Monday, April 3, 2017

A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot: Character Interview

Cimarron Creek Trilogy #1

  Genre: Historical Romance / Christian
Publisher: Revell / Baker Publishing Group
Date of Publication: March, 2017
Number of Pages: 352  Scroll down for Giveaway!

"Endearing characters, a tender love story, and intriguing mystery all work together to make Amanda Cabot's A Stolen Heart a compelling and enjoyable read."

—Margaret Brownley, author of Left at the Altar
Bestselling author Amanda Cabot takes readers back in time to the 1880s Texas Hill Country in her new historical romance novel, A Stolen Heart. This is the first book in a brand-new series packed with tension, mystery, and a tender love story that readers won’t soon forget.
Cimarron Creek seemed like an idyllic Texas town. But as soon as former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford stepped onto its dusty streets, she noticed a deep-seated resentment of Northerners—like her. 
That won’t get Lydia down, though. She looks forward to the day when she reunites with her fiancé—until she discovers her fiancé has disappeared without a trace and has left behind a pregnant wife. The handsome Cimarron Creek sheriff urges Lydia to trust him, but she is having a hard time trusting anyone in a town where secrets and suspense prevail.
Cabot weaves an elegant tale of pure love amidst heartache. With an absorbing plot and engaging characters, A Stolen Heart is a springtime showstopper fit for every historical romance reader.

A Conversation with Bertha Henderson, the Matriarch of Cimarron Creek

How does it make you feel, being the matriarch of Cimarron Creek?
Old.  And, no, my dear, I’m not going to tell you how old I am.  Some things are best left to the imagination.

I imagine you’ve seen a lot of changes in the town since you and the others founded it.
Indeed, I have.  When we arrived, there was nothing here but a bunch of trees and what the explorers called Muddy Creek.  The first thing my husband and the other men did was change the creek’s name.  Typical men!   They wouldn’t listen to me when I told them Cimarron wasn’t the right name, but even I had to admit that it was better than Muddy.  Once that was decided, the real work started, and within a month, we had houses and stores and the start of what I think is the most beautiful town in the Hill Country.   

Mind you, it hasn’t been all sweetness and light.  Some of our residents haven’t recovered from the wounds the War Between the States and those dreadful Carpetbaggers inflicted.  One of my nephews disagrees with me, but I don’t believe Northerners will ever be welcome here.  That’s a bit ironic, don’t you think, since the Founding Families came from Illinois?  The sad thing is we have a man who disappeared without a trace, but since he was a Northerner, not too many people are upset about that.

I’ve heard some people say you Founding Families have a sense of noblesse oblige.  Is that true?
Why, of course it is.  We have responsibilities to the town, and we take them seriously.  From the very beginning, we knew each of us needed to set an example and serve the townspeople in some way.  The only time I disagreed with that was when my husband …  Don’t raise your eyebrow.  I’m not going to finish that sentence.  I should never have mentioned it.  

All right, then.  On a happier note, what do you like best about Cimarron Creek?
The people.  Oh, we have one or two residents that I’d like to encourage to move to Dallas or San Antonio or maybe even farther away, but most of them are caring, God-fearing people.  I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Cimarron Creek sounds just about perfect.  Is there anything missing?
A candy store.  You look surprised.  Didn’t you think a woman my age would still have a sweet tooth?  I assure you I do.  A candy store is just what the town needs.  And, yes, there’s one more thing we need: a wife for my grand-nephew Travis.

 Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers’ Best. She lives in Wyoming.
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