Thursday, January 7, 2016

At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot

Her life is set to warp speed. His is slowing to a crawl. But love has its own timing.
        Marketing maven Kate Sherwood’s world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is grind to a halt at Rainbow’s End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. Still, she cannot deny her ailing grandmother’s request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week fifty years ago. There, Kate meets Greg, who appears to be the resort’s unassuming handyman. But there’s more to Greg than meets the eye—billions more, in fact.
        Kate isn’t looking for romance, but she can’t deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate’s long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?

        At Bluebonnet Lake is the first book in Amanda Cabot’s Texas Crossroads series, but isn’t the first book I have ever read by her. I have read a couple of her novels in the past, so I knew a little going in, but not enough to be sure if I would enjoy this book or not. However, I was pleased to find this an enjoyable little novel that I quickly made my way through, one full of love, overcoming pain, and finding one’s purpose. The storyline was cute and sweet, the characters fun and lovable, which helped to make this even more of an interesting book. Unfortunately, I will have to add that, while I did enjoy this story, there were a few things about it—particularly the ending—that were a little lacking, and though I hate to say it maybe even a little cheesy, and left me wanting something more.
        Kate and Greg, though they may not realize it through most of the book, are so alike in many different ways, namely, the way that they are both searching for something to give their life a purpose. At least, that’s my opinion. Though Kate is happy with her life, or so she thinks, she really does feel deep down inside that she’s missing something, that if she can just reach such-and-such goal, everything will be perfect. Greg on the other hand, left his life behind and came to Rainbow’s End because he needed a place to get away, to figure out what to do with the rest of his days because he knew he couldn’t keep doing the same old thing anymore. That is really where they are able to help each other; though they don’t know it, both are really striving towards the same thing.
        Since I really enjoyed this novel and found it sweet, albeit a bit predictable, I gladly give it four out of five bookshelves. Kate and Greg’s story was a cute one full of all the things that make for an interesting novel, and I definitely liked the parallel of the story of Kate’s grandmother and Greg’s much older friend, as it added another cute little romance to the mix. The best part was that it was one of two people receiving a blessing not many other people experience, the chance to find true love a second time. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book, I just would throw out the warning that it may be a little on the cheesy side at times, and who knows, sometimes that’s just what someone might be looking for.
        Happy reading!

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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Amanda Cabot and Revell Publishing.


  1. Sometimes, the cheesy, predictable books are exactly what we need. Thanks for this review. Joining you from 3DLessons4Life

  2. Welcome to Thought-Provoking Thursday, McKenzie I am a big book nerd, too. So lovely to "meet you" today through our blogs! Blessings :)

    1. Thank you! It's wonderful to "meet you" as well; I'm so glad to meet another book nerd, or book lover as I like to call it. Blessings to you too!

  3. I haven't heard of this book before! I'm going to have to look for it!

    1. I'm so glad I've been able to introduce you to something new! Thanks for visiting!