A BORROWED DREAM
The Cimarron Creek Trilogy, Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance / Inspirational
Date of Publication: March 20, 2018
Number of Pages: 352
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Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the town doctor’s excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek’s dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family, a life where dreams rarely come true.
Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He’s managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.
With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.
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PRAISE FOR A BORROWED DREAM:
“Cabot’s sweet love story will appeal to readers of gentle romances. . .Although this title stands on its own, readers of A Stolen Heart (2017), the first in Cabot’s place-based trilogy, will be happy to revisit the folks of Cimarron Creek.” — Booklist
“The second book in Cabot’s Cimarron Creek trilogy is even better than the first, with a dash of suspense, an intriguing bit of medical history and a host of enjoyable characters.” — RT Book Reviews
PRAISE FOR A STOLEN HEART, BOOK ONE IN THE CIMARRON CREEK TRILOGY:
“Readers will enjoy the surprising ending as well as the romance always found in Cabot’s books.”—Publishers Weekly
“Moments of humor provide a nice balance to the heartwarming scenes and the mild suspense thread.”—RT Book Reviews
“Cabot’s nonpreachy inspirational romance features characters who genuinely try to live honorable lives, and their story has broad appeal for readers of gentle fiction and historical romance as well as for readers of Christian fiction.”—Booklist
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CHAPTER ONE, PART THREE
EXCERPT FROM A BORROWED DREAM
By Amanda Cabot
Did you miss part one or part two?
January 3, 1881
Though his heart ached at the pain he heard in his daughter’s voice, Austin kept his own voice firm. “You’ll like it once you get there. You’ll find new friends.”
A vigorous shake of the head was Hannah’s only response.
Austin looked at her still-full plate. “You need to eat more than that.” As far as he could tell, she’d consumed no more than two bites of pancake and one strip of bacon. His daughter had always been slender, but she’d lost weight since they’d come to Texas.
Hannah kept her gaze fixed on her plate. “I’m not hungry,” she announced.
With a sympathetic look for Austin, Mrs. Moore turned to Hannah. “I packed you a good lunch. There are some extra cookies to share with the other girls.”
Hannah made no response, simply continued to push the piece of pancake in circles around her plate.
Realizing there was nothing he could do short of force-feeding her, Austin rose. “Get your coat on, Hannah. It’s time for us to leave.”
Though she complied, she moved as if her feet were encased in cement, her displeasure evident in the scowl that marred her normally pretty face. This wasn’t going to be easy.
When they emerged from the farmhouse that was now their home, Austin found the horse and wagon waiting by the side door. Mrs. Moore had not exaggerated when she’d said her son Kevin would make a good ranch hand. The man had more than earned his wages in the week since Austin and Hannah had arrived, seeming to know what Austin needed even before he asked for it. Today Kevin had somehow realized that Austin planned to buy supplies while he was in town and had harnessed the wagon.
“It’ll be all right, Hannah. You’ll see,” Austin said as he guided the horse toward Cimarron Creek. If only Hannah would adjust, it would be all right. They’d begin a new life here, a life where Hannah would be safe.
When they reached the main road, Austin’s mood lightened. This part of Texas was more beautiful than he’d expected, with rolling hills that were still green, unlike the brown grass he would have seen at this time of the year back East. Even better, the sky was a vivid blue, promising a clear day, not one of the gray, rainy mornings so common in Paris in January.
Austin nodded, his determination ratcheting up a notch. This might not be the life he had planned for himself and Hannah, but he would do everything he could to ensure that it was the best life possible. The first step was to get Hannah to school.
Fifteen minutes later as they reached the edge of Cimarron Creek, Austin turned to his still-silent daughter. “It’s a pretty town, isn’t it, Hannah?” Predictably, there was no response. Austin refused to let discouragement stop him. “Look at the way the trees shade the street. They’re like a canopy.”
He’d heard that the Texas Hill Country was beautiful, and it was. When he’d gathered his daughter into his arms that last night in Philadelphia, he’d had no idea where they would go, but each time they’d reached a fork in the road, Austin had felt an inner urging telling him which way to turn, where to spend the night, where to head the next morning.
They’d spent weeks traveling, meandering across the country as Austin tried desperately to ensure that no one was following them. When Hannah had asked where they were going, he’d attempted to reassure her but had refused to lie. The truth was, he didn’t know where or when they’d finally stop until the day he’d heard about a ranch for sale on the outskirts of Cimarron Creek. That day Austin’s doubts had disappeared and he’d been filled with the belief that they were meant to live on that particular ranch. Surely it had been God’s hand that had led them here.
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Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart, the first book of the Cimarron Creek trilogy, as well as the Texas Crossroads series, 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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