Thursday, May 28, 2015

In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

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

Romance readers will love this warm and witty story of mistaken identity and second chances from bestselling author Amanda Cabot.

Revell Books 
ISBN 978-08007-3435-0
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My Review: Amanda Cabot writes a compelling story of "what-ifs" in her latest novel, In Firefly Valley. From the first page, I was enraptured. I took my time reading it because I didn't want it to end. The story was well through out and the pace was nice and even. Returning to Dupree, Texas and Rainbow's End was enjoyable and I loved catching up with Greg and Kate and getting a glimpse at how their lives were progressing from the end of the first book, At Bluebonnet Lake.

Marisa St. George and Blake Kendall are extremely complex characters. Each has their own set of struggles to hash out throughout the story. Marisa's struggles were very personal to me. Growing up in a similar situation, I can sympathize with her feelings of anger and need for control. Her journey touched me the most. Blake's was a little less dramatic. I loved his character none-the-less. Their romance, though almost love at first sight, had it's ups and downs that made it more life-like than fairy tale, which I appreciated.

The message of the story is about second chances. Each character faces a point in their lives where they need to allow God to work in their lives and let them overcome their past issues. This involves forgiveness and letting go of anger and bitterness. The author is conveying how much bitterness and anger can control your life without you even realizing it. It's a powerful message.

Overall, I really related to this story and I loved it. From reading the exerpt of the next book in the Texas Crossroads series, On Lone Star Trail, it's going to be another exciting book!

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*

About the Author: Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers Best. She lives in Wyoming.

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  1. Shannah -- Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my book. Needless to say, I'm delighted that you enjoyed In Firefly Valley!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Amanda! I look forward to reading more of your wonderful books!