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  1. Jypsy
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Small Texas Town
    April 4, 2020
    Jypsy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    i received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a review.

    Out Of The Embers

    Mesquite Springs Book One

    By: Amanda Cabot

    REVIEW

    Out Of The Embers is the first of a new series, Mesquite Springs, by Amanda Cabot. This story is about a young woman, Evelyn, a little orphan girl, Polly, and a rancher, Wyatt, in Texas circa 1855. Evelyn and Polly flee from the remnants of their burned down orphanage home. As the only survivors, Evelyn feels like a target because her parents died suspiciously ten years ago. Is someone after her? The girls are rescued from the side of the road by Wyatt. He takes them to his ranch home in Mesquite Springs where they stay with his mother and sister. There are mishaps, bits of humor, touches of intrigue and drama as their backstories are revealed. Each character has a share of heartache and hope. All the while the question remains of Evelyn's safety, also a budding relationship with Wyatt might change things. This historical fiction story is an excellent example of the time period, and the characters are admirable and hardy. If you like the small Texas town vibe with a hint of danger in your history, this is for you!
  2. Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Historical Romance
    April 3, 2020
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #1: Out of the Embers.
    Out of the Embers is book one in the Mesquite Springs series by Amanda Cabot. This story takes place in 1855. Evelyn Radcliffe has been living in an orphanage since her parents were killed ten years earlier. She is often sent to pick up supplies the orphanage needs, and when doing so, she feels someone is watching her. This particular time, she take a young girl, Polly, along. On their way back their horse has problems and she needs to go back to get help. While they are gone, the orphanage is burned down.

    Evelyn and Polly to Texas Hill Country. During a rain storm they meet up with Wyatt Clark who invites them to come to his family's horse farm. Wyatt has been keeping the family's horse farm going since his father's death. He is trying to make enough money to provide for his mother and sister so he can leave the farm to start a new life for himself.

    Evelyn and Polly stay with the Clarks until she works out a deal to open a restaurant.

    This is a wonderful book to get lost in. The writing is so clear, it is easy to imagine the following the girls on their travels. The relationship between Evelyn and the Polly is very special. This is a good clean story. The story has suspense and intrigue with a little romance.

    I received a copy of this book from the Revell Book Blogging Program. This is my honest review.
  3. TheCompulsiveReader7
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    (4.5 stars) - A mystery tangled in a mystery
    April 2, 2020
    TheCompulsiveReader7
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #1: Out of the Embers.
    Set in the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, Evelyn has long sensed that someone is watching her. Since her parents were murdered, she has every reason to believe it's someone with sinister intentions.

    Providentially, she's also quick thinking & resourceful. It saved her life before and saves it again when the orphanage she was living in gets burned down in a despicable act of arson, while she & Polly, the little girl who was with her, were on an errand in a neighboring town. The two quietly leave town in fear for their lives

    Wyatt comes upon them when they're in need & offers help. His mother & sister welcome the two with open arms. Things are looking up for them - except the person who tried to kill them is still out there

    The story is immediately engaging and suspenseful (though happily, not excessively so). The plot takes several surprising twists.

    Wyatt & Evelyn are reluctantly attracted to each other, and their relationship builds the more time they spend together. It's amusing seeing the change in what they want from life from the beginning of the book to the end.

    The conclusion is exciting, heartwarming & satisfying. I'm looking forward to Dorothy's story now!

    *Clean romance level: sweet kisses, nothing graphic

    *Religion: overtly Christian, but organic to the story & handled with a light touch
  4. cheryl
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Start To A Series
    March 25, 2020
    cheryl
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #1: Out of the Embers.
    Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents' murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill country and finds shelter in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don't include a family of his own.

    Can Wyatt keep Evelyn safe from the man who wants her dead? She will do anything to keep Polly safe. After the orphanage burned and killed everyone, the only thing Evelyn can do is run.

    The characters were well developed. I love that when Evelyn was faced with challenges she kept moving ahead with Polly. A sweet romance and chilling mystery that kept me up late at night turning the pages as I followed Evelyn and Polly's story as they made their home in Mesquite Springs.

    If your looking for a quick read, pick up a copy of the book, grab a cup of coffee and dive in.

    I received a copy of the book from Revell/Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.
  5. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good series debut for fans of historical romance
    March 24, 2020
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #1: Out of the Embers.
    Out of the Embers

    Mesquite Springs #1

    By Amanda Cabot

    Evelyn Radcliffe has spent the last 10 years hiding, but whenever she leaves the orphanage that has been her home since her parents' murders she feels as if someone is watching. And when the orphanage is burned to ashes Evelyn is convinced that the sheriff was wrong - her parents' killer escaped.

    Evelyn is determined to keep Polly, the young orphan girl who was in her care at the time of the fire, safe. And safety lies faraway from where Evelyn has always lived. Her westward path takes them into the Texas Hill Country and Mesquite Springs. Convinced that this is where she and Polly will settle, Evelyn puts her culinary skills to good use by reopening the town's only restaurant. Putting the past behind her Evelyn and Polly soon find themselves at home and making new friends including the Clark family.

    Finding Evelyn and Polly taking shelter from a downpour, Wyatt Clark does the neighborly thing by offering them shelter in his home with his family. Wyatt dreams of a life far from the Circle C but duty ties him to the ranch. And when Evelyn's past seemingly finds her in Mesquite Springs Wyatt finds his dream of traveling taking second place to Evelyn and Polly's safety.

    Out of the Embers is a historical romance that is set in 1855 Texas and is the first book in a new series by Amanda Cabot. This is an enjoyable read that fans of Amanda Cabot's previous works will love. There is just a hint of mystery concerning both Evelyn and Polly that will keep the reader intrigued. This would make an excellent stay-at-home read if you have extra time on your hands. It would also make a great book club choice as each of the various characters bring something different to the story. This isn't a deep thinking book but it is the perfect way to escape into the past of Texas's Hill Country and enjoy a few hours getting to know some new friends.

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion ~ all thoughts expressed are my own.
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