Sunday, May 31, 2015
In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot (Review)
Marisa St. George is devastated when she is a victim of downsizing and has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it's a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow's End resort. The only silver lining is Blake Kendall, a new guest who is making her believe in love at first sight. But will her dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers who he really is?
Romance readers will love this warm and witty story of mistaken identity and second chances from bestselling author Amanda Cabot.
Although book two in the Texas Crossroads series this book can stand alone. The setting and characters are the same. This book focuses the main part of the story on Marisa and Blake. So we see what happened to the last set of main characters, Greg and Kate, from the first book too. Marisa is Carmen the cook's daughter. She loses her job and returns home to manager the resort. She also has unresolved issues with her father that affect her daily life. Blake is a friend of resort owners and hopes to relieve his writer's block while there. He has a big secret though, only a few people know he's the author of a popular book series. Blake and Marisa feel sparks from their first meeting. There was a secondary plot involving Marisa's best friend Lauren and her mother Carmen. They both find romance. The characters and plot were interesting. The guys in the book were a little too perfect. The book is slower paced but it did not bother me. Overall this was an okay Contemporary Christian romance book.
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 novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she's not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and - of course - reading.
Review copy provided by Revell in exchange for an honest review.