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Paper Roses (Texas Dreams, Book 1) Paperback – January 1, 2009
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Her future stretched out like the clear blue Texas sky.
But a storm is coming.
Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah Dobbs arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom--a man she has never met but whose letters, her paper roses, have won her heart from afar. But there is a problem--Austin Canfield is dead, and Sarah cannot go back East.
As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin's brother Clay wants nothing more than to shake the Texas dust from his boots, but first he must find his brother's killer. And then there's Sarah.
Something is blooming out in the vast Texas landscape that neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit, and the promise of redemption blows like a gentle breeze through the prairie grasses.
Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep you away with a tale of love, loss, and tantalizing possibilities.
Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the co-founder of its New Jersey chapter, and an avid traveler.
About the Author
Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the co-founder of its New Jersey chapter, and an avid traveler. She lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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And the final straw for me was the inconsistent characters. I don't mind suspending my disbelief for a story - especially a romance, which are usually rather incredible. But this was too much. At the 1/3 mark Austin is described as moody, quick tempered, ready to brawl with EVERYONE he meets, and someone with a lot of enemies. However prior to that Isabella describes him as opposite his brother, Clay. That he "always has a smile on his face." And Sarah, too, has an impression of him as kind and gentle. The reader then finds out that brother Clay is really the author of the letters to Sarah?!? Really, a man who is still grieving his wife to the point that he sleeps in the barn a year later rather than in the room they shared??? But the reader is supposed to believe he, in his grief, still was willing to write love letters to his brothers fiancé?!? And then Clay states that he felt he should write for Austin bc Austin stayed and worked the ranch rather than pursue his dreams of travel?!? In the previous chapters we're told Austin finds a lot of fulfillment in ranching and CLAY Is the one who doesn't want to be there! This book feels like a first draft and not a completed work.
Sarah, at 9yrs old, had suffered a severe ridding accident, with her horse falling on her legs, breaking her leg so bad, they never thought she would walk again. But, with her determination not to be confined to a wheelchair, she gained enough strength to walk, even though she was left with a limp. With her friends turning away from her, because she couldn't do their activities, she contented herself with the piano, painting and reading, later when her sister Thea was born, she helped care for her. Even with keeping busy at home, Sarah was hurt by her friends turning away from her, and the comments that were made about her disability chipped at her self-esteem. Then, when her father had made Investments that took all their money and they lost their standing in the community, he couldn't deal with being shunned and seeing how it hurt his wife, he took his wife's life then his own. Sarah heard the shots, then found her parents, leaving her angry at her father, for taking her mother, and cause Sarah to take care of her little sister, plus needing to sell the home and family jewelry to pay the debt, causing her and Thea to be shunned by the community and disgraced. Sarah loved her little sister, and wanted to protect her from the cruel talk and treatment, Sarah agreed to a marriage proposal from Austin Canfield in Texas. Sarah wanted to give her and Thea a chance to a life in a community that would except them, and Austin's letter's where like, as she called his letter's, paper roses, as the letters caused Sarah to see Austin as a caring, excepting person of her, with her limp, and caring for her sister. But, upon arriving in Texas, and Austin not there to meet them and Clay coming hours later, informing her that Austin was killed.
Clay, Austin's brother, who had left Texas, and had become a doctor, practicing medicine in Boston, with his father-in-law, had come home when his father had a stroke. He was upset that all his skill couldn't help his father, then his expecting wife died from food poisoning eating fish chowder, then Austin being killed, he was carrying anger that all he could think of was revenge. When meeting Sarah and telling her about Austin's murder, he thought that Sarah would be going back east. But Sarah stayed and Clay wanted nothing to do with her or Thea.
As the story unfolds exposing mysteries of who killed Austin, because different one's pose as a possibility, and Clay gradually uses his skills as a doctor to help the town, as the town doctor is loosing his eye sight, and things change as Sarah settles in. I just had to keep reading and connected with both the main characters with dealing with their past. I loved how the author wrote about how faith helped them come to terms with their loses and showed how anger and hate was blocking happiness for their future. It's well written and executed in a way it helped me too. Thank you, it's great reading and IS also a great love story that also unfolds slowly. The big surprise for me, was there were 2 towns people that caused for some unsettling advents...riveting!
Sarah travels to Texas to marry her mail-order groom. She lost her parents who left behind a very young child. Sarah also has a permanent limp due to a riding accident. She feels the man she's betrothed to is the only man who will ever want her. But instead of her fiance coming, Clay, the brother, comes. She learns that her future husband was murdered and Clay will work to send her back home. But there's nothing left for her there. Her father's past sins (I won't reveal this), and the aftermath has made her and her sister unwelcome in their home town.
Sarah soon settles in to life on Clay's ranch. She takes a job at the general store, where her knowledge of the German language comes in handy. But she soon learns she serves a higher purpose and starts a school. She struggles getting both the French and German children to attend at the same time and must come up with a better plan.
Meanwhile, Clay and Sarah fight against discovering the love of Jesus, Clay's love for his deceased wife, vengeance for the murder of Clay's brother, finding a thief, and some other dark things that have entered their life. Though I was able to figure out the "who" before it was revealed, this book still kept me fascinated to the very last page. There are some ugly things revealed along the way. I loved that the author didn't try to keep it light as so many Christian authors do. No, she allowed evilness to be revealed in all it's ugliness!
I have already started reading "Scattered Petals." She has already allowed the ugliness of mankind to come out in her writing. Though it may not be as pretty as sugar-coated writing, it's more realistic (she abstains from allowing the bad guys to curse - I suppose there are some lines that can't be crossed in Christian fiction). So far, I love what I see. I'm hoping for a little more romance in this story.