Silver Thaw

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Silver Thaw

A Mystic Creek Novel, #1

SILVER THAW is the first entry into the brand new Mystic Creek series. What a way to introduce a new series. SILVER THAW is without a doubt one of the best beginnings to a series ever. Catherine Anderson has once again authored a phenomenal book whose storyline is riveting from the first page and relentless through to the last.

Anderson decided to tackle a hugely difficult issue in SILVER THAW reminiscent to the challenges she portrayed in one of my other favorite series, the Coulter family Phantom Waltz. That was truly memorable. Such is the case with SILVER THAW. It will delight you with its upbeat moments and sadden you with its darker ones.

I can’t think of anything more frightening then domestic abuse and violence. It’s like being a prisoner in your own home. It’s all the more scary when the warden is none other than your husband. How can anyone know that beneath a calm demeanor lies a demented angry, sick, and violent psychopath who has complete control of your life and you the wife are not the only target for this maniac. You have a young child equally in harm’s way.

Okay that’s a snapshot of the scenario that Amanda and her little girl Chloe escaped from. All their meager possessions are packed in a pillowcase. Amanda knew unless she ran with Chloe they were both dead. Amanda had tried to get help through legal channels, but the system failed to acknowledge just how much danger these two people faced daily.

Battered and bruised both physically and emotionally Amanda and Chloe found their way to Mystic Creek where Amanda barely eked out enough to cover basic living expenses. When the weather turns and winter shows its icy face Amanda and Chloe are in dire straits. Their clothing was not designed to protect them from the elements. Even more dangerous was their living quarters, which by any standards was subpar.

How was Amanda to guess that her somewhat silly habit of tossing little pink notes in the winds could be the key to their safety?

Jeb Sterling couldn’t decide what to think about these notes. At first glance they are trash, but on careful examination he sees a heart breaking plea from some woman pouring out her heart. She’s a lonely woman who desperately needs a friend. Jeb worked through the times when he too felt a little lonely having conversations with his mastiff Bozo, a true gentle giant. Bozo was fated to become very important to Amanda and Chloe.

Conditions were going from bad to worse quickly as the ice storm headed toward Amanda and Chloe’s home. Lucky for them Jeb targeted their lane to check on as he visited isolated elderly folks in this storm. And luckily Jeb checked on the dark house before heading home after a long arduous evening.

Getting involved with Amanda was totally off the charts, but Jeb was immediately taken with Chloe and her loving personality and cheer. Jeb began to realize who penned those little notes. Jeb’s plan was to help Amanda and Chloe with their immediate needs. Amanda and Chloe’s worries were far greater than Jeb could ever imagine. As they became friends Jeb realized these two needed a more secure foothold in their lives and most important distance and protection from Amanda’s abusive husband.

SILVER THAW is a descriptive phrase for the beauty of the land covered by icy snow. It’s treacherously and dangerous to maneuver, but gorgeous to look at. Catherine Anderson created something beautiful in this story. She’s presented caring characters with so much love to share. Mystic Creek is a magical town filled with people who could never fathom the danger that faced their newest citizens. These folk gathered around those that needed them.

Nature creates a beautiful landscape that is deceptive to the eye as it magnificently disguises the danger beneath.

Prepare to be swept away in an epic tale of love and guts. Anderson proves herself once again a consummate story teller with SILVER THAW. This is a book that captures your attention, grabs your heart, and is realistically frightening and believable, while at the same time reminds you to keep the faith and that there is always room for hope and love. In the darkest of times try to visualize something beautiful. SILVER THAW is that beauty.

Book Blurb for Silver Thaw

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Coulter and Harrigan Family novels comes a brand-new contemporary romance series about first love, second chances, and hope reborn.?

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.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2015 5.00