Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson

Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson
Mystic Creek #1
Published by Signet on January 6, 2015

Summary: "After years of living in fear of her husband, Amanda Banning has left him and moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, for a fresh start. But she’s having a tough time providing for herself and her six-year-old daughter. Writing her secret yearnings on slips of paper and sending them into the wind helps her cling to the hope that things will get better…and that she can find happiness again.

Jeb Sterling has no idea that the handwritten messages he finds scattered across his land are the first hints that his life is about to change. Nor does he understand why he feels so compelled to help Amanda Banning and her daughter when a cold snap leaves them temporarily homeless. Maybe he’s inspired by Amanda’s courage or perhaps by her beautiful brown eyes. Either way, the man who once renounced love suddenly finds himself willing to do anything for the pair. Amanda seems to have given up on her dreams, but Jeb refuses to quit until he makes her every wish come true…"   --From Goodreads

I was surprised at how much I truly liked this story.  Amanda ran away from her husband with her daughter Chloe, and that took real guts.  She also was very mindful about how she wanted to stand on her own two feet and was hesitant about taking any help from anyone, even her swoon-worthy neighbor, Jeb.  The story was well written and clearly illustrated how some women heal after being abused by their significant others.  I can't wait for more in this series, as I hope the other main characters will be Jeb's five brothers and sisters.  

Overall, this is a good book for someone who likes a little bit of intrigue with their romance novels.  

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