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Lone Star Book Blog Tour: A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot

I’m linking up with Lone Star Book Blog Tours where we are featuring A Borrowed Dream by author Amanda Cabot, the just-released second installment in her Cimarron Creek historical romance trilogy.  Amanda Cabot mixes a touch of humor and suspense in this lovely (non-preachy) inspirational fiction.

As an aspiring writer myself, I always jump at the chance to interview the author or host a guest post because I’m fascinated with the behind the scenes part of the process.  In A Borrowed Dream, protagonist Catherine Whitfield holds a major distrust of the local doctor, and Amanda’s guest post offers a deeper look  into the “healing” practices at the time (which is both fascinating and horrifying) and will let you better appreciate Catherine’s distrust.

One last thing – we have a WONDERFUL giveaway going on so read on down to learn more about this wonderful book, some history on  frontier medicine AND enter a fantastic giveaway!

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The Cimarron Creek Trilogy, Book 2


Amanda Cabot

Genre: Historical Romance / Inspirational
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: March 20, 2018
Number of Pages: 352

Scroll down for the giveaway!

Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the town doctor’s excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek’s dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family, a life where dreams rarely come true.

Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He’s managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.

With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.




“Cabot’s sweet love story will appeal to readers of gentle romances. . .Although this title stands on its own, readers of A Stolen Heart (2017), the first in Cabot’s place-based trilogy, will be happy to revisit the folks of Cimarron Creek.” — Booklist

“The second book in Cabot’s Cimarron Creek trilogy is even better than the first, with a dash of suspense, an intriguing bit of medical history and a host of enjoyable characters.” — RT Book Reviews

“Readers will enjoy the surprising ending as well as the romance always found in Cabot’s books.”Publishers Weekly

“Moments of humor provide a nice balance to the heartwarming scenes and the mild suspense thread.”RT Book Reviews

“Cabot’s nonpreachy inspirational romance features characters who genuinely try to live honorable lives, and their story has broad appeal for readers of gentle fiction and historical romance as well as for readers of Christian fiction.”Booklist 
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An Understandable Fear

by Amanda Cabot, author of A Borrowed Dream

One of the first thing readers learn about Catherine Whitfield, the heroine of A Borrowed Dream, is that she has a deep-seated fear of Cimarron Creek’s doctor and physicians in general.  The reason isn’t hard to find: her mother died as a result of heroic medicine.

Heroic medicine sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it?  After all, the hero of a novel is a good guy, so heroic medicine must be good.  The reality is, it was anything but good and was in fact considered to be one of the contributing factors in George Washington’s death.  Yes, trusted physicians’ attempts to heal him may have actually hastened the death of the father of the American nation.  Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s take a step back and define “heroic” so we can understand why that might have happened and why Catherine has such a fear of heroic medicine.

My dictionary has a number of definitions for “heroic” including “exhibiting or marked by courage or daring” and “supremely noble and self-sacrificing.”  Those could apply to the heroes we all know and love.  But there’s another meaning that’s less benign: “of great intensity, extreme, drastic.”  That’s where heroic medicine comes into play.

In the eighteenth century and well into the nineteenth, physicians believed that the body had four humors – blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile – and that disease occurred when one or more of them was out of balance.  The goal of all medicine was to restore the balance.

How did they do that?  If you’re squeamish, you might want to stop reading right now.  There were five elements to heroic medicine: bleeding, purging, vomiting, sweating, and blistering.  Any one of those sounds gruesome to me, but when you combine them with the fact that this was heroic in the sense of extreme and drastic, you realize that the cure might well have been worse than the illness itself.

Bleeding was the most commonly used technique, and although it had lost popularity in the eastern United States by 1860, it was still used on the frontier.  As you can guess from the name, the goal was to reduce the volume of blood either by applying leeches (shudder) or by cutting veins and letting large quantities of blood drain from the body.

Next came purging, which consisted of giving the victim … er, the patient … large quantities of calomel or jalap.  You can guess what happened next.

If that didn’t work, the physician might try to induce vomiting, again by giving the patient ipecac and tartar emetics.  In large quantities.  Once again, I’m shuddering.  

Sweating sounds as if it would be the most innocuous of the heroic procedures until you learn that it was induced by giving the patient Dover’s Powder, a concoction of opium, ipecac, and lactose which served as a diaphoretic.  (I couldn’t resist including that word, since it was a new one for me.  As you may have guessed from the context, a diaphoretic is a substance that induces sweating.)  I’m still shaking my head over the fact that opium was used so often, although considering the pain that must have been involved in these procedures, it was probably the kindest thing a doctor could offer his patient.

Lastly comes blistering.  Hot plasters were placed on the patient’s body with the goal of producing blisters that could be lanced and drained.  And, of course, since this was heroic medicine, it was done on a large scale.

This was the world of medicine well into the nineteenth century.  By the time Catherine’s mother became ill, new techniques were being introduced, but there were still old-timers who believed in the value of heroic medicine, including Cimarron Creek’s one and only doctor.  

You can imagine the anguish Catherine felt as she saw her mother grow weaker after each treatment and the fear that she developed as a result of it.  Never, never again would she have anything to do with a physician.  But then Austin Goddard came to town.

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart, the first book of the Cimarron Creek trilogy, 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. She lives in Wyoming.

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1ST: Copy of A Borrowed Dream, Novel Teas (25 count), Paddywax Library Collection Ralph Waldo Emerson Scented Soy Wax Candle, Cedar & Wild Fern (6.5oz) 

2ND: Copy of A Borrowed Dream + $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

3RD: Copy of A Borrowed Dream + $10 Starbucks Gift Card

APRIL 12-21, 2018


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  • Amanda Cabot

    I loved your description of this as “cool (and slightly horrifying).” Aren’t you glad we don’t live in that era. I certainly am! But I also wonder what people will think about modern medicine 150 years from now.

    • Jenn

      I can only imagine what they will also think of essential oils, cryo therapy, plastic surgeries and the medicines with more side effects than conditions they help.

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