Silver Thaw (Mystic Creek #1)
by Catherine Anderson
Coming January 6, 2015
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…
Books with heroines on the run from abusive exes usually get an automatic add to my TBR and Silver Thaw was no exception. Unfortunately the story fell a little flat for me.
Amanda and her daughter, Chloe, are on the run from Amanda's abusive husband when they land themselves in Mystic Creek. Since their arrival in Mystic Creek, Amanda has been writing her hopes and prayers on pink slips of paper and sending them into the wind. Little does she know that Jeb has been finding them all over his land and has been hoping to meet the mystery writer for quite a while.
Amanda's struggling to make ends meet when an ice storm forces them out of their home and into Jeb's which is where the romance begins. While wary, Amanda knows it's safer to brave out the storm at Jeb's than in their ramshackle rental.
What starts out as a struggling friendship due to Amanda's wariness around men, soon develops into an amazing, soul-repairing relationship. Jeb is such an awesome guy, always doing what's best for Chloe and Amanda. But at times, I felt as if his love for Chloe overshadowed the love he feels for Amanda, which happens more often than not when kids are involved in the story.
Of course Amanda's husband, Mark, shows up and all sorts of drama ensues. Honestly though, I felt as if there was so much surrounding the fear of what would happen if Mark shows up that when he actually does come it was a little anti-climatic for my tastes.
Overall, Silver Thaw is a great contemporary romance about falling in love and second chances.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Silver Thaw in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.