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New Leaf

(Mystic Creek #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,109 ratings  ·  330 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Silver Thaw returns to Mystic Creek for a new novel about a love that inspires the courage to start over…and the strength to reclaim a dream.
When Taffeta Brown was viciously betrayed by her wealthy husband, she lost everything—including custody of their daughter, Sarah. Now that Taffy has moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, to start ov
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Berkley Books
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Catherine Anderson Hi, Mary. I'm so pleased to know that you enjoyed Silver Thaw, and I'm very sad to know that you're disappointed because it has taken so long for the …moreHi, Mary. I'm so pleased to know that you enjoyed Silver Thaw, and I'm very sad to know that you're disappointed because it has taken so long for the sequel, New Leaf, to be published. What few people know--or knew--is that my husband, Sid, the love of my life, was terminally ill. He was sick for 12 years, with the disease slowly progressing until he needed supplemental oxygen 24/7 and a wheelchair. I was his caregiver, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. He was a very proud man--a very strong man--and his one request was that I not go public about his illness. I kept that promise until he passed away shortly before Silver Thaw was released. Even though I had years to prepare myself for Sid's death, I still wasn't ready to lose him, and I was devastated. I won't go into the details. Besides, there are no words to describe how I felt. I have two wonderful sons, Sid's legacy to me, and our younger son, John, has been at my side ever since his dad took his last breath. Sid was like one of the heroes you'll meet in a wonderful book, and he raised his sons to be like him. I am very blessed.

It took me some time to be able to write again. I felt as if I were living inside a cotton ball. When I came out of it, I faced my computer with absolute terror. You may think this is crazy, but when I finally sat down to write, thinking I couldn't, I felt as if Sid were with me, whispering to me, and cheering for me. In life, he was the strongest supporter of my writing, so maybe he was with me. I only know that I was able to reenter that zone where a writer gets lost in the story.

Anyway, my apologies for the wait, and I hope you haven't given up on me. I'm back in the game.


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Tonya Lucas
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Get ready for an exceptional story of love, sacrifices, and new beginnings. Catherine Anderson's Mystic Creek series, continues with her newest book, New Leaf. It will melt your heart, bring tears of laughter to your eyes, and have you holding your breath til the conclusion. Everyone needs a new start in life no matter what their past have dealt them. Three cheers for Catherine Anderson's exceptional talent and undying wisdom in conquering true love in every book she writes. 5 stars isn't enough ...more
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance Readers
Catherine Anderson’s newest book, “New Leaf”, is a winner from the first page. As a matter of fact, it took me longer to read this book than any of her other books. Why, because it was hard to read? Absolutely not. Instead, it took me so long because every word needed to be savored and relished, cherished and almost committed to memory. In my humble opinion, this is one of, if not the, best book that Catherine Anderson has ever written and she has written some awesome books. First, “New Leaf, se ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I give this book one star for its creative use of outdated cliches and its few pages of genuine sexual tension. The spelling and grammar also all appeared to be correct. Otherwise... if you liked this book, probably just skip this review. I don't begrudge others for enjoying a book that I don't. I'm glad for you if you enjoyed it.

For everyone else...

Why do I do this to myself. Why. Why do I continue reading Catherine Anderson's books when they have become, frankly, terrible? In the past I could
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I received this book as an ARC from Penguin First to Read, and all opinions are genuine and honest.

New Leaf is the second book in the Mystic Creek series by Catherine Anderson, but it could easily be read as a stand alone. This was my first Catherine Anderson read, and I had no trouble jumping into the story line.

This is a story of true love, sacrifice, and heartbreak. After being betrayed by her ex-husband and losing custody of her daughter, Taffeta Brown begins to make a new life in Mystic Cr
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
New Leaf (Mystic Creek, #2) by Catherine Anderson is the new book in this series set in Mystic Creek, Oregon and the focus is on Barney from the Sterling family this time. This is another well written traditional romance from Ms. Anderson that had me reading well into the night. Even though it is book two in the series, it is easily read as a standalone.

Barney Sterling is a deputy in Mystic Creek who has to respond to a disturbance call at Taffeta Brown’s apartment. He finds the shop owner is no
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In exchange for a fair review of this book I was given an early copy of this book. I have to say I usually love Catherine Anderson's books, and I was not disappointed! I didn't realize that this was the second in a series, but I was able to keep up with the characters, as this is pretty much a stand alone book. It was a sweet little romance with a very good story line and a little bit of heat in the bedroom. I love the book from beginning to end! I would definitely recommend this book!
Nicki Conroy
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Catherine Anderson's books back when Penguin had a warehouse in my area and did an annual sale. I picked up a couple because I liked the covers and have been sold on the author every since then.

