusion of a mystery in this romantic story as well as Lydias strong faith. After quitting her job, arriving in a strange town across the country and expecting to marry a man who claimed to love her only to find him married to another woman, Lydia prays and believes God has brought her to this specific town for a reason, so she stays. This is a great lesson for meto follow Gods will no matter how much I might want to do otherwise! There are other life lessons in the story that I will let readers discover on their own. I am already looking forward to book two in the series. For those who cant wait, chapter one of the next book in the series is included to whet your appetite!
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5So Much HateMarch 14, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a roller coaster of emotions here as we travel from Syracuse to Texas Hill Country and Lydia hits prejudice head on. These people were hurt in the War, and then the notorious carpetbaggers, so when she opens her mouth, they know she is from the North and instant dislike.
When Lydia arrives at her destination, Cimarron Creek Texas, she is surprised that her fianc is not there to meet her but she is met by the sheriff, all innocent, but her betroth is married to another and is missing. Now what, well she is about to find out what a blessing it was that the sheriff was there, and thus begins her stay at Aunt Berthas and this part will warm your heart.
This story does have it all and will keep you page turning right to the last page, and what a story we have here. People are missing, or murdered, fires, animals dying, and worse, and all because of a misguided sense of injustice, and you are going to be surprised to what extent this person goes to, and most of all whom it is.
I for one cannot wait until the next book, which looks like it is Catherines story, and that is on my must read list.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Romance with Hidden SecretsMarch 11, 2017LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amanda Cabot has a way of writing a love story with just enough suspense to keep you guessing throughout. Just when you think you have it all figured out, well you just may be wrong! I love how this book represents forgiveness and how even when we put up walls, God can show us His love through the kindness of strangers. Aunt Bertha is my favorite character as she shows love to a complete stranger, Lydia. The characters and situations are believable and the plot draws you in and you want to sit and devour it all at once. This one should go on your must read list. Anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.
I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Mrs. W.3 Stars Out Of 5Not what I expectedMarch 10, 2017Mrs. W.Quality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2The main character, Lydia, moves out west. To earn her living, and with help, she opens a sweet shop and is welcomed into the home of a wealthy elderly woman. I enjoyed reading about the fudge and other things she made. I also liked the family and the town. The characters seemed very real to me.
As I read through the book, it seemed like a light entertainment, with occasional references to prayer and church. There was a peaceful feeling of occasional suspense here and there. Towards the end of the book is where I was shocked. The story got very intense and felt like a television crime show. I was not happy about it. If I had known it would be this type of book, I never would have read it. It is just not the type of story I want to read. I consider this book to be more secular than religious, even though it is published by a Christian company.
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An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A sweet Texas romanceMarch 9, 2017An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4For the most part it's a gentle love story, as Lydia learns how to get past the disappointment of a broken heart and move on. I especially liked her relationship with Opal and the lessons she learned by befriending her; it takes even more character than dealing with certain prejudiced people who haven't got past the Civil War [cough cough, Travis's dad].
Aunt Bertha is a dear--one of those great characters who steals the show from the principal leads. I really liked the supporting cast in general, especially Catherine and Opal (and Bertha, of course). I'm pleased to see it looks like book two will be about Catherine. And even though he's largely a gruff old curmudgeon, Travis's dad cracked me up in his constant reference of Lydia as the "Cursed Enemy." Pretty big title for a girl who was barely born by the start of the war.
There is some mystery and danger, keeping Travis hopping in his role as sheriff. I was pleased to have figured out the villain, though I was disappointed that the person has a villain-reveals-all moment. So many villains in stories would have a decent chance at succeeding if they just kept their mouths shut.
Thank you Revell for providing a free book. No review, positive or otherwise, was required, and all opinions are my own.