Friday, September 25, 2015

Book Review: Texas Roads by Cathy Bryant

TEXAS ROADS (A Miller's Creek Novel Book 1)
By Cathy Bryant
Publisher: WordVessel Press
Published: Oct. 19, 2010
ASIN: B00480OH1G

Amazon Synopsis:

Can a cowboy turned mayor help a wealthy city girl in her quest to find home? 

Dani Davis just wants a place to call home. With lovable-but-quirky town folks, quaint country charm, and loads of business potential, Miller's Creek, Texas seems like the perfect place to start over...except for the cowboy who gives her a ride into town. She secretly finances renovations to the downtown area until malicious rumors and a devastating discovery propel her down a road she never expected to travel. 

Steve Miller is determined to rescue his dying hometown. When vandals jeopardize the renovation, he can’t help but suspect Dani, whose strange behavior has become fodder for local gossips. Can Steve and Dani call a truce for a higher cause, and in the process help Dani recognize the true meaning of home? 

If you enjoy Christian western romance with an inspirational message of finding true home,Texas Roads is a book you'll love. 

2009 American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis finalist 

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My Thoughts:

Generally the reviews I write are on books that have been recently published – usually within the past year or two. But this book is the beginning of where things all started in a small town called Miller’s Creek. The books are actually all stand-alone but there are characters that do overlap from book to book so you do get to know the residents of the town.

Dani Davis has travelled to Miller’s Creek to visit her aunt whom she barely knows but comes to love quite quickly. Dani thinks Miller’s Creek might be a good place to start over after some recent events in her life.

Mayor Steve Miller is trying to revive his dying hometown, Miller’s Creek. However, when some vandals set some of the recent renovations on fire, Steve suspects Dani of setting the fire due to her suspicious activity.

I liked this novel because of the element of mystery and surprise in it. Nothing was cut and dried. There were lots of twists and turns that kept the readers interest. The pace was quite quick and there weren’t a lot of mushy romance scenes. There was a real story to the novel.

The theme of this novel was about fitting in and finding home, a place of belonging. I liked the message that the only time you’ll truly feel that you’ve found that place of belonging is when you let Jesus take residence in your heart. Then you’ve found home.

Texas Roads was a very engaging and easy book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Cathy is a born-and-bred Texas gal who is very proud of her home state and her yellow-rose-of-Texas roots. Her background is in public school teaching, but she eventually traded in her chalk for a computer. She loves spinning faith-based tales in the fictional back-roads country town of Miller’s Creek, Texas…where folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth’s front porch beckons.

When she’s not writing, you’ll find her feeding her reality TV addiction (writer research), rummaging through thrift stores, or up to her elbows in yet another home improvement project.

She and her husband have two grown sons, one lovely daughter-in-law, and two amazing GRANDkids!

Cathy currently resides in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico with her minister husband of over thirty years. She's written devotions for The Upper Room devotional magazine, two devotional books in collaboration with other Christian authors, and for online sites. She also has released a Bible study book, THE FRAGRANCE OF CRUSHED VIOLETS. In addition to her writing, she enjoys thrift store shopping, romping in the great outdoors, and mini-farming.

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