About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

The Spark of Love (Mesquite Springs, #3) by Amanda Cabot

The Spark of Love (Mesquite Springs, #3)

When a spurned suitor threatens her, heiress Alexandra Tarkington flees New York for Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country, where her father is building a hotel. But the happy reunion she envisions is not to be as her father insists she return to New York. Instead, Alexandra carves out a niche for herself in town, teaching schoolchildren to paint and enjoying the company of Gabe Seymour, a delightful man she met on the stagecoach.

But all is not as it seems. Two men, each with his own agenda, have followed her to Mesquite Springs. And Gabe is an investigator, searching for proof that her father is a swindler. When a series of apparent accidents threaten her life, Alexandra and Gabe will have to work together to discover the truth. And perhaps along the way they will discover that the sparks of attraction they've felt from the beginning are more than sparks--they're love.

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites you back to 1850s Texas for this exciting and heartwarming tale of treachery, love, and learning to trust.


The Spark of Love takes us back to Mesquite Springs, Texas, for another entertaining visit with the wonderful people who live there. Author Amanda Cabot introduces us to a wealthy newcomer who's come to the Texas Hill country to reconnect with her father, but it certainly isn't going to be easy! Alexandra is hungry for her father's love, but Calvin Tarkington isn't an easy man to understand, and he seems to be keeping secrets that she may not want to learn. Gabe Seymour is another visitor to Mesquite Springs, and he's been hired to prove Tarkington's shady dealings. He has his own personal vendetta against this businessman, but will he be able to continue his efforts once he meets the sweet Alexandra?

As I read this story, I found myself caught up in the many emotions experienced by these three main characters. Mr. Tarkington appeared unloving and aloof, but perhaps he was covering deep hurts. Alexandra didn't just want her father's love--she also wanted to avoid being pursued by fortune-hunting suitors. There was definitely a spark between her and Gabe but could she be certain that he was sincere. Would his secret motives prevent this spark from bursting into a flame of love!

Cabot's penned an intriguing and satisfying conclusion to her Mesquite Springs series, and I especially enjoyed catching up with the people that I'd met in the first two books. The Spark of Love has conflict, mystery, and romance, but there's also a strong message of hope, love, and forgiveness woven into the story. This is historical Christian romance that you'll definitely want to read and savor!

I received a copy of this book through Revell Reads. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty-five novels. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.

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