A Borrowed Dream

A Borrowed Dream

by Amanda Cabot

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A Borrowed Dream 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727574
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Series: Cimarron Creek Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 174,015
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart, 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. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.

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A Borrowed Dream 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Bookluvr4vr 6 months ago
“In A Borrowed Dream” we meet a young teacher named Catherine Whitfield,who is mourning the lost of her mother under the hands of a doctor, who she feels, treated her incorrectly and allowed her to die. Catherine tells herself at no matter what cost she will not allowed the town doctor to care for any one in her care ever again. She ‘doctors’ the children in her class and helps them heal. But things began to change for her when a young girl and her handsome father come to town. Widower Austin Goddard and his daughter Hannah hold a secret. Austin has decide to began a new life as a rancher in Texas and put his pass behind him. If he starts anew, he can get away from the criminals that have put him and his precious daughter, Hannah in danger and create a better life for his heartbroken little girl. When Austin meets Catherine at the school house, sparks begin to fly between them. However, when a middle aged woman comes to town in need of help from a doctor, things become more complicated. Will Austin reveal the secret he holds? Will Catherine change her opinions of doctors and help this woman she soon cares for very much? Will a little faith from God and trust in each other help the wounds all these individuals carry be healed? So much more will be revealed, but I don’t want to say too, much to spoil this lovely story. Amanda Cabot has done a wonderful job creating realistic characters and events. I could not put this book down. I want to thank the publisher and blogger program, Revell Reads, for giving me the opportunity to read this complimentary book for my honest opinion. It was a great read and it will be a series I will return to again and again.
rkfall 7 months ago
A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot is the second book in a series. I have read both books in this series so far and I really enjoy this author. This book has the thread of forgiveness running through it. First, there was the need, then there was the choice to forgive, and then there was the fruit of it. I found there to be some intense moments with a criminal involved. Whoosh! Lastly, I loved their journey of having captured hearts with each other. The cover is amazing and so is the book, check it out! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Becky5 9 months ago
Ah! After finishing Amanda Cabot’s book, The Borrowed Dream, I just want to bask in the glow of a clean, romantic western that touched all the right places of my heart. There is just the right amount of mystery with the disappearance years ago of the daughter of one of the founding families. There is suspense as rancher Austin Goddard tries to hide his true identity, yet still help people. There is romance as two people with very giving hearts are drawn together. Faith plays an important role, as well. How will God lead Catherine Whitfield and Austin to conquer fears and overcome evil in order to enjoy the life they believe God has for them? Amanda Cabot somehow has masterfully mixed all these ingredients into a tale that has the feel of “Little House on the Prairie,” yet with faith and more suspense intertwined. The two children in this novel, Seth and Hannah, are delightful and major players in the drama. While The Borrowed Dream is book two of the series, it stands alone quite well. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. This in no way influences my opinions, freely given, for which I am solely responsible.
FHlady 10 months ago
This book is a wonderful combination of historical fiction, suspense, and romance. Catherine Whitfield is a spinster schoolteacher who has just lost her mother. The death was horrible due to a doctor who was still using old fashioned healing. So she now hates all doctors. Austin Goddard is a widower with a young daughter who is running from danger to both he and his daughter. Once a plastic surgeon (and yes there were plastic surgeons in the 1880), he is now hiding as a rancher. Hannah and Seth are both adorable children struggling with problems. Hannah has retreated into silence and not eating since her mother died. Seth is beset by an abusive father. Each of these characters adds a special touch to this endearing story. Each of them with the help of the other three find a way back to happiness and normalcy. Cabot entwines a well written spiritual thread throughout the story line that adds to this story. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review
Digging4Pearls 10 months ago
Amanda Cabot has developed a realistic portrayal of life in Texas during 1881. Her characters have a way of working into the reader's hearts and not letting go, even after the last page is finished. The Cimarron Creek series is a delightful read that won't disappoint readers. I eagerly look forward to Ms. Cabot's third story in this trilogy.
