Monday, March 22, 2010

Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot

Longing for adventure, Priscilla Morton leaves Boston in 1856 and heads for the Texas Hill Country, never dreaming that the adventure she seeks could have heartbreaking consequences. Although attracted to her, ranch foreman Zachary Webster knows Priscilla deserves a cultured East Coast gentleman, not a cowboy who's haunted by memories of his mistakes.

When necessity draws them together, Priscilla and Zach begin to forge a life filled with promise. But then the past intrudes.

Book 2 of the Texas Dreams series, Scattered Petals weaves a tale of drama, love, and second chances as beautiful as the Hill Country itself.

About the Author

Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses, she is also a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the co-founder of its New Jersey chapter, a member of the ACFW, and an avid traveler.

"Crafting characters rich with emotion, Amanda Cabot pens a compelling story of devastation and loss, of healing and second chances. But most of all, of transcending faith."--Tamera Alexander, bestselling author, From a Distance

"Scattered Petals combines memorable imagery and likable characters in a story that illustrates both the redemptive power of forgiveness and the beauty of unselfish love in ways readers will not soon forget."--Stephanie Grace Whitson, author, A Claim of Her Own

"A wonderful novel with heartrending depth of raw, human emotions, Scattered Petals brings the reader face to face with unspeakable tragedy. Amanda Cabot's gifted pen tells a beautiful story of sorrow, pain, and forgiveness with the hope of unconditional love set amidst the backdrop of the 1856 Texas frontier. Don't miss it!"--Maggie Brendan, author, Heart of the West series

"Scattered Petals is an exceptional book! Insight into situations that sometimes appear unfathomable, the healing power of God's love, and the consolation he provides so magnificently are written with heartfelt emotion that brings the characters' romantic love to life. Do not miss Scattered Petals. Reading it is an experience that fills the heart with joy."--Elaine Barbieri, New York Times bestselling author

"In Scattered Petals, Amanda Cabot crafts a compelling story of lives shattered by cowardice and greed, of bearing unspeakable pain and sorrow and regret--all redeemed and restored through faith and trust in a steadfast Lord. From the deepest of tragedies comes the sweetest love. A wonderful sense of community and endearing core cast have me eagerly awaiting the next book in the Texas Dreams series. Bravo, Ms. Cabot!"--Vicki Hinze, award-winning author, Forget Me Not

"Amanda Cabot tugs hard at the heartstrings in Scattered Petals, the deeply emotional story of a resilient woman who faces unimaginable tragedy and a selfless man who gives all to see her spirit restored. I highly recommend this poignant novel."--Vickie McDonough, award-winning author, Texas Boardinghouse Brides series.

"In Scattered Petals, Amanda Cabot creates wonderful, believable characters that capture your heart. Both hero and heroine have deep wounds that make them say 'never again.' But with a strong story and a skillful touch, Cabot turns their 'never again' into 'forever after.'"--Dorothy Clark, award-winning author

Here is my review of this amazing historical romance:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Amanda Cabot and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Scattered Petals" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

I have only just begun reading Amanda Cabot’s “Scattered Petals”, but my heart is already captivated by this historical romance novel. Priscilla is travelling with her parents from Boston to Texas to celebrate the second marriage of her deceased sister’s husband. What begins as an odd trip turns into a horrifying nightmare when their stagecoach is attacked. Can life begin again for Priscilla after such an ordeal?

It is almost impossible to write a comprehensive review for this novel without giving away the story, and I absolutely refuse to do that. Suffice it to say that the writing is superb, the story is compelling, the characters are engaging and this novel is difficult to put down. The wild west comes to life in full color as Priscilla rebuilds her life with the possible addition of true love. But can true love last between Priscilla and Zach when he has secrets of his own? My only warning is that you should pick a nice, long weekend to savor this tale.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, great review. I like the tidbit that Elaine Barbieri said. It seems like Amanda Cabot would have to be very patient in writing this book. I think I might take a look! Thanks!

God bless,
Taylor J. Beisler