Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Path Less Travelled

Cathy Bryant

Trish James is tired of being rescued.  When a spooked horse claims her husband's life, she's determined to blaze a path for herself and her traumatized son without outside help.  But will than mean leaving the place etched on her heart?

Andy Tyler has had to struggle for everything, and starting a new law practice in Miller's Creek, Texas is no different  Though prepared for business challenges, he's not prepared to fall in love--especially with yet another woman who will probably abandon him for her career.

Will Andy and Trish be able to see past their limited human understanding to take a path less traveled?

My Take:

Well, Cathy Bryant has done it again!  See, she has this nasty little habit of writing wonderful books that get me all choked up and emotional, causing anyone around me witnessing the display to make fun of me.  I guess I'll just have to forgive her and continue to read her wonderful stories.  A Path Less Traveled is part of the Miller's Creek Series (click here for the review of the first Miller's Creek novel, Texas Roads) and if I may say, the best one yet (granted there have only been two so far, who knows maybe the third will top them all :)  If you are a regular follower of my blog, you probably already know that silly little romances are my guilty pleasure.  I eat them right up, but as much as I love those over dramatic and unrealistic stories, nothing compares to a solid, real romance that focuses on more than physical attraction and drama.  Cathy Bryant's stories are about faith, family, sacrifice and of course, love and romance.  A Path Less Traveled is by no means a silly little romance.  It is wonderfully written, and there is real heart behind every single word.  While the events in the story are fictional, the spiritual journey the main character takes is one the author has experienced, which makes the book authentic, not preachy.  How I hate preachy books!  I want to feel inspired, not talked at, and my expectations were met and exceeded in this book.  I said it for her first book, Texas Roads, and I'll say it for this one-this book is a must read for readers of Christian fiction.  The characters in the book were wonderful-they were strong but flawed.  It is heart wrenching to watch a young widow try to mend her young son's broken heart while battling her own prideful and broken heart, and Andy (a rather tragic figure from the last book), well, he's just about perfect in a completely clumsy and self deprecating way.  Of course he has had a troubled past, filling him with his share of inner demons, but you can't help but fall in love with him along side Trish as he puts her child first.  You will enjoy every minute of Trish and Andy's journey toward love and family, as well as enjoying the tying up of some loose ends from Texas Roads.  Judging by the fact that I literally stayed up almost the entire night last night to finish the book when I had to go to work very early the next morning, I easily rate A Path Less Traveled a 1, Pay Full Price-enjoy!

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If A Path Less Traveled was a movie, it would be rated G, suitable for all audiences

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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Lilly Bear ♡ said...

Lovely review! I usually steer clear of religious-themed novels, but this one does sound so inspiring.

Cathy Bryant said...

So glad you enjoyed the story! Thanks for taking the time to read and review the book!


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