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Cold River by [Adair, Liz]
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Award-winner author Liz Adair makes worlds collide in her newest suspense release, "Cold River." When young, fast-tracking school superintendent Mandy Steenberg flees big city Phoenix for Limestone, Washington, she finds herself homeless, unwelcome, and in danger. Adair's master storytelling drives this complex mystery about a school district with more secrets than Harper Valley. Her knowledge of the region and its culture imbues the book with charm and crisp dialogue, but it's "Cold River's" eclectic cast of complex characters that makes this a standout read that leaves you hanging until the delicious end. --Laurie Lewis, author of "Awakening Avery"

As this romance unfolds, the characters and events pick up speed, much like the river's current, until they are thrust together and pushed into a logjam of their own making. Between the growing tension and the evocative descriptions of nature, the reader will come away with a new appreciation for this unusual corner of the Great Northwest. --Tanya Mills, Indie Book Award winner, the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award winner, and a Whitney Award finalist

Product Details

  • File Size: 1311 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Century Press; 2 edition (September 28, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015YS09DU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
The back cover copy reads: Mandy Steenburg thinks her doctorate in education has prepared her to run any school district--until she tangles with the moonshine-making, coon-dog-owning denizens of a tiny district in Pacific Northwest timber country. She's determined to make a difference, but the local populace still looks to the former superintendent for leadership. When Mandy lands in the middle of an old feud and someone keeps trying to kill her, instinct tells her to run. And though she has to literally swim through perilous waters, she finds a reason to stay and chance the odds.

I bought this book and read for an hour one afternoon while my daughters were at piano lessons. When I got home, I couldn't find the book anywhere. It was incredibly annoying. I looked in all the usual places, but it did not reveal itself. I read two other books over the next few days, but in the back of my mind I was gnashing my teeth. "What happens to Mandy? Does she fall in love with Vince? Does Grange get over his grudge?"

I found it that weekend (on the bookshelf, of all places!) and happily plowed through the rest of the book to reach the satisfying conclusion. And then I had to go back and read it slower so I could savor the good parts.

Adair has drawn a large cast of likable, quirky characters. She captured the feel of the Pacific Northwest perfectly (I should know--I live here. So does she!) and kept the mystery going right up until the end.

Cold River is a great read, with wonderful characters and several unique twists (steel drums, for one) in the plot. I enjoyed it very much.
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This book was pure pleasure to read. It was fun to read about Mandy and her Professional and romantic misadventures. Be prepared for a surprise ending and to fall in love with the Timberlain family. I will definitely read more of this author's work. Clean language and romance.
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Format: Paperback
Cold River By Liz Adair is a romantic suspense thriller based on the author's own experiences while living in a little town where she taught for several years in Washington.

Cold River is the kind of story I love reading. I instantly fell in love with this fast paced intriguing story, where the people of the small town Mandy comes to work in make being there a bit of a challenge. She doesn't fit in with her big city ways and has to work to convince the town's people that she is right for the job as the new superintendent, even though they still turn to the former one for all their answers.

But Mandy is tough and determined to show them that she knows what she is doing and begins to make some connections. In doing so they come to trust her, but even more so, she finds that she is losing her heart along the way to the most unlikely person. Who she ends up with, you will have to read to find out. That is part of the fun of reading Cold River.

I loved the way Liz developed the story, and as Mandy grows and learns about her depth and determination, she discovers someone wants her gone so much they are willing to kill her to achieve it. But Mandy proves tougher than her assailant expects, and with the arrival of Mandy's little sister, the stakes on keeping them both safe soar. And Mandy decides to do a little investigating of her own, and as a result the surprises in Cold River keep mounting.

I loved to watch the character arc develop with the main and side characters. The changes they went through as their views of events and people change and how they come to see that maybe there is more to be gained by trusting each other.
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I was looking for a decent read and when I saw that the author was award winning and read the book's description I got excited. I'll read most genre as long as it's well written and