Pattistep 12 months ago
Another well-written and intriguing story by Amanda Cabot. It’s always a pleasure to read one of her books. Once you begin reading this one, you won’t want to stop until you’ve finished it. Always looking forward to her next book.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Secrets, danger and mystery, trust and faith learned. 1881 Texas Christian Historical Catherine doesn't like doctors since the town doctor accelerated her mother's death. She is a school teacher with close family relationships in a town she grew up in. Austin is a plastic surgeon hiding from a mafia boss in Philadelphia. He was born a rancher so that's what he decides to do when he and his daughter move to Texas. She’s an introverted six year old to the point that the adults are quite concerned about her - until Catherine brings her out of her shell. She’s good at keeping secrets, but she’s only a child. A fast paced excellent read that keeps you engaged from the start, with characters you'll come to know and love. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author and Revell/Baker Publishing Group - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot The overarching theme of A Borrowed Dream is forgiveness. Catherine needed to forgive the doctor who used archaic treatments on her mother, resulting in her death. She was so disgusted with the methods that he used, she purchased her own medical books and supplies so she could treat her students and prevent them by any means possible from having to see him. Austin was such a noble man. He stood up for what was right, even when it meant he needed to flee his home to protect his daughter. I enjoyed the way he pretended that he had no medical knowledge and yet managed to take over when helping Catherine treat the broken arm of one of her students. There were several conflicts in the story. Child abuse and rape were dealt with in the story, though no details were shared. This second book of the Cimarron Creek Trilogy has characters from the first book, yet it is a complete story in itself. This review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.net I would like to thank Netgalley, Revell for giving me this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"Last love endures. That's what everyone deserves." (84) I adored A Stolen Heart, the first of Amanda Cabot's Cimarron Creek Trilogy. I tend to worry when picking up the next in a series after a strong opening, but I assure you, there is nothing to worry about when it comes to A Borrowed Dream, the second installment set in the quaint little town of Cimarron Creek. Like A Stolen Heart, the cover of A Borrowed Dream will have already pulled you in. Unlike the sweet pink of a story focused on a confectioner, the blue in this one gives a more serious tone with a feeling of solidarity. I can't be sure if I love the brewing friendship romance between Catherine and Austin more, or the storyline itself between our main characters and Hannah and Seth more. There's a bit of a mystery and suspense going on with the danger that lurks, but the message of forgiveness, of truth, and of love beyond blood gave great development to A Borrowed Dream and I enjoyed every page of it. Plus, don't you just love school teachers and children in stories? In all, A Borrowed Dream is delightful as it is insightful, and I can't wait for the third book in the series! This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
The overall story in A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot is sweet and delightful; however, the plot holds so much more than romance and courtship in the Texas Hill Country. Similar to the first in this Cimarron Creek Trilogy (A Stolen Heart), romance abounds; however, this second book touches on several other interesting topics: family, faith, forgiveness, secrets, betrayal, small-town gossip and mayhem, and ethics, all of which make for an entrancing story filled with well-developed characters, including a few bad guys that will get you riled up at their evil behavior and wretched personalities. Well done, Amanda Cabot! What makes this story stand out (for me, at least) is the use of plastic surgery. The author provides an interesting note at the end, detailing the history of the term and the medical practice that seems so modern but most definitely is not. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspect of this type of medical procedure in this story, as well as the reminder that some medical practices of yore were often quite barbaric and often misguided. While each book in this trilogy is a standalone, I encourage you to pick up the first, A Stolen Heart, so that you can benefit from the backstory of several characters. It's not necessary, of course, but it's worthwhile because A Stolen Heart is just as sweet and lovely as A Borrowed Dream. I must admit that after reading both books, I had a ferocious craving for some fudge, and maybe you will too. Another interesting aspect is the concept of dreams. Reading the story will give you more insight, but I will say that dreams (the kind we have when we're asleep and awake) do not always occur in a vacuum. Our lives, including our dreams, touch others in so many ways. Catherine Whitfield in A Borrowed Dream finds that out when she meets a young widower, who at first is not the man she wants but who quickly proves he really is the man of her dreams and that family and truth are what matter the most and often bring the most joy. When Catherine opens her heart, she finds peace, forgiveness, joy in helping others, and an unexpected answer to her dreams for both travel and family.