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In Firefly Valley (Texas Crossroads #2)

Amanda Cabot, Amanda Cabot
In Firefly Valley (Texas Crossroads #2)

Marisa St. George is devastated when she is a victim of downsizing and has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it's a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow's End resort. The only silver... Read More

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Marisa St. George is devastated when she is a victim of downsizing and has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it's a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow's End resort. The only silver lining is Blake Kendall, a new guest who is making her believe in love at first sight. But will her dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers who he really is?
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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Apr 21, 2015
  • UPC: 9780800734350
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Publish Date: May 19, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC027020"
  • ISBN: 0800734351

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I have no words to describe the greatness that this book is by Karen {Ting's Mom} on 8/26/2015

There are so many things I want to say about this book, but I'm not a writer and I could never find the right words to tell you just how amazing and wonderful this book is. I loved every single word of this story. It is the perfect follow up to the first book in this series, and I am counting down the days until the next book comes out.

These characters are perfect for this story and for this setting, and each of their struggles is so "real life" that I feel like I could hop in my car and drive to Dupree and meet up with them.

This is a must-read.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 7/16/2015

In Firefly Valley allows us to take another delightful trip to the Rainbow's End resort nestled in the beautiful hill country of Texas. Greg and Kate have made some major renovations to the resort in the months since we left them in At Bluebonnet Lake. As we meet up with them again they are ready to head down the aisle and off to their honeymoon.

One of the changes they made was to hire Marisa St. George as their business manager. The position feels like a step backwards to Marisa but after the downsizing at her current firm left her without a job she doesn't have many other choices.

Greg's friend and investment broker, Blake Kendall, can't believe his friend Greg is getting married and decides to make a trip out for the nuptials. Actually Blake is also hoping the trip will bring some much needed inspiration. Unbeknownst to most, Blake also moonlights as a best-selling author. He uses a pseudonym and never allows interviews or photos. Recently he has run into a bad case of writer's block and he's hoping a change of scenery will bring that to an end.

Since this is a contemporary romance you've probably already figured that sparks are going to fly between Marisa and Blake. You would be right. Amanda Cabot has once again blessed us with a charming tale about two people not likely to be together under normal conditions, but Rainbow's End isn't your normal place. I enjoyed reading their story and catching up with Greg and Kate and the other residents of Dupree, Texas. I'm looking forward to the next installment On Lone Star Trail which is scheduled to release in February 2016.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Weak Characters by Sally on 5/24/2015

If it's romance you want, this is the novel for you. Cupid is so busy that he's sure to run out of arrows! Romance begins with the wedding of Kate and Greg. They leave on their honeymoon while more love blooms in the small town of Dupree, Texas.

Love at first sight is experienced when Marisa St. George first spots Blake Kendall; sparks really fly. However, love does not run smoothly for this couple. Both wrestle with challenges. Marisa's abandonment issues stem from her alcoholic father who disappeared seven years ago. Now she grapples with an inability to trust any man. Blake, a prolific writer, cannot manage to put a single word on paper, and his agent becomes impatient. With the frustrations these two face, it's no wonder they fuss and fight!

Marisa's best friend, Lauren, grieves over the loss of her husband, Patrick. Lauren is a likable young mother so the reader hopes that a Prince Charming will appear. Does Cupid have an arrow left for her? Marisa's mother, Carmen, still loves her absent husband, and she insists that he'll return. You'll need to read the book to see the romantic conclusions.

I found that the characters are not believable.

This is book #2 in the Texas crosswords series. It is a stand alone novel.

Thank you to Revell/Baker Publishing Group for my copy.

Moving Forward by Maureen on 5/22/2015

We are back at Bluebonnet Lake and the Firefly Valley for another visit through the eyes and mind of Author Amanda Cabot. Like the previous book this one holds your attention to the end, in fact there is a lot of action up the final page.

We actually have two romance stories in this book, one of a young mother of a seven year old. She has lost her husband and high school sweetheart, and her daughter wants siblings and a new daddy. Might be to soon, but a child doesn’t have that concept.

The other is Marisa St. George, she is reluctantly moving back to her hometown, having just lost her dream job. Arriving at the same time is Blake Kendall, looking for anything that will help him relieve his writer’s block. He is a well know successful author, writing under a pseudonym, but it seems his secret is in jeopardy.

There are some tough subjects dealt with here, like alcoholism and bullying and one of the hardest things forgiveness. Not only do you have to forgive others their mistakes when they have asked for forgiveness, but you have to be able to forgive yourself.

We get a picturesque view of this beautiful valley and hills, and enjoy it from different venues, boat, bikes, and car. The story line is amazing, and you will be waiting for something to go wrong, ah you are about to find out! I really hated for this enjoyable book to end!

I received this book through Revell Reads Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review

This is life! Sometimes at its worst, but always at its most real. by Jeri's Real Reviews on 5/21/2015

Amanda Cabot has written Book II of the Texas Crossroads series. Once again, I have dropped unknowingly into the middle of what I see is going to be a good series. Book I is At Bluebonnet Lake and I intend to read it to bring me up to date on this series. I typically like novels with a little bit of edge to them, maybe an old issue that needs resolved. Or, mysteries and crimes to be solved. I don't usually read about "everyday people" and/or romance. But, this one is so much more than that.

What happens when you take a downsized career girl who left home years ago because her father deserted her and her mother and she goes home against her better judgement because it just so happens that her skills can be used there in a paying job, then add in her anger, self-esteem issues and romance genuinely portrayed (no Cinderella stories here!) ?? I know, run-on sentence but I had to get it all out to give you the full picture.

The author's writing guides us to see that this is a story of everyday people with everyday issues that are not common when they are happening to you. This is life! Sometimes at its worst, but always at its most real. Add in that the characters have a faith in God that sustains through doubt, trial and fire. Amanda writes with a clarity that gives ease of reading. She portrays characters that have human emotions and flaws and makes them real.

I read this in just a few days because I was interested in seeing how it all played out. It hooked me. This book is light enough to be a break from harsher, more complex plots, but deep enough to draw the reader in. What else do you need?! Excellent book and I highly recommend it. I give In Firefly Valley five stars. I have nothing to criticize here, constructively or otherwise. How refreshing! Read it; you'll be glad you did. By the way, Book III is in the works and scheduled for release in the spring of 2016.

I received a copy of this new release from Revell in exchange for my honest review. These words are my opinion.

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