Mystic Creek, Book #3
By Catherine Anderson
Author’s website: http://www.catherineanderson.com/
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jerjen
The New York Times bestselling author of New Leaf returns to Mystic Creek, Oregon, where a wounded heart finds a place to call home. . . .
After a career on the rodeo circuit, Ben Sterling longs to settle down on his farm and start a family like his brothers. He’s searched all over for the woman of his dreams. Yet the only one to spark his interest is the new owner of the local café. Getting her attention, however, won’t be easy.
Sissy Sue Bentley has worked hard to make it on her own, and she doesn’t need another man in her life. From her alcoholic father to the men she’s dated, who were after only one thing, they are nothing but trouble. Except Ben keeps showing up whenever she really needs help. Sissy struggles to deny her growing feelings for him—but soon Ben’s tender concern has her hoping for a happier future. Then her past comes barreling back into her life, and it will take more than the love in Ben’s heart to hold them together.
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Sissy Sue has a good life. She owns her own business, a cafe called the Cauldron. She is a hard worker, and she is not afraid of doing what she needs to do to be successful in her business. She has friends but she does not have that special someone in her life. She does not want Ben to be in her life, she has seen men like him before. She has had an abusive past and she is not going to let any man in. To say that she has a lot of baggage from her past would be an understatement. Ben is a great guy who has decided that he wants a wife and family and he wants Sissy Sue. But he knows that it will be a hard job convincing her that he is different than other men and he is right for her. He has to break through the walls that Sissy Sue has erected around her heart.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. You can understand Sissy Sue’s reluctance to get involved with someone like Ben because all of her experience with men has been negative. Ben is a very patient and understanding man, and if anyone can make Sissy Sue change her mind, it is Ben. I really like the interactions between them and the chemistry was very strong. The secondary characters were also well developed and added a lot to the story.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing. The small-town setting seemed very realistic to me and it felt like someplace I would like to visit. The cafe sounded like a fun place to eat and hang out for a while. I could just picture the scene where all of Sissy Sue’s chickens were escaping and it made me laugh out loud.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted women’s fiction. It is a sweet, romantic book that will make you feel good while you are reading it. You will laugh, you will sigh and you may have tears in your eyes. I enjoy when I experience all those types of emotions while reading. I have read other books by this author and they have all been very good.