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3.27.2017

A Stolen Heart ~ Review

A Stolen Heart
Cimarron Creek Trilogy #1
By Amanda Cabot

Lydia Crawford is heading to Cimarron Creek, Texas, and heading to a new life with her fiancé. But something has gone terrible wrong - Edgar Ellis has disappeared and left behind a wife who is in the family way. Having cut all ties to her former life Lydia is a Northern in a sea of Texans for whom the resentments of the war that divided a nation have not yet been forgotten.

Fortunately for Lydia, she was met by the newly appointed sheriff, Travis Whitfield, who directed Lydia to the perfect place to regroup. With her plans for her life completely undone, Lydia needs to decide what her next move will be. But asking Edgar why is pretty high up on her list.

For Travis determining why Edgar abandoned his wife is of utmost importance ~ was it voluntary because of the imminent arrival of Miss Crawford? Fear of his responsibilities?  Or was something more sinister involved? And is Miss Crawford indeed who she claims? And what was her purpose in settling so far removed from her old life?

As Lydia settles into her new life she finds a unique need that her skills can fill and she becomes an accepted member of the community. But when a series of crimes begin occurring in Cimarron Creek suspicion natural turns to Lydia. Could she truly be guilty of these crimes? And how could she have fooled some many people? Perhaps Cimarron Creek chose the wrong man to be sheriff and needed someone who could look deeper and could protect them from Northern opportunists.

This is the first book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy and there is a definite mystery that runs through this book though the book itself is identified as a historical romance.  Set in 1880, Texas is still recovering from the wounds it received during the Civil War so it is interesting to see how the people all react to Lydia and her Northern ties.  The family ties that bind this town have a powerful influence throughout this story. And if you've read and enjoyed Amanda Cabot in the past you don't miss this delightful read!

I was provided a review copy of this book by Revell with no expectation of a positive review - all expressed opinions are my own.


About the Book:
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 fiancĂ©. 

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?
Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites you into Texas's storied past to experience adventure, mystery--and love.