Saturday, February 1, 2020

A TENDER HOPE by Amanda Cabot, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

A Tender Hope by Amanda Cabot is an absorbing tale about Cimarron Creek, Texas in 1881. It is part of a trilogy but can be read as a stand-alone. I would recommend reading all three books, it certainly has me wanting to go back and read the first two. 

Thea Michener is a midwife making a new start in Cimarron Creek after losing her husband Daniel. Part of her pay is a lovely Victorian style house pictured on the cover. I’ll just say that house is perfect for me, my dream house! Thea likes the house well enough but it doesn’t speak to her of “home”.

Ranger Jackson Guthrie has come to Cimarron Creek after The Gang of Four who are responsible for robbery and murder, including the death of Jackson’s brother. 

There is much to like in this novel. It has mystery and suspense as well as a few romances. It is a story of great faith as well as fledgling faith and growing faith. There are lighthearted moments, too. How could it not be. Because Thea is a midwife and that means babies and what could be cuter than babies? She leads her characters through many things such as coming to terms with their pasts and forgiving themselves as well as others. Faith, Justice and Truth are themes throughout. Plus Ms. Cabot has an outstanding way with words when she describes the setting and conversations.

I recommend this book for fans of Christian Western historicals. 5 stars 
*I won a copy of this book on Lena Nelson Dooley’s blog: A Christian Writer’s World. I was not required to give a review. All opinions are my own.* 

BackCover Blurb:
As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it's time for a change. With her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek's midwife, she has no intention of remarrying and trying for another child. So when a handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep with an abandoned baby, Thea isn't sure her heart can take it.

Ranger Jackson Guthrie isn't concerned only with the baby's welfare. He's been looking for Thea, convinced that her late husband was part of the gang that killed his brother. But it soon becomes clear that the situation is far more complicated than he anticipated--and he'll need Thea's help if he's ever to find the justice he seeks.

Amanda Cabot invites readers back to Cimarron Creek for a tender story of loss, betrayal, and love in the majestic Texas Hill Country.

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