May 3, 2010

Texas Roads by Cathy Bryant

City gal Dani Davis just wants to find a place to call home. Miller’s Creek, Texas seems like the perfect place to start over, except for the cowboy who gives her a ride into town.

Dani secretly finances renovations to the downtown area of Miller’s Creek, but malicious rumors force her to choose between keeping her involvement a secret and the home for which she’s always longed.

Steve Miller is determined to save his dying hometown. When vandalism jeopardizes the downtown restoration project, he can’t help but suspect Dani, whose strange behavior has become fodder for local gossips.

Will Steve and Dani be able to call a truce for a higher cause, and help Dani understand the true meaning of home?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cathy Bryant's debut novel, Texas Roads, was a 2009 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis competition. A Texas gal by birth, Cathy lives with her husband in a century-old Texas farmhouse, complete with picket fence, flowers, butterflies, and late summer mosquitoes the size of your fist. Learn more about Cathy at http://www.CatBryant.com or at http://www.WordVessel.blogspot.com



MY REVIEW

Texas Roads is all about a little place called Miller's Creek and the wonderful characters who live in the sleepy little town. I loved the book, right from the first page. It is the kind of place that we all want to visit, and never leave. I want to stroll down the streets and talk to the old geezers at the hardware store. I can almost smell the aroma of fresh baking from Granny's Kitchen. And I have no objection at all to getting my hair cut and styled at the Country Cutz and Curlz. After all, they say it is the best place to catch up on the latest town gossip.

The author, Cathy Bryant transports the reader right into the middle of this delightful town. You can almost feel the wind on your face, and you can almost see the characters. You can imagine the sound of the water rushing over the rocks in Miller's Creek, and easily visualize the quaint gazebo in the park.

Dani is a big-city girl, and she is out for a visit to Miller's Creek to see her aunt, Mama Beth. Little did she realize how her heart would be captured by this delightful place and the people who lived in Miller's Creek. Steve is a ranch owner as well as mayor of Miller's Creek, and he has secrets from his past too. It is very interesting to see how their friendship develops, especially after a very rough start. Faith, forgiveness, trust, and friendship - all wrapped up together to make an unforgettable story of second chances and new beginnings.

Cathy Bryant has also created a website for Texas Roads, and it is amazing! Go to http://texasroadsbycathybryant.blogspot.com/ and you can meet the characters in the book. Click on the Miller's Creek page, and you will meet Dani, Steve, Mama Beth, the old men who hang out at the hardware store, Wanda the town secretary, and many more. It is really fun to put a face to the characters in the book, and it captured my attention even more.

The first half of the book is available to read online at the Texas Roads website. You can have a sneak peek at the book and trust me, you will be hooked too. If you enjoy a feel good, down to earth and satisfying story that makes you long for home, then this is the book to read.

MY RATING - 5 out of 5!

THE GIVEAWAY

Cathy Bryant has graciously offered one copy of Texas Roads to a reader of this blog. In case you haven't already entered your name to win a copy of this book, go to the giveaway page for Texas Roads, and a winner will be chosen on May 15th.


Thank you to Cathy Bryant for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: WordVessel Press (March 1, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0984431101
ISBN-13: 978-0984431106

8 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book, Janet! Thanks so much for your awesome review!

    Blessings,
    Cathy

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  2. Get ready to lose some sleep. The "plot thickens" and you really become involved with the characters as you near the half way mark reading this book. Didn't want to put it down until I finished reading and found out the stirring conclusion.

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  3. Sorry to disturb your sleep, Sue...sorta... =) Glad you enjoyed the story!

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  4. I think I am going to have to send some copies to some family members. We are all Texas Born and Raised (West Texas) so I think they would love it from being able to identify :)

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  5. Reading is one of my greatest joys. Now a permanent Texas resident of 38 years and our youngest daughter a native Texan, we are very proud of Texas. This story piques my interest,and tells just the kind of story I can live in. Makes me think that the song "Country Roads" should really be "Texas Roads!" I'm very excited to read it. When did you say this contest ends? LOL!
    Blessed Be,
    Barb Shelton
    Arlington, TX

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  6. Nice to meet you fellow Texans! (Barb & Lil Kym, I recognize you from Facebook.)
    Thanks for your interest in the book. Can't wait to see who wins! =)

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  7. would love to read cathy's masterpiece...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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