A Stolen Heart (Cimarron Creek Trilogy #1)

A Stolen Heart (Cimarron Creek Trilogy #1)

by Amanda Cabot

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Overview

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancé. But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites readers back into Texas's storied past to experience love and adventure against a backdrop of tension and mystery in this first book in a brand-new series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727567
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Cimarron Creek Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 405,312
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as 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 Stolen Heart 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
sandralb 6 months ago
What a great beginning to a new series.I love the way Amanda takes you right into her setting and introduces you to her characters. She is so talented in the way she makes you feel like you are right there. Cimarron Creek is the typically small Texas town. Everybody knows every body and they know there business as well. Some of the characters are so endearing you can't help but fall in love with them right away. But there is also those who have to grow on you. I enjoyed meeting the people in this town and can not wait to learn more about them.
AndreaBy 11 months ago
Lydia makes the long trip from Syracuse NY to Cimarron Creek TX to marry though she discovers her intended is already married. She’s taken in by Travis’s Aunt Bertha and sets about to make this new town her home. Some unsolvable small crimes as well as a couple larger ones remain elusive to Travis, the town’s sheriff and make some townspeople question his abilities. This story weaves between Travis and his work, Lydia and her new venture as well as a few key townspeople. The plot keeps one involved with the small crime intrigue as well as the small town feel with the townspeople we are introduced to. Looking forward to seeing who is portrayed in the rest of the series.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
A STOLEN HEART is Ms. Cabot's newest book. Lydia comes to Cimarron Creek to marry her fiance who promised all kinds of fresh starts for both of them, but when she arrives, Edgar has gone missing and not only that but he's married!!! What's a girl to do? The sheriff, Travis, expects her to return to New York, to her prestigious lady's school she taught at. But Lydia seems determined to stick it out, despite the fact that she's a Yankee (in a southern town) and despite that fact that all the eligible bachelors are suddenly interested.... Lydia is a strong heroine, knows what she wants and determined enough to work for it. I had to admire her pluckiness. I did find some of the story predictable -- the cover gave one thing away before I even opened the book -- but it was an enjoyable read and like the sheriff and everyone else in town I wanted to know what happened to Edgar. If you like historical romances set after the Civil War, then you'll love A STOLEN HEART by Amanda Cabot. A must read.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book one in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy, what a great place to start. I love the authors style and how she develops her characters. I was thrilled to learn this was a start of the series, for I wanted to learn more about some of the characters in her story. Lydia Crawford, a yankee, finds herself at the mercy of southerns when she gets to Cimarron Creek, Texas and things are not what she expects. She is a determined, beautiful woman with nowhere else to go. Lydia must learn to trust men, especially when many strange things are happening in their nice little town. Travis Whitfield, the handsome sheriff, must find all the clues to the many different mysteries and twist and turns taking place in his town and in his life. He is not expecting the beautiful Lydia Crawford to completely change his way of thinking. I loved the many different personalities in this novel and all the mysteries, romance, family, forgiveness and friendships that are in it. I look forward to reading more from this series.
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
Lydia Crawford leaves everything she's ever known to travel from her home in the east, to a small town in the Texas Hill Country to meet her fiancé. She arrives to find not only is he missing, but he has a pregnant wife as well. Even though the Civil War is long over, she's an outsider and many resent Northerners. Lydia is unsure what to do next. Sheriff Travis Whitfield takes his job seriously and that includes welcoming newcomers to his town. While he has no interest in marriage, he determines to make sure Lydia has somewhere to stay while figuring out why she came. "No matter what anyone said, she wouldn't believe this was a mistake." The first line of Amanda Cabot's new book, A Stolen Heart, pulls you in and you don't want to let go when the last page comes to an end. It's a delightful start to Amanda's new series, Cimarron Creek Trilogy and I eagerly await the next one. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
". . . a man would have to be blind in both eyes not to be dazzled." (23) And dazzled you'll be with Amanda Cabot's newest release, A Stolen Heart, the first book in a new series, Cimarron Creek Trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. With the reserved hearts of both main characters; one with a broken heart the moment she stepped off the stagecoach, and the other, years of seeing what marriage have done to his parents, we can see what kind of hurdles these two will face. "Men can't be trusted where love is concerned." (136) A story filled with characters you'll love, a love that builds through trust and friendship, and a mystery that sets the plot in motion, A Stolen Heart may just steal your heart. Plus the swooniness of one town sheriff and the sweets of one confectioner will take away any hesitation you have in finishing this story in one sitting. The sweetness doesn't end with the sweets sold in the sweet shop, but the gift that only true love can give, that's priceless. Contrary to the first line of the book, this read will not be a mistake. "Pride may be a sin, but not acknowledging God's gifts is equally sinful." (68) Disclaimer: I received a free 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.
