Friday, 23 January 2015

Review & Giveaway: Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson

Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson
Publisher: Signet
Publication date: January 6th 2015
My rating:  3.5 stars 
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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…

My Thoughts:
Silver Thaw was a feel good, sweet romance sure to reaffirm beliefs in a happily-ever-after.  The small town setting of Mystic Creek was a close-knit, loving community that made you feel warmth and a giving human spirit. 

Amanda worked up the courage to leave her abusive husband, Mark, with her seven year-old daughter, Chloe in tow, but a brutal winter storm threatens her already precarious situation.  Amanda barely scrapes by financially, living in a rickety rental house with no car, and very little winter clothes.  She’s trying to keep her spirits up but her life just seems like one blow after another.  As an exercise in therapy, Amanda writes notes on little pieces of pink paper and sends them off into the wind.  These contain messages like:

I wish I could meet a man as kind and wonderful as the heroes in one of the romances I love to read, someone who’d be a fabulous father to my little girl and make both of us feel safe.

I wish I could find secondhand winter boots for my little girl. I can’t afford new ones, and my boss says we’ll soon have deep snow.

Amanda doesn’t realize that her messages are being captured and read by Jeb Sterling, her hunky neighbor.  Jeb wonders at the author of these little pink papers, worries about someone who couldn’t afford a little girl’s winter boots especially with a storm coming.  His protective instincts come roaring to life and Jeb resolves to find out who this woman is.  When a storm comes and knocks out power to most of Mystic Creek, Jeb and others form parties to go out and assist any who are in need of help. When he stumbles upon Amanda and Chloe and sees exactly how dire their situation is, Jeb insists they come to his house for shelter.

Jeb was an answer to Amanda’s first note, a sincere and kind hearted man.  She had major trust issues, which were understandable considering the horrors Mark had put Amanda and her daughter through! I shudder just thinking about it! She‘s scared to fall for another man and possible trap, but Jeb slowly chips away at those feelings by treating Amanda and Chloe with love and tenderness they desperately needed. He’s powerfully attracted to Amanda and senses she’s attracted to him, too, but wisely takes things slow and doesn’t push her. 

Grabbing her tightly, Jeb cherished the brief moment of holding her. Oh, man, I’ve got it bad. If she can never love me back, I’ll have to accept it. But letting her go will half kill me.


As all the details come out about Amanda’s husband, Jeb realizes the danger they’re all in, because it’s obvious that Mark wouldn’t just allow her to leave and disappear without trying to find them.  It was a tricky situation because Mark cleverly tried to use the laws to gain an advantage.  I read some of this story with a feeling of dread over how this would play out and worried what Mark would try to get his way.  Men like that don’t usually take rejection well.  Thankfully, Amanda and Chloe had Jeb, and his family all pull together to help.  Just being around Jeb and his family strengthened Amanda enough that she regained some of her confidence and was able to stand up for herself, too.

Catherine Anderson wrote a sweet, heartwarming romance filled with loving family and friends, sure to give you the warm and fuzzies by the end.

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  1. I love the cover, for some reason it just draws me in. I think because I'm on a winter book kick right now. It sounds good, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  2. OMG. Rachel! How in the heck do you manage to find books that speaks to me?! Though it rated relatively low for you, I'm excited to read this one. Thanks again for putting this on my radar!

  3. This really does sound like a sweet story. I love the sound of Jeb! He seems like a character that I would enjoy.
    Lovely review, Rachel!

  4. This sounds cavity-sweet -- not that that's a bad thing! Even with the trope-ridden plot, I could really go for a story like this at the moment.

  5. pretty much all of Catherine Anderson's backlist :) I've fallen behind on her newest books, but I know that they will be awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  6. No, I don't have a favorite small town romance. But this book sounds so good, and I love other books by this author. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. Even though I'm not really good with books that deal with married people (nothing against them, it's just I cannot wrap my mind around it yet) but this one seems quite interesting. Needless to say I really want to meet that Jeb guy now. Great review, Rachel :)

  8. A feel good and afirming book sounds good

  9. Ooh, this one just sounds like the perfect read to curl up with during a snowstorm when you desperately need a little something to smile at. I'm going to add this to my shelf because I know once I return to Boston this weekend, the weather up there is going to make me all kinds of cold and un-fuzzy and this book could be the perfect cure. Wonderful review, Rachel--there is no one whose judgement I trust more when it comes to the perfect romance reads! <3

  10. I love sweet romance books and I have to many to list as my favorite small town romance book but this one looks and sounds right up my ally thanks for the great giveaway!

  11. I love reading most small town romances as I come from a small town

  12. This sounds nice, but not really my kind of read. i'm glad you enjoyed it anyway. Nice review, Rachel!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  13. Sounds like a sweet story! Thanks for sharing your review with us!


  14. Aw, amazing review Rachel. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this story :) It sounds all kinds of amazing. Sigh. If only it wasn't an adult story :p I don't read them. Not yet. But I do think this one sounds pretty good :) Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

  15. I read another blogger's review of this one and wanted to read it too! I added it to my TBR recently and can't wait to feel the warm fuzzies Jeb will bring me :)

    Faye at The Social Potato


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