On Lone Star Trail (Texas Crossroads Book #3): A Novel

On Lone Star Trail (Texas Crossroads Book #3): A Novel

by Amanda Cabot

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If there's one thing Gillian Hodge never wants to see again, it's a man on a motorcycle. Her last encounter with one left her right hand crushed, ending her promising career as a concert pianist. But as she heads to Rainbow's End Resort, a sudden thunderstorm causes a motorcycle to crash in front of her.

When TJ Benjamin's wife died, he lost more than his best friend; he lost his faith. He's spent the past year wandering the country on a motorcycle, trying not to think about his future. When he finds himself stranded with a busted bike and a reluctant rescuer, he has to wonder about God's sense of humor.

Can this woman without a future and this man running from his past find romance in the present? Or are they too tied to the way life used to be?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493401642
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Series: Texas Crossroads , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 193,850
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, Christmas Roses, At Bluebonnet Lake, and In Firefly Valley. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.
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 www.amandacabot.com.

Customer Reviews

On Lone Star Trail: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
EpicFehlReader More than 1 year ago
The plot is pretty cliche-laden, complete with a pretty meh love triangle. To be honest, for a romance I didn't feel much heat between anyone. The dialogue sounded too scripted to get the swoons outta me. I didn't feel like Gillian's character or backstory was developed enough for me to understand why these people were so taken with her. Her pianist past is mostly only mentioned in brief passing and there's not much to her or her story in the present that really left me awestruck, there's not even noticeable humor or spunk to her personality. She's just very... cardboard-like. But of course her leading men immediately see her as super-special and "the most amazing woman I've ever met in my life..." as one goes so far to say. One guy even calls her Wonder Woman when she paints a whole room by herself. Not even kidding, that's all she has to do to get this moniker. No saving anyone from drowning or pulling someone from a burning building. Nope. Just the ability to paint four walls a solid color and she gets Wonder Woman. Must be slim pickins in Dupree. I found myself more interested in the story of TJ's deceased wife. Seemed like there was a cool lady there -- artistic, adventurous, full of life. TJ's inner thoughts reveal how he never met anyone more beautiful than her, how she could so easily pull him out of his shell and get him to try new things. I wanted to know that story! But then cardboard Gillian comes in, sees a picture of the deceased wife and deems her "not beautiful by any standard". M'kay, well after that I was officially done caring about the coupling of Gillian and TJ.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
I can attest that this is a stand alone book. As this is the third in the Texas Crossroads series, this is my first time reading Amanda Cabot. I didn't feel as if I was missing anything except to go back and read the other couples HEA in their own story. A wonderful book of love and trust, Gillian and TJ's story was full of hope in finding their way, and the power in their own belief in God. If you are looking for a really good Christian book with no graphic scenes or language, then I encourage you to read "On Lone Star Trail". A book for all ages, I highly recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley and Revell for gifting me with a copy of "On Lone Star Trail". My honest review is my own.
