A Stolen Heart - Book Review and St. Patricks Day Special at Rose Petal Blessings

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town 
tucked in the Texas Hill Country. 
But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, 
she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. 
Lydia won't let that get her down, though. 
All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancĂ©. 
But when she discovers he has disappeared
--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--
Lydia is at a loss about what to do next.
 The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, 
but can she trust anyone in this town 
where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

My Thoughts
A Stolen Heart is sweet, but a tad blah.
It's confession time, my friends. . .
I made it through 2/3 of the book before jumping to the end.
I know, I know, shame on me!
I truly hate skipping pages in a book 
and I can count on just one hand the times I have done it.
Sadly, this was one of those times.
A Stolen Heart if not necessarily a "bad" book,
it simply did not hold my interest.
The story itself is the perfect story for a "newbie" reader,
someone who is just getting into fiction stories -
does that make sense?
It's a book that I would have loved back when I was 17-years-old.

I enjoyed the setting of the book
and the whole idea of the candy shop.
If you do read this book than I recommend having a box of chocolates on hand
because you will crave sugary goodness when reading about the fudge,
peanut brittle, penuche, mints, and so on.

There is a little bit of mystery and suspense
and a touch of romance throughout the pages.
We all have different tastes and while this book just wasn't my cup of tea
it may be yours, dear friends.
The author is certainly talented,
but I simply found the book to be lacking.
It was somewhat enjoyable, but not very memorable.

All-in-all I am giving A Stolen Heart 3 stars.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, 
In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, 
the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses.
Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards 
and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. 
Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.

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Dear friends,
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

May your BLESSINGS outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go. 
-Irish Blessing -

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Have a beautiful and blessed weekend!
Love and hugs!


Mrs. Chrissy T said...

So funny..my review posts tomorrow.

Lowcarb team member said...

I always think it disappointing when you skip to the end of a book!

Happy St Patricks Day to all who may celebrate.

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY to you and yours.
Joan,Marion and Marilyn

Anonymous said...

Too cute your reading confession! :-)

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Sweetest of friend, HELLO! It seems like forever since I've been to your blog! I can't seem to keep up these days with my school schedule! Hugs to you!

Chris Lally said...

Thanks for the honest and diplomatic review - sweet!

May the road rise to meet you, Stephanie. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Lady Linda said...

Happy St Pat's Stephanie. Looks like that wasn't your favorite book,heh? Great that you are honest.
Have a great weekend.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Happy St. Paddy's Day, Stephanie! Nice to hear an honest review....I admit to skipping ahead sometimes, too. Thank you for your very kind words for our little pup. Hope you have a lovely weekend, my dear. Hugs xo Karen

Sara - Villa Emilia said...

The Irish blessings are so beautiful! (Why, oh why aren't there cute Finnish blessings? :))
I'm too late to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day, but I wish you a happy and sunny weekend! Hugs!

hobbyloes said...

So fine that you are so honest in your opinion.
I love to read books from the past with romance and certainly with some exciting adventures.
Have a blessed weekend.

Susan said...

Hello Stephanie....How lovely to see you stopped by to visit. Regarding skipping to the end of a book, I have to admit I've done that on occasion, too. ha! Hope you are well and happy, my friend. You are a sweetheart. Susan

Debbie said...

hehehe, nice of you to "come clean"!! you have earned that, you review so many books for your followers!!!

Debbie said...

...i thought the cover was pretty!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

I hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day, Stephanie. I just went out to eat and wore green all day! hehehe I love the shamrocks and roses, so sweet.


Amanda Cabot said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review A Stolen Heart. I appreciate your comments, even though the book wasn't your favorite.

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