Growing up, my family took quite a few vacations. Most of the time they were in the United States and were road trips. There were a couple of road trips to Montreal and the only time I have flown was to Hawaii. Most of the time, these trips were everything I hoped they were and more. Hawaii exceeded my expectations of paradise, Disney was just as fun as I always thought it would be, and Virginia as filled with history as I could have possibly hoped. There weren’t too many disappointments.
Since they were roadtrips, sometimes my family would stop at places we saw billboards for. Most of the time they were about what we would expect. A wonder-filled cave or a very scenic overlook. Other times, they were a bit, well, lacking. One such stop was a Gone With The Wind museum near Atlanta (I believe). Since my mom and I were huge fans of both book and movie, this sounded like a wonderful place to stop. We were expecting the museum to be set up in an old plantation house and have Civil War era furniture and memorabilia mixed in with items from Margaret Mitchell’s estate and movie props. Well, it did have all those things, but it was in a tiny little building, that took 30 minutes to see everything, if we read all the plaques. The excitement leading up to it was quite different from what we found. However, they did have some of the dresses from the movie among other interesting things, so it wasn’t a complete letdown.
At Bluebonnet Lake, the character’s find themselves at a resort that might not be quite as wonderfully maintained as Sally, the grandmother remembered it.
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**I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review**
At bluebonnet Lake was a novel that gave me an important reminder: in our busy lives, sometimes we just need to slow down.
Greg and Kate were such fun characters to get to know. The relationship that develops between them forms the backbone of this novel. Encompassing it are each of their stories as they discover that paths that God is leading each of them to. This novel also had a bonus story involving Kate grandmother, Sally–I wasn’t expecting it, but it was another interesting facet to this novel.
There were so many things to enjoy beyond the main characters in this novel, even the minor characters were brought to life with strong personalities and minor problems of their own. The novel carried the small town feel of the setting, and I was able to visit Rainbow’s End and Dupree, Texas quite easily in my imagination.
The book was a bit slower paced than what I typically enjoy. But there was typically enough going on that made me want to stick with it. This is the first book in Cabot’s Texas Crossroads series. I am looking forward to seeing how come of the other character’s lives unfold in the future books of this series.
I would love to hear from you! Have you ever gone on a vacation that was quite different than you expected? For better or for worse?
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