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Strawberry Hill

(Mystic Creek #5)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  39 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Spring Forward returns to Mystic Creek, Oregon, where an estranged pair are given a second chance.

As a camp cook, Vickie Brown loves feeding any size crowd in the great outdoors--with one notable exception. She never would have predicted she'd join the crew led by gruff cowboy Slade Wilder, the man who broke her heart just days befo
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published December 31st 2018 by Berkley
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Debbie Oliphant
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of this authors. I love the way she can weave a tale and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. I loved the story but wanted more with the ending. I'm hoping there will be a couple of spinoffs as the opportunities were there.
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc


I don't even know where to begin with. Rarely have I read a book that made me think of every cliche about romance and made me feel like I'm stuck in a long episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Let me start by mentioning how antiquated and wooden this author's writing style is. The dialogues don't feel natural, the characters use weird sayings and phrases every couple of pages. It's like watching actors overacting.

 If nothing else, I’ll have a one-on-one talk with her and tell her how the cow
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Going in to Strawberry Hill I thought this was a romance between Erin, the new Mystic Creek Deputy and Wyatt, a ranch foreman who is deaf, because there are two book descriptions out there and the one originally read was about Erin and Wyatt. I didn’t realize this until I got to the epilogue and Erin and Wyatt hadn’t exchange as much as a kiss through the story, and I went onto Goodreads to investigate. I think I would’ve enjoyed this story more if I’d known this was Vicky and Slade’s r
Strawberry Hill was a really cute and endearing story about a couple that reunites in their sixties and a blonde black bear that just won't quit.

From the blurb, I thought this was Wyatt, deaf rancher, and Erin, newly appointed county patrol officer, story. Even though it starts with Wyatt and Erin, they become the back story and Vickie, a single mother of three now adults, and Slade, the ranch owner, who never Knew he had a son, reuniting.

I liked the characters and found the story quite enjoya
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It's not to often you get a love story about a couple in their 60's. There was the back story to how Slade and Vickie began when they were younger, what caused them to split up and then what brought them back together. I also enjoyed the part a bear cub played in the book. He had a starring role as one of the side characters. I do tend to enjoy books with animals as part of the story. As a side bonus, there was a start to a new relationship with Erin and Wyatt. It so ...more
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A small-town second chance…

Slade gets his story! I was thrilled to start this story where Slade’s first, and only, love comes back into his life. He has been in the background throughout the Mystic Creek series and I wanted/needed him to be less lonely. He lived his whole life respectful of the animals that were his life, and friend to his neighbours and those who worked for him. Family was scarce though and he had a mysterious lost love…

A horrible misunderstanding/decision separated Slade and
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
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☕ Kimberly
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Each year I’ve enjoyed a new visit to Mystic Creek, Oregon. This small-town series has introduced us to the townsfolk and ranchers in the area. Strawberry Hill shares the second chance romance of rancher Slade Wilder, and Vickie Brown, his high school sweetheart. The two were engaged when miscommunication and interference drove them apart.  

Almost a decade later when Slade needs a camp cook and Vickie’s son needs help she applies for the job. Sparks, pranks, and revelations occur as these two so
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a DNF for me. When I originally saw this book, the synopsis was completely different from what's on the back of the book, and it talked about a new female sheriff (Erin) who gets stationed to a small town and a ranch foremen (Wyatt) who is deaf. However, this story is more so geared towards Erin's uncle Slade and the woman who got away from him over 40 years ago, Vicky. Even with that being said, the book bounces around between these four characters, and it was tough connecting with the ...more
An orphaned cub, a second chance for two people in their winter years, camp pranks, and a spanking new romance in a small Oregon mountain town had me settling in for a comfy read.

Strawberry Hill is book five in the Mystic Creek series, but it will work fine standalone or out of order since it introduces a new situation and mostly new players.

The story opens with a prologue about Slade Wilder finding a dead black bear buried under a recent rock slide and then shortly after coming across an orphan
Ian Mcnamara
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by this author. The description was a bit miss leading because it sounded like it was going to be the story of the ranch forman and slades neece. However that turned out not quite to be the case and ended up being the story of slade and vicky with wyat and aren being more of a back story. Leads me to wonder whether there story will be told next or come out in a future book. I am really enjoying this series and love this author's books. Can't wait for her next novel whatever th ...more
Betty Brewer
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another winner by one of my favorite authors. Scenes between Slade and Vickie had me laughing out loud. Hope we read more on Wyatt and Erin in the next book as I thought this book would have been their story too. If you are looking for a light funny read, give this one a try. You won't be disappointed.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story immensely. The characters could have been friends, the setting just where I would love to live. Once again I find the message that love conquers all.
Having read and enjoyed many romances by Catherine Anderson, I was excited to see she was releasing a new book. Although, I have to say that since she featured two couples in this novel, I wasn't really sure which couple was the focus of the romance until the very end. In the end, this was a romance between Slade and Vickie that started 40 years previously. That said, I really wish she had followed through with a romance for the second couple, Erin and Wyatt. Perhaps that couple will be the feat ...more
Barb Lie
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strawberry Hill by Catherine Anderson is the 5th book in her Mystic Creek series. Each one of the books in this series usually centers on two couples; one being an older couple. In Strawberry Hill, the older couple is the main couple, though early on in the book, it seemed to be focused on the younger couple. I was surprised, especially since the younger couple was centered more at the start of the book, and the official description doesn’t even mention them.