New Leaf is the second in the Mystic Creek series. I did not read the first in the series so want you to know this can be read as a stand alone book. I am, though, looking forward to going back and reading the first of the series.

First the small town setting grabbed me. If more books are set
Shawna Cramer
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Anderson has done it again!

In book 2 of new hit series Mystic Creek we hear Barney's story.
Getting a call for a disturbance he meets with some of the authors stories there is a common theme....but instead of running from an abused husband it is Taffy who has been accused of abuse. Getting together seems like a good way to get her daughter out of a bad situation but with Barney it takes him doing a little digging to see if Taffy was being honest.

I laughed, cried, felt like
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is another fulfilling, wonderful, heart-driven story with Taffeta (Taffy) Brown and Barney Sterling as the main characters. Taffy opened Healthful Possibilities on East Main in Mystic Creek, Oregon and lives in an apartment above the store. Barney is a deputy who is the brother of Jeb, whose story was told in Silver Thaw, book one of this series. Mystic Creek is a small town that I have anxiously anticipated coming back to. There is drama and heartbreak, and both characters’ stories are rea ...more
Kala Glass
To be fair, I haven't read the first book in this series. And I'm not sure that the 'romance' genre is my thing.

It wasn't until I was in Chapter Three that I realized our main guy, Barney, is actually pretty young (under 30). The first three chapters make him sound like he's much older, maybe late forties. He doesn't come across as a late-twenty-something. At all.

Barney uses very Southern phrases and I couldn't help but read his voice with a Southern accent. But he lives in Oregon - born and r
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Second book in Mystic Creek and was another hit. I liked the way Taffy and Barney interacted in this book from her late night dances to her early morning talks with Barney. I did find it kind of got stuck in the middle and seemed to drag and didn’t like the way Taffy didn’t put up more of a fight to get her daughter back after all that was taking place, but all in all was a good read.

Taffeta moves to Mystic Creek to start over her life after her husband sets her up and gets her convicted as a ch
Sara Gerhold
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
New Leaf had me turning pages from the beginning. Barney and Taffeta's story had me yelling at them, cheering for them, and I couldn't wait to see what twists and turns that Catherine put in their story. Taffeta has lost custody of her daughter, and she and Barney form an alliance to reverse the court ruling. And off we go.

This is the second book in the series, and I can't wait for the next one. There is one warning, though, please do not start this book at night, unless you don't have to work t
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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So I set this one aside for later about a year and a half ago. I was not feeling the book and the heroine pulled a stunt that just set my back up. I let it set and over the time since, I went back and read book one in this series (didn't realize this was a book two when I picked it up) and fell in love with Jeb and Amanda in Silver Thaw. It reminded me that I loved Jeb's family and the poignant story. I decided on the spur of the moment that I wanted to pick this one up again and
Treasure Matt
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A NEW LEAF, a new year, a new fave! I was privileged to receive an advanced copy just before Christmas! What a wonderful present! Thank You Catherine! I was in the middle of a trilogy I was reading so I finished it first and immediately started on New Leaf! Kind of glad I was sick in bed and resting a lot because I mostly read and since I had a very hard time putting the book down it was convenient. Catherine just keeps getting better and better! I laughed and cried through most of the book, the ...more
Rebecca Jackson
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another win for Catherine Anderson! New Leaf is the second in the Mystic Creek series, and I so hope there will be many more. I read the entire 408 pages in less than 24 hours. It is a story of new beginnings, full of laughter and tears. I love books set in small towns with great attention paid to the interaction of all the characters. Catherine Anderson is a master story teller. She draws the picture so well that you are there watching the story unfold, and you never want to leave. I can't wait ...more
Jaymie Shook
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get past the fact that so much emphasis was on the main character's looks. The male lead is supposed to be a deep individual with a heart of gold, but it turned me off that he didn't notice her at all until he saw her with makeup on. The narration kept harping on the woman just needing a little bit of makeup to be hot. Gross.
Thank you FirsttoRead for my complimentary review copy.

Heartbroken, Taffeta Brown, (AKA "Taffy"), starts a new life in the small town of Mystic Falls after being falsely accused and convicted of a terrible crime. She opens a health food store and tries not to call attention to herself. Her ex, Phillip Bern, is a selfish, smarmy, materialistic lawyer who used to weasel money out of his father to support his lavish lifestyle. Phillip wanted out of the marriage without upsetting his father. When h
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
New Leaf
By Catherine Anderson Mystic Creek #2.
Anytime I see or hear about a Catherine Anderson book; I am very excited to read it. I was honored to get a preview copy for an honest review. This book takes up where Silver Thaw ended; but is a stand alone book.

