Book Review and Giveaway: A Path Less Traveled

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I wrote to the author, Cathy Bryant, and I said, “I just finished A Path Less Traveled and I’m so sorry I did – finish it, that is…..  I loved it so much, I wish that I could read more!!”  Have you ever finished a book and just wanted to read more?  Happily, A Path Less Traveled is the second book in a series, and there will be more to come.  I, for one, am looking forward to the next book, due for release in 2011.

The main character in A Path Less Traveled, Trish James, is struggling to be independent and self-sufficient but finds herself needing help time after time.  Just when she feels like she’s gotten a break, something happens to set her back again.  Recovering from the death of her husband, her young son needs the comfort of extended family, but Trish can’t find a way to make a living in her small town.

This was one of my favorite parts of the book:

“Lord, am I making the right decision?

Trust in Me with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding.

There it was again – the same verse from Dani and Steve’s wedding and stitched on Dad’s old bookmark.  The one carved on the box of brushes…….

In all your ways acknowledge Me.  I will direct your path.”

Have you ever felt like you are at a crossroads and don’t know which way to turn?  It is certainly difficult to trust God – to Let go, let God.
This book spoke to me in so many ways.  Like the main character, I have a hard time accepting help from others, but know that God wants us to put aside our pride and accept the help of loved ones.

Yes, those are Texas bluebells!   The author, Cathy Bryant is a Texas gal since birth. She lives in a century-old Texas farmhouse with her husband that she says is “long on charm and short on space.”    To learn more about Cathy visit her website at

I loved the characters in A Path Less Traveled and was not surprised to read on Cathy’s website, that she considers the characters to be more important than the plot.  She wants the reader to say, “I know someone just like that!”  The fact that she concentrates effort on character development shows in this book.  I truly felt like I knew the characters and could see their distinct personalities.  It’s not easy for an author to keep their characters true to their personalities and Cathy Bryant does that with great talent.


Trish James is tired of being rescued. When a spooked horse claims her husband’s life, she’s determined to blaze a path for herself and her traumatized son without outside help. But will that mean leaving the place etched on her heart?

Andy Tyler has had to struggle for everything, and starting a new law practice in Miller’s Creek, Texas is no different. Though prepared for business challenges, he’s not prepared for falling in love–especially with yet another woman who will probably abandon him for her career.
Will Andy and Trish be able to see past their limited human understanding to take . . . A Path Less Traveled?

To read the first chapter:


“This book was totally and completely enjoyable to read.  I received the book on Friday and finished reading it on Sunday.  I could hardly put it down.  The storyline is very well written and grabbed my attention in the first chapter and never let me go….One of my favorite lines in the book is this:  ‘God doesn’t waste any hurt you endure, Trish.  What he allows into your life–even something as painful as Doc’s death–He’ll use for the days ahead…’  I believe this is so true and have seen it played out in my life.  I love it when I can read a really good fiction book and learn more about my relationship with Christ.  I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good story to read.  I can’t wait until Book 3 in the series comes out next year.” ~Cathy at Tales of the TCKK Family

“…Cathy Bryant weaves an amazing story. She has a maturity in her writing skill that astounds me for only having two published novels. A Path Less Traveled is a must read. Cathy realistically captures the struggle of the heart.” ~ Linnette at Linnette’s Writing Corner


Cathy Bryant is a former public school teacher who handed in her chalk for a private music studio and writing career. Her passion is to write heart-stirring stories that show God’s life-changing grace. Cathy is the owner of the popular blog, WordVessel, and has written devotions for The Upper Room magazine, two devotional books, and online devotional sites. She’s the wife of a music minister, the mother of two grown sons and a beautiful daughter-in-love, and the Nana of Harrisen. A Texas gal since birth, she lives in a century-old Texas farmhouse with her husband and a phobia-ridden cat.
Texas Roads (her debut novel and a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist) released in March 2010. The second Miller’s Creek novel, A Path Less Traveled, was launched in November 2010. The Way of Grace will be available in 2011.
Visit her website at

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CHECK OUT THE SPECIAL BOOK GIVEAWAY DRAWINGS OF A PATH LESS TRAVELED (a Miller’s Creek novel) AT WordVessel (only through November 30, 2010)

Cathy is generously giving a KLY reader a copy of her book!

Main entry

1. Since Little Bo benefits from equine therapy, Cathy is giving part of the proceeds from the book to an equine ministry called the Runnin’ WJ Ranch, which benefits special needs children.  Please leave a comment saying what the most amazing ministry is that you’ve either been a part of or have heard about.

Additional entries

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5. Blog about this giveaway and leave the link to your post in the comments.

6. Follow Kelly’s Lucky You on twitter.

7. Tweet this giveaway (RT 1x per day). Feel free to use this sample:

Win “A Path Less Traveled” by Cathy Bryant @KellysLuckyYou! #giveaway

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9. Add this giveaway to any giveaway linky (unlimited entries). You can use this list!

Leave one comment for each entry. Contest ends December 12th at midnight CST. A winner will be chosen by and notified by email to the email address provided in the winning comments. The winner must respond within 48 hours of the notification email, or another winner will be chosen. See my Giveaway Rules page for further information. Sorry, this contest is open to US residents only.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of A Path Less Traveled to review.


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