Readanygoodbookslately More than 1 year ago
Amanda Cabot continues her Texas Crossroads series with On Lone Star Trail. The setting in Texas is the perfect place to find hope, friendship, healing and even love. Cabot's protagonist, Gillian Hodge has suffered a life changing loss, but she learns that loss can bring joy when she collides with TJ and discovers that she is not alone on the journey of healing and regaining faith. Cabot's characters are entertaining and believable. As an educator I thought Cabot did a great job showing TJ and then Gillian reaching and teaching people of all ages not because they had knowledge to impart, but because they saw a need and cared enough to reach beyond themselves. I have learned that you must make connections with students to truly make an impact. Cabot's created community is rural and cozy but with a fresh modern feel. It makes me wish I could actually visit Firefly Valley. Since my family likes to go RVing perhaps we could join the folks at the camp area for a friendly visit. I highly recommend this book and the other two in the series. Great reading.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I love Amanda Cabot's writing style. Her stories flow so steady and smooth. On Lone Star Trail was definitely a nice break from the fast paced, action packed stories I've been reading. I also enjoyed being back at Rainbow's End and Dupree. Catching up with characters from Firefly Valley and At Bluebonnet Lake made me even more happy to read this book. Gillian and TJ are both fighting their own personal grief battles. I can relate to grief, feelings of guilt, and questioning "why did this happen to me." Amanda Cabot captures those emotions excellently. I love how these characters clicked as friends, but wouldn't allow themselves to surrender to more than that for a while. It was also entertaining that everyone around them (Kate, Greg, Marisa, Sally, the Matchers) recognized their feelings for each other before they did. Sometimes love truly is blind! Amanda Cabot writes an emotionally challenging story with a clear message: Let go and let God (LGLG). It was so hard for these characters to embrace the concept and I appreciate that. It's not easy to do in real life and it made the story more relevant that the characters struggled to find their paths and finally surrendered their all to God. Overall, this was an excellent end to the Texas Crossroads trilogy and I look forward to reading more by this fantastic author. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads Blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story. I am sad that this is the last book of the Texas Crossroads Series. I have read each book in the series and have fallen in love with Rainbow's End Resort and the assorted characters that have shown up there. I highly recommend reading all three stories. As for On Lone Star Trail... shew... I cried and I laughed because I know a thing or two about God's sense of humor. And yet, He is a great God and does all things for our good. Gillian is afraid of her future, and TJ is running from his past, and then they run smack dab into each other. The tension...and the attraction...turns out to be at times humorous as the two fight their feelings. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
On Lone Star Trail is the third installment from Texas Crossroads series. I thought it was pretty good. A wonderful lesson coping, overcoming, and moving on. 4 stars.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
I was attracted to this book because I've enjoyed Amanda Cabot's historicals and I love this cover! On Lone Star Trail is an encouraging, city girl meets country boy contemporary. Gillian is trying to find new purpose after a career ending injury. TJ has been traveling the country on his motorcycle since losing his wife and sense of identity. I liked the way the two main characters' paths cross when both are adamant about not wanting to marry and the natural development of their relationship. Both characters are ready to step out of grief and into the unknown. I had a hard time putting this one down! This is the third book of the Texas Crossroads series but was very enjoyable as a stand-alone as well. The small town setting in the Texas Hill Country is delightful and I'm looking forward to reading the previous two titles in the series. I requested this book through NetGalley in order to read and offer an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
ON LONE STAR TRAIL isn't Ms. Cabot's best novel. Unlike the first book in this series, especially, the characters in this book were flat, undeveloped and... I couldn't care for them. TJ's wife died and he's living her bucket list for her, but without her. He's very much grieving and very much not ready for a relationship. And along comes Gillian who is recovering from an accident that cost her career and she plays two men along until the end of the book. I also had some questions about the realistic-ness of a motorcycle accident that rendered TJ stranded in town. I admit I've never been in a motorcycle accident, but I have ridden them back in my teenage, I'm invincible years, and those things are heavy. Not only that but if you were to be flipped over a guard-rail - and tumble down an incline, you'd be hurt more than a bruise or two. If you love romantic fiction and read the first two in the series, you will want to finish it out with ON LONE STAR TRAIL. The other two books were At Bluebonnet Lake and In Firefly Valley.