Holly More than 1 year ago
A Stolen Heart was not the book I expected it to be; it was so much more, and it will make you want to re-read it over and over again. From first glance, you think it's just a Christian book where everyone falls in love and everything is just peachy -- but this book is so not that at all. However you imagine small town Texas, 1880, the town of Cimarron Creek is that place. As you get to know the main character, Lydia, and why she came to Cimarron Creek in the first place, you can't help but feel bad for the way that some people treated her because of where she came from. The town is dealing with many mysteries, but Lydia's primary question is why her fiance left town with a pregnant WIFE, which ties in to another big mystery that the town is dealing with. You start to get a hint of what is to come after the big Founder's Day celebration and who is behind everything but still, you won't expect how it will all end. I have never read any of Amanda Cabot's books before, but after reading this one, you can bet that I will be reading the next book in this series! If you are in need of an 1880s, Texas based book with mystery and romance, you need to read this book now!! Thank You to Amanda Cabot for writing a book that made me become a fan of yours from now on! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours!
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Sweet Historical Romance When Lydia Crawford travels to Cimarron Creek in post-Civil War Texas, she expects to be greeted joyously by her fiancé and married within a few days. Instead, she finds his pregnant wife wondering where he has gone. Discouraged but with nowhere else to go, Lydia accepts the reference of the local sheriff, Travis Whitfield, and begins boarding with his elderly aunt. The two women decide to open a candy shop even as half the men in the town want to marry Lydia while the other half reject her as a Yankee. Meanwhile, the missing tavern-keeper is not the only mystery plaguing the town. A Stolen Heart is the first book in Amanda Cabot’s newest series. The setting was one of the first things I noticed. Only a decade had passed since the Civil War, and like many Southerners, the residents of Cimarron Creek refused to let go of the past, which makes Lydia’s job as a Northern newcomer and shopkeeper all the harder. The novel did not dig too deeply into the historical setting, but used the customs and culture of the time to frame a lovely romance between Lydia and the local sheriff. It was obvious from the beginning that the two of them would fall in love, even though two of Travis’s friends set their sights on Lydia the moment she stepped off the train. Travis and Lydia were a cute couple to watch fall in love. Both had initial misgivings about marriage, but they let God and their love for each other overcome their fears, showing character growth. And, yes, I’m giving that away because A Stolen Heart literally speaks romance in the title, so the ending is obvious. Something that is not obvious from the title is the mystery that helps bring them together. There are at least two missing people in the town along with some unexplained vandalism, and since it is the Sheriff’s job to solve the problem, the characters find themselves in the middle of the problem early on. The development of the mystery and the ultimate solution were intriguing and satisfactory. And can I just say that I loved the prose itself? It dragged me into the story and kept me involved from the beginning, banishing thoughts of finishing the other books I was already in the middle of until this one was finished. I recommend this book to fans of sweet historical romance. A Stolen Heart is another fantastic novel from Amanda Cabot, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads, via NetGalley. All opinions are expressly my own.
slm76 More than 1 year ago
Tensions still run high in a small Texas town 15 years after the end of the Civil War and Lydia knows about it before she’s even arrived in search of her fiancé. But even though one of the town’s Confederate veterans persists in calling her the ‘Cursed Enemy,’ she soon learns the war isn’t the only cause of division. Lydia has two men vying for her attention, and two brothers are rivals for their father’s praise. She’s also accused of a rash of thefts taking place in the town, even though she’s also a victim. Her chocolate creations do much to win over the townsfolk, but could they also be responsible for murder? There’s a nice little map of Cimarron Creek at the start of the book and I referred to it often. Since Travis (the “handsome sheriff”) has a large extended family, the included family tree also came in useful. The narrative itself is a mixture of romance and suspense. The crime story builds steadily, sharing space with the romance although playing second fiddle to it. I gradually worked out who might be responsible but the culminating scene is tense and heart pounding. I didn’t know how it would end up. Lydia is also fortunate to develop some close friendships with a variety of women, some of which are unexpected, and these help her as she comes to terms with her fiancé’s actions. A Stolen Heart is the first title in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy. A sneak peak of book two, involving one of Lydia’s new friends, is included but it won’t be published until next year. Based on this novel, I’ll look forward to its release. Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of A Stolen Heart, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
MAHake More than 1 year ago
