Book Review: Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot
by Joanne Troppello
So, I just finished reading the 8th book from my TBR list. This was my favorite book that I’ve read and reviewed over the last three months. I highly recommend the historical Christian fiction book, Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot. This is Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series and it is 384 pages long.
The story drew me in from the first page. I was excited to keep reading each chapter to find out how the story would end. Paper Roses is a real page-turner. You won’t be able to put it down.
It was inspiring to see the characters' journeys to God. To see how their mourning turned to hope in the future and joy. I thought it was interesting to read how the male lead, Clay, had a major transformation of his heart from vengeance to forgiveness. Sarah also had her journey toward forgiveness. I read the author’s note at the end of the book and she mentioned that she wanted to display the depth of God’s love for us.
The love story between Sarah and Clay was tender and beautiful. Their love slowly blossomed, but that made their journey so realistic.
The history between the French and German settlers and their disputes was interesting. I enjoyed how Sarah played a part in bringing unity to the town. She was determined to bring both factions in the town together.
This book also has a mystery woven through it as Clay searches for the truth in who murdered his brother, Austin. There is a nail-biting scene toward the end of the book that will have you on the edge of your seat.
And, best of all—there were no POV shift issues like I’ve encountered in most of the last 8 books I’ve reviewed. That was extremely refreshing. I look forward to reading more books in this series.
About the Book
The future stretches out in front of Sarah Dobbs like the pure blue Texas sky. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom, Austin Canfield, a man she has never met but whose letters have won her heart from afar. But there is one problem—he has died. And Sarah cannot go back East.
As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin's brother, Clay, struggles with his own muddled plans. Though he dislikes working on the family ranch and longs for a different life, Clay is driven to avenge his brother's death. But something between them is growing and neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit it.
Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep readers into the Hill Country with a tale of love and loss, closed doors and beautiful possibilities that will leave them wanting more.
About the Author: Amanda Cabot
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, which included a play for her fifth grade class entitled "All About Thermometers," 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-five novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she's not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and - of course - reading. Connect with Amanda on Twitter and her website.
About the Reviewer
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.