Scattered Petals (Texas Dreams Series #2)

Scattered Petals (Texas Dreams Series #2)

by Amanda Cabot


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Longing for adventure, Priscilla Morton leaves Boston and heads for Texas, never dreaming that the adventure she seeks will leave her badly injured and her parents dead. Priscilla is determined to rebuild her life and make a home for herself in the beautiful Hill Country. But the bandits who took her parents' lives also destroyed her hope for the future.
Ranch foreman Zachary Webster knows what the future holds for him, and it's not a woman like Priscilla. She deserves a cultured East Coast gentleman, not a cowboy who's haunted by memories of his mistakes. The best thing he can do is leave her alone.
When necessity draws them together, Priscilla and Zach begin to forge a life that, like the scattered petals of her childhood, is filled with promise. But then the past intrudes, threatening their very existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800733254
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: Texas Dreams Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 384,922
Product dimensions: 8.64(w) x 5.54(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses, she is also a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the co-founder of its New Jersey chapter, a member of the ACFW, and an avid traveler.

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Scattered Petals 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
KeliGwyn More than 1 year ago
Review - Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot I discovered Amanda Cabot when I read Paper Roses, the first book in this series, and eagerly awaited this sequel. Although Scattered Petals can easily be enjoyed on its own merits, my enjoyment was increased because I felt a kinship to the people of Ladreville, Texas, whom I'd grown to love. But this was definitely a new romance centered on two wounded people, both of whom had suffered great tragedy. My heart went out to Priscilla from the beginning, and kind, caring Zach earned my immediate respect when he came to her aid. Life has left them hurting and hungry for love, and yet both feel so undeserving. Cabot has woven an emotional tale sprinkled with snippets of suspense and characters who will stay with me. She does a masterful job dealing with a difficult subject and leaves the reader satisfied with a heartwarming conclusion. I highly recommend Scattered Petals to readers who enjoyed a moving inspirational historical romance. My thanks to Revell for my review copy.
NMusch More than 1 year ago
Prairie romance meets edgy Christian fiction in Scattered Petals, book 2 in Amanda Cabot's Texas Dreams series. The story starts out with a shocker, and I was impressed with the way Ms. Cabot handled it. There was a time when Christian fiction never dealt with such harsh themes as rape, but I for one am happy that the venue has gotten more real, while at the same time handling it with delicacy. It reminds me of the way old movies handled violence and sex. We could understand what was happening without being exposed to imagery that would be stuck in our heads forever. I enjoyed the book. I thought the characters had depth, and there were good twists and subplots to the story. Ms. Cabot has definitely created a community worth following in this series. Three and half stars!
MAHake More than 1 year ago
Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot is the second book in the Texas Dreams series. Not reading the first of the series didn't hinder my enjoyment of the second. This novel opens with Priscilla Morton heading west via stagecoach, along with her parents. The characters immediately seem real as they experience the trials of the jolting ride. Five pages into the story, their lives are forever changed. Yes, it opens with such a bang I wondered how the author would sustain tension after such a height (or I should say depth, since it was a tragedy). Cabot does not disappoint. She maintains interest and tension throughout the 380 pages. It is hard to set aside. Priscilla struggles with trusting God after He allowed such devastation, but manages to come to terms with her faith and eventually realizes He allows suffering for a purpose. She had sought adventure and surely found it, although in different ways than she dreamed. Readers will enjoy this tale of a proper Bostonian woman finding her true home in rugged Texas in the mid-1800s. Bandits, murder, and conflict between French and German settlers are among the trials dealt with in Scattered Petals. I like the redemptive conclusion, which portrays the way God often works in the lives of His children.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis: Scattered Petals (Texas Dreams series - Book 2) by Amanda Cabot Priscilla Morton was traveling across country for a wedding when tragedy struck her life. A stagecoach hold up leaves her parents dead and her life in shambles. Priscilla must make a life for herself in the Texas hill country and try to start over. Zachery Webster has secrets of his own. His past haunts him and leaves him feeling less than honorable. As the foreman for two ranches he has built a life for himself but it's lonely without someone to share it with. Tragedy may have brought them together but can they make their relationship more than a convenience? Can they forget about their pasts and move forward together? My Thoughts: Scattered Petals is the second book in the Texas Dreams series by Amanda Cabot. I had not read the first book in the series, but found this to be a great stand alone novel as well. This book might sound a little sad but it really isn't. Though both of the main characters have had tragic pasts, this novel is more about what comes after. It's about living through the unthinkable and coming out on the other side. It's about forgetting what happened in your past and letting go of what you can't change. There is also a very strong theme of tolerance and standing up to prejudice in whatever form it might take. In this town, both French and German settlers have come together to form a community, but there is still a lot of animosity and hatred among them. The idea of looking at a person's deeds, instead of their heritage or what language they speak, comes through very well. I liked this book a lot. Priscilla and Zach are characters that are easy to relate to and you become invested in what happens to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, I will read more Amanda Cabot books.. I recoomend this book.
ilovemy5kids More than 1 year ago
