Title: In Firefly Valley
Author: Amanda Cabot
“The problem is, Marisa’s afraid to trust anyone, even God. She wasn’t always that way, but ever since Eric’s been gone, she’s had a hard time,” Blake is told in Amanda Cabot’s novel, In Firefly Valley.
Second in the Texas Crossroads series, this three hundred and thirty-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary Christian romance with relationship conflicts. Topics of alcohol abuse and a spouse’s death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The end of the book includes an author’s letter complete with a food recipe, acknowledgments, the first chapter of the next book in the series, author’s biography, and advertisements.
Since author Cabot turned thirty years old, she has written over thirty novels under numerous pen names. Now living in the American West, she and her husband have traveled thousands of miles to research her books.
In this story based in the small town of Dupree, Texas, twenty-six-year-old Marisa St. George has been forced to return to her hometown due to being downsized working in Atlanta. Still angry and bitter about her alcoholic father leaving her mother eight years ago, the woman does not trust anyone.
Taking a job at the revamped Rainbow’s End Resort recently purchased, she plunges into work handling the finances, overseeing management, and helping the business revitalize the town.
Dealing with writer’s block, thirty-two-year-old Blake Kendall is offered to stay at his friend’s Texas resort. He flies in from California, hoping the peace and solitude will stimulate his creative juices.
When Marisa and Blake meet, immediately their attraction grows, but both are holding back on their true identities as one deals with anger issues regarding the past, and the other is afraid of being true to oneself. In addition, Marisa must keep the communication channels open with both her parents while her best friend must bury the past to find happiness.
Focusing on forgiveness and second chances, the storyline has the reader caught up in more than one relationship that needs mending or moving on to the future. Although predictable, the tale shows how God is in control even of the minor stuff, knowing what is best for each of us.
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