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful addition to the Texas Crossroads series. Gillian and TJ were meant to be. This was a great romantic story. You do not need to read the first two books in this series to enjoy this one but it will help a little. I would love to visit a place like Rainbows end. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Gillian, a concert pianist, is on her way to Rainbow's End after an accident with a motorcyclist ruined her career. She's hoping that some time in the Texas country side with friends will help her decide what direction her life is going to take since she can no longer play the piano. TJ, a former teacher, has been touring the US on his motorcycle hitting all of the spots his late wife wanted to travel to. He's bitter, depressed, and wandering in both life and faith. So when he loses control of his motorcycle in front of Gillian on the road to Rainbow's End, the two become unlikely friends. God is going to have to preform several miracles to get these two back into the path He's chosen for them. This was my favorite book in the series. The story, while filled with road blocks and drama for the main characters, flowed smoothly and was easy to read. The author brought out the faith element more in this book. The relationships were authentic and felt real. I liked getting a peak at characters from the previous books. The author seems to be growing in her writing technique and I'm enjoying her books more as each one comes out. My only complaint would be one that is often the case in stories with short timelines. There were several very unrealistic things in the plot. My largest pet peeve is how the motorcycle accident was written. The author clearly isn't a rider. But that is a personal complaint, so I didn't let it detract from the story. This is a newish author to check out if you enjoy sweet romances, beautifully written scenery, and faith inspired plots. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
I have so enjoyed this series, and I am sad to see it come to an end – but On Lone Star Trail gave it the perfect sendoff. Amanda Cabot included all of the elements that make the series so entertaining while adding a few new twists as well! (While this is the third book in the TEXAS CROSSROADS series, it’s not necessary to have read the other two first.) Gillian and TJ both need to learn how to live again. Gillian’s life was upended after the tragic accident that stole her career. TJ’s world went off kilter when his wife died of cancer. Their paths collide – quite literally – on the road to Rainbow’s End Resort. In the process of figuratively getting their footing, they team up to help the youth of Dupree – and the not-so-youth – find a new sense of purpose as well. One of my favorite discussions between Gillian and TJ comes when Gillian is struggling with feeling empty and adrift without her career. TJ reminds her of a line from The Sound of Music – “When God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” But he goes on to say that “it takes more courage to climb through a window than to walk through a door.” The fact that they are both looking for that window – and the courage to climb through it – provides the deep bond of their friendship. Speaking of friendships and relationships, the love triangle in On Lone Star Trail nearly killed me. Why? Because I did NOT know who Gillian would choose. I knew who I WANTED her to choose, but I genuinely liked both TJ and Mike. And I’m totally not telling you who she ends up with either. Except to say that I wish there would be a fourth book to give the runner-up a chance at love too!! (I’m also hoping that Brianna and Todd appear again at some point, too.) Bottom Line: Get reacquainted with old friends, meet some new ones, and fall in love along with Gillian in On Lone Star Trail. Both Gillian’s and TJ‘s faith journeys in this novel are honest and emotional… but full of hope. The relationships they make in the process will not only entertain but will also remind us that God is at work in our lives even when we can’t see it right away. I am excited to see where Amanda Cabot will take us next! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Amanda Cabot finishes up her Texas Crossroads series with the third book entitled On Lone Star Trail. I really enjoyed this series; going back to Rainbow’s End resort, visiting with the surrounding town, and meeting up with the previous characters. In this next chapter we have Gillian Hodge, who is Kate’s best friend, coming up for a vacation and some down time. She has really been dealt a blow as she was a rising star as a concert pianist until her hand was crushed in a motorcycle accident. Now, without a career to go back to, she is really trying to reevaluate her life. As life happens, on her way to the resort she witnesses a motorcycle crash. She offers to help out the victim by the name of TJ Benjamin. Taking him to the resort with her, circumstances conspire to keep them at Rainbow’s End for an unexpected period of time. During this time, they not only grow closer in their new found friendship but also meeting and helping the residents of the town from the young to the old. TJ, a widower, is having a hard time letting go of his past life and so is reluctant to pursue a relationship with Gillian, even though they both feel the chemistry and make such a great team together. But the question is, will TJ be able to just step aside when another great guy comes pursuing Gillian? This was a nice romance filled with friends and a small hometown feeling. I am very glad I visited Rainbow’s End resort and I still wish it was a real place. I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
