Some secrets chill to the bone....
Smashed heirlooms, ripped upholstery and rifled drawers-who is breaking into homes during a record-breaking snowy winter, vandalizing and stealing.
Whoever it is--is targeting the most vulnerable--the seniors of a small northwoods town. As the new sheriff, Rodd Durand, home again to small town Steadfast, Wisconsin, takes on the Snowmobile Burglar.
In the course of her duties, Wendy Carey, the home health nurse, discovers each new break-in and wants more than anything to stop him. The small town reels as the burglar eludes capture and steps up his crimes. A vindictive woman and a secret baby heighten the suspense. When Wendy and Rodd begin to fall in love, family complicates matters.
But the real stumbling block to their love lies within. Can they break through their own insecurities over the past?
Welcome to Steadfast, Wisconsin, a small town whose people and mysteries you may never forget~
In this first book in the projected Northern Intrigue trilogy, Cote plaits together faith, love and suspense for an inspirational romance set against the snowy backdrop of Steadfast, Wis. Tall, handsome sheriff Rodd Durand is hot on the trail of "the Weasel," a burglar who targets isolated homes of the elderly. Raised by his father and great-uncle, Rodd considers all women a mystery, until sweet home nurse Wendy Carey piques his interest. But Wendy has kept her heart under wraps too long and has sworn off romance. Love is inevitable, but first Rodd and Wendy must make peace with their pasts. To Cote's credit, there are some fairly original snowmobile chase scenes, and the "bad guys" are somewhat multifaceted (the nefarious Uncle Dutch is shown as both a drunken brawler and also a softie who put Christmas gifts under Wendy's tree when she was a child). There are contrived situations to allow Rodd and Wendy to spend the night together, but things never heat up past a kiss. An unlikely scene has Rodd miraculously pull a baby from a car before it explodes, killing the parents, then conveniently place the baby in the care of Penny Weaver, who has suffered several miscarriages. Despite some weak spots, this full-length novel is an improvement over Cote's most recent novella, For Varina's Heart, which appeared in Tyndale's Letters of the Heart collection.
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Nice read but too heavy on the religion
A clean read and overall good story. However, the continuous religious references became daunting and preachy.
The story was well written with moments of joy and sadness. Flows perfectly, keeping my attention. I really enjoyed this book.
Winter’s Secret is Lyn Cote's suspenseful mystery about a serial burglar who preys on vulnerable elderly people during a very cold and snowy Winter. In fact, the criminal has been dubbed the Snowmobile Burglar. A skilled nurse, Wendy,must work with Sheriff Rodd in order to acquire clues, and protect her elderly patients, until the complicated case is solved. Will they be able to put aside the tension in their relationship for the sake of the victims, and will they be able to even become friends - or more? With my many years as a Victim Advocate in a prosecutor's office, I appreciate the inclusion of the perspective of the innocent, vulnerable VICTIMS and how the vicrtimization affects their lives, emotions and even physical health. Lyn Cote does a great job of developing characters and relationships, and also isn't preachy - which is especially a blessing at this time of political inundation.. The only issue about which I disagreeed with was Wendy's perception of the confrontation of a believer's continuing evil deeds and words, and sowing of division. I do not see that as "allowing evil" in; the evil was the woman's continuing hateful behavior. Confronation is sometimes necessary. In fact, most people will never change if not confronted. However, there are Biblical principles (Matthew 18, Galatians 6) to follow when one does this, but it actually is a means of helping the straying person (James 5)! At any rate, I will definitely be looking for more books by Cote in the near future.