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With insight and warmth, bestselling author Amanda Cabot entwines love, deception, and redemption in a charming tale where dreams are deferred and hopes become a reality.

Catherine Whitfield’s trust in the medical profession was shattered when her mother died due to the excessive bleeding treatments performed by the town’s doctor. Brokenhearted and lonely, Catherine forges ahead as the dutiful schoolteacher of Cimarron Creek, but she has resigned herself to a life without love or family. A life where dreams rarely come true.

Rancher Austin Goddard is a newcomer to town. He has managed to keep his past as a surgeon secret to protect his family. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.

What part of the country do you consider home?

I’ve lived in Texas, western New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, but for the past thirteen years, I’ve called Wyoming home. And, if you’re like my former boss and wonder why anyone would move from the most-densely populated state (New Jersey) to the least-densely populated one (Wyoming), it’s because my husband and I fell in love with the sagebrush prairies the first time we visited Yellowstone.

Currently, how big (or small) is your household?

Small! It’s just my husband and me.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

My husband and I love traveling by car, even if it’s only for a day trip. It’s so much fun, not to mention a nice change of pace from writing, to explore new areas of the country.

In terms of stay-at-home activities, I enjoy sewing and knitting, and for many years I made all my own clothes. Now, most of my sewing is for dolls that I donate to the local women’s shelter each Christmas.

Is there any habit or hobby you have that might surprise readers?

I’ve always enjoyed cooking and used to be somewhat of a gourmet cook, but for the past ten years, my cooking has been super low-fat and low-cholesterol. The reason? My brother-in-law was diagnosed with heart disease, and I wanted to experiment with recipes that would be good for him. To my surprise (and delight) they turned out to be tasty enough for my husband and me to enjoy, not to mention that they’re healthy.

You’ve just turned in your manuscript, and your editor won’t return it with revisions for at least a week or two. Where would you go for a vacation?

Yellowstone, without a doubt. It’s my favorite place on Earth, a fabulous place to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Butter pecan, and no, it’s not low-fat!

Are you a dog or a cat person? What does that tell us about you?

I don’t have any pets, but when I visit a friend who has both, it’s her large dog that gravitates to me. My friend tells me that means I’m the alpha dog. Hmmm …

What was your favorite childhood book? What made it so beloved?

From the first time I read it, I loved Little Women. The Civil War time period is one that’s always appealed to me, but the reason Little Women became and remained my favorite book is that the characters and the situations they face are so realistic. Louisa May Alcott made me feel as if I were part of the March family while I was reading her books. What a marvelous talent!

How many unfinished book ideas or manuscripts do you currently have?

I have only one unfinished manuscript, but I haven’t even tried to count the number of book ideas that are in my “future projects” file. Sometimes the idea is nothing more than a possible title for the book; sometimes it’s a quotation that resonated with me; other times it’s a location. Will they ever become finished books? I don’t know.

What’s your favorite movie? Favorite TV show?

I’m definitely proving that I’m older than twenty-nine by admitting this, but my favorite movie is an old one, Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. I loved the Parisian setting, Hepburn’s designer clothes, and – most of all – the way the script balanced humor with suspense. I’ve never been a big TV watcher – I spend most of my free time reading – so I can’t say that I have a favorite show.

If you were casting yourself in a movie, which actor or actress would you pick? Why?

I had trouble with this question, mostly because I watch so few movies, so I asked friends whom they’d select. There were some intriguing answers including Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, but the majority decided that Jane Seymour would be the right one. Why? I suspect it’s that she starred in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and that the nineteenth-century timeframe reminded them of my books.

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Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart, as well as the Texas Crossroads series, the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers’ Best Awards. She lives in Wyoming.

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