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A PATH LESS TRAVELED (A Miller's Creek Novel Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Bryant
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Book Description

Contemporary Christian Texas Romance

A grief-stricken single mom, her traumatized little boy, and the new lawyer in town who loves them both...

Trish James is tired of being rescued. When a spooked horse claims her husband's life, she’s determined to blaze a path for herself and her traumatized son without outside help. Unfortunately, her attempts to run her own business as an artist and wedding planner just doesn't pay the bills. But will that mean leaving her hometown of Miller's Creek--the place etched on her heart?

Andy Tyler has had to struggle for everything, and starting a new law practice in Miller's Creek, Texas is no different. Though prepared for business challenges, he's not prepared for falling in love--especially with yet another woman who will probably abandon him for her career.

Will Andy and Trish be able to fully trust in God and take a path less traveled?

Interview With The Author

Q - Why write stories about a small fictional town in Texas?

A - I grew up in a small Texas town, so I know all the pros and cons and absolute blessings of living in a place like Miller's Creek--a laid-back, down-home lifestyle, wonderful folks, and even a few who think it's their job to know everyone's personal business. The stories were designed to give readers an experience of feeling like they've arrived at a place that feels like home.

Although the Miller's Creek novels are technically classified as romances, they're really so much more: southern fiction, women's fiction (though I have a surprisingly high amount of men readers), suspense, comedy, drama, even a little bit of psychological thriller thrown in to keep readers turning pages. And each of the books carry a distinctive spiritual theme as well as an overall journey theme for the series. (Hence words like roads, path, way, pilgrimage, and bridge in the titles.)

Q - In what order should the books be read?

A - The books were created as stand-alone novels, so they can be read in any order. However, if you have OCD issues like me, you might want to read them in the order in which they were written:

-A BRIDGE UNBROKEN (and its companion Bible study on the theme of forgiveness, THE FRAGRANCE OF CRUSHED VIOLETS)
-CROSSROADS (Coming Soon)

Q - So why will readers be interested in the Miller's Creek novels?

A - Based on reader reviews, I'd say the books are compelling reads for these five main reasons:

1. They make readers laugh one minute and tear up the next.
2. They offer plenty of conflict and tension to keep readers turning pages.
3. The setting is compelling. (Some readers have compared Miller's Creek to Mayberry, only Texas-style. And I've lost count of how many readers have told me they want to live in Miller's Creek.)
4. The characters are endearing and relatable.
5. The books' themes are spiritually impactful.

In addition, all the books are rated at 4.5 stars or higher.

Q - Have any plans to bundle the series into a collection?

A - Actually the first three books have been bundled. Readers can check out my Amazon author page for a full list of my book titles, including the collection. And a big shout out to my reader friends: Thanks for reading!

Miller's Creek Novels eBook Categories:

Inspirational Fiction
Inspirational Romance
Christian Fiction
Contemporary Christian Fiction
Christian Romance
Contemporary Christian Romance
Christian Romantic Suspense
Contemporary Christian Romantic Suspense
Women's Religious Romance
Christian Women's Fiction
Christian Contemporary Western Romance
Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Editorial Reviews


This is a story about faith and finding oneself and understanding the role God not only plays in our lives, but how he directs our paths. A thoughtful, engaging read and one I can recommend. -Holly

You know those books that you get really sucked into and so you stay up way too late reading them? Yep, this was one of those books! -Nicole R. Elliott

From the Author

A faith-walk is challenging to be sure, but also exhilarating and liberating. When we place our complete trust in the One who loves us perfectly--the One who knows us better than we know ourselves--each step becomes part of a marvelous adventure directed by the very hand of God.

Walking by faith,

Product Details

  • File Size: 1052 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WordVessel Press (October 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EK14O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, engaging book December 1, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Like the first book in the Miller's Creek series, Texas Roads, I enjoyed this story. It's engaging and each time I set it down, I wanted to get back to it. I liked Trish, but found myself annoyed at times with her pride and stubborn, pathological refusal to accept help from anyone. Andy is a sweetheart and has a troubled past and I wished for more details about him. In fact, I wished for more details about everyone. Things are said or instances happen and then we're kind of left hanging at times, waiting for some closure, which isn't always important, but can be niggling.

This is a story about faith and finding oneself and understanding the role God not only plays in our lives, but how he directs our paths. A thoughtful, engaging read and one I can recommend.

A Path Less Traveled is a sequel to Texas Roads, and follows Steve's sister Trish. While the story stands alone, it is helpful to have read the first book, just for the background on the characters. I look forward to more from the Miller's Creek series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Read April 7, 2012
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Life is often so hard. This sweet story gives one continual reminders that God is in charge and that thru faith in his love for his chidren, he will see us through our struggles. i was deeply moved by both of Cathy's works. My one regret is that I have been unable to find her third book in this series "The Way of Grace".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This is a faith oriented book and is Christian faith in nature. The second in the Miller's Creek Series, it continues the story of Trish James, sister of Steve, who was one of the main protagonists in the Texas story. It is not necessary to have read the first in the series to enjoy this story, it stands well alone.

Trish James has been widowed at a very young age, along with her son she is still grieving the unexpected death of her husband from an accident. An accident which has left Trish feeling responsible for. As she struggles both financially and emotionally to begin a new life Trish is drawn to a new man in town. One who will force her to question her trust in her faith and her life choices.