Crossed paths lead to cross-county changes and cross purposes. Lydia Crawford leaves New York following the man she plans to marry. Yet when she arrives in post-Civil War Texas, this Yankee schoolteacher finds life does not turn out as expected. The plucky lady seeks to make her own way, but will she ever be accepted in her new town? The endearing characters and touching tale make this book memorable. I enjoyed the plot and its surprises—it’s not just a simple, typical story. The love and growth exhibited offers an example to emulate. I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A mystery starts off the series.... A Stolen Heart Cimarron Creek Trilogy #1 By Amanda Cabot Lydia Crawford is heading to Cimarron Creek, Texas, and heading to a new life with her fiancé. But something has gone terrible wrong - Edgar Ellis has disappeared and left behind a wife who is in the family way. Having cut all ties to her former life Lydia is a Northern in a sea of Texans for whom the resentments of the war that divided a nation have not yet been forgotten. Fortunately for Lydia, she was met by the newly appointed sheriff, Travis Whitfield, who directed Lydia to the perfect place to regroup. With her plans for her life completely undone, Lydia needs to decide what her next move will be. But asking Edgar why is pretty high up on her list. For Travis determining why Edgar abandoned his wife is of utmost importance ~ was it voluntary because of the imminent arrival of Miss Crawford? Fear of his responsibilities? Or was something more sinister involved? And is Miss Crawford indeed who she claims? And what was her purpose in settling so far removed from her old life? As Lydia settles into her new life she finds a unique need that her skills can fill and she becomes an accepted member of the community. But when a series of crimes begin occurring in Cimarron Creek suspicion natural turns to Lydia. Could she truly be guilty of these crimes? And how could she have fooled some many people? Perhaps Cimarron Creek chose the wrong man to be sheriff and needed someone who could look deeper and could protect them from Northern opportunists. This is the first book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy and there is a definite mystery that runs through this book though the book itself is identified as a historical romance. Set in 1880, Texas is still recovering from the wounds it received during the Civil War so it is interesting to see how the people all react to Lydia and her Northern ties. The family ties that bind this town have a powerful influence throughout this story. And if you've read and enjoyed Amanda Cabot in the past you don't miss this delightful read! I was provided a review copy of this book by Revell with no expectation of a positive review - all expressed opinions are my own.
Charity_Andrews More than 1 year ago
Ten years after the Civil War, Lydia is a Yankee that’s unknowingly engaged to a married man, traveling South across the country to start completely over and reinventing/finding herself in this beautiful book. I mean, come on! Look at that gorgeous cover!! Tell me you don’t want to pick this one up! Amanda Cabot has a way of intertwining spiritual matters, deep characters and beautifully vivid visuals in her writing. You can see it all so clearly. I absolutely loved reading this book. Through all the trials Lydia has to work through, there’s hope and a spirit of determination. Most importantly, there’s no whining and I LOVE that! You will fall in love with the citizens of Cimarron Creek as they fight for their way of life and learn how to love a Yankee. Be sure to pick up a copy of this great read! Thanks for this fabulous book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion! Here’s to many more!!
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
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.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
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 fiancé, 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.
LadybugChronicles More than 1 year ago
As we venture in this first book in the Cimarron Creek series we get to know Lydia, a Yankee from New York coming to Texas to marry her fiance'. Until she realizes he has already married and he's missing. Lydia decides to stay in Cimarron Creek even if it's just to find out what happened to Edgar. She didn't realize that she was in the middle of a town mystery. Things aren't right and the new sheriff is trying eagerly to put an end to all the crime and place order back in their small town. One thing leads to another and love and mystery are full in this wonderful first book by Amanda Cabot. You will not want to put it down until you've read the last page and even then you can't wait to read the next one. I know I am..
Debragg More than 1 year ago
"A Stolen Heart" by Amanda Cabot is a story that will grab your attention from the first page. Lydia Crawford used to be a teacher. She has come to a new town and she is looking for her fiancé. Will he be there? She finds that he has already married someone else and he is gone. Now what is she going to do? Where is he? Is he okay? Who is she going to turn to? This is a story of faith, hope and love. But, there will be many trials and many questions along the way. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are mine,
DaphSelf More than 1 year ago
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. As usual, Amanda Cabot delivers a great book!
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
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. .
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
A Stolen Heart is an absolute delight. The characters are dynamic, and the plot has the right balance between mystery and romance. While the overall story is fairly lighthearted, A Stolen Heart does include a hefty dose of prejudice and its inevitable and unfortunate effect on everyone involved. Lydia Crawford is an outsider because she’s from the North (the Civil War is just too recent), and Opal Ellis is looked down upon because she works in a saloon, married a northerner who has mysteriously disappeared, and is pregnant. While small-town residents can be welcoming, curious, and friendly, they can also be known for their unforgiving gossipmongering, relentless judgment, rampant jealousies, and fickleness. And Cimarron Creek, Texas, is no exception. What I love most about A Stolen Heart is that the author, Amanda Cabot, doesn’t overload the story with the standard mystery and romance clichés. Of course, the tried and true clichés are there, but Cabot wields them sparingly and beautifully. The mystery aspect is well constructed, and the romance between Lydia and the town’s sheriff and lawyer, Travis Whitfield, is sweet without becoming too sappy. The pace becomes quite brisk in the last few chapters, leaving the reader heartbroken, aghast, outraged, and hungry for more. While all the characters are well developed, I have to admit that Abe Whitfield (Travis’s father) is one of my favorites. Yes, he’s cantankerous and full of bad attitude and prejudice, but his development as a character is wonderful to behold. A Stolen Heart is fast paced and exciting, and the sweet shop Lydia opens will have the reader hankering for some fudge and chocolate creams throughout the entire book. Mystery, romance, and chocolate: a decadent combination!
