In Firefly Valley, by Amanda Cabot

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

She’s lost her dream job–but has she found the man of her dreams?

Devastated by a downsizing, Marisa St. George has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it means a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow’s End resort. The only silver lining: Blake Kendall, a new guest who might make her believe in love at first sight. But will Marisa’s dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers Blake’s real identity?

My Take:

The second book in the Texas Crossroads series takes us back to Dupree, in the heart of the Hill Country. Marisa’s mother is a long time employee of the Rainbow’s End resort and Marisa has returned home to assist in its reopening. She carries a lot of baggage and doesn’t have many happy memories of growing up in the small town. Her recently widowed friend, Lauren, welcomes her with open arms. Readers of At Bluebonnet Lake will remember Lauren’s daughter, Fiona, who is determined to find a new daddy. The secondary storyline in this book is about Lauren’s attempts to move on with her life a year after her husband’s death.

The Texas Crossroads series so far has required a slight suspension of disbelief, with ordinary women being pursued by wealthy men. But not only is each Prince Charming determined to sweep the women off their feet, they’re equally as determined to help one small town get back on its feet. But these fantasies are wonderfully written, and none of the men are unrealistically perfect. Some of Blake and Marisa’s problems stem from the actions and opinions of others in their pasts, and they’ll need to get over these if they have any hope of a future. In Firefly Valley also carries the subtle lesson that while many things in life are permissible, they’re not always edifying.

This is Amanda Cabot’s second foray into contemporary romance, and I enjoyed it as much as the first. The characters are delightful and are of a variety of ages and backgrounds. The rural setting is also presented in both positive and negative lights. While it isn’t absolutely necessary to read At Bluebonnet Lake first, I do suggest doing so since it introduces the characters and the Rainbow Lake resort.


Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of In Firefly Valley, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read In Firefly Valley? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)

Publication Date: 19 May 2015

Page Count: 368

Read more on:   Amanda Cabot’s Website   Revell’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million


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