Out of Embers (Mesquite Springs book 1) by Amanda Cabot

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.4 Llamas


Love this book!!!! This book was sent to me by the Baker Book House and it is sooooo cool!!!! It has mystery, action, romance and horses!!!!!! (I love horses… 🙂 )

The book is about a girl who’s family was murdered. And she always feels like she’s being watched, by someone… She lives at a orphanage and then it burns down leaving her no choice but to run with the child she was watching. She makes it to Mesquite Springs and meets Wyatt. Then the real adventure begins!

The book is very clean, but there is some violence. There is mention of murder, people dying in a fire, and being scared that the murderer is still trying to find her. But nothing is described, it is all clean. And the only thing that wasn’t kid-friendly in the book was this guy who looked at a pretty girl and thought to himself, if he turned out the lights he could pretend it was his old love… It was a little weird (and that guy needs help) but that was the only thing I would say wasn’t kid-friendly.

Over all, this would be a great book for 12 and up girls to read! And is sooooo going on my favorite shelf! I highly suggest this book to girls who like romance, mystery and action! And I definitely suggest looking at the authors other books too! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • Very clean book for teen girls!
  • Mystery and romance!


  • Some violence
  • And one adult-ish comment…

Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents’ murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don’t include a family of his own.

At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?

Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.

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