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.
A Borrowed Dream is the second book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy. I did not realize before I started this book that it was the second in a series and had not read the previous book. I did feel a bit lost starting out. There seemed to be a little bit of back story from the previous book that I missed out on, but it was not impossible to fill in the gaps.
I enjoyed the interaction between the characters in this story. There was also enough of a mystery element to keep my interest. I think my main issue with this book is that I found the plot to be a little unrealistic for this time period. I don’t want to offer any spoilers, so I will just say that I found Austin’s previous background and job to be highly unbelievable for his station in life and the time period in which the book was set. I am positive that it was possible, it just seemed a little out of reach for who he was. There were some issues of grief to be worked through, also issues with trust and guilt. The pace of this book seemed to move fairly slowly until the last several chapters and then a few crazy things seemed to happen all at once. It seemed a little disjointed. All in all it definitely was not a plot that I had read before and everything was concluded nicely for the characters by the end of this book. There are also a few sample chapters of the next book in the series at the end of this book which is always fun to read!
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*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.