Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Story Time . . . SCATTERED PETALS by Amanda Cabot

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for Ann Shorey's The Promise of Morning from Friday. And if you're still waiting for a copy of A Stray Drop of Blood, try the giveaway on Lena Nelson Dooley's blog or the new one up at Krista Phillip's blog.


Priscilla Morton craves adventure--which is part of the reason why she convinces her parents that they must travel to Texas so that they might attend Clay's second wedding. Though he may not technically be family after he lost his first wife, Priscilla's sister, he's still like a son to her parents. But when their stagecoach is robbed and the villains do the unthinkable, Priscilla begins to wonder if her thirst for adventure is a curse she'll pay for the rest of her life.

When Zach Webster sees the pretty strawberry-blond arrive on the back of a Ranger's horse, he knows something is wrong. And when he hears her story, he feels a nudge saying the Lord expects him to do something to help right it. But pretty Miss Morton is obviously terrified of him, due to his resemblance to the men who held up her stage. Necessity draws them together . . . but will Zach's past interfere in any hope they have of overcoming hers?

Scattered Petals is a book that manages the unexpected. Though one might think it's just another Texas-set historical, it isn't. It somehow combines the cutting edge of tragedy with the soft petals of beauty, all in a lovely, well-written tale. I was impressed with the way Cabot makes her characters question their faith time and again without ever falling into a funk that would have made me roll my eyes and declare it typical--they question, but the Lord is always quick to wrap His arms around the characters and pull them back up.

Scattered Petals is the second in the Texas Dreams series, a followup to Paper Roses. I read (and loved) the first book, so I was really looking forward to this one. And I loved it just as much. Though the author catches the reader up to speed on events in book 1, I would still recommend reading Paper Roses first--there were times I wished I'd read it a little more recently, so I could better remember what was being alluded to, so I can only imagine that would be magnified if you haven't read it at all. But hey, picking up both of them would be a great way to pass a few days anyway!

Amanda Cabot is a writer who joins the sweet and lovely with the nitty-gritty, and she does it in a way that will keep the pages turning. I'm looking forward to the next book in Texas Dreams!

I received this book as a free review copy from the publisher.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds wonderful! I'll have to add her to my "to read" list.