Scattered Petals (Texas Dreams series - Book 2) by Amanda Cabot
(For review from Revell Books)
Priscilla Morton was traveling across country for a wedding when tragedy struck her life. A stagecoach hold up leaves her parents dead and her life in shambles. Priscilla must make a life for herself in the Texas hill country and try to start over.
Zachery Webster has secrets of his own. His past haunts him and leaves him feeling less than honorable. As the foreman for two ranches he has built a life for himself but it's lonely without someone to share it with. Tragedy may have brought them together but can they make their relationship more than a convenience? Can they forget about their pasts and move forward together?
Scattered Petals is the second book in the Texas Dreams series by Amanda Cabot. I had not read the first book in the series, but found this to be a great stand alone novel as well.
This book might sound a little sad but it really isn't. Though both of the main characters have had tragic pasts, this novel is more about what comes after. It's about living through the unthinkable and coming out on the other side. It's about forgetting what happened in your past and letting go of what you can't change.
There is also a very strong theme of tolerance and standing up to prejudice in whatever form it might take. In this town, both French and German settlers have come together to form a community, but there is still a lot of animosity and hatred among them. The idea of looking at a person's deeds, instead of their heritage or what language they speak, comes through very well.
I liked this book a lot. Priscilla and Zach are characters that are easy to relate to and you become invested in what happens to them.
I give this one, 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
Available March 2010, at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group!