Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Dreams Rekindled (Mesquite Springs #2) by Amanda Cabot

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour for Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot. The tour was organized by Lone Star Book Blog Tours. On my stop, I'm spotlighting the book, but I've also got a deleted scene to read. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card, a Bluebonnet ornament, and both books in the Mesquite Springs series. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Dreams Rekindled
Series: Mesquite Springs #2
Author: Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: March 2nd 2021
Print Length: 352 pages
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
He's bound and determined to find peace . . . but she's about to stir things up.

Dorothy Clark dreams of writing something that will challenge people as much as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin seems to have. But in 1850s Mesquite Springs, there are few opportunities for writers--until newspaperman Brandon Holloway arrives, that is.

Brandon Holloway has seen firsthand the disastrous effects of challenging others. He has no intention of repeating that mistake. Instead of following his dreams, he's committed to making a new--and completely uncontroversial--start in the Hill Country.

As Dorothy's involvement in the fledgling newspaper grows from convenient to essential, the same change seems to be happening in Brandon's heart. But before romance can bloom, Dorothy and Brandon must work together to discover who's determined to divide the town and destroy Brandon's livelihood.

Deleted Scene from
Dreams Rekindled
By Amanda Cabot

I’ve always loved including older characters in my books, because I believe that love isn’t limited to the young. That’s one of the reasons that when I first started writing Dreams Rekindled I had a secondary romance between Dorothy’s mother and Brandon’s father.

Unfortunately, when I was about half finished with the first draft, I realized that that wouldn’t work for several reasons, the most important of which was that Brandon’s secrets would be harder to keep if his father were alive and spending time with Dorothy’s mother. So, not only did I kill the secondary romance, I killed Brandon’s father. As much as I hated doing that, it strengthened Brandon’s internal conflict and made the book stronger. It wasn’t an easy decision, which is why I kept the deleted scenes. I’m delighted to be able to share what would have been the older couple’s first meeting with you today.
“Are you missing Wyatt and the others?”

Isolde nodded. Ida Downey never hesitated to speak her mind, and today was no different. The instant they’d emerged from the church, she’d touched Isolde’s shoulder and posed the question.

“I didn’t realize it was so obvious,” Isolde said as they descended the steps. The churchyard wasn’t large, but Mesquite Springs’s residents had developed a pattern. Women congregated on the western side where they could watch their children, while men tended to head east.

Ida’s smile was meant to reassure her. “It’s only obvious to those who know you well, but I think you’re bothered by more than missing your children.”

“You’re right. I’m beginning to realize how much Wyatt did around the ranch. Caleb’s taken over raising and training the horses, but there’ve been dozens of times when the hired hands asked questions, and I had no idea what to tell them.”

“Like what?” Isolde knew Ida wasn’t being nosy as much as she was trying to help.

“Like should they patch the roof on the chicken coop or repair the broken fence. How am I supposed to know which is more important?”

“The fence first, then the coop.”

Isolde spun around, shocked by the way a stranger had intruded on the conversation. She registered his height, just a couple inches more than hers, the hair far grayer than hers, the light blue eyes. Though she was certain she’d never met him, he looked somehow familiar. What was not familiar was the way she felt as if all of her senses had been heightened. The twinkle in those blue eyes made her want to giggle. Giggle? She hadn’t giggled in decades. The timbre of his voice made her want to hum. Ridiculous. She never hummed, and for the life of her, she couldn’t imagine why she was feeling this way.

“Why?” she demanded, unsure whether she was asking the man why she should repair the fence before the chicken coop or whether she was asking herself why she was feeling so giddy.

The smile he gave her made her wonder if he sensed her confusion and was trying to reassure her. Surely that wasn’t possible. This man knew nothing about her.

“Because animals could escape through a broken fence,” he explained in that mellow voice that sent shivers down her spine, “but even if the chickens flew out of the coop, they’d return to roost.”

“Mr. Holloway is right.” Ida patted Isolde’s arm and gave her an appraising look. “Have you been introduced?” When Isolde somehow managed to collect her thoughts enough to shake her head, Ida continued. “Isolde, this is Mr. Holloway. His son is the one who’d going to start a paper here.”

No wonder he had seemed familiar. Brandon resembled him. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Holloway.” The words were conventional, but never had they been so true.

“Amos, please. And you must be Mrs. Clark. My son mentioned that he’d met you at Polly’s Place.”

“Now that you two are introduced, you don’t need me.” Ida patted Isolde’s arm again before heading toward her home, leaving Isolde feeling tongue-tied.

When she’d managed to recover a bit of her composure, she said, “Thank you for your advice, Amos.” The name came out awkwardly, but she wouldn’t offend him by calling him Mr. Holloway when he’d asked her to use his Christian name. “I’m Isolde.” This was the first time she’d encouraged such familiarity so soon, but somehow it felt right.

His smile broadened, and as it did, the warmth that had pooled in her stomach began to spread throughout her body.

“It sounds like you could use some help on the ranch. If you don’t mind taking a chance on someone with gray hair, I’d like to be that man. It’s been a while since I worked on a ranch – my boy and I moved into town when Brandon decided to be another Horace Greeley – but there are some things you don’t forget.”

His voice turned her insides to melted butter, and Isolde suspected that she would say yes to anything Amos Holloway asked. It was probably foolish, but her instincts told her he was a good man.

“If you’re willing to take a chance on me, I’ll take one on you,” she said, pleased that her own voice did not betray her nervousness.

They spoke for a few minutes longer, discussing when Amos would come to the Circle C and what responsibilities he would assume, and all the while, excitement bubbled up inside Isolde. She couldn’t explain it. She’d never felt this way about a man, not even Wilson. Whatever it was was temporary and would fade the way wildflowers did when they were picked. That was as it should be. After all, the reason she had hired Amos was because she needed help, and he could provide it. That was the only reason.
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of Out of the Embers, as well as the Cimarron Creek Trilogy and the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds series. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming.

One winner will receive a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card + both books in the Mesquite Springs series by Amanda Cabot + a bluebonnet ornament. 
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or visit the blogs directly:

3/2/21 Character Interview - Book Bustle
3/2/21 BONUS Promo - LSBBT Blog
3/3/21 Review - Reading by Moonlight
3/3/21 BONUS Promo - Hall Ways Blog
3/4/21 Author Interview - Chapter Break Book Blog
3/5/21 Review - Jennifer Silverwood
3/6/21 Excerpt - That's What She's Reading
3/7/21 Excerpt - Forgotten Winds
3/8/21 Review - Carpe Diem Chronicles
3/9/21 Deleted Scene - All the Ups and Downs
3/11/21 Review - StoreyBook Reviews
3/11/21 BONUS - Review - Missus Gonzo

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1 comment:

  1. Love the deleted scene, but I really love knowing the why behind it was deleted. Thanks for the post!