Paper Roses (Texas Dreams Series #1)

Paper Roses (Texas Dreams Series #1)

by Amanda Cabot


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The future stretches out in front of Sarah Dobbs like the pure blue Texas sky. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom, Austin Canfield, a man she has never met but whose letters have won her heart from afar. But there is one problem--he has died. And Sarah cannot go back East.

As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin's brother, Clay, struggles with his own muddled plans. Though he dislikes working on the family ranch and longs for a different life, Clay is driven to avenge his brother's death. But something between them is growing and neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit it.

Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep readers into the Hill Country with a tale of love and loss, closed doors and beautiful possibilities that will leave them wanting more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800733247
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Series: Texas Dreams Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 517,106
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the co-founder of its New Jersey chapter, and an avid traveler. She lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Paper Roses 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 529 reviews.
JulesWrite527 More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a free book on my Nook, not expecting at all to like it. I just wanted something to read. It takes place in the pioneer west of Texas -- not my usual style of book by far. However, I ended up falling in love with this story and the characters of Sarah and Clay. If you enjoy Christian fiction I would definitely recommend this book. If not, you may it find a bit preachy, but I would still encourage you to give it a try. It's a sweet love story with a mystery thrown in as well. Though I was pretty sure I had the mystery figured out -- and did in fact figure out most of it -- I still couldn't put it down because I wanted to know if I was right. I am very interested in reading the other two books in this series after reading the first one. It was a very unexpected pleasure to read this lovely story.
Betty1Boop More than 1 year ago
I truly loved every minute of reading this book. I have shared this book with friends and they feel the same way. They asked me how I got such a good book. I am reading the second book in this trilogy and can hardly wait for the third book to come (however, it won't be until next year). I think the writer is SUPER in her plots and the feelings that are in the book really hit the heart.
lizziebeth More than 1 year ago
This was a book I received as a free read. Not having anything else in my library to read, I broke down and read it. Once I started though I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to reading the next bookin the series.
WyoWriter More than 1 year ago
Amanda Cabot writes so beautifully. Her stories have lovable characters, great plots and they don't make me blush.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok I LOVED this book. I'm 11 and really like pioneer/historical fiction/romance/mystery. Which is what this book is. I wish that Amanda would describe a bit more instead of just telling the reader. I loved how the story unfolds and how surprising the ending/solution was. Again, LOVED IT!!! *SPOILER* I wish that there was a SEQUEL sequel to it, where Sarah and Clay have children and Thea is like, 10, and if Gunther marries Olga who becomes the school teacher, ya know? Not a "Texas Dream" book that has a different character.
cjhill More than 1 year ago
Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot is one of the best historical books I've read. I was immediately drawn into the story by the touching characters. After a family tragedy, Sarah Dobbs follows her heart to Texas to become a mail-order bride, only to find her dream shattered by another tragedy.

Clay, the brother of her dead fiance, offers her passage back home. Sarah shows her independence by forming a new life for her and her sister. In her new surroundings, Sarah is challenged to put the past behind her. Clay is also dealing with his own painful losses.

The mystery element in this story was intriguing. I liked the way this book kept me guessing, and the ending had a surprising twist.

I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for explicit sex then this book is not for you. If you want a book that has romance, mystery, suspense, and surprises....then this is the bookk for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this boook it was really good. I loved the story it was a pure and wholesome. It can be romantic without the sex scenes. this book was clean and absolutely adorable. it was sweet. this is what I want my romance to be like. very sweet book you should totally read it. Paper Roses wasn't too long but it covered the bases well. very well rounded book. everyone should read this book. I plan to read every book Amanda Cabot has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! Trials gone through are real as well as the healing God can bring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was good. Some reviews said this story was "Over Preachy" but I gave it a read anyway. I'm glad I did. I think that the story needed to include the messages of God as well as his love. Sure the story could have continued without the messages, but I think that if they weren't included as they were, the reader might have finished the story with the feeling of "what was the point?" I'll be looking forward to finding more books from this author.
cb5720 More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a very good romance/drama type story. It held my interest til the end. Being from Texas recognized some of the historical references. Even my husband enjoyed it.
jjcb More than 1 year ago
The story was captivating. A relaxing read that modeled how a relationship grows and evolves into love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, typical Christian historical romance. Excellent character development, strong storyline. Only flaw - since I live in Texas, I know - poor description of what actually constitutes a 'hot Texas summer day' . . . this author doesn't have a clue of just how sweltering and unbreatheable Texas heat can be. But, for anyone who has never lived here, it won't affect the readability.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an engaging story. It kept my interest all the way to the end. As soon as I read the last page, I went to find the rest of the series. It is so refreshing to read an innocent love story that is more about the characters and their personalities than their bedroom life. I will always carry Ms. Cabot's sweet paper roses.
homeboy1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and found it hard ot put it down. There were so many messages that we can use in our daily lives. Would recommend it to all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book!Christian fiction-romance-adventure would best be the way to explain this book! I absoelutely fell in love with the characters! It was truly a wonderful book! I had low expectations that this book exceded! If your debating,you should tottaly get this book!!!!!
ts1210 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book / author . It captured me from pg. 1. Thank you Ms.Cabot  for a great clean read,  that reminded Me of God's amazingness !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read! kept me interested till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading, "Paper Roses". Its set in the old west in Texas,Sarah,is a mail order bride. Sarah and Thea(Sarah's 2 yr old sister)travel from Philadelphia to Texas to meet her new husband however; he is murdered before she and her 2 year old sister arrive. Her parents died in a murder-suicide committed by her father. She is shocked that nobody told her that Austin, was murdered. This is story of a woman who has to learn to fend for herself in her new town, since she has no husband to take care of her. This is a wonderful story, don't hesitate to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I must give my honest opinion however, at various points it seem to be missing a couple pages, despite that it was free and as with most christian romance gives me renewed strength in my quest to do the Lords will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was highly recommended to me and I loved it! Very interesting, and I was like on the edge of my seat the whole time...couldn't hadly put it down! Again, I loved it! Recommended for all who like suspense, mystery, romance. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm absolutely in love with this book. It a wonderful story of how God can use any situation to prosper lives and have His plan accomplished. Well done to Amanda for writing an awesome novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was a good story and kept me interested. I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Basically, almost everyone would enjoy reading this book.