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Catherine Whitfield is a school teacher in the Texas town of Cimarron City, in the late 1800’s. She cared deeply for all her students and was concerned about their welfare as well as their education. A new student, Hannah Goddard comes to school with her strikingly handsome widowed father. They had recently purchased a ranch and moved from Pennsylvania. His daughter is very unhappy and struggling to adjust. Unbeknownst to the town, he is not a rancher, but a doctor, attempting to hide and protect his daughter from a criminal. Catherine having just lost her mother due to the local doctor’s primitive medical treatment, has more on her mind that the attractive new man. Hilariously he is all the mothers in town with single daughters of a marriageable can think of. Although I laughed, I felt sorry for poor Austin trying to politely dodge all of them. I found the story very entertaining and suspenseful but there were also some surprising parts. The first being Austin wasn’t just any doctor but a plastic surgeon! I didn’t even know there were any back then! My first thoughts were, “There weren’t face lifts, breast plants or liposuction, and so what did they do?” After some research I found they did reconstructive surgery on severe injuries. Many of their patients were soldiers injured in battle. Conniving and hardened criminals were just as much present then as now. Just such a one was in pursuit of Austin to force him to use his skills evil plans. I naively have pictured the era that this was written in as far simpler than our society today. It surprised me that the same problems and corruptions existed in this era too! One of Catherine’s students’ is severely abused and neglected by his father. A young girl is raped and becomes pregnant. There were no government agencies or special law enforcements to help the victims or bring their perpetrators to justice. The care and protection of the innocent came from loving, kindhearted and caring people. It was a reminder that individuals were much more personally involved in the lives of their neighbors, especially in times of need. Ms. Cabot beautifully illustrates true forgiveness and godly character in the face of horrible circumstances and offenses. A wonderful book! I received this book from Revell Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story. I loved the secret that Austin Goddard has. I was fascinated that there was plastic surgery that was being done in the 1880’s. Catherine was a great character also. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. This is a greT western historical romance with that bit of suspense. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream takes us back to the town of Cimarron Creek and this time we get to watch Catherine Whitfield fall in love. Catherine is determined not to be second choice especially after the man she thought she loved and loved her tried to woo newcomer Lydia from the previous book. Dealing with the loneliness after her mother’s death at what she believes to be the town doctor’s ineptness and old views, Lydia takes her teaching position much more seriously. Enter Austin Goddard and he is running. He is a widower with a young daughter whom he is trying to protect from a very evil man. He has come to Texas to be a rancher, even though he was a very successful plastic surgeon. All of this, he keeps hidden so that he and his daughter may live in relative safety. I liked watching these two fall in love with each other. I was glad that Catherine was getting someone who truly loved her. Catherine is a very special woman; she had some interesting dreams that added mysteriousness to the story. There is also the mystery thread that continues from the first book, along with the danger that is stalking Austin and his daughter and all those he cares about. I liked how both Catherine and Austen cared about a boy named Seth, and tried to protect him from the abuse of his father. Catherine’s abhorrence to the doctor was understandable, but I cringed many times when she played doctor herself. I was glad Austen stepped in to make sure she did no real damage. I look forward to more in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
MysM More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot is her 13th book although it is the first I've read by her.  It was given to me by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.  It has a Christian theme and takes place in Texas circa 1881 and is the second in her Cimarron Creek romance trilogy. Take a pretty school marm with a dream, a plastic surgeon turned rancher with a dark secret and an extremely withdrawn daughter, a farmer's son who continually shows up at school with signs of bruising, and a Philadelphia gangster bent on vengeance and you've got the makings of a great plot. Catherine Whitfield has had a dream for a long time — to go to Paris, walk along the Seine visit the Louvre and Notre Dame — but when her mother dies before they get to take their trip and her dream turns into a nightmare, she thinks maybe God is telling her not to go.  When little Hannah Goddard comes to Catherine's one-room school house, Catherine can see right away that something is wrong.  Despite all her efforts to bring Hannah out of her shell, she makes no progress and both she and the girl's father, Austin, are at wits' ends as to what to do. Catherine feels an attraction to Goddard but at the same time senses that he's holding back some deep secret.  She also is part of the Whitfield clan — founders of Cimarron Creek along with the Hendersons — and therefore has been brought up the responsibility of being a role model in this little Texas town where everyone knows everyone, or thinks they do.  There are more secrets to be uncovered and dangers to be faced that may keep Catherine and Austin apart. This book has a kind of cozy plot and interesting characters but is also full of adventure and surprise.  It is not a fast-paced book but is full of compassion and a realistic view of the time and thoroughly enjoyable.  Despite being a trilogy, it doesn't leave you hanging at the end.  I especially appreciate the layout of the town and the family tree of the founding families at the front of the book.  Always helpful.  I look forward to reading more by Amanda Cabot.
