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Silver Thaw

(Mystic Creek #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  4,337 ratings  ·  512 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Signet
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Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Discovered this author about 5 or 6 years ago when I got my Kindle. Loved her books. This one fell flat. I was bored out of my tree. She has a formula and while it may have worked in the past for me, not this time.

Great hero.
Heroine on the run from an abusive partner.

Just bored me to tears this time. Was skimming towards the end. And it all ended up so nice and peachy.

Sorry, cannot even conjure up the enthusiasm to do a proper review. Not sure if I will return to this author. We shall see.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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SILVER THAW (Mystic Creek, #1) by bestselling author Catherine Anderson is the start of a new traditional contemporary romance series set in Mystic Creek, Oregon. This is an extremely well written story that has a hero that we all dream of meeting and a heroine with a small daughter who both need him desperately.

Jeb Sterling is a self-employed precision woodworker who finds messages scattered across his land on pink strips of paper.
Caffeinated Breakdown of Silver Thaw

World: Mystic Creek is the perfect rural town, with a mix of elderly, small businesses and ranches. It is a place where neighbor helps neighbor and families ties are strong. Anderson brought the snow, ice, old homes and ranch to life with her descriptive writing. The  majority of tale takes place between November and the New Year.

Characters: Amanda Banning and her six-year-old daughter, Chloe, got to me. Amanda has moved to escape and protect the daughter she

3.5 Stars

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
Diana | Book of Secrets
2 Stars

I enjoyed the beginning of this book: secret messages on pink paper blowing in the breeze, a potential "stranded in a snowstorm" romance, and a beautiful Oregon setting. Unfortunately, my joy was short-lived. The story moved sooo slowly. I think at least a hundred pages could have been cut out. After the much anticipated showdown with the bad guy just past the halfway mark, it was just plain boring.

SILVER THAW was the first book I've read by Catherine Anderson. Is she a Christian Romanc
Mindy Lou's Book Review
What I liked most about this was the fairytale theme of it. I know some readers may want more realistic, but every once in a while I do love to read about a hero that comes in and saves the day. That's what you get with Jeb. He takes in a destitute mother, offers her shelter, the means to get away from her abusive husband, a job and woos her into falling in love with him. It's dreamy and unrealistic but it made me happy. ...more
Treasure Matt
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A MUST READ FOR 2015! I waited patiently and eagerly for Silver Thaw to come out and when I was finally able to get to the store to buy it I started it the same night. If you read nothing else or only one book for 2015, READ SILVER THAW! From the dedication to the end of the book you will find yourself running the gambit of emotions with this book. I know that 2014 was a difficult year for Catherine Anderson and bless her wonderful heart she found the strength and determination to write a wonder ...more
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Hmm, I normally love Catherine Anderson, but this book wasn't the best for me. It was almost like a Christian book I read not long ago, full of God this, God that and apart from the heroine's past, a life that is so incredibly perfect, a hero that is so perfect, a heroine who has been tortured for years and years who gets over it just like that when her perfect hero comes along, a child who is so perfect it almost made me wish I'd had children ... it was a bit too much. I loved her last book and ...more
Karen Lundstead
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
''SILVER THAW'....By Catherine Anderson is one FANTSTIC read, right from the first page. This is a terrific story of hope, determination, family, second chances and the power of love. Her words and characters go to the core of your heart., and remain there. Even the animals will find a spot there, too. It touches every single one of your emotions. It is an absolute wonderful escape into life in Mystic Creek. Where people who desperately need changes in their lives, meet, in a magical concept of ...more
Sara Gerhold
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never been disappointed by a Catherine Anderson book! I'm guessing it's going to be a five star book!
Tonya Lucas
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As only Catherine Anderson can do, she has penned another classic novel. Sure to have you on the edge of your seat and begging for more and more...... 5 stars!!!!As only Catherine Anderson can do, she has penned another classic novel.
In the mystical, silver thaw wonderland, floating through the wind on pieces of pink, love is found in Catherine Anderson's new Mystic Creek Series.
From the masterful author of the Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan families, comes a new series with an extraordinary love s
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A typical Anderson book. I'm coming to accept that she likes to stick to a very specific stringent formula and plug it in every book. That’s ok but when the plot, characters, and dialogue are the same in every book? It takes the enjoyment out of it. This was pretty much a replica of Baby Love which is frustrating and disappointing because it’s not the only Anderson book with the same cut & paste treatment.

Let’s go down the checklist shall we:
Heroine has been horribly abused and
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
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit by Catherine Anderson.

It is so hard to write a review and not give away the story or something important about it. I am going to try by keeping it short and simple.

This is about a woman who believed in love, married and found herself tied to a monster. To make matters worse, she had a child. As a mother, she knew she had no choice but to make a plan and escape and that meant never contacting her mother or she would be putting her in danger too.

She suffered and her child suffered, as
Jan 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Way too sickly sweet for my tastes. I should've known. I tend to shy away from small town series books with one of the following words in their series titles for a reason:


These are my triggers for small town sweet romances I am pretty sure I won't like.

But, I let myself get lured into this one with the possibility that it was actually more suspense than contemporary romance.