We meet Erin, a new cop, who is sent
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ranch owner, Slade Wilder, winds up rescuing a blond black bear cub after finding the mother dead due to a landslide and the baby in an illegal leg trap. He called to report the incident and was told to leave the cub alone which is what he was going to do until the baby followed him home so Slade wound up feeding him and he's now determined to keep it a secret. Three an a half years later he sets up camp on the mountain and the secret winds up coming out. Slade's niece, Erin De Laney is now a Sh ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Smoothly written, I fell in love all over again with Mystic Creek, Oregon. Connections between two families have a way in allowing more than one romance in the making to happen. It took a lot of courage and outrage for Vickie to return to where Slade still lives. Both are in their 60’s and have not seen each other in 40 years. Vickie needs answers and is determined to confront Slade to get them. Slade’s niece, Erin, is also a main character, and meeting Wyatt is a story of its ...more
Patti Irwin
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was only an OK read for me. The main couple (Slade and Vickie) never fully connected with me. Their story is a second chance at love for an older couple. My issues with them had to do with their actions. Unfortunately they both came across as so juvenile, that it drove me crazy. This is an author whose work I generally enjoy. Usually her books are full of charm, sweetness, a "down home" feel, poignant emotions and lovable, often mold breaking characters. Although you get the "down home ...more
I have read previous Catherine books in the past and was drawn into the characters and really enjoyed them. I always love when reading about hero and heroine who are senior citizens because they need love too. In this novel we meet Vickie who left mystic years ago after a lie tore her and beau Slade apart. Vickie returns forty years later to let reveal to Slade why he never reached out to get to know his son. The other couple Slade niece Erin whose a police officer and Slade ranch man Wyatt are ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you read some of her previous books this book was written in a very similar and familiar way compared to previous novels. It tells two stores of multiple people and I really enjoyed it. the Four main characters each had and have their own struggles which really makes this novel worth reading. It goes through their hardships and how they overcome them. I would love to read more about some of the other chracters story lines and I don't think we received enough of those that were written in. I l ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second chances

Slade Wilder has been a bachelor all his life because the love of his life had accused him of cheating and called off the wedding decades ago. He has been working the family ranch and living a solitary life.
He has put an ad on Craigslist looking for camp cook for his camp in the mountains for hunters and who answers it but old girlfriend Vicki. She has a hidden agenda and wants to make Slade pay for ignoring a son she thinks he knows about but of which he has no clue.
A lot great la
hoarder challenge-#11 animal on cover

I had been on hold w/the library for so long that I actually forgot why I wanted to read this book.

It was ok.
I’m not a fan of the plots where it’s long lost loves reuniting w/a child the man never knew about.

I liked the story b/w Wyatt & Erin. Those characters had good chemistry. I'm guessing they may be the next book in the series.
I did like the different elements the writer gave these characters: Wyatt is deaf. Slade & Vickie are in their 60’s (so a
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy from this author for a honest opinion

Strawberry Hill by Catherine Anderson, a enjoyable book. Even though I hadn't read any of the Mystic Creek series I was still able to enjoy the storyline. Reading this book reminded me of the times long ago when I used to read this author's books and always enjoyed the characters and storyline. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Tonya sayler
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The latest book from Mystic Creek. This was an amazing book

I think this book would make anyone believe that true love not only exists but can be rekindled in the right circumstances.
Carla S Johnson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good read kept me up. Characters seemed real. Enjoyed the tvstory about Four Toes. Catherine always keeps your interest. Keeping 3 story ok.

Look forward to next book. Our wildlife needs to be protected. I have read all of her books. She is my favorite.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read! Loved it. A second chance book 40 years in the making. Lots of drama, comedy and romance. Another winner for Catherine Anderson.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book!! Catherine does such an awesome job I feel like I am right there with her characters!! A definite must read! Couldn't put it down till I read it all!!!
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Catherine continues to write real life stories that grab your heart, real you in and don’t let go. I may have seen the end coming, but loved it nonetheless.
Michelle Cable
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I gave it a two because there were actually a few parts I liked, but otherwise I just could not get into this book.
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Adeline Catherine was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. She always yearned to be a writer like her mother. The morning that one of her professors asked if she could use samples of Catherine’s creative writing on an overhead projector to teach was

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Mystic Creek (5 books)
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