Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot

Title: At Bluebonnet Lake
Author: Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3434-3
Publication Date: October 21st, 2014

Synopsis:
Marketing maven Kate Sherwood's world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is slow down to a crawl at Rainbow's End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. But she cannot deny her ailing grandmother's request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week (albeit fifty years ago). There Kate meets Greg Vange, the resort's handyman. But there's more to Greg than meets the eye--billions more, in fact, as he recently sold his successful software company and is at the resort in search of what's next for his life.

Kate isn't looking for romance, but she can't deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. She even starts to see potential in the rundown resort. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate's long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?

Amanda Cabot invites readers to step away from the pressures of the daily grind. They might be surprised by what they find at Rainbow's End. 

Review:
I've only read two other books by Amanda Cabot, and they really captured me up. So, it was safe to say, I was looking forward to this latest book....and with the setting in Texas, it was a given it was going to be on my TBR list.

At Bluebonnet Lake had such an interesting setting. We are introduced to Rainbow's End resort through the eyes of Kate. She has heard a lot about this place from her Grandma Sally, who visited the resort many decades ago. Safe to say, time has not be kind to the place. The buildings haven't been maintained as they should have been. Actives are limited. And no cell service. The last is one thing Kate has a problem with, especially with her job wanting her accessible when ever they want to reach her.

Sally is a feisty woman. After the loss of her husband, she didn't want Kate to call her Grandma, just Sally. She was very unique and had fun with her surroundings. She was the opposite of Kate in that way. Sally kept things light, because I will admit, I would side with Kate on the lack of internet/cell service. Sally really made the most of her trip and in doing so, pulled Kate into it as well, despite her health.

Greg is a guy we find out about a little bit at a time. He is one who is content to let people guess who he is and not flaunt who he is or what he has. However, he has been plagued by many things from many directions. Rainbow's End ability to keep connections at a minimum was a perfect escape for him.

Through this isolation of sorts from the resort, Greg and Kate find from the separation of the busy world the quiet that they were both needing, but didn't know it till they had it. Their ideas for their life start switching and without the rush, they are able to dive a little deeper into their faith and search for what is they were really needing...not what they thought they wanted.

It was an interesting story with a quiet background to it. The writing was as fun as the previous stories I've read. There were a couple of parts that were a little slower, but it was an enjoyable story that offered a nice reminder to slow down and take to time to see where you really need to go.

Too Read
3.5 out of 5

About the Author:
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of 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.
Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.







Thank you to the Revell Reads Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


3 comments:

Rissi said...

Just finished this one too. It was cute, but not my favorite contemporary. Now, to get the review written...! ;)

Kate said...

Rissi, I agree. It was a cute story, but not a favorite. Can't wait to see what you have to say. :-)

Amanda Cabot said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my book. I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.