“A Stolen Heart” by Amanda Cabot

Amanda Cabot’s Cimarron Creek Trilogy begins with “A Stolen Heart”.  Lydia Crawford is a Northerner…this she knows because of the way she is treated by the Southerners she encounters as she travels to Cimarron Creek, Texas to reunite with her fiancé, Edgar.  Even though it is fifteen years since the Civil War ended, feelings still run high in the south.  When Lydia steps off the stagecoach, she immediately meets Marshal Travis Whitfield.  She finds that her intended has vanished and that he has left behind a pregnant wife.  Lydia is stunned by this news and needs to find a place to stay and a means to support herself.  The Marshal is part of one of the founding families of the town.  He takes Lydia to his Aunt Bertha who welcomes her with open arms and insists that she stay with her.

Marshall Whitfield is having troubles.  Even though the town is small and for the most part has no crime to speak of, there have been a few instances lately that are troubling.  In light of Edgar’s disappearance, these small infractions are beginning to add up to a miscreant in their midst.  Not only that, but the town’s citizens are full of secrets.  Travis comes to care for Lydia, but with her experience with men, she is not the trusting sort when it comes to affairs of the heart.

I enjoyed this book as I do all of Ms. Cabot’s offerings.  This particular novel has it all, romance, mystery and murder.  Will Travis arrive at the truth before something more occurs?  This book will keep you reading to the very end…you will not want to put it down.  I received a print copy of this book from RevellReads.com in return for my honest review.

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