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.
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By Molly on 07-04-16
I am HOOKED~ woman in hiding~ 5 STARS~
PLOT: abused wife....Amanda is on the run and hiding with her sweet daughter Chloe~
Jeb is intrigued by PINK papers that float into his field....the notes have messages of wishes...."I wish I had a warm house".."I wish we had warm clothes".......The notes are always sad but often show faith. Jeb wishes he knew who wrote the messages.....Amanda (Mandy) and her young daughter Chloe are barely making ends meet. Their "home" is a run down apartment so Mandy can walk to her job of Cafeteria worker. The town..... Mystic Creek now is in the middle of a severe winter storm and HUNKY neighbor Jeb Sterling...is checking on his neighbors when he finds Mandy and Chloe huddled under a blanket for warmth. NO electric and frozen pipe ...so Jeb takes them to his home for shelter. AH...the "note writer"..mystery..is solved. This beautiful woman is so down and so very out and could use a good friend. Jeb offers friendship to Mandy and Chloe. But he also senses this woman has been abused and shows fear at every turn. When the storm leaves them totally homeless ....Mandy becomes Jeb's housekeeper and works for Jeb to make a better life....Jeb has a "mastiff" named Bozo and at 240 lbs...often seeks out young Chloe and becomes her four legged friend she 'desperately needs.' As Jeb falls in love with Mandy he finds just how bad the abuse really has been. He finally gets the law involved and the entire.....Sterling family help protect this terrified woman and her child. Her evil abusive husband is out for revenge... Mandy falls very slowly in love but also has to learn to trust..... This is a VERY good story. Mandy is clearly a victim but grows and learns to start her life over. Jeb is everyone's definition of a good guy and hero. But the real scene stealer here is Bozo the dog.....this is a long story. It drags a tiny bit half way through the book but definitely keeps you interested. I give it 5 STAR all the way. I would say EXCELLENT story. I just down loaded the "NEXT" Mystic Creek book....a New Leaf by Catherine Anderson. Most highly recommend this audiobook. The Reader is also excellent~
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By Lady Shiloh on 25-01-16
Scared Desperation turns to Loving Security
I love a good story where the hero(ine) not only has to overcome the obstacles that life has put in their way, but also the obstacles that they have put in their own way. Overcoming ones own fears is often the most difficult part of any situation. But finding someone and learning how to lean on them, trust them, and love them is so satisfying. That is what this story is all about. How not only Mandy, but Chloe, Mandy's young daughter also learns to trust in Jeb and the protection and love he offers. This is a wonderfully sweet story of fear and struggle and finding a happily ever after.
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