Tuesday, April 17, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot (Historical Romance)


Greetings Friends!

Today, I am hosting a BOOK REVIEW for A BORROWED DREAM, the second book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy by Amanda Cabot.




Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the town doctor’s excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek’s dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family, a life where dreams rarely come true.

Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He’s managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.

With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.

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RATING




PRAISE FOR A BORROWED DREAM:


“Cabot’s sweet love story will appeal to readers of gentle romances. . .Although this title stands on its own, readers of A Stolen Heart (2017), the first in Cabot’s place-based trilogy, will be happy to revisit the folks of Cimarron Creek.” -- Booklist

“The second book in Cabot’s Cimarron Creek trilogy is even better than the first, with a dash of suspense, an intriguing bit of medical history and a host of enjoyable characters.” -- RT Book Reviews


PRAISE FOR A STOLEN HEARTBOOK ONE IN THE CIMARRON CREEK TRILOGY: 


“Readers will enjoy the surprising ending as well as the romance always found in Cabot’s books.”Publishers Weekly

“Moments of humor provide a nice balance to the heartwarming scenes and the mild suspense thread.”RT Book Reviews

“Cabot’s nonpreachy inspirational romance features characters who genuinely try to live honorable lives, and their story has broad appeal for readers of gentle fiction and historical romance as well as for readers of Christian fiction.”Booklist 




I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

I slightly stepped out of my comfort zone when I decided to read this one, and while not the best way to go about choosing books to read and review, I was instantly charmed by this cover as well as the synopsis and had to know more! Now, having completed it, I can honestly say that I absolutely enjoyed every minute of my time in Cimarron Creek and I can't wait to start reading the author's other series as well!

Although this is the second installment in the trilogy, each book stands on its own and was so well written with intriguing and fully developed characters that I never felt as though anything was lacking. While there are quite a few characters to keep track of to include their individual paths throughout the course of the novel, in Cabot's deft hand, none of that becomes overwhelming or confusing. She is able to effortlessly weave the plot and subplots together so that everything becomes integral to the story. Smooth transitions and steady pacing helped build these many interwoven relationships into a rich and multilayered story that kept me turning the pages! Don't let the romance genre fool you! Cabot has crafted a believable love story that is filled with elements of suspense, mystery, and history with a gentle sprinkling of Christian messages to guide us along the way. It is always so refreshing to read about characters living beyond themselves and trying to make a difference in the community and world around them. Catherine and Austin truly embodied that spirit, and through them, Cabot took this light romance to an inspiring level.

Additionally, two children, Seth and Hannah, are prominently featured, and I was greatly impressed by Cabot's ability to give each of them a voice within this story. They too face hardships and struggles that need addressing, and their characterization is just as well done as any of the adults if not better.

Overall, this was an incredibly heartwarming story that I do hope you will read! I'm looking forward to returning to Cimarron Creek in the next book, but for now, you can find me behind the pages of the first book, A Stolen Heart.





Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart, the first book of the Cimarron Creek trilogy, as well as the Texas Crossroads series, the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming.

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GIVEAWAY INFO!


THREE WINNERS 1ST: Copy of A Borrowed Dream, Novel Teas (25 count), Paddywax Library Collection Ralph Waldo Emerson Scented Soy Wax Candle, Cedar & Wild Fern (6.5oz) 


2ND: Copy of A Borrowed Dream + $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

3RD: Copy of A Borrowed Dream + $10 Starbucks Gift Card

APRIL 12-21, 2018
(US ONLY)


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Many thanks to Lone Star Book blog tours, Revell, and Amanda Cabot! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and author extras!

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4/16/18
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4/16/18
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4/17/18
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4/19/18
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4/21/18
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5 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you stepped out of your comfort zone to read A Borrowed Dream and am absolutely delighted that you enjoyed it so much!

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    1. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review! I can't wait to read more!

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  2. Love this review!And I get it -- I often will pick a book outside my normal comfort zone if the cover appeals to me. So awesome when a book is great inside AND out!

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  3. This was an incredibly heartwarming story that I do hope you will read! I'm looking forward to returning to Cimarron Creek in the next book, but for now, you can find me behind the pages of the first book, A Stolen Heart.

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