The future she dreamed of is gone. But perhaps a better one awaits . . .
From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners–like her. Lydia won’t let that get her down, though. All will be well when she’s reunited with her fiancé.
But when she discovers he has disappeared–and that he left behind a pregnant wife–Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?
A Stolen Heart is the first in a new historical series by Amanda Cabot. I’ve enjoyed Cabot’s previous novels so I’m looking forward to reading this one.
Tensions still run high in a small Texas town 15 years after the end of the Civil War and Lydia knows about it before she’s even arrived in search of her fiancé. But even though one of the town’s Confederate veterans persists in calling her the ‘Cursed Enemy,’ she soon learns the war isn’t the only cause of division. Lydia has two men vying for her attention, and two brothers are rivals for their father’s praise. She’s also accused of a rash of thefts taking place in the town, even though she’s also a victim. Her chocolate creations do much to win over the townsfolk, but could they also be responsible for murder?
There’s a nice little map of Cimarron Creek at the start of the book and I referred to it often. Since Travis (the “handsome sheriff”) has a large extended family, the included family tree also came in useful. The narrative itself is a mixture of romance and suspense. The crime story builds steadily, sharing space with the romance although playing second fiddle to it. I gradually worked out who might be responsible but the culminating scene is tense and heart pounding. I didn’t know how it would end up. Lydia is also fortunate to develop some close friendships with a variety of women, some of which are unexpected, and these help her as she comes to terms with her fiancé’s actions.
A Stolen Heart is the first title in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy. A sneak peak of book two, involving one of Lydia’s new friends, is included but it won’t be published until next year. Based on this novel, I’ll look forward to its release.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of A Stolen Heart, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 14 March 2017
Page Count: 352