Andy Tyler has come to Miller's Creek for a wedding and does not expect to run into a prickly widow who sets his heart on fire. Along with her young son, Trish is making Andy think he may find someone to spend his life with. But having been left by his last love for her career, Andy is wary of his own heart.

Nicely written and edited, clean and crisp this is a well developed story of love and faith. Understanding the heart of a widow Ms. Bryant delivers her protagonist with warmth and compassion. I recommend this one for all my faith based friends.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written..... April 14, 2012
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I love the story in this book and how it brings people to God..Just a beautiful story...I highly recommend it..Enjoy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Path Less Traveled November 29, 2010
All I can say is wow! Cathy Bryant is a new to me author, and I feel honored to have been able to read her amazing book!
In the opening of the book we get a glimpse of the chaos that is going on in Trish James life. Widowed less than a year ago when a horse kicked her husband, she has taken on the responsibility of being a single mother, running a new business. While most people think that she should have plenty of money, that isn't the case, she is struggling financially, because of a simple oversight she made while her husband lay in a coma. Worse than the financial struggle is the fact that she isn't listening to what God has planned for her, determined to take care of everything on her own, she tries to hide her problems from her family, but with her young unable to cope, will she finally allow God's plan to fall in place, allowing the person he has placed in her life to help her?
Andy Tyler a young lawyer who moves to Miller's Creek has a past that he doesn't readily share, growing up in a family where his father was an alcoholic, he sort of became the caretaker for his younger brother. He is drawn to Trish and her young son, wanting to help her and make her life a little easier, if only she will let him.
This story captured my heart from the first pages. The story of Trish and Little Bo came to life, and Andy's kind nature shined thru. A story that I couldn't put down, of grief, loss, love and new beginnings. A story that will make your heart feel good.

Even though this is the second book in the Miller's Creek Novels it can easily be read as a stand alone book, I didn't read the first book and had no problems jumping into this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Path Less Traveled December 29, 2010
Having read Texas roads by Cathy Bryant I was thrilled to read her newest book a PATH less traveled.
Trish has been hurt and blames God and life's circumstances. Tyler, new to Miller's Creek, is facing challenges in his life as well. So when Trish and Tyler meet Tyler doesn't need or want a new love in his love right now. He has other "things" to think about and work out. Trish isn't prepared for a new love either. But as only God can He brings good out of bad.
Trish becomes swamped with financial struggles, guilt of her husband's death and trying to be a single mom. When her young son can't seem to take anymore of her struggles and "it" all becomes to much Trish begins to wonder if she can rely on her family. Tyler struggles with his boyhood, family issues and trusting. A fantastic 5 star read about letting go and letting God!
This is a fast read and a WOW! is that ever great.I.wish.the.story.wouldn't.end! Cathy has done an excellent job of creating a realistic world at Miller's Creek and well rounded characters make it seem like home.
No sleazy scenes, no bad words and learning to trust God make this christian fiction/romance at its best! Don't be dismayed if you haven't read Texas Roads because a PATH less traveled is a stand alone read . . . so what are you waiting for? Go read! Looking forward to reading the next book, A Way of Grace, due out in 2011.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful read from Cathy!
I loved the first book in this series I loved this one too. It is another beautiful story from Cathy about hurting people and how God love can bring healing and restoration. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Ann E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Hard to put it down
Great read! Hard to put it down, interesting to the end.
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
A Path Less Traveled is book 2 in the Miller’s Creek series by Cathy Bryant. Book 2 is a very good book and has a lot of suspense as well as romance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Blevins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Joyce Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Roads we have travelled in 59+ yrs together
We Christians appreciate an interesting novel without a word of profanity, a rarity these days. We hope this novel explains to non-Texans what a wonderful place we Native Texans... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jerry D. Hatfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon reader
Another lovely book in this series. They are all so good I would never be able to pick out a favorite! They are wonderful love stories immersed in God's goodness and love.
Published 2 months ago by PHYCILLA
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This book is amazing if u are trying to figure out what God has in store for you read this it will help love it
Published 2 months ago by Dezarae
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching story
This book had me in tears. Very touching. A story of love, hardships, endurance, patience, and a particular verse from the Bible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust
As always , the story is captivating. Humor ,romance, and The Word of God. I love reading about our struggles with believing. Trust is faith in action, easy said ,and hard to do.
Published 3 months ago by Tray
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything else is our struggle to do it on our own.
As the story continues, Doc has died leaving Trish to fare as best as she can. Determined not to be a burden and to make her own way, she does not let her family in on the secret... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Austin
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More About the Author

Amazon best-selling author Cathy Bryant writes Christian fiction set in the heart of Texas. Her popular romance and romantic suspense novels take place in the fictional town of Miller's Creek, where folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth's front porch beckons. Her debut novel, TEXAS ROADS, was a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist and has been on the Amazon Best-Seller list. Since then four other stand-alone novels have been added to the series, one of which was a reader-nominated 2013 Grace Award nominee (PILGRIMAGE OF PROMISE). Readers have compared her work to that of Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks.

A native Texan, Cathy currently resides in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico with her minister husband of over thirty years. She's written devotions for The Upper Room devotional magazine, two devotional books, and for online sites. She also recently released her first Bible study booklet, THE FRAGRANCE OF CRUSHED VIOLETS. In addition to her writing, she enjoys thrift store shopping, romping in the great outdoors, and talking about herself in the third person. ;) To learn more about Cathy and her books, visit her website at (or an even easier idea is to scroll down this page to check out her books).


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