Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot ~ Book Review

March 16, 2021



Author: Amanda Cabot
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Series: Mesquite Springs, Book 2
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Pages: 349

Though she hopes for a quiet, uncomplicated life for herself, Dorothy Clark wants nothing more than to stir others up. Specifically, she 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 the disastrous effects of challenging others and 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.

With this second novel in the Mesquite Springs series, bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites you to discover the healing power of truth.


I am so glad I received this book to review! It has been years since I have read an Amanda Cabot book and I had forgotten how much I love her as an author! This story was so good. The characters were a delight and the town was quite charming and interesting. This is the second book in the Mesquite Springs series but it definitely read as a stand alone to me as I had no problem with it. Other than perhaps knowing a little bit more about Dorothy's family I don't think I missed out on anything vital. That being said the first book is already on hold for me at the library! 😊

This story definitely packed a little bit of everything. Suspense, romance and it even touched on some subjects that I wasn't expecting such as Dorothy's mom mental illness and the hardship of living with that. Dorothy is an aspiring writer who although loves the idea of marriage doesn't want to have any part of it because she fears she will have the same problems her mom had with depression if she were to lose her mate. When Brandon comes to town things start to shift for her not only job wise but also in the love department. She and Brandon work great together at building the newspaper. Of course there are repercussions to everything and Brandon also has his own past guilt he is trying to work through. Although there are characters you love in the story there are also those that you have a strong love/hate feeling like for Phil. He works for the elusive Mr. K trying to scope out the land for a hotel. Phil causes so much dissent and division in the town that you just can't help but dislike him but then you know that he is a tortured soul and feel bad for him all at the same time. 

Ms. Cabot definitely knows how to pen a story with characters that grab your attention and a plot that although set in a different time period is very relevant to today's societal issues of race and division.  I enjoyed every minute of this story and I cannot wait to read the next book which will give us more of the story of Mr. K and hopefully a love story for Dorothy's friend Laura. You should definitely add this one to your lists!

Oh and seriously the star of this book is Nutmeg! That dog was incredible and such a great part of the story!

My Rating: 4 Stars/ I really enjoyed this story! Can't wait for the next in the series!

I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. 

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With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty-five novels. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading

1 comment

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review Dreams Rekindled. I'm delighted that you enjoyed it and wasn't surprised that Nutmeg was one of your favorite characters. She has a special place in my heart too.