Thursday, March 3, 2016

Christian Fiction Review: On Lone Star Trail

Sadly, "On Lone Star Trail" is Amanda Cabot's final "Texas Crossroads" novel. Cabot has given readers three beautiful romance stories set at Rainbow's End, a Christian resort in the hills of Texas. Each installment has included compelling characters and themes that strike at the core of our human nature.

In "Lone Star Trail," Gillian Hodge tries to understand her identity and purpose after losing her career due to a tragic accident. On her way to visit a friend at Rainbow's End, she meets TJ Benjamin, a roaming traveler and former "RV Minister" dealing with the loss of his wife and his anger toward God. The two connect as they help the local community in various ways - TJ as a teacher and Gillian as the organizer of a new senior center. Meanwhile, a nearby "celebrity" of sorts takes notice of Gillian and asks her on a date. I would have enjoyed a more in depth look at this other suitor, but really the story is about Gillian and TJ.

The spiritual themes stay light-hearted and easy to ponder while addressing important issues. And although the book isn't much of a thriller - not much really happens - Cabot excels at making her slice-of-life novel a page-turner with real characters and real dilemmas. I couldn't put the book down, and am sad to see Rainbow's End go. Every girl could use a Rainbow's End in her life.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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