Review & Giveaway: Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot

BNR Dreams Rekindled

DREAMS REKINDLED

Mesquite Springs, Book 2

BY AMANDA CABOT

Categories: Christian Historical Fiction/ Romance/ Stand-Alone

Publisher: Revell

Date of Publication: March 2, 2021

Pages: 352

 

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He’s bound and determined to find peace . . . but she’s about to stir things up. 
 
Dorothy Clark dreams of writing something that will challenge people as much as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin seems to have. But in 1850s Mesquite Springs, there are few opportunities for writers–until newspaperman Brandon Holloway arrives, that is. 
 
Brandon Holloway has seen firsthand the disastrous effects of challenging others. He has no intention of repeating that mistake. Instead of following his dreams, he’s committed to making a new–and completely uncontroversial–start in the Hill Country. 
 
As Dorothy’s involvement in the fledgling newspaper grows from convenient to essential, the same change seems to be happening in Brandon’s heart. But before romance can bloom, Dorothy and Brandon must work together to discover who’s determined to divide the town and destroy Brandon’s livelihood. 

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Review

I am always so excited to read an Amanda Cabot book. In true Cabot fashion, Dreams Rekindled, is a heartfelt book wrapped in a lovely cover, featuring an attractive heroine and a beautiful outdoor backdrop. Although it has nearly been a year since I read the previous book in the series, Out of the Embers, I was quickly transported back to Mesquite Springs and happy to be reunited with the memorable characters.

Dorothy was a character that I wanted to know more about in Book One, so I was happy to finally see what was going on with her. I couldn’t imagine admiring someone as much as Evelyn, Dorothy’s sister-in-law, but I was quickly proved wrong. There is something so alluring about a strong, independent woman who is, at the same time, very warm and caring towards her family, friends, and her community. Typically women who swear off men and marriage tend to be shrews, which Dorothy definitely is not. Now don’t get me wrong, she will stand up for herself and others, but she does not fight just to fight.

I have said before that Cabot’s writing can be a little formulaic – yes, Brandon doesn’t have matrimony on the mind and Dorothy definitely doesn’t want to get married – but the story still sweeps you off your feet. At the risk of sounding like an enemy of my own sex, I am also very glad to see that the author continues her theme of non-competitive female friendships. In a world where women often tear each other down rather than band together or find alternate solutions, it’s a relief to read about women who aren’t petty and selfish.

She leaves that to the men. I really can’t complain though because the drama that the men bring about in this series makes for really good suspense. While the motive in this book is not as mysterious as the previous book, I enjoyed reading about the devious plans of the antagonists. I can’t remember the first book or movie that introduced me to snake oil salesmen and preachers, but I always found them fascinating and ballsy. They are definitely one of my favorite parts of this time period and I’m glad that Cabot included them in this story.

You don’t need to have read Out of the Embers to love this book, but why would you want to miss out on the first book of such a great series? I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction with just the right amount of evil to make things interesting but plenty of sunshine to lift you back up. I can’t wait to get my hands on the last book of the series.

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of Out of the Embers, as well as the Cimarron Creek Trilogy and the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds series. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers’ Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more:


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One response to “Review & Giveaway: Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot

  1. Your reviews are as much a breath of fresh air as it sounds like this series is! Thanks for sharing!

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