A Tender Hope

by Amanda Cabot

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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to really read a book and I sure have missed it! Amanda Cabot has brought me back. Although it took me a while (due to my health, NOT my interest level), I was happy to have another Cimarron Creek book in my possession. It’s such a light-hearted series and just what I needed. This is supposed to be the final chapter in the CC Trilogy and I am really sorry to hear that. It feels like family and I hope to see more in the future!

Amanda Cabot rounded out this series with sweet midwife, Thea, and the kind-hearted Texas Ranger, Jackson. Besides that, we get to see all the characters we’ve grown to love in the small town. Like I said, the story is light and an easy read. I highly recommend getting the other books in the series so you can follow along with all the people and their continuing stories. It definitely can be read as a stand-alone, but you wouldn’t get as much out of it. So, get going and grab your copies! Links in the pics below.

A Stolen Heart

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A Borrowed Dream

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A Tender Hope

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If you would love to read my fun Face-Off with Amanda, check it out here!

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Thanks so much for this copy! As always, this is my honest review. Here’s to many more!

A Stolen Heart

by Amanda Cabot

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Ten years after the Civil War, Lydia is a Yankee that’s unknowingly engaged to a married man, traveling South across the country to start completely over and reinventing/finding herself in this beautiful book. I mean, come on! Look at that gorgeous cover!! Tell me you don’t want to pick this one up!

Amanda Cabot has a way of intertwining spiritual matters, deep characters and beautifully vivid visuals in her writing. You can see it all so clearly. I absolutely loved reading this book. Through all the trials Lydia has to work through, there’s hope and a spirit of determination. Most importantly, there’s no whining and I LOVE that!

You will fall in love with the citizens of Cimarron Creek as they fight for their way of life and learn how to love a Yankee. Be sure to pick up a copy of this great read! (link in pic above) Thanks for this fabulous book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion! Here’s to many more!!

Here is an example of making this book visual for the reader:

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In Firefly Valley

by Amanda Cabot

Marisa is back in her small hometown and she is not happy about it. She worked hard to get a degree and get out of there. Now back at a newly updated resort, she is trying to sort out her life. Her dad is missing, she’s had her heart broken, her brother-in-law passed away, and she is starting over.

When she meets Blake, she thinks that, just maybe, her dreams have come true. Of course, he has a little secret that just might change things. Romance, intrigue, and loveable characters make you want to keep turning the pages. Sometimes Amanda can get caught up over describing things, but I know that is just a matter of taste and style. Some people want a lot of descriptions and some just want to get on with the story. Other than that, it’s a great book! She has a real talent!!

Thank you, Revell, for this great book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Face-Off with Amanda Cabot!!

Author of several books, versatile writer of both historical and contemporary, and fun face-off opponent! Those are the words I would use to describe Amanda 🙂 You can check out some of her novels here:

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Let’s get to it!!!!


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The rules are simple. I ask Amanda some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. When was the last time you ate honeysuckle?

Amanda – I’m sorry to say that would be never.  As much as I like the fragrance of honeysuckle, I’m allergic to it.  I know, I know.  Who could be allergic to something so sweet?  All I can say is that constant sneezes and runny eyes are no fun.  I don’t even want to think about what would happen if I ate it.  And, for the record, I’m not allergic to many things, so I don’t know why honeysuckle caused such a violent reaction.

Charity – Now, who knew?! What are the odds that the only person I’ve ever asked that question to is ALLERGIC?! Man, what a crying shame?!

There’s a big plant that we pass every time we go for a walk (as a family).  We usually stop and eat some. My husband is totally scared of germs, so he just stands there and cringes while we partake. haha

— I am taking one while I have the chance!!

Charity 1 / Amanda 0

2. Have you ever been sailing during the fireworks on the Fourth of July?

Amanda – Sailing, yes.  Fireworks, yes.  Together, no.

Charity – Same! Sounds like it would be so fun together…

— Tie

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3. Have you ever been to Williamsburg, VA?

