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Dark Mountains [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Meredith
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Not every happily ever after comes easily. Some love stories are born in the dark...

Cole Andrews knew he would be best friends with Libby Michaels from the moment he met her on the bus ride to preschool. As they grew up together in the rural Kentucky mountains, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. But Libby had been hiding something and that secret puts her in danger. Cole vows to keep her safe but after 9-11 he goes off to war, nearly losing his life. He returns to Kentucky, determined to heal and start a life with her but Libby's past is threatening their happiness with deadly results. Cole has to use all his training as a soldier to keep her safe but will it be enough to save them both?


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From the Author

I love being a mom and a wife. I've been married for over 10 years to a man I would do anything for and have a 10 year old son and a 6 year old daughter. I see so much of myself in both of them that it sometimes brings me to tears (happy ones).
I also love writing. Romance to be specific. I love the happily ever after that I believe everyone deserves. My stories aren't exactly the 'stop and smell the roses' type romances. While I believe everyone deserves happiness and true love, I know that sometimes, you have to walk a hard road to find it. Those are the types of stories I like to write. The happily ever after that wasn't found, it was earned. I work to earn mine on a daily basis and so do my characters. 
On other side-notes, I play acoustic guitar, sing, read like I get paid to, and support a rather unhealthy addiction to Pinterest. 
I love to cook, which combined with my pinning addiction, leads to many experiments foisted on my unsuspecting husband and kids, mostly with good results. But sometimes, the dog gets what the family refuses to eat. And he never complains. 

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     "Please, Pa," she whimpered, her eyes begging him. "Help him, please." He spit again but didn't answer. Libby looked back at me and I knew instantly what she was going to do.
     "Libby, don't," I begged, my voice full of fear. Eyes locked with mine, she took a step forward. The snake hissed, its head moving with Libby's movement. Jackson stared at Libby and then back at me as she took another step forward.
     "You've got to jump fast, Cole," she whispered as the snake shifted its gaze from her to me. "It won't be distracted for long."
     "Libby, no," I begged again. My arms were shaking now. Fear welled up in my throat as she took another step.
     "Stop!" Jacksonson shouted, making Libby jump back. "Move again and I'll tan your hide so hard you won't sit for a week." Libby's face paled but she didn't move. Jackson climbed onto the wagon without fear. The snake was still watching me as my arms shook.
     He reached out just as my arms gave out and the hay bale dropped. The snake lunged towards me, fangs out. Jackson grabbed its head just before it bit into my leg. I fell backwards, landing hard on my ass. I shoved myself further back until I was up against the stack of hay. Libby rushed over to me, her hands going to my shoulders.
     Jackson held the snake, its jaw snapping. He stepped towards us as he caressed the snake's head. He knelt down, snake in hand, until he was eye level. The snake's gleaming fangs were inches from my face. I felt the bile rising in my throat as little, black dots flashed in my eyes.
     "You afraid of snakes, boy?" His voice was cold and empty. "Hmm?" He looked at me, his eyes dark and calculating.
     "Yes'sir," I whispered, my voice barely audible.
     "You'd better be," his voice was menacing as he ran a finger down the top of the snake's scaly head. "Keep your hands off her." The threat in his warning was unmistakable as his eyes moved to Libby's hands, still clenching my shoulders.
     Jackson stood up slowly and stepped off the wagon. He laid the snake on the ground and it slithered away, silent and docile. He turned back to us, spitting into the dirt.
     "Get off, both of ya," he growled, jerking his head. "Go home."
     Willing my muscles to move, I scrambled up, stumbling to the edge and jumping down. Libby followed me as I ran to the edge of the tree line. Her pa climbed back onto the tractor and drove it slowly out of the field.
     "Cole?" Libby put a hand on my shoulder but I shrugged her off as I walked towards the trees. When she started to follow, I turned quickly and yelled.
     "Stay!" I saw her shrink back, dragging her eyes to the ground. I wanted to apologize but my need for keeping her away was stronger. I half-ran to the nearest tree, bent over and promptly threw up everything I had eaten that day.
     When my stomach was empty, I gagged, heaving until the last of the strength left my body. I stumbled back and collapsed in the tall grass. I felt Libby's hand grip my shoulder and turn me towards her. Her face was pale but her eyes were strong as she forced me to look at her. I stared at her, seeing the fear leave her eyes, replaced by sorrow. Not uttering a word, she wrapped her arms around me. My exhausted body gave up as I leaned into her. She laid my head on her chest and I did something I swore I'd never do in front of her. I cried.

Product Details

  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490955313
  • Publisher: Amanda Meredith; 2 edition (June 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQIJGM6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic first work! July 2, 2013
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I really enjoyed this work from new and upcoming author Amanda Meredith. The story flowed nicely between past and present. The characters were detailed wonderfully as well as scenes throughout the story. I cried, I smiled, I laughed! The book caught my attention in the beginning and had my attention all the way to the end. I think the author did her research which made for a great detailed story. I think the way she describes the scenes in Iraq are chilling yet very factual. What a great piece of work! I can't wait to see what she comes out with next!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A LOVELY, SWEET STORY September 14, 2013
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"Are you always going to take care of me, Cole?"

