Blurb: 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….
Review: I wasn’t all that sold on this one. Within the first couple of chapters, I came close to putting it down and not finishing because there were a couple of things that just rubbed me wrong and that came across as soapbox preachy, which was kind of annoying.
I pushed beyond that and did finally get more into the story and was able to finish it. I never really totally bought into the the whole story or the characters. Just enough here and there felt off or just didn’t quite mesh for it to really click as totally believable.
The story itself is good and mostly on the sweet side even with some of the stuff with the abusive husband in the mix. This is pretty heavy on the big, strong man to the rescue of the weak little woman theme, and that is kind of tired and wrung out to me, but it is still a sweet story.
All in all, it was just an okay book for me because there wasn’t much that really drew me in.