Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Paper Roses was a free Kindle book, and it was a bit of a relief after the last two free Kindle books I read. This was a clean, Christian romance with a mystery.
Sarah is a mail order bride who arrives in Texas only to find that her fiance, Austin, has been murdered. She had fallen in love with Austin through letters he wrote to her (which she named paper roses), and although she's very sad about his death, she is determined to stay and make a new life for herself.
Austin's brother Clay can't wait to return back East to his medical practice, but he's determined to find the murderer first. He has no interest in romance, but there's something about Sarah.
The romance was predictable, but the "bad guy" came as a surprise. Part of the book was focused on Sarah and Clay being converted and forgiving people so they can move on with their lives. It was a little preachy, and sort of sudden, but many people probably have that "ah-ha" moment when they are converted.