Book Review: A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot

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I loved this book! It was such an interesting mixture of sweet romance and dark intrigue, and I was hanging on every word. The most fun part for me was that I read this during a very busy work week, which meant I had to read a little at a time each day. I would highly recommend you do the same with this book, because it allowed me to experience it almost in real time with the characters. I would stop reading around the time a day would end in the story and pick back up the next day. It made the reading very enjoyable (and this is coming from someone who usually blows through a book in a day or two).

Lydia Crawford, a yankee from New York, has just arrived in Cimarron Creek, Texas to reunite with her fiancé, Edgar. Although she expects a warm welcome, she is instead greeted with scowls, mutterings of “carpetbagger,” and her fiancé’s very pregnant wife. Heartbroken and with nowhere else to go, she is taken in by the sheriff’s aunt, a kindly widow who has a house much too big for just her alone. Lydia quickly settles in and begins a budding romance with the handsome sheriff, Travis Whitfield, but such a sweet little town holds a shocking amount of secrets. Between the poisoning of a farmer’s goats and a dark past of violence, Cimarron Creek is plagued with a criminal. Between Travis and Lydia, and with a lot of help from God, they must race to find the one responsible before they strike again.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters in this book! Not only did I get swept off my feet by the charming sheriff, but I also fell in love with the gentle Aunt Bertha and the innocent Opal, Edgar’s wife. At first I wasn’t sure I would like it – I was worried Lydia would be very hateful due to all she had gone through. I was pleasantly surprised. Lydia was funny, generous, and with a heart of gold, eager to help anyone who needed it. Despite her reluctance to begin a relationship, she treated all the men vying for her attention with respect and kindness. Travis was the perfect pairing for her, as he was just as friendly and unassuming. While some might say they’re almost too perfect, it was refreshing to read about two people who have such great hearts.

This book does have some darkness to it, with a hint of violence in the past of two women who were preyed upon by an evil man. It’s not to be assumed that this book is all sunny days with no storms in sight. It confronts life’s evils with grace and dignity, and I thought the author did a wonderful job bringing together Christian romance with crime-solving intrigue. This is the second book I have read by this author (the first was Paper Roses), and I highly recommend you try it for yourself! You’ll be glad you did.

**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

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