Review: On Lone Star Trail by Amanda Cabot

March 7, 2016 Amanda Cabot, Christian, contemporary, romance 1

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on lone star trailIf there’s one thing Gillian Hodge never wants to see again, it’s a man on a motorcycle. Her last encounter with one left her right hand crushed, ending her promising career as a concert pianist. But as she heads to Rainbow’s End Resort, a sudden thunderstorm causes a motorcycle to crash in front of her.

When TJ Benjamin’s wife died, he lost more than his best friend; he lost his faith. He’s spent the past year wandering the country on a motorcycle, trying not to think about his future. When he finds himself stranded with a busted bike and a reluctant rescuer, he has to wonder about God’s sense of humor.

Can this woman without a future and this man running from his past find romance in the present? Or are they too tied to the way life used to be?

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SERIES: Texas Crossroads #3
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Christian
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: February 2016
PAGES: 384

my thoughts

I have so enjoyed this series, and I am sad to see it come to an end – but On Lone Star Trail gave it the perfect sendoff.  Amanda Cabot included all of the elements that make the series so entertaining while adding a few new twists as well! (While this is the third book in the TEXAS CROSSROADS series, it’s not necessary to have read the other two first.)

Gillian and TJ both need to learn how to live again.  Gillian’s life was upended after the tragic accident that stole her career.  TJ’s world went off kilter when his wife died of cancer. Their paths collide – quite literally – on the road to Rainbow’s End Resort. In the process of figuratively getting their footing, they team up to help the youth of Dupree – and the not-so-youth – find a new sense of purpose as well.

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One of my favorite discussions between Gillian and TJ comes when Gillian is struggling with feeling empty and adrift without her career. TJ reminds her of a line from The Sound of Music – “When God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” But he goes on to say that “it takes more courage to climb through a window than to walk through a door.” The fact that they are both looking for that window – and the courage to climb through it – provides the deep bond of their friendship.

Speaking of friendships and relationships, the love triangle in On Lone Star Trail nearly killed me. Why? Because I did NOT know who Gillian would choose.  I knew who I WANTED her to choose, but I genuinely liked both TJ and Mike. And I’m totally not telling you who she ends up with either. Except to say that I wish there would be a fourth book to give the runner-up a chance at love too!! (I’m also hoping that Brianna and Todd appear again at some point, too.)

Bottom Line: Get reacquainted with old friends, meet some new ones, and fall in love along with Gillian in On Lone Star Trail.  Both Gillian’s and TJ‘s faith journeys in this novel are honest and emotional… but full of hope. The relationships they make in the process will not only entertain but will also remind us that God is at work in our lives even when we can’t see it right away. I am excited to see where Amanda Cabot will take us next!

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Enjoyed it!

KissingBook Level: 2.5 / Warm, rosy glow of sweetness which may cause you to lose your breath on occasion

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About the Author:

amanda cabot

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 were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Now, she is the bestselling author of the TEXAS DREAMS, WESTWARD WINDS, and TEXAS CROSSROADS series as well as several novellas.  When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.

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