Some books, you have to read book one in order to understand the following books but this was not the case in the Texas Dreams series. Priscilla Morton, the main character, and her parents leave Boston and head to the Texas hill country. I loved that it was set in Texas, although, I had not heard of many of the towns mentioned. Immediately, the action starts. A hold-up, shootings, violence and heroes are all in the first chapter. This is not a boring book. Zachary Webster, a man with his own personal battles enters the picture and you see a love story. But, with every love story comes trials and frustrations - only this one has a little more than normal. It was a very insightful book dealing with mature issues that many people might have in their personal life - from redemption and grace to just plain forgiveness. I kept wondering what would happen next and how that would be handled. I was pleasantly amazed at the ending. This would be a perfect book for traveling or to read right before bed. Although, this is a very easy read, I would definitely recommend this book to a mature reader due to some "adult" issues. Blessings to you! You are loved!!! Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way. Available March 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Prolificreader More than 1 year ago
Two people running from a past they long to forget, can love conquer the barriers they have erected around their hearts? While you don't need to have read Paper Roses (the first book in the series) to understand Scattered Petals, I believe you will have a better appreciation for the characters and their town in this second book if you do. Scattered Petals picks up right where Paper Roses left off (only with primarily new characters). Different variables played into this story. From a town that refuses to let two people from different nationalities to marry, to a spoiled young man bent on revenge. And that is just what is going on in the background. The main story plays out on the page's canvas with desperation, guilt, loss, hurt and love. What kept me reading the story (besides wanting to know how everything would come together) is seeing how the author would tie together the secondary characters and bring them into the plot. And customary to Amanda Cabot (what I enjoy about her fiction) are the endings. She always finds a way to ratchet the tension and bring the reader to care about how it concludes. I found Scattered Petals a touching love story, with some suspense. I received this book from the author to be used as an influencer. I received no compensation for my review.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful cover this book has, and an appropriate one at that with beauty and sadness of expression. Scattered Petals is the sequel and second book in a trilogy starting with Paper Roses, yet could easily be appreciated on it's own merit as a stand alone. Bringing together two very different yet painful pasts God uses different characters to allow healing and hope for a future. This story gives a great deal of visual insight into the mind of a madman as well as a hint of depression and pain. Through out the pages healing is found in ways unexpected and love and happiness is entirely possible.This is a truly heart rending novel and every page fills you with the good and bad of life, all encompassing the will of God through out and especially in the end. I do recommend it. I look forward for the end of the trilogy in the spring of 2011 as well as other titles from author Amanda Cabot to come.*Thanks to Donna Hausler of Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Texas Dreams series, and although it is good as a stand alone book, I recommend you read book one first so you can get to know the town and background of many of the characters in book two. I didn't think I would enjoy book two as much as book one, but I found myself really enjoying the theme of this story, plus the main character, Zach Webster-he was a real jewel of a man. The story starts with Priscilla Morton and her parents embarking on an "adventure" from Boston to the Texas Hill Country in 1856 to attend a wedding of a dear friend, who was, once upon a time, a part of their family. Before they reach their destination a heartbreaking tragedy occurs to this family. Zach Webster is the foreman at the ranch Priscilla Morton finally arrives at. She has had a devastating loss and needs lots of time and healing and Zach is the man who has patience and sensitivity to what Priscilla needs. They both have scars that need healing and it is a great love story, but more than that, it is a story of seeing how God can and will work out everything for good, even when it looks impossible. There was alot of sorrow and heartbreak in this story; alot of deepfelt emotion to work through. You felt for these characters and I enjoyed the beautiful way this author brought healing and hope into these two peoples lifes. A story of a girl setting out to look for adventure and ended up finding love. A story of hope and of joy, knowing that even though we can't see the whole picture, God can and when we step back and see how He orchestrated it all, we see how He makes everything beautiful in His time. I look forward to the next book in this series.
mel247 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scattered Petals is the 2nd novel in the Texas Dreams series by Amanda Cabot. Ms. Cabot creates an interesting set of likeable, and not so likeable characters set in a small Texas town. The main female character, Priscilla, travels with her parents from Boston to attend her brother in laws wedding. Through many twists and turns, readers are reminded of the beauty of love, the ups and downs of grief, the hold of guilt, and the joy of community. Highly recommended as a story that draws you in and leaves you thinking just enough about tough issues such as judging others and forgiveness, but light-hearted enough to leave you with a fuzzy feeling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've really enjoyed this series!
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Pads in. Lol he so godmodded and he knew it and so did lilly.
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I loved this series! Highly recommend.
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ASAP!!!!!! IT'S GREAT!!!!!!!
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Great book best I've read ina while
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This book was very well written for the touchy content it involved. It was written with love, and care along with understanding of ladies who may have been through it themselves. Good research to handle the topics and well written. Can not wait to read book #3.
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grumpybee More than 1 year ago
All three of these books are very good. Start with the first one, "Paper Roses"; then go from there. I have really enjoyed reading this set of books.
quiltladybrk More than 1 year ago
I read all three of these and couldn't put them down. Very good books