LSBBT BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: A Tender Hope by Amanda Cabot (Historical Romance)

The Cimarron Creek Trilogy, Book 3

Amanda Cabot

Genre: Historical Romance / Inspirational
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: March 5, 2019
Number of Pages: 352

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As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it’s time for a change. With her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek’s midwife, she has no intention of remarrying and trying for another child. So when a handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep with an abandoned baby, Thea isn’t sure her heart Can take it. Ranger Jackson Guthrie isn’t concerned only with the baby’s welfare. He’s been looking for Thea, convinced that her late husband was part of the gang that killed his brother. But it soon becomes clear that the situation is far more complicated than he anticipated–and he’ll need Thea’s help if he’s ever to find the justice he seeks.

Amanda Cabot invites readers back to Cimarron Creek for a tender story of loss, betrayal, and love in the majestic Texas Hill Country.

“Such beautiful words flow from Amanda Cabot’s pen–words that lead characters from tattered situations to fresh beginnings and culminate in tender story endings that make a reader sigh in satisfaction. I’ve never been disappointed by a Cabot tale.” — Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of Bringing Maggie Home

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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
After having read the previous book in the series A Borrowed Dream (REVIEW HERE), I was highly anticipating how my time at Cimarron Creek was going to come to an end. Needless to say, I was not disappointed, as A Tender Hope was incredibly heartwarming even when at times it introduced tragically heartwrenching situations. Yet it was through this heartbreak that its inspiring message of hope, faith, and love shone brightly. 

Readers are transported back to Texas in 1881 as Thea arrives in the town to begin working as the midwife in an attempt to heal following the sudden death of her husband and stillbirth of her child. At the same time, Jackson, a Texas Ranger, arrives on the hunt for a group of bandits who are responsible for the death of his younger brother and injury to his partner. When he comes across an abandoned newborn next to a cactus, Jackson must work to figure out this mystery as well. Given their respective duties, Jackson and Thea find themselves thrust together to not only to care for and protect the baby but ultimately how Thea may hold the key to catching the Gang of Four. 

Being privy to the inner thoughts of Thea and Jackson allows such a fascinating exploration into the range of emotions each character feels as they each make these physical and personal journeys. They are so intriguing and well developed that they truly come alive on the page. The steady pacing and smooth transitions showcased their captivating presence, taking readers in and out of their individual introspections and into another dramatic situation or into the path of an additional character. In Cabot’s deft hands, none of that becomes overwhelming or confusing. Her beautiful yet casual writing style is completely engaging. She is able to effortlessly weave the plot and subplots together so that everything becomes integral to the story and builds these interwoven relationships into a rich and multilayered story that kept me turning the pages! 

“Family was important for children, but love was even more critical to their happiness.”

Family dynamics and structure were such a crucial message that is so beautifully examined within this story. Families are created in so many different ways and I have truly appreciated the author’s exploration of this throughout the series. Children are completely embraced and welcomed into the loving arms of strangers who have been called upon to seek a higher purpose. Characters live beyond themselves and strive to make a difference in the community around them, and it is through them, that the ideals of acceptance, forgiveness, tenderness, and grace are embodied.

I said it before and I’ll say it again:  Don’t let the romance genre fool you! Amanda Cabot has crafted an absolutely amazing love story that is filled with elements of suspense, mystery, and history with a gentle sprinkling of Christian messages to guide us along the way.

Totally unrelated to my review and just a happy little accident is the fact that Jackson’s horse is named Blaze, and  I couldn’t help smiling to myself throughout my reading because my three-year-old son is named Jackson and he is obsessed with a children’s program on Nickelodeon about a monster truck named Blaze. There was no way for me not to see my Jackson riding around in his Blaze! Also, we used to reside in Leander, a city north of Austin, and that was the name of Jackson’s partner. 

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Cimarron Creek trilogy, as well as the Texas Crossroads series, 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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1ST: Copy of A Tender Hope + Spa Basket

(An assortment of Cru de Provence lavender vanilla scented spa products fills this lovely basket including lotions, soap, bath salts, waffle slippers and much more.)

2ND: Copy of A Tender Hope  + $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
3RD: Copy of A Tender Hope  + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
APRIL 5-15, 2018

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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Amanda Cabot! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!


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