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Cold River

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,348 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Mandy Steenburg thinks her doctorate in education has prepared her to run any school district - until she tangles with the moonshine-making, coon-dog-owning residents of a remote district in Pacific Northwest timber country. She's determined to make a difference, but the local populace still looks to the former superintendent for leadership.

When Mandy lands in the middle
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published September 28th 2015 by Century Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Una Tiers
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Clear writing but at YA level. Characters did not develop, but every man in town was in love with the protagonist.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This story dragged a lot, mostly due to excessive details in “filler”. For example: When the MC sat down to play the piano, it goes on and on about the pieces she chose to play. A schoolteacher might enjoy all the details the author included about mundane things involved in the MC’s occupation. I did not. A little editing there would have greatly helped the flow of the story. I found it annoying that she kept referring to the car by its make—never said, “She got in her car,” or “…started the car ...more
Wendy Hines
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mandy is completely out of her element from the moment she steps into the North Cascade School District. Not only does she get a very cold reception from the locals but also from her new staff, including her assistant, Grange Timberlain. She doesn't know why he didn't get the proper license so he could retain the position as Superintendent, but it's not her fault that he's been demoted.

Mandy tries really hard to fit in and make the right decisions but it's hard to do when others tell her to just
Kate Sherwood
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kindle freebie.

I thought there was a lot of potential here, but I was disappointed by the end of the book. The characters felt two-dimensional, with people falling in love very quickly for no apparent reasons, the MC responding inconsistently to several attempts on her life (she's going to leave the district to be safe, oh, wait, of course she's not going to leave, she's busy at work, etc.), a villain who was clearly not acting in the MC's best interest from quite early in the book, etc.

The roma
Kay Curtiss
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love curling up on a chilly day with good mystery and Liz Adair's Cold River delivered over the Thanksgiving Weekend with a "couldn't put it down" read. Having several projects I was working on, I kept having to take a break to read another chapter, finally staying up into the wee hours of the morning to finish it. Not many books grab my attention like this one did - If you like a good mystery with a little romance, you'll definitely want to pick up this one up - great setting, quirky characte ...more
Lola Cain
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!!

It was great to read a book set in the Pacific Northwest.
I was surprised to find that I could not figure out the bad guy right away.
I will tell all my friends about Liz Adair and her great book.
I was given this b for free in exchange fore an honest review.
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interesting novel of a new to town superintendent and trouble brewing in a tight knit community. Twists and turns abound, as well as a dip in the cold river.

recommend this.
Jenny Carr
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can't understand anyone giving five stars. The characters were shallow, ridiculous, unbelievable. The writing dragged on, and I kept on reading hoping something would happen, but when it did it lacked the tension of the usual suspense novel. Also, how on earth can you have romantic involvements with so many at one time like that? That part seemed really flippant.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Living in a small town was awesome.

The characters in this book reminds me of people I knew. I love when a community comes together and celebrate. Miss it. Very close to learning about the thoughts of people who have a network connection. Loved it.
Barbara A. Faw
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Gave up reading after first 50 pages. Couldn't get into the book.
dianne overton
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great reading

I really did enjoy this story. It was a fun read. The characters were enjoyable as well. Breath of fresh air.😊
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a good read, kind of predictable, I figured it out early on. It was well written and the characters had some depth.
Liz Wood
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good read

What a lovely way to while away a grey raining day...and the people are so interesting. And what a delightful romance.
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Twisted ending

This book hums along through most of the book, and then everything that has been occurring comes rushing out at the end.
valerie dimaggio
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Great book couldn't get enough! Exciting from start to finish. I'm looking forward to reading more books from liz adair.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great characters

Wonderful story drawing you into the mystery. Funny, intriguing, great character development! Would recommend to anyone. Good read that keeps you interested
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really great, easy read. A mystery almost to the end, left wanting a lil more. Happy to have more books to read from the same author!
Christine Moss
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly sweet

This is a good story, with a small mystery. There are some nice morality lessons without being preachy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Sandra Burgess
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very exciting

Leaves you wanting to know what happened next. Hard to put down. Could have read in one day if I had the time.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad. A little slow for my tastes Sometimes a little confusing, like the situations or paragraphs weren't fully wrapped up or completed.
Christy Baird
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Really loved this book. Mystery and love all in one book!
Love this author's way of writing and keeping the readers attention.
Thomas Douglas
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Very Enjoyable Book

I really enjoyed this book. The characters and personalities were very interesting. I like stories that are devoid of sex. I like Liz Adair books very much.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This WS a good book with a good story. This is the first boom I read of Liz Adair. I will be looking for more books.
Alice Gold
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-romance
Sometimes I wonder where my brain is. It wasn't until I sat down to write this review that I realized how the title Cold River reflects the subject of the book. I swear I am blonde sometimes.

The jest of the story-line in Cold River is a gutsy gal takes a job as a superintendent of schools in the small town in the upper mid-west of the US. She has never lived in such a small town and so when she ends up renting a house right on the river, the river and its surrounding landscapes are a comfort to
Susan Dayley
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“If brains was lard, he couldn’t grease up a good-size skillet, bless his heart.”

“Reading Cold-River made my week.

Leesie asked. “Say, can you help me here? Define ‘paradigm.’”
It took Mandy a moment to shift gears. “Paradigm? It’s a framework, or model, that is accepted and that everyone works—and even thinks—within.”
Leesie furrowed her brow. “So a paradigm shift would be . . . ”
“You know when you hear people talk about thinking outside the box? Maybe that’s what it means—seeing the world in a wh
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cold River By Liz Adair is a romantic suspense thriller based on the author's own experiences while living in a little town where she taught for several years in Washington.

Cold River is the kind of story I love reading. I instantly fell in love with this fast paced intriguing story, where the people of the small town Mandy comes to work in make being there a bit of a challenge. She doesn't fit in with her big city ways and has to work to convince the town's people that she is right for the job
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cold River is a novel by Liz Adair. It is set in the Pacific Northwest in the town of Limestone, Washington. The book is easy to read and the descriptions of the setting are excellent. You can easily visualize the mountainous area with its tall trees and snow banks. The river that runs through is wild and yet tame at times. You can easily imagine the danger that lies beneath the surface of the river. The characters are definitely realistic with the definite difference between the tamer New Mexic ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
COLD RIVER by Liz Adair. I've always enjoyed Liz's book and this one was no exception. Mandy is a spunky main character that you fall in love with in the very beginning. I can't say I agree with everything she does throughout the book, but when do we ever agree with everything anyone does. :) The secondary characters were just as fun and helped pull the story forward. My one big beef with this one was how long it took to get to the death threats. Overall, it's a very enjoyable read for anyone. H ...more
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
I liked this book. Mandy gets a job for a SMALL school district and thinks that everything is going to be great. She has her degree, she worked for a large school district in New Mexico so she knows what she's doing. Right? I loved how not everything works out perfect. Luckily she finds a place to stay next to the river and out in nature. Mandy even finds some friends in the locals. Although she finds that people there aren't accustom to change and try to keep everything the same. The last actin ...more
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cold River introduces us to Dr. Megan Steenburg who has taken a job in a small town with a few secrets. She tries to fit in and do her job, but harmless pranks against her soon turn deadly and Megan can’t figure out who is trying to kill her. I couldn’t either and was very surprised when the villain was revealed.

The thing I liked best about this story is that is was such a slow burn with the mystery and the romance. It all starts out so innocently, but the warmer we get to figuring things out,
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