Oh, how I loved this book! Initially, I expected it to be a rather long, drawn-out tale just because of its page length (378 pages), but how very wrong I was. This story was simple, but complex, and probably the best mail-order bride story to date that I have ever read.
Sarah was such a strong lead character in the story, in spite of the first impression one would get based on her physical ailments. At first, I thought it strange that she did not really mourn Austin's death, nor did she ever visit his grave (strangely, one was never mentioned), but as I kept reading it began to make a little more sense to me. She only knew him on paper, and never had the chance to form any type of physical bond with him. Also, her mind was more on making a life for herself and her young sister in this new place since going back to her home in Philedelphia was out of the question.
It took a little while for Clay to grow on me, though. His part of the story seemed to be more gradual and more hesitant than Sarah's. I think most of that is due to the fact that Clay thought of Sarah as a little bit of an inconvenience, plus he's got his mind thoroughly on finding Austin's killer. And then, ever so slowly, does he start to care for Sarah in the most beautiful way. His feelings for her (and hers for him) were paced just right--not rushed, but almost like it snuck up on them from behind. I truly loved every second of their realization of their feelings for each other.
This isn't just a mail-order bride romance. It's got the romance, plus a nice dose of suspense, some ornery town folk, and a dash of history. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of Scattered Petals, the next book in this series! Paper Roses gets a 4.5 rating from me--what an exceptional story!
I enjoyed reading this book so much, that I read it in one sitting. It keeps your attention throughout the book and has great character development. I can't wait for the next in the series to come out. I would definitely recommend this book to others to read. This will not be my last by Amanda Cabot.
Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot was an excellent well written book. It is the story of mail-order bride Sarah Dobbs who arrives in Texas anxious to marry the man who has sent her such wonderful and loving letters. She discovers he has been killed. The brother of her intended is now in the picture. Sarah's future is not what she intended, but it may be better than she ever dreamed.