Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot
Length: 336 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents’ murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don’t include a family of his own.
At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?
Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.
**I received a complimentary copy of Out of the Embers through Revell Reads Blogger Program**
Out of the Embers is a touching story about discovering a true sense of home through resilience and hope. The book follows a young woman named Evelyn Radcliffe and her young charge Polly after being saved (by fate) from their home being burned down. They find the sanctuary of Wyatt Clark and his family in Mesquite Springs, Texas. While Polly’s lineage has her own deep-seeded secrets, Evelyn changes her identity in order to have a more peaceful life. Along the way she encounters unexpected–and unwelcome–surprises from certain citizens. She also causes great changes in Wyatt’s life, as he seeks to discover his own destiny within the surroundings of his horse farm.
Both Evelyn and Wyatt are people seeking a change in their life paths: Evelyn seeking to start over from her devastating family losses, while Wyatt longs to branch out from a seemingly static life in Mesquite Springs. They each have a missing piece in their lives to fill as they establish their positions in society. Through the close-knit community of Mesquite Springs, Evelyn and Wyatt discover the meaning of family and kindred spirits.
I enjoyed the setting of the 1850s in Texas, as it displayed a simpler life. These residents live a happy life without the technology that bombards our present lives in every passing moment. Amanda Cabot also writes beautifully the nature of courtship, getting to know someone’s personality and quirks before committing your life to another. She also describes the bonding nature of female relationships, as Dorothy and Evelyn’s heartwarming scenes wonderfully describes.
I found Out of the Embers to be a heartwarming novel about community coming together during difficult times. It also has the touching connection of Evelyn and Wyatt’s story as they navigate their paths in life.
Rating: 4/5 Stars