The heroine and her daughter are on the run from an abusive ex. She had very little money is
Arlene Lynn Kutz
I can't wait for this new series! Catherine Anderson is a fantastic writer who draws you into every story!
I had an advanced copy of Silver Thaw. I received it 12/30 and finished it 12/31.
Catherine Anderson never fails to amaze me. When I read her books I always think her latest is her best. But this REALLY is her best. I loved it. Her main characters were perfect. The story line was amazing and best of all it is the first in a series. There even was a mention of a Harrigan which ties her books
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star, featured-books
I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley.

Silver Thaw is a great tale of overcoming your past and starting over in life. Catherine is always an author to go to when you need some small life affirming kind of read that touches your heart. She is fantastic writing heart warming with suspense and HEA tales that reach you on every level. I absolutely loved Silver Thaw, I can't wait to see what she has planned next.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The characters were very milk soppy. No real advancement. It kind of read like an old Diana Palmer. I usually like Catherine Anderson I'm not sure what happened with this one. ...more
4.5 stars

This book was so unbelievably sweet and just what I needed.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobook
I’ve read several reviews over the Mystic Creek series, and I mostly read only very positive things about it. And since I love books about small towns, and life there, ‘Silver Thaw’ sounded like a book for me. When I saw ‘Silver Thaw’ on Audible, I decided listening this book on Audio would be perfect.

In ‘Silver Thaw’ we meet Amanda Banning and her young daughter Chloe. Amanda is trying to get by every single day. She has almost no money, only an old, cold and small home and she is on the run fr
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is going to be a review like no other I have ever written. Instead of reviewing one book I am reviewing two, both by Catherine Anderson. One is her latest book, Silver Thaw, and the other is one of her older books, Star Bright. It just happened that I read them back to back and I have never been happier that I did. Mrs. Anderson is known for dealing with relevant social and domestic issues in her books, even her historical romances. These two books are no different. They both address the is ...more
This story started out with promise, a good flow, and growth but unfortunately 20% in and it took a turn for the dull side. Honestly it felt too convenient, too planned, and just overall flat. I didn't feel a plot arc, I knew what would happen on the next pages before I even turned them and that was disappointing. I understand this is a Contemporary Romance but even those need to have some sort of momentum and bumpy ride to the end. Everything that happened here, from the moment Jeb and Amanda m ...more
I enjoy the books by author Catherine Anderson. Silver Thaw is another winner.

The premise of this story centers on Amanda Banning and her six year old daughter. Having left her abusive husband she settles in Mystic Creek, Oregon for a fresh start. Barely making ends meet she writes her secret yearnings on pink slips of paper and sends them into the wind which helps her cling to the hope that things will get better. Jeb Sterling has no idea that the handwritten messages he finds scattered across
It was a good read and I really liked Jeb, but I can't say this was different then a lot of the many small town romances that we are seeing flooding the reading market lately. Since this is a first book of the series, I am willing to give this next one a try. Jeb has several brothers for the set up. The smexy situations aren't real graphic so if someone is looking for a romance that is still good, but doesn't give us graphic goods then this might fit the bill. My thoughts and prayers go to CA an ...more
Lynn Cawley
Sep 11, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to this new series, Catherine Anderson is amazing!
Author: Catherine Anderson
First published: 2015
Length: 424 pages, 5640 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary. Mystic Creek, Oregon.
Sex: Reasonably explicit. Infrequent.
Hero: Carpenter.
Heroine: Survivor of domestic abuse, mother of young daughter, works in school cafeteria.
Trigger: Domestic abuse. Discussed. Including abuse of child.

So much wrong. So, so much wrong.

Let’s start with the mediocre story-telling. Lots of tell rather than show. So much that we hit explanation overload when pages were
Lynsey A
Well, it turns out I was able to finish this one. It didn't disappear from my Kindle so I finished it last night.

This was a sweet love story, almost sickeningly sweet, even. Amanda, our heroine, is on the run from a very abusive ex-husband. She flees to the small Oregon town of Mystic River. In her loneliness she writes her thoughts and dreams on pink slips of paper and throws them into the wind. Many of these little notes land on our hero, Jeb's land. He finds Amanda and her daughter Chloe whil
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm having a hard time stomaching the ending as well as the author's view on abuse. The heroine escaped an abusive relationship where her husband beats her and her child regularly, abuses them mind, body and soul, and then tries to kill her several times after she files for divorce. Spoiler. He dies. The author (through her characters) expresses that he's in Heaven because God in his goodness wouldn't bar a sick person from Heaven. That the abuser was born with something missing inside him and i ...more
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
If you are looking for a perfect hero than look no further. This book gave me every kind of sweet feeling. One thing I adore is a big tough guy falling for a child. When is a little sassy girl it's even better. Jeb really was the best kind of hero and I enjoyed everything about this white knight story.
Mandy and her daughter had the worst kind of history. But what a delightful story of healing and romance. Perfect in every way.
Marilyn Root fears
Are so anticipating the arrival of this book. Know it will be well worth the wait for its release. Catherine Anderson is such a amazing writer. So anxious for this book
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