Barney Sterling; the hero is a sheriff deputy, and a rancher, after spending time in other jobs he came home to Mystic Creek. Taffeta Brown, is new to town, owns her own shop and is trying to get custody back of her daughter Sarah. They a
Nancy Faivre
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in a series, the first being Silver Thaw. I've been anxiously waiting for a year to read this having enjoyed the first one so much, and I wasn't disappointed! I love series book because it's like visiting with family when you read another book, and you always have something to look forward to knowing the next one is coming. I was so excited that I sat down and read half yesterday, and as soon as I could today I sat down and finished it. Lucky for me I have a wonderful hus ...more
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is the second book in Catherine Anderson’s Mystic Creek series, the first being Silver Thaw. However, this is the first book by Catherine Anderson that I’ve read, and it certainly won’t be the last.

The main characters are both likeable (albeit their names are amusing); Barney is a deputy in Mystic Creek and Taffy runs a health/herbal store called Healthful Possibilities. From the synopsis I could easily tell how this story will end, and it’s evident from the start that Barney and Taffy are
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"New Leaf", by Catherine Anderson, is the second book in her new series "A Mystic Creek Novel".
I loved book one with Jed and this book picks up where that one ends with Jed's brother
Barney and his life and trials with Taffey or as she prefers Taffeta.
Taffeta was falsely accused of abusing her 3 year old daughter when her rich husband wanted
to end the marriage without alienating his wealthy parents.
Taffy moved to Mystic Creek and was wooed by Barney Sterling a County Deputy.
They work together
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy in return for an honest review. As usual Catherine Anderson comes thru with another great book. Taffey starts a new life in a small town after being falsely accused and convicted of a crime, so she can try to get her daughter back. She also finds love and romance. I did not want to put book down once I started. Catherine has that gift to bring her stories to alive and I was not disappointed.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This is my second Catherine Anderson book and the second book in the Mystic Creek series, I am so glad that I picked this up trusting my hunch.

In my opinion, this book is even better than Silver Thaw, the first book in the series. Don't get me wrong, Silver Thaw was a great book, but for me, this New Leaf pulled a lot emotions and feels out of me, making me giggle, cry, and tortured with heartaches.

The writing is absolutely solid, strong and the pacing is on-point both in terms of the romance
Darla Taylor
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family, romance
Catherine Anderson has another hit with New Leaf. I received this book before its release in exchange for an honest review. Barney Sterling is a Deputy with the Sheriff's Office in the town of Mystic Creek. He's on duty one night when he's called to a noise disturbance. It seems loud music is coming from Taffeta Brown's apartment above her health food store. Barney can't believe it. When he arrives, he sees her dancing through her window and is shocked at the change. He begins visiting her and w ...more
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Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweet romance all about family…

Taffeta Brown is starting over in a small town. She is keeping quiet, happy to melt into the background of her new home. When Barney Sterling answers a noise disturbance call he is unprepared to see the side of Taffy she is so desperate to hide. Once his eyes are opened, however, he can’t unclose them and the gates suddenly open to friendship and love, and so much more…

I think I have read everything this author has written and I’m always ready for another well-writ
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Anderson NEVER disappoints. It is always hard for me when I get one of her new books, I can't put it down. Always good to start on a Friday or Saturday night, otherwise, I go to work groggy the next day, from reading all night....

This is the great story of Taffeta Brown. The leading male is Barney Sterling. Taffeta is turning over a NEW LEAF, trying to begin her life again, to clear herself of false charges she was convicted of. She has a local natural products store in town, where she
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
New Leaf, a Mystic Creek novel by Catherine Anderson is utterly amazing. I can proudly say that I have read all of Catherine Anderson's books and I have yet to find one that I do not love.

This newest story follows Taffeta Brown, a new business owner in Mystic Creek, and Barney Sterling, a small time sheriff's deputy with a big heart. Like all of Catherine Anderson's heroes, Barney has a huge heart and the strength and conviction to back it up. Taffy is a woman who can, and does hold her own, an
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of New Leaf in return for an honest review. Second book in the series and I can truly say I love Barney and Taffeta just as much as Jeb and Amanda. Barney is the guy you want to take home. He is kind, caring, practical, truly a good man. Taffeta needs Barney to help her get her daughter back. And she poses an offer that completely knocks him for a loop. But after thought he can't refuse to help Taffeta and he puts his plan in motion. I laughed, I wanted ...more
Kathy Littlefield
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Sharon Huether
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, family, romance
A story of a small town deputy sheriff, Barney having a crush on Taffeta the new gal in town.
She has a very big proposition for him......marriage in order to get custody of her daughter Sarah.
It's finally a miracle come true in Mystic Creek.
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