My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: I requested a copy from Netgalley
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Book Description: Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the town doctor's excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek's dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family, a life where dreams rarely come true.
Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He's managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.
With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.
My thoughts: This is the first Amanda Cabot book that I have read, I'm glad that I found this "new to me" author. It looks like she has many books that I can dive into.
I enjoyed my time with A Borrowed Dream. The significance of the title is explained in the story, it is a perfect match for this book.
Catherine and Austin are both holding part of themselves back. They are reluctant to open their heart to someone, for very different reasons. I loved their learning curves as they struggled to understand the importance of each other and that it is a good thing to let another into your life.
Austin has an adorable daughter. Hannah was a large part of bringing them together. She also has struggles and the love that they both had for her carried the story in some places. I found this story to be paced well, but it lagged for me a little in the middle. I knew that there were unresolved issues that needed to be addressed, but I was ready for the happy ever after part. I was skeptical about the idea of a "plastic surgeon" in the late 1800's. It looks like the author did her research and it was really something available. I always like when I learn something new from my love of fiction reading.
This is the second book in a series. I have not read the first, but I do not feel like it impeded my understanding or enjoyment of the book. The first book is now on my TBR list and I would love to pick up the third when it is released.
The book does contain kissing and non-graphic violence. It is a Christian romance.
Online Purchase Links:
The first book is available on Kindle Unlimited: A Stolen Heart
About the author: (Taken from Goodreads) With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.
Visit her at: http://www.amandacabot.com