Guest Reviewed by Ami
Title: Silver Thaw
Author: Catherine Anderson
Series: Mystic Creek #1
Heroine/Hero: Amanda Banning/Jeb Sterling
Genre: M/F Contemporary Romance
Length: 432 Pages
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Available at: Berkley/Penguin, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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…
This is a story about hope and finding love when you think that you are at your most desperate. Amanda Banning has been running from an abusive relationship, bringing her only daughter with her. She comes to Mystic Creek for a fresh start. Struggling with her situation, because she is almost broke and can’t really provide the best for her child, Amanda sometimes sends her wishes for a better life by writing it on paper and throwing it away for the wind to carry.
Jeb Sterling is a carpenter in Mystic Creek, and he finds those papers across his land. Jed is intrigued with the woman behind the written words. Then, their paths collide when Jed comes to Amanda’s house during a blizzard patrol. When Jeb sees the housing situation that Amanda is in, he whisks her away to his home and provides for her for the chance for a better life.
But there is still a threat hanging above them – in form of Amanda’s abusive husband.
I think my experience with Catherine Anderson was years and years ago – and I only read one story of hers. So in that sense, she was still a bit new-to-me, although I knew that she was a veteran in the romance category. This story was pretty solid – the relationship between Jeb and Amanda moved in a slow-moving progress. It was understandable, considering that Amanda was still married to her abusive husband and she wasn’t completely able trust Jeb in the beginning.
Jeb was quite perfect as a hero – probably a bit too perfect for my taste. I kind of like my heroes to be a bit flawed. But, he clearly was a good man for Amanda, showing her and her child how love could be different and not horrifying. I liked reading about Jed when he was trying to make a connection with Chloe (Amanda’s daughter) along with his dog, Bozo.
However, I couldn’t help but remember that I felt like I’ve read this story before in that one Catherine Anderson book I read years ago. It was almost a similar story line with an abusive husband and a mother running away with her child. So all in all, it might be a bit of a cliché story – but for the most part, it was still a good romance.
Overall Impression: It was good!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*