A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot is her 13th book although it is the first I’ve read by her. It was given to me by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. It has a Christian theme and takes place in Texas circa 1881 and is the second in her Cimarron Creek romance trilogy.
Take a pretty school marm with a dream, a plastic surgeon turned rancher with a dark secret and an extremely withdrawn daughter, a farmer’s son who continually shows up at school with signs of bruising, and a Philadelphia gangster bent on vengeance and you’ve got the makings of a great plot.
Catherine Whitfield has had a dream for a long time — to go to Paris, walk along the Seine visit the Louvre and Notre Dame — but when her mother dies before they get to take their trip and her dream turns into a nightmare, she thinks maybe God is telling her not to go. When little Hannah Goddard comes to Catherine’s one-room school house, Catherine can see right away that something is wrong. Despite all her efforts to bring Hannah out of her shell, she makes no progress and both she and the girl’s father, Austin, are at wits’ ends as to what to do.
Catherine feels an attraction to Goddard but at the same time senses that he’s holding back some deep secret. She also is part of the Whitfield clan — founders of Cimarron Creek along with the Hendersons — and therefore has been brought up the responsibility of being a role model in this little Texas town where everyone knows everyone, or thinks they do. There are more secrets to be uncovered and dangers to be faced that may keep Catherine and Austin apart.
This book has a kind of cozy plot and interesting characters but is also full of adventure and surprise. It is not a fast-paced book but is full of compassion and a realistic view of the time and thoroughly enjoyable. Despite being a trilogy, it doesn’t leave you hanging at the end. I especially appreciate the layout of the town and the family tree of the founding families at the front of the book. Always helpful. I look forward to reading more by Amanda Cabot. * * * *