From the Back of the Book
Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the local doctor's excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek's dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family, a life where dreams rarely come true.
Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He's managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.
With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot is excellent! This is the second book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy but can easily be read as a stand alone. I did not read the first book in the series so I'm thrilled I have that one to read while I'm waiting for the release of book three in the series.
First off, "Cimarron Creek" - I think that's such a sweet name for a town! I loved Catherine right away. We meet her after she's recently lost her mother, her last living parent, and she has such a good attitude about that loss. Catherine is sweet, caring, and self-sufficient. She inspired me to be a better person. That's exactly the kind of heroine I like to read about.
I think the story of how Austin ended up in Cimmaron Creek is very interesting. His profession is unique given the time period. I like how he cares for his daughter, his animals, and his neighbor's son.
I think I am a naive reader. There was a twist in this book that I totally should have seen coming, but didn't. This twist added a great layer to the story.
Several scenarios in this book reminded me how important it is to contantly be prayerful and how God protects and can work things out for His glory. I love when fiction inspires me and this book did that! There is also a wonderful story of forgiveness woven in. Supernatural dreams also play a part in this story which is something that (at least in my circles) aren't talked about much so this was another good reminder of how God can speak to us.
I highly recommend A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot to anyone who likes historical Christian fiction. This book is going on my keeper shelf!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.