Saturday, November 8, 2014

"at bluebonnet lake" by amanda cabot

Introducing a cast of likeable characters, At Bluebonnet Lake is a great kick-off to Amanda Cabot's Texas Crossroads series.

Her life is set to warp speed. His is slowing to a crawl. But love has its own timing.

Marketing maven Kate Sherwood's world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is grind to a halt at Rainbow's End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. Still, she cannot deny her ailing grandmother's request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week fifty years ago. There, Kate meets Greg, who appears to be the resort's unassuming handyman. But there's more to Greg than meets the eye--billions more, in fact.

Kate isn't looking for romance, but she can't deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate's long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?

Amanda Cabot invites you to step into a place away from the pressures of the day. You might be surprised by what you find at Rainbow's End.

The characters at Rainbow's End (and in the neighboring small town of Dupree) are the strength of this novel. Most of them are people I would like to get to know in real life. Grandma Sally, adorable older gentleman Roy, Samantha the boot maker, Lauren and her precocious daughter Fiona, and Carmen the cook are characters I look forward to reading more about. I actually enjoyed the friendships between characters more than I did the romance between Kate and Greg. In fact, some of the romantic scenes were a bit too sappy for me (surprising, considering my affection for the sap the Hallmark Channel puts out on a regular basis). But the great characters and engaging plot kept me flipping the pages.

I won't be continuing the Texas Crossroads series for the romance, but I will be continuing it for the characters. I'm excited to read what comes next! 3-1/2 stars.

Fun fact: The "Greg" on the cover looks so much like actor Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, Hart of Dixie) that I found it distracting. The "Greg" in my head looked nothing like that!

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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. Learn more at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my book. I'm so glad you enjoyed the characters, because Lauren and Fiona (and of course Carmen and her fabulous cooking) are part of In Firefly Valley, the next in the series.


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