HeidiMain More than 1 year ago
On Lone Star Trail by Amanda Cabot is a page-turner with an intriguing plot based around an isolated lake in Texas. I love this setting, as it vividly reminds me of a camp we owned in upstate New York when I was a kid. Amanda builds emotionally driven characters with realistic and engaging dialogue. Gillian and TJ, the main characters, both go through a solid and believable faith walk.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
_______________________________________________ *My Thoughts* Wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW!! I loved this book so much. Actually, I have loved it ever since I read the preview in her last book. (DON'T do that, by the way, unless you enjoy torture!) I never really cared for authors that wrote contemporary and historical novels because I felt that, a lot of times, there was just too much of a gap. That all changed with Amanda Cabot! I loved her in "Paper Roses" and "Summer of Promise" but I also have fallen in love with this contemporary series! The covers are gorgeous and her characters are superb! I think Gillian and TJ's story is my favorite. There is just so much they have to overcome to have any kind of future together and their teasing was adorable. Amanda has done a great job weaving faith through all of her novels, but I think she did the most amazing job with it in this one. There was nothing forced but there was so much healing. It was the perfect blend of romance, healing, faith, and humor. I can't wait to see what Cabot does next! ____________________________________________________ *My overall thoughts* If books were perfect, this would absolutely be it, at least in Cabot's case. Perfectly paced, I read this in one Sunday afternoon and I was sighing in happiness for at least an hour after I put it down. LOVE. _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give On Lonestar Trail... 5 stars!! _______________________________________________ *I received this book from Litfuse, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Once again, Amanda Cabot entertains and encourages readers with an enjoyable visit to the Texas Hill Country! Gillian Hodge and TJ Benjamin are both seeking a new direction when their paths cross quite unexpectedly. “Can this woman without a future and this man running from his past find romance in the present?” On Lone Star Trail is an engaging story! Gillian and TJ are wounded characters, and theirs is a realistic story riddled with drama, emotion, and romance. I have enjoyed the Texas Crossroads series and will miss visiting Dupree, Texas, and the Rainbow’s End Resort! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Series conclusion is not a let down... On Lone Star Trail Texas Crossroads #3 By Amanda Cabot It was suppose to be a chance to escape from the pain of the past. But a motorcycle crash quickly disrupts the plans of both Gillian Hodge and TJ Benjamin. Gillian is returning to Rainbow's End to visit with her best friend Kate. Hoping to find peace and further healing from the accident that left her life without direction, Gillian is unprepared for her latest encounter with a motorcycle and its rider. TJ is trying come to terms with the loss of his life. He's given up everything he knew trying to deal with both his pain and his anger. Seeking solitude, he never planned on ending up at Rainbow's End, but after wrecking his motorcycle he had to rely on the kindness of strangers. Kate and Greg are soon to become first time parents. Marissa and Blake are newly married. And the displaced apartment fire residents are calling the RVs in Firefly Valley their temporary home. It is in this changing landscape that TJ and Gillian find themselves. And when a landscape is in period of change opportunities are sure to arise that will give two hurting people a chance to rediscover a purpose in their lives. Life is never easy and when what we have come to know is taken away from us we are left with a choice in how we respond to these challenges. And how we respond is important. Like so many who have come before them Gillian and TJ are about to discover that the path to healing and peace is not easy and it isn't accomplished on one's own. One has to surrender control or the illusion of control to God. This is the final book in the Texas Crossroads series and it is not a letdown from the previous two books in the series. The town of Dupree is growing. Rainbow's End is becoming known for its peace and healing. And the various characters we have gotten to know have grown into people one would love to call friend. I have to admit if it wasn't for the Texas heat I wouldn't mind calling the area home myself. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Can you imagine spending your entire life working towards your dream only to have it snatched away in one fateful moment? That's exactly where Gillian finds herself. She spent years becoming a concert pianist but on an ordinary day an accident shattered that dream. After months of physical therapy to restore full movement in Gillian's hand the therapists have decided that they've done all that they can and Gillian's career as a concert pianist comes to an end. For a change of scenery and a time to regroup Gillian heads to Rainbow's End Resort. If you've read the previous two books in the series you know that Gillian is good friends with the resort owners, Greg and Kate, who by the way are expecting their first baby. Just before she arrives at the resort T.J. Benjamin crashes into her. No one is hurt, but what's a body to do but offer a lift to the stranded motorcyclist. T.J. has no plans to stay in Dupree, TX but finds himself stuck until his motorcycle can be repaired. As Providence would have it Greg offers T.J. a room in exchange for a favor. That favor will prove to be pivotal in T.J.'s future. On Lone Star Trail was so much more than a warm and fuzzy romance. Amanda Cabot allowed us to look into the lives of two people who where searching for answers to the future and found not only what they needed but each other as well. I've enjoyed the entire Texas Crossroads series. It was a delightful trip to Rainbow's End each time. I was excited to see the new developments and also the new faces. If it were a real place I'd head there in a heartbeat just to meet everyone and eat some of Carmen's amazing meals! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
If there's one thing Gillian Hodge never wants to see again, it's a man on a motorcycle. Her last encounter with one left her right hand crushed, ending her promising career as a concert pianist. Unsure about the next phase in her life, she heads to Rainbow's End Resort for some R&R when a sudden thunderstorm causes a motorcycle to crash right in front of her. When TJ Benjamin's wife died, he lost more than his best friend; he lost his faith. He has spent the past year wandering the country on his motorcycle, trying not to think about the future. When he finds himself stranded with a busted bike and a reluctant rescuer, he has to wonder about God's sense of humor. As these broken people collide, they find that a bright future is still ahead--it just might not be the one they imagined for themselves. Book Three of the Texas Crossroads series once again finds us at Rainbow's End. Gillian goes there to recuperate from a life altering injury to her hand. Kate, her best friend, along with Kate's husband own Rainbow's End Resort. Kate is where she has always gone when she needs time away from the world. Gillian has to decide what her future holds for her. Her dad thinks getting married and producing grandchildren is the answer. But she has to marry the right kind of man. TJ is running from the loss of his wife and from God. He ends up hydroplaning on a rainy road right in front of Gillian. It was a motorcycle that caused her hand injury. So understandably she never wants to see a motorcycle again. She offers him a ride to Rainbow's End. There the story begins with them both trying to find the direction in life they are going to take. Gillian with God's help and TJ trying to outrun God. I found the book entertaining. A nice cozy read would be how I would describe it. Although this was the third book in the series, it is not necessary to read the other two to read this book. I would suggest reading them just because they are good books. I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining, uplifting, and encouraging third novel in Amanda Cabot's Texas Crossroads, On Lone Star Trail can be read by itself, much to my delight. Gillian Hodge has met with an accident that costs her her professional piano concert career. To recover, she heads to visit her friends, Kate and Greg, who are expecting and run a resort in a burned out town. There she meets two men. One, TJ Benjamin, is motorcycle enthusiast running from his past. The other is wealthy Mike Tarkett, local tycoon whose family has his future mapped out. Working with teens, developing rapport, developing a plan to help the local seniors... plus developing relationships with both Mike and TJ keeps Gillian busy and confused. Mike and TJ have a few things to figure out in their lives, as well. Between the three of them,questions abound.Where does God fit in? Where does family come in? What is love and what is infatuation? What is God's will? Can prayer, determination, and quick thinking forestall disaster? Loved this book and now need to go back and read At Bluebonnet Lake and In Firefly Valley. If you like clean Christian romance, I highly recommend this. PG rating due to some subject matter, dealt with appropriately. One thing I realize after reading this book. Not all readers can identify with being young, single, and the confusion of needing a new mate or career. However, this story challenges me to be a Sally, a listener, an encourager, a person who invests in others. All of us can learn to listen and invest in others, something in which many characters in this book excelled. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed this series, and not just because it's set in Texas! This final book may be my favorite. While it can be read as a standalone, reading the first two books provides a richer experience since characters and backstory are referenced in this book. Amanda Cabot once again creates likable characters struggling with realistic issues and places them in an unlikely setting to come to terms with their situations. Cabot weaves together multiple story threads which keep the tale from dragging and further engages the reader in the lives of the characters. While the spiritual content is strong, it is neither preachy nor forced but a a natural aspect of the characters and their lives. Don't miss Lone Star Trail, and be sure to read the entire series as well! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Amanda Cabot and Baker/Revell for a blog tour. 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.”