Author: Catherine Anderson
Publisher: Signet Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 9th, 2015
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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.… (Synopsis by Amazon)
Every once in a while, a book comes along that grabs me from the first page and does not let go. I am sucked into the story, fall in love with the characters and get involved in the well-crafted plot, to the point where I do not want put it down until I savored every last word of it. I love that feeling, it is the feeling I am looking for every time I open a book, and sometimes, like today, I find it.
Silver Thaw, which is the first book of a new series (so happy to hear this is a series), is one of these books. Powerfully and emotionally crafted by Catherine Anderson, it introduced me to a writer, who manages to create characters, that are three-dimensional and real. Falling in love with Jeb right along with Amanda, the female lead, the author created a gently growing love story that is as charming as it is heart warming, making me long for a world with more Jeb’s, when there are too many men like Amanda’s ex-husband, Mark. I do not want to put any spoilers into this review, but the fear Mrs. Anderson described was real, raw and deep, just like the connection between the two main characters was. This is not a book with many explicit love scenes, there are not needed here, actually, they would have been completely out-of-place, but you have to read the novel to know exactly why.
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance novels.It is available on Amazon now.
(Disclaimer: I purchased this book for myself. This is not one of the books I have received from publishers. But as always, all opinions expressed here are my own, and not influenced by the source of where the book came from)