bellesmoma16 More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream (2018) by Amanda Cabot is the second book in her Cimarron Creek series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 347 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old, A Borrowed Dream took me four days to read. I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from Revell Books. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give A Borrowed Dream 5 STARS. This story is a Christian Historical Romance. A Borrowed Dream has a little bit of everything -- a sweet friendship that becomes a wonderful romance, good friends who can be counted on for a laugh and guidance, a bit of suspense and mystery, a colorful town full of various personalities, a couple of the cutest children who manage to wriggle into the reader's heart, and a two of the most vile of villains. There is definitely no way to be bored by this book! Catherine Whitfield is the main character of this book, and boy does she hold a grudge! She hates doctors. The local doctor of Cimarron Creek single-handedly killed Catherine's mother due to archaic medical practices. Now, Catherine does everything in her power to keep people as far away from the town doctor as possible. I can honestly say that I have never read a book before that dealt with a character hating on a medical professional, and I admit I found it interesting. In fact, I even found myself rallying to Catherine's side as I can completely relate to Catherine's feelings. Due to serious doctor negligence, my husband and I almost lost our daughter when she was three months old. Only by the grace of God, and one fantastic Children's Hospital Emergency Team, did my daughter survive the gross negligence. To this day, I am always hesitant to take my daughter to anyone but her wonderful pediatrician. I do have a slight distrust of doctors. I mean, it's called "practicing medicine." That doesn't really instill in me a sense that doctors know what they are doing. As I was reading, all of the old feelings of mistrust were rising up in me. It was at that moment that I realized one very big theme of this book -- forgiveness. Neither the fictional Catherine, nor the very real me, should hold grudges against people. And, we definitely shouldn't hold prejudices against an entire group of people because of the actions of one. That completely goes against everything Jesus teaches. Halfway through this book, I realized I still needed to forgive the doctors who did not treat my daughter appropriately. I needed to forgive and move on. It was like God reached into my heart and told me, "Nicole, it's time to let that anger go." I love that God was able to work through this wonderful story and change my heart for the better! This book does deal with some really ugly truths. As a warning to sensitive readers, child abuse, rape, adoption, murder-suicide, and the criminal underbelly of society are all topics dealt with in this novel. I felt these topics were handled in a very respectful manner, but I do think it should be known going into this novel that things get very heavy. With that said, it is a lovely story of friendship, protection, forgiveness, and grace as well. Literally, this book has it all! Overall, A Borrowed Dream is a very well-written, well-crafted story that I highly recommend. It is a fast-paced and highly engaging read. I very much look forward to book 3 in this series.
HeidiMain More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream has love, hope, dreams, conflict, three-dimensional characters, and more. Amanda Cabot has written another awesome read! The premise is outstanding: Catherine Whitfield would love nothing more than to marry, but has no intention of being a man's second choice. So, when she meets Austin Goddard, a widow, she immediately writes him off as she doesn't want to be a man's second love. On the other hand, Austin's six-year-old daughter, Hannah, has no interest in a new mother. And the last thing Austin wants to do is mess up Hannah's life any more than he already has. Austin and Catherine have strong romantic feelings for each other, but continue to hold those feelings far away for as long as possible. I also enjoyed the complexity of Austin's daughter as she used to be cheery, but now barely speaks and is clearly unhappy. This was a fun storyline to unpeel. Another winner by Amanda Cabot, grab your copy of A Borrowed Dream today!
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
I wish there was a way to do 3.5 stars. This is the 2nd book in the series but it can totally be read as a stand alone book. I really like the plot lines and character development was great. I wish there was a little more setting development at the beginning. I had a hard time seeing it in my head. The story started out a little slow for me but got better as the story progressed. I love how clean the story is. Loved the elements of forgiveness and dreams coming true when we wait on the Lord. It was great to learn some history in a fun story. Love learning like that. The author put a ton of time into research and it shows in the story. She weaves Christian themes into the story without making the reader feel overwhelmed by it. They are natural and add so much to the story even in their simplicity. The children add a lot to the story. I loved that storyline. I had a hard time with the word minions. I felt like that part of the story could have been better. It was a real turn off to see that word for some reason. Overall the story was sweet and well written. It’s an easy clean read you will surely enjoy. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was in no way required to write a positive review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream is a book about trust, opening of ones self up too another, forgiveness and care-giving. You have one that doesn't trust one group of people because of their profession because of what one cruel idiotic person .did to a loved one and they have closed themselves off because of it. You have another closing themselves off to protect their family (daughter) and themselves from irreparable harm. You have another who is being harmed left and right and the first two are trying to help and whilst doing so starting to fall for each other while one holds a secret that could be detrimental to the relationship. So where does their help come from? Who do they turn to trust and lean on? That's right - you all have it! I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot is the second novel in Cimarron Creek Trilogy. Catherine Whitfield is the schoolteacher in Cimarron Creek and lives alone since her mother passed away. Catherine has a strong dislike of physician’s courtesy of the local doctors archaic practice of bleeding, purging and blistering which hastened her mother’s demise. Catherine has a chance to marry, but she does not want to be a person’s second choice. Austin