"Always"

Dark Mountains was a free read I was able to pick up from Amazon. Despite my TBR list being obscenely long, something about the blurb drew me in and I read this book in one sitting. Dark Mountains is the story of two children, Cole and Libby, who meet as very young children instantly becoming best friends. That friendship continues through their childhood and beyond eventually growing into more. Cole becomes Libby's lifeline as she lives with a tragic and violent home life. As Libby and Cole become adults, the danger to Libby doesn't end.

Cole makes a wonderful hero with his steadfast friendship to Libby and his desire to protect and comfort her. Although I usually read romances with a lot more steam, I enjoyed Dark Mountains for everything it was...Sweet, moving, well-written. Dark Mountains probably won't be the next breakout book you hear about but it was a lovely read and all the more likable for the simplistic and straightforward style it was written in. A sweet, solid 3.5 read. Just a side note, the generic cover does not do justice to this book and I'd recommend a new one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! July 10, 2013
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Dark Mountains is an excellent book, very well written, had me completely hooked from the beginning. I read it almost in one sitting as I could not put it down. Great story from start to finish. Well done, Amanda!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did not want to put down! July 8, 2013
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This kept my interest all the way through. It will be interesting to see what this author has to offer in the future!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark mountains July 3, 2013
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I didn't know what this book was about. But this was interesting from start to ending. I couldn't stop reading. Hope Amanda finds time in her busy life to write more books. I will be waiting for the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 3, 2014
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I could not put this book down. Switching from childhood memories to the present, Ms. Meredith masterfully weaves a love story from events that most of us could not even fathom. Excellent. I will look for more from Ms. Meredith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book August 7, 2014
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Loved the book. Once you start it it is hard to put down. It was nicely written and I will read more of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book August 16, 2014
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this book had an engaging story line. the characters touched your heart. I had to keep reading till the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dark Mountains - too much graphic sex
I was reading what I thought was a clean story with a lot of human interest, until I got a little over half way through. Read more
Published 10 days ago by whippersnapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this read, highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much
I enjoyed this book very much,good plot, good out come, read it within two nights,second night had to finish it before I went sleep
Published 3 months ago by Stewart Hooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Did not want it to end.
This book had me crying. I truly did not want it to end. Definitely recommend. Very well written also. Props.
Published 6 months ago by hollybo10
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
What a wonderfully written book! Couldn't put the book down, I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next!
Published 9 months ago by Patti Jamerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced good read
I enjoyed the book very much. I would like to read more from this fine author. A look into the backwoods.
Published 11 months ago by K Watkins love it
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Mountains
What a wonderful story by this up and coming author. Her passion for her work shows in every page. This is an amazing story the characters are well developed and have you loving... Read more
Published 12 months ago by eva aldridge
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written book that is fiction, but, realistic to real world
The way the book started you could relate to the real world of family situations that always affect children. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ralph Edmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I know this author personally... very easy read storyline flowed nicely kinda hoped for a sequel got attached to the characters.
Published 12 months ago by melissa woodke
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
This was a great weekend read. Enjoyed the characters & storyline held my interest. I would definitely recommend this book.
Published 12 months ago by saraluvsfl
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More About the Author

I was born in Bay City, Texas in 1985 but grew up in a small town in Central Illinois. I've been married 11 years and have two children.

From an early age, I was passionate about the written word. I LOVE to write. Romance, to be specific. I love the happily ever after that, I believe, everyone deserves. My stories aren't the 'stop and smell the roses' type romances. While I believe everyone deserves happiness and true love, I know that sometimes you have to walk a hard road to find it. Those are the types of stories I like to write. The happily ever after that wasn't found: It was earned. I work to earn mine on a daily basis and so do my characters.

On other epic side-notes: I ride horses, play acoustic guitar, sing, read like I get paid for it, and support a rather distracting addiction to Pinterest.

I love to cook, which combined with my pinning addiction, leads to many experiments foisted on my unsuspecting husband and kids, with (mostly) good results.

My first book, a romantic suspense called Dark Mountains, was published in July 2013. My next books, Irish Strength (December 2013) and Irish Heart (July 2014) are the first half of the Irish Treasures Saga, a 4-part romance series bringing Celtic Mythology and magic to life in modern day Ireland. Irish Sight (Book 3) is due for release in January 2015 and Irish Truth (Book 4) is set for July 2015.

Find out more about me and my books at www.authoramandameredith.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/authoramanda.meredith www.twitter.com/AuthorAMeredith http://www.pinterest.com/AuthorAMeredith/ and google.com/+AmandaMeredithAuthor

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