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
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 fiancé 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.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful western historical romance. I fell in love with Lydia, Travis and Aunt Bertha. I loved how Lydia decides to open the candy shop. All of that just sounded so delicious. I did not want to put this book down. I loved the romance and the slight tinge of suspense. I am so looking forward to the second book in the series. I received a copy of this book from Revell reads for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
A Stolen Heart is a story of prejudice. This is also a story of mysteries of fires, death of animals an people, missing people and misunderstandings and believe it or not even worse than that - if that is even possible. Lydia faces a lot of North/South prejudice on her journey to Texas to her Aunt's. She goes there to meet up with her fiancé but she gets there to find him gone and married already. She meets the sheriff and good that she did - personally and well not so personally. This book is brilliant, exciting, exhilarating, mysterious, grievous, infuriating, and flamboyant. You go through so many emotions with this book and you definitely love this book when you are done. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ReginaFujitani More than 1 year ago
A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot Lydia Crawford is moving to Cimarron Creek to be with her fiancé Edgar. During her travels and as she arrives in town, although the Civil War has been over for years, she is dealt with racial stigmatism because she is from the North. When Lydia arrives in town she discovers her fiancé is missing. But she discovers a lot more than a missing fiancé. Lydia meets up with Travis, the town sheriff, and Aunt Bertha. Both of them welcome Lydia with open arms. But Lydia is more reserved with Travis. Cimarron Creek is full of secrets and mysteries that will keep you guessing about the townspeople. This novel is fast moving, it has some great people who have a heart in this small town – you just have to know who you can trust, the story is filled with forgiveness, and love. Amanda Cabot will not disappoint her readers or new readers with A Stolen Heart! Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
A Stolen Heart, written by Amanda Cabot, is book one in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy. Lydia Crawford is engaged to Edgar Ellis. She has left her home and job in Syracuse, New York and traveled Cimarron Creek, Texas to start a new life with him. When she gets there, she finds out he has married some one else and they have a child on the way. But Edgar has mysteriously gone missing. Sheriff Travis Whitfield is waiting for his father to return on the coach. What he find though is Lydia. When he finds out that she has no place to go, he takes her to his Aunt Bertha's. Lydia and Betha become very good friends and business partners. Strange things are happening in Cimarron Creek. Shops are stolen from. Animals are poisoned. People are hurt. The citizens of Cimarron Creek are now thinking Travis is not the person who should be sheriff. Travis need to find out who is committing these crimes. Mix that with friends who are arguing over who gets to court Lydia. It seems like there is always something happening in Cimarron Creek. This is a great Historical Fiction story. Perfect to curl up with and get lost in. I like the “who done it” parts of the story. I also enjoy the focus of family and friendship. But the parts that stand out the most to me are the ones that show us things happen for a reason. Aunt Bertha tells Lydia she always loved the verse Romans 8:28, “God does have a plan for us, and he does bring something good out of even the worst times in our lives.” The story does a great job of bringing this out, even with all that is happening. The story also has a touch of romance written within it. This story would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys Christian Historical stories, especially is they like mystery and romance. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
A delightfully told story filled with unexpected surprises, starting a new life, a little bit of mystery and a whole lot of character....not to mention, sweet confections and love at last! Lydia Crawford travels to Cimmaron Creek, Texas, to join her betrothed and start a blissful married life in a new town. Little does she know what's in store for her! The first kind soul she encounters is sheriff Travis Whitfield, who delivers the blow that will change the course of her life! Taking refuge with his great-aunt Bertha, Lydia begins to unravel the mystery of her betrothed and fight against the prejudices the town has for Northerners. With the help of Betsy & the sheriff she begins to build a new life and occupation as the towns first sweet shop owner & confectioner. And just maybe in the process, find new love! I enjoyed this story very much! I think I really liked getting to know Betsy, she's a warm-hearted widow with a heart of gold. She extents hospitality to all who come her way and treats them like family! She reminded me of my own grandmother. I felt a bit sorry for Travis as he tries to be fulfill the role of town sherriff , much to the consternation of his dad. And as cantankerous & stubborn as Abe can be, you can see he really does have a soft heart! All the characters made this story feel like I had stepped into the book with them. There was also a mysterious thread woven throughout that kept me guessing until the end. A great afternoon read you can sit down with and forget the world around you! * I received a complimentary copy from the publisher on behalf of the author. A favorable review wasn't required and all opinions are strictly my own. *