Goodard is the new widower in town with a young daughter, Hannah. He has traveled across the country to hide from Sherman Enright. Sherman is a dangerous criminal who wants Austin to use his surgical skills in a way that goes against Austin’s values. Unfortunately, Sherman is not one to take no for an answer. Austin has bought a ranch and is keeping his medical background under wraps. Catherine and Austin are brought together in their desire to help Hannah, who has become withdrawn and quiet, and assist Seth Dalton. Seth has an abusive, slave driver for a father and natural artistic skill. Austin is falling for the schoolteacher, but she is unaware of his secret. In order for Austin to have the future he envisions with Catherine, he will have to deal with Sherman Enright. A Borrowed Dream is well-written, has a steady pace and delightful characters. The characters are well-developed and, most of them, are warm caring people that you would want as friends. Sherman Enright and his minions along with Seth’s father provide a counterpoint to Austin and Catherine. There are smooth transitions as the story goes from one scene to the next. Amanda Cabot has a fluid writing style that gives readers an engaging novel. It is a multi-layered story (which I loved) filled with suspense, mystery, history and romance. I had no idea there were plastic surgeons that far back in history. The author included some research information at the end of the book that propelled me into finding out more about the profession (it is fascinating). The Christian element is present and is gently woven into the story (forgiveness, prayer, having faith, trust, helping others and letting God show you the way). It is done with a light touch. A Borrowed Dream can be read alone. The characters from A Stolen Heart are in A Borrowed Dream, and it is nice to catch up with them. Grace Sims is a character introduced in the story (Catherine takes her in), and I hope we get to find out more about Grace in the next book in the trilogy. A Borrowed Dream is a heartwarming and charming story that will delight those who read it.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the series, and I haven’t read book 1. However I still enjoyed and followed this story with no issues. I am going to go back and read book 1 because I enjoyed this one. Well written, author Amanda Cabot does a good job of pulling the reader into the story right away. You’ll meet colorful characters you love, and others you really dislike. Just when I thought I had everything figured out there was an unexpected twist that left me guessing. God’s love, forgiveness, and redemption are woven throughout the story; a great reminder to us. I will say that there is some violence towards the end, but it was not graphically written in. If you enjoy stories set in the old west, you will enjoy this one! It really has something for everyone; history, intrigue, light romance, adventure, and more. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
BH More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream, written by Amanda Cabot, was an interesting read. Catherine and Austin's story. My favorite character was Austin. What a man of integrity. That he would stand up for what was right all the way to having to find a new line of work was impressive. If you love historicals, a bit of romancing, and characters that are given a second chance...you'll enjoy this book! I was given a copy of the paperback by the publisher. All thoughts and comments are my own.
BH More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream, written by Amanda Cabot, was an interesting read. Catherine and Austin's story. My favorite character was Austin. What a man of integrity. That he would stand up for what was right all the way to having to find a new line of work was impressive. If you love historicals, a bit of romancing, and characters that are given a second chance...you'll enjoy this book! I was given a copy of the paperback by the publisher. All thoughts and comments are my own.
BH More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream, written by Amanda Cabot, was an interesting read. Catherine and Austin's story. My favorite character was Austin. What a man of integrity. That he would stand up for what was right all the way to having to find a new line of work was impressive. If you love historicals, a bit of romancing, and characters that are given a second chance...you'll enjoy this book! I was given a copy of the paperback by the publisher. All thoughts and comments are my own.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
A Borrowed Dream is the second book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy. I was blessed to read the first book, but don’t feel that is necessary in order to enjoy this one. Both books have several of the same characters, so I did enjoy getting to see them again. It was fun getting to know Catherine. She was fiercely protective of her students, often studying to prepare for not only their educational needs, but their medical needs as well. She was also overly protective of her heart. I can understand wanting to be someone’s first and greatest love. When her whole life was turned upside down, she had to find a way to keep going. The new rancher in town is intriguing to be sure, but neither Catherine or Austin are looking for romance. When feelings grow despite the objections of both parties, there are still secrets between them. Will the truth cause a rift between them that nothing can fix? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. The characters are unique and interesting. The story had some serious issues that aren’t often found in books. The love of a parent is expected, but not always given. It was interesting to see how different life could have been before some laws were made to protect the innocent. I am looking forward to reading book three in the series, and hope to see more of Catherine and Austin included. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Abold24 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read from Ms. Cabot, but it will definitely not be my last. This book was entertaining and engaging. I really enjoyed it! This book is about Catherine, a teacher, and Austin, a rancher. The background of Austin was really interesting, especially in the historical context. I had wondered several things that Ms. Cabot answered in her acknowledgements. Another positive aspect to the book was the Christian references throughout the book that could be applied to anyone. When reading this book, the writing is very fluid (the reader does not get bored), and you will not want to put the book down. I read the book fairly quickly, because I did not want to put the book down. I will be going back and reading the first book in the series, since I enjoyed it so much! I highly recommend you read this book! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.