Love blooms once more in the quaint town of Mystic Creek, Oregon, from the New York Times bestselling author of Strawberry Hill.
Erin De Laney came to Mystic Creek hoping that the slower pace might rekindle her enthusiasm for law enforcement. Instead she feels as frustrated as she did in the city and when her disillusionment with the job increases, she takes a position on her uncle's ranch.
Her life has enough complications without her attraction to handsome, deaf cowboy, Wyatt Fitzgerald, the foreman on the ranch. Wyatt has sworn off dating, and Erin fears that nothing she does will ever change his mind. Yet while working with an abused horse under Wyatt's guidance, Erin comes to better understand herself. She also learns that love can heal almost anything.
Wyatt yearns to take Erin into his arms, but he's hesitant to pursue a romantic relationship. When their work sends them out alone together into a wilderness area, Wyatt is even more determined to hold Erin at arm's length.
But out of their time alone together on the mountain blossoms a chance for a once-in-a-lifetime love if only he's willing to give her his heart and make her his.
The tedious sixth book in Anderson's Mystic Creek series (after Strawberry Hill) splits focus between three separate but connected love stories without fully developing any of them. Mystic Creek, Ore., sheriff's deputy Erin De Laney has been crushing on Wyatt Fitzgerald, the deaf foreman of her uncle's ranch, for quite some time, but flirting with him doesn't yield the result she's been hoping for. Elsewhere in town, Wyatt's younger brother, 22-year-old Kennedy, falls for levelheaded 17-year-old Jenette Johnson. He knows he has to tread lightly at least until her 18th birthday, but an injury brings them together and they develop an intense emotional bond. Meanwhile, Erin's best friend, caf owner Julie, nurses feelings for pawnshop owner Fred "Blackie" Black. Blackie, who is 20 years Julie's senior, returns her affection, but he worries about what type of relationship they could have. The transitions between these disparate story lines are often disorienting, and, despite an excess of small-town detail, the characters and relationships feel sketchy at best. Readers will struggle to stay invested in this choppy romance.