Amanda – At last, a question where I can say ‘yes.’  I’ve been to Williamsburg multiple times – in the summer heat (not recommended), during the spring and fall (very nice) and even during the winter.  It’s an incredible place.  I’m not sure what I enjoyed the most – walking along the streets and feeling as if I were transported back to Colonial America or eating in the restaurants.  The food was so good that I even bought a Williamsburg cookbook and have made a number of items from it.  That’s not as good as being there, but it brings back such good memories.

Charity – I agree! It is the most beautiful place in the spring and fall. You can just sit there and watch people walk by. It’s so nostalgic and gorgeous!! I absolutely love it. I like the giant lawn in front of the Governor’s Palace (and, the maze out back, of course!)

–Tie! Wonderful place!!

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4. Do you ever do re-enacting?

Amanda – Does dressing in historic costume for book signings count?  I didn’t think so, but I have to say that readers are always intrigued by my bustle gown, especially when I demonstrate how difficult it is to sit in one.  As for buckling a seatbelt in a car …

Charity – Ha! Of course it counts!! I have never worn a bustle. I can’t even imagine!! I have worn a hoop skirt and…well, let’s just say that it can quickly go awry if you don’t know how to sit in one of those either!!!

— We are too similar!

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5. Strangest fan experience?

Amanda – That would have to be the letter I received from the convicted murderer who told me he was planning to visit me as soon as he was released from prison, because he knew I’d be fascinated by the story of him and his second wife.  In parentheses, he added “the murdered one,” then proceeded to proclaim his innocence.  What would you do with a letter like that?

Charity – 😮 misery_1

There. Are. No. Words.

It sounds like the movie, Misery…

— There’s no topping that!!! You must have been shaken up a bit. Whew.

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6. Best true life moment falling in love with your husband?

Amanda – There’ve been so many wonderful moments that it’s hard to choose, but I knew he was “the one” on our first date when we both ordered hot fudge sundaes and the waitress put more of the hot fudge sauce outside the bowl than on the ice cream.  Someone else might have been annoyed or even berated the waitress.  When he simply laughed, I knew life with him would be fun.  And it has been.

Charity – Oh! I love that!! Kind husbands are the best. Mine would be the same way. He is so compassionate. I am sick a lot (I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which means I have chronic pain from it) and he works hard all day, comes home and takes care of me. He is so kind and never complains about it. Even if it means he has to whip up sandwiches or mac and cheese!

— Amazing husbands WIN!!

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7. How do you strive to give God the most glory in your life?

Amanda – Like many Christian authors, I consider my writing a ministry.  My prayer each day is that my stories will touch readers’ hearts and deepen their faith.

Charity – Yes! Just doing whatever He asks of us with a full heart towards Him. Beautiful.

— God wins!!

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8. Bing Crosby or Danny Kaye?

Amanda – Bing Crosby

Charity – I am going to have to agree with you! Nothing beats White Christmas!! (Well, maybe Andy Williams does…)

— Tie

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9. Do you love watching crocodile wrestler shows?

Amanda – Crocodiles, no.  Alligators … well, the answer to that is also no, so I guess I struck out on this one.  You’re definitely winning this face-off, Charity, but I predicted that from the beginning, didn’t I?

Charity – HA! You will be very surprised!!! I do not watch them either! It is just too unnatural to wrestle those things! blech!!

— Tie again!! *Soul Sisters!!*

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10. What is the best Olympic sport and why? Do you look forward to it every couple of years?

Amanda – Figure skating.  Men’s, women’s, pairs – it doesn’t matter as long as they’re on the ice.  I love watching the grace, the artistry and the pure athleticism that’s involved in skating.  And, yes, I look forward to each of the Winter Olympics.

Charity – I am right there with you! Remember the great big Tonya Harding fiasco? haha. And that year Paul Wylie surprised the world with that amazing set! ❤

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Final:

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Thank you, Amanda!! What fun 🙂 You did better than you thought!!!! We were pretty pathetic to only score one point each! haha.

Ok, guys!! Today is RELEASE DAY!! Head on over and pick up Amanda’s NEW BOOK, In Firefly Valley!! Link is in the pic!!

Also, you can pick up a copy of Summer of Promise for FREE!! Link is also in the pic 😉