At Bluebonnet Lake (Texas Crossroads Book #1): A Novel

At Bluebonnet Lake (Texas Crossroads Book #1): A Novel

by Amanda Cabot

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Marketing maven Kate Sherwood's world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is slow down to a crawl at Rainbow's End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. But she cannot deny her ailing grandmother's request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week (albeit fifty years ago). There Kate meets Greg Vange, the resort's handyman. But there's more to Greg than meets the eye--billions more, in fact, as he recently sold his successful software company and is at the resort in search of what's next for his life.

Kate isn't looking for romance, but she can't deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. She even starts to see potential in the rundown resort. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate's long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?

Amanda Cabot invites readers to step away from the pressures of the daily grind. They might be surprised by what they find at Rainbow's End.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441246370
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Series: Texas Crossroads , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 243,021
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of 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
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart and A Borrowed Dream, as well as the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds series. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at

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At Bluebonnet Lake: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Kate has focused on her marketing career her entire adult life. Her goal is partnership in the small firm where she works. But when her grandmother, her only remaining relative, asks her to come and spend a month at a small resort in Texas, she can't say no. Her grandmother fondly remembers spending time there with her late husband and wants to visit it one more time before she dies. She uses her health as an incentive to get Kate to take the month off work. Kate finds a resort in various stages of decay, a handyman that isn't really an employee, and a peace she didn't know she was looking for. If you love sweet romances, no suspense, and subtle Christian influences, than this is the perfect book for you. The author created a story that will make you smile, doesn't keep you guessing about the end, and subtly brings in points of faith and God. I enjoyed the story and will be looking forward to the next book in the series. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is the first in the Texas Crossroads series, what a great place to start. Advertising executive Kate Sherwood has promised her grandmother, Sally, that she will take her to Rainbow’s End resort in the Texas Hill Country. She is not prepared for the run down resort. It is not exactly what Sally described nor what it is advertised as. Yet, she has promised her grandmother a month here at this resort so she will make the best of it. When she sees Greg Vange she mistakes him for the handyman. She quickly learns her mistake and that is when the sparks fly. Not only is Kate in for a surprise but so is Sally. Kate must make decisions about her future that she is not sure she is ready to make. What is it that will truly make her happy? Greg Vange is not sure why God has led him to Rainbow’s End but he knows he is here for a reason. When Kate Sherwood steps into his life he is not sure where it will lead, if anywhere. Greg has some issues he needs to figure out for himself and find exactly where God is leading. The slow paced town is not what either Greg or Kate are used to yet it has a homey feel. I love the lessons learned by both Greg and Kate and I also enjoyed Sally and her chance at love. This is almost like two romance novels in one. I was given a copy of this book from neutrally for my honest opinion.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
5 stars ***** out of five Contemporary Fiction The first novel in Amanda Cabot's Texas Crossroads is so warm and inviting to the reader to come in and enjoy. The setting itself got my imagination soaring! What's not to love about a remote resort near a pristine lake? Does it matter that the closest town is becoming more of a ghost town than thriving metropolis?Kate has more than enough flaws to make her unlikeable, but her love and devotion to her grandmother definitely make up for it! And by the end of the novel she has made a transformation that is true to life. I love the resort, and am thrilled how it becomes a character. Well written, characters that grow in maturity, a setting that draws you. Vivid imagery brings life to this story and I visualized the resort both as it had been and how it was and could be. A series that I will be looking forward to continuing. Thank you to Tim at Graf-Martin Communications and Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this novel. I was given this book free in exchange for writing an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own
Pitkinchick More than 1 year ago
Amanda Cabot never fails to entertain and "At Bluebonnet Lake" is no exception.  When Kate takes her grandmother to a backwoods resort, the last thing she is looking for is romance.  But then she meets Greg and sparks begin to fly.  I have read other Amanda Cabot books and have enjoyed her historical fiction immensely.  This is the first contemporary fiction that I have read by her and I really enjoyed it.  I look forward to the other books in the series.  This book had sparks, intrigue, and romance.  Everything a good romance novel should have.  I thank Revell for giving this book to me for an honest review.  It was a terrific read!
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Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Rainbows Kate and her Grandma Sally go to Dupree, TX to Rainbows Edge resort for a month vacation. Greg go there to figure out what he wants to do with his life. Both go there thinking its still a Christian Family resort but they have changed. What happens while there changes just a few peoples lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it of course being from the great State of Texas and living in San Antonio ,it was nice to see someone else likes the Hill Country and bluebonnets
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. No sex, no violence but great love story
Mary17 More than 1 year ago
Very good read. Enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sweet love story.
mandamorgan More than 1 year ago
Slow moving story. So very mild. The romance is like an after thought. They seem more friends then romantic partners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clean story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two love stories in one book! Sally wants a vacation with her granddaughter at the same place she and her husband had vacationed many years before. She also wants her granddaughter to enjoy life more instead of working so hard. Really enjoyable story that I had a hard time putting down! *****esk 03/2017*****
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
At Bluebonnet Lake is the first book in Amanda Cabot’s Texas Crossroads series, but isn’t the first book I have ever read by her. I have read a couple of her novels in the past, so I knew a little going in, but not enough to be sure if I would enjoy this book or not. However, I was pleased to find this an enjoyable little novel that I quickly made my way through, one full of love, overcoming pain, and finding one’s purpose. The storyline was cute and sweet, the characters fun and lovable, which helped to make this even more of an interesting book. Unfortunately, I will have to add that, while I did enjoy this story, there were a few things about it—particularly the ending—that were a little lacking, and though I hate to say it maybe even a little cheesy, and left me wanting something more. Kate and Greg, though they may not realize it through most of the book, are so alike in many different ways, namely, the way that they are both searching for something to give their life a purpose. At least, that’s my opinion. Though Kate is happy with her life, or so she thinks, she really does feel deep down inside that she’s missing something, that if she can just reach such-and-such goal, everything will be perfect. Greg on the other hand, left his life behind and came to Rainbow’s End because he needed a place to get away, to figure out what to do with the rest of his days because he knew he couldn’t keep doing the same old thing anymore. That is really where they are able to help each other; though they don’t know it, both are really striving towards the same thing. Since I really enjoyed this novel and found it sweet, albeit a bit predictable, I gladly give it four out of five bookshelves. Kate and Greg’s story was a cute one full of all the things that make for an interesting novel, and I definitely liked the parallel of the story of Kate’s grandmother and Greg’s much older friend, as it added another cute little romance to the mix. The best part was that it was one of two people receiving a blessing not many other people experience, the chance to find true love a second time. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book, I just would throw out the warning that it may be a little on the cheesy side at times, and who knows, sometimes that’s just what someone might be looking for. (This review is from my blog,
SamWyoming More than 1 year ago
Delightful Kate is a rising star in a fast-paced advertising agency in NYC. Though she risks losing a well-earned promotion, Kate doesn’t think twice when her ailing grandmother asks her to take a month-long vacation with her to the Texas Hill Country, to the Christian resort named Rainbow’s End, which her grandparents visited fifty long years ago. Kate figures that if anything comes up at work, there’s always her laptop and cell phone to keep in touch. Sadly, the resort is rundown and barely surviving. But in Grandma Sally’s eyes, it still harbors cherished memories. She believes it is the best place to force Kate to slow down and enjoy life more. She’s secretly pleased the resort is in a cell phone dead spot and that the one internet connection is agonizingly slow and only briefly available each day. Also at the resort is Greg, a young retired software billionaire, who prefers having everyone assume he is a simple handyman. Greg believes God has sent him to Rainbow’s End for a special purpose, but darn if he can figure out what it is. Even when he comes to believe Kate might be part of that purpose, there’s still something missing. When both he and Kate are tempted to leave Rainbow’s End and return to their fast-paced careers, their faith is tested. This book is wholesome, heartwarming, and full of great values. It’s sure to delight those wishing for a good inspirational read. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it has not one but two sweet romances. The characters, including the townspeople, are interesting and endearing. I loved how Kate can’t resist using her marketing skills to help the failing economy of the local town. I look forward to the next book in the series and a return to Rainbow’s End.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about finding yourself lost after taking a wrong turn and then making the hard decision to go where the Lord leads, no matter if it seems impossible or not. Once again Amanda Cabot has fulfilled my expectations by writing (and writing well) a romance that touches the heart and fills the soul with warmth. Her characters are real--with real emotions and real problems--and her story line keeps you wondering what's going to happen to these people you have grown to love and care for. I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This was a simple, leisurely, and pleasurable read. The characters are well-developed and have enough individuality and quirks to be interesting. The plot is predictable and I found myself skimming through some of the paragraphs but the small moments between Kate and Greg towards the middle through the end of the book are what I most enjoyed. The subplot with Kate's grandma and a local senior gentleman as well as a cast of likeable townspeople rounded things out well. The author's note at the end of the book promises at least two more books in the Texas Crossroads series. (Thank you to Revell Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
How I hated this book to end, but I rejoiced when I read the author’s notes at the end, and there are to be two more books. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder is more than true when Sally and her Granddaughter Kate arrive at Rainbow’s End Lodge. Sally had spent a loving time there years ago with her husband Larry, and had finally convinced Kate to take some time off and enjoy this place with her. Of course you can picture what it looks like after several years of neglect, and of course new owners, who have removed the Christian aspect of the place. The saving grace of the place appears to be the cook Carmen, and several of the other visitors, and local people. What a gift Kate appears to have to help people, but can she help herself. Her main goal in life, above everything is to become a partner in her firm. Will she succeed? Or will she lose everything she has always wanted, or are their trade ups. One thing neither woman has any inkling of, or a desire for is a bit of romance, but lo and behold, there appears to be some on the horizon, not for one of them, but both. When we travel into the countryside in Texas, in April, the place is filled with the beauty of the blue bonnets, oh how I would love to see this, and I felt like I was on the ground lying in them. Amanda Cabot’s way with words put me right in the meadows, along with the Indian Paintbrush, oh how I loved it. There is another major character in Greg, his problem; he is extremely bright, and very wealthy. To most of the woman who have crossed his path they are interested in his being their meal ticket. Will he find peace and happiness? He does have a strong faith in God, as do most of the people at the lodge, but will they make the right decisions, and turn to Him for help, or forge their own way? I highly recommend this great read, and cannot wait for the next book in this series.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
Amanda Cabot is an amazing author. She created a vivid picture of Rainbow's End and Texas' famed Hill Country. I felt as if I stepped through the pages of the book right into Rainbow's End Resort and ate some of Carmen's delicious Chocolate Pound Cake! From the descriptions to the characters, I was immersed in the story and didn't want to put the book down. From the first page, I felt a connection with Kate and Greg. It was immediately apparent that the two were at a "crossroads" in their lives (whether they realized it or not) and I was glad I joined their journey through the pages of this story. Kate is a beautiful young lady (inside and out) whose priorities got mixed up along the way. Greg is handsome, charming, and at a point in his life where he doesn't know what to do. Their romance was swift and sweet. It didn't feel rushed or forced. Each character is on a transitional journey in their lives. Kate doesn't realize her life is heading in the wrong direction until she comes to Rainbow's End and is forced to take a look at her life and the decisions and choices she's made. Greg has to overcome some painful memories from his past, so he can move on to the future God has prepared for him.  Overall, I loved this story, and from the excerpt Amanda provides for In Firefly Valley, book 2 of the Texas Crossroads Series, this is going to be another amazing series! *I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*
Sprinkle23 More than 1 year ago
Rainbow's End, a once beautiful resort in the Texas Hill Country, sits in decay, physically and financially. Kate Sherwood, whose marketing career is on the upswing, reluctantly agrees to her ailing grandmother's request to visit Rainbow's End together for one month. While Kate's grandmother, Sally, relives the memories of her previous visit fifty years ago, Kate sees only a month without internet and cell phone service, a potential death trap for her career. When Greg Vange, whom Kate assumes is the resort's handyman, helps her get an internet connection and tells her where to find service, Kate is ready to get back on track. Or is she?  As she brainstorms the marketing concept for her newest client, Greg is distractingly handsome, fun and rich. Greg has the money to restore the resort. Kate has the talent to create marketing appeal. It seems like a great match to bring life to Rainbow's End, except that Rainbow's End and Greg Vange don't fit into Kate's life plans.  Will love find a way to bring them together?  Read more in At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot. At Bluebonnet Lake is the first novel in Amanda Cabot's Texas Crossroads series.  The premise, billionaire meets marketing maven, delivered a gentle story of friendship that transformed to love. The novel was laced with humor and touched on redemptive themes such as letting go of bitterness and surrendering to God's will for one's life. However, the plot meandered and was repetitive... as in the same settings/scenes occurred repeatedly. Unfortunately, I lost interest and even though the ending was sweet, I probably won't read it again.  At Bluebonnet Lake has some good points and readers who love the small town setting might like it more than I did. However, I was a bit disappointed and I recommend renting the novel from the library prior to buying.   Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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."
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
The reviews on this book run the gamut from love to hate to ehh... Several comments were made about formatting in one review I read – and while it was later revealed to have been a digital ARC (which would explain the typos and funky formatting), I can understand how it would make the book difficult to read. Part of what writers are told over and over and over again is that we must get our spelling, grammar and wording right so that our readers are not pulled out of the story world! I was fortunate enough to have a paperback copy of the book (not an ARC) so I did not have these problems – thankfully! And I believe many other reviewers who didn't love the book had a problem because they had read Amanda Cabot's historical fiction. That can be a difficult transition but perhaps it was only easier for me because I have never read Amanda Cabot's historical fiction.  I LOVE the idea of the book! A Christian resort. And hey, isn't part of the fun of a getaway... to get away! No cell service certainly sounds like just the thing! Of course for a spunky gal who is married to her job – I can understand being bugged by a serious lack of cell service! Amanda certainly has the characters pegged! And as far as I can tell, she didn't have any difficulty transitioning from Historical fiction to contemporary! I've also noticed several people having issues with “Grandma” taking such a central role in the story but I have to say I find it refreshing! Too many people overlook our fantastic matriarchs (and patriarchs)! psst... another series I just LOVE features a spunky Grandma and Grandpa – and they are my favorite part of each book! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Amanda Cabot in her new book, “At Bluebonnet Lake” Book One in the Texas Crossroads series published by Revell takes us into the life of Kate Sherwood. From the Back Cover:   Her life is set to warp speed. His is slowing to a crawl. But love has its own timing. Marketing maven Kate Sherwood’s world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is grind to a halt at Rainbow’s End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. Still, she cannot deny her ailing grandmother’s request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week fifty years ago. There, Kate meets Greg, who appears to be the resort’s unassuming handyman. But there’s more to Greg than meets the eye–billions more, in fact. Kate isn’t looking for romance, but she can’t deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate’s long-sought promotion take her back to the big city? Amanda Cabot invites you to step into a place away from the pressures of the day. You might be surprised by what you find at Rainbow’s End. There are all kinds of things you can find at Rainbow’s End but in this case what you will find is a resort of the same name that has not been properly maintained. Fifty years ago Sally spent a week there with her now deceased husband and she wants to visit and drags Kate, her granddaughter with her. Since Kate is a Marketing person and the Inn needs serious attention Kate takes on the project of restoration. It looks like Greg is the handyman and Kate uses him to help her in her new venture. However not all is as it seems and both Kate and Greg are hiding things. Until they can work out all their issues with God helping them neither of them are moving forward. And then, of course, there is the romance.  This book will keep turning pages while leaving chores unattended and it is so worth it.  Ms. Cabot is an excellent writer and makes all her characters believable and you care deeply for them as she deftly unfolds the plot before us.  I am so glad that this is just the beginning of her new series and that there will be more stories soon. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   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.”