Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the town 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.
With both parents avid readers, it’s no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction, which included a play for her fifth grade class entitled “All About Thermometers,” were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty five novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and of course reading.
A beautiful cover, a fantastic story! This is the first time I have read anything from this author, but I loved it! It was a great romantic western that kept my attention from the very beginning. She is a great author! This is the second book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy. I have not read the first book, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. This can definitely be read as a stand-alone book.
The characters are well developed and the story-line is riveting. Once I started I couldn’t put it down. I love the show “When Calls the Heart” on the Hallmark channel, and this book reminds me a lot of that show. It is a small western town that offers safety for one man and his daughter but also provides heartache for the town teacher.
Catherine, the town teacher, is a sweet woman who has had so much taken from her. She is coping with her mother’s death, could it have been prevented? Believing that the town doctor killed her mother makes it hard for her to trust anyone. On top of that she is dealing with a mystery surrounding a founding family. Could it possibly be the answer she is looking for? Then she meets Austin, the mysterious young rancher. Austin and his daughter have just arrived in Cimarron Creek on the run from some very dangerous people. So much is going on and I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book even more with the passing of each page.
This book has it all: heartache, suspense, mystery, romance, a sense of purpose and last but not least family. I loved everything about this story, the characters, and the town. It is everything I imagine life would be like back then and it completely envelops you as you read through it.
I highly recommend checking out the entire trilogy! I plan to go back and read the first book and then finish it off with the third! I might be a little out of order but that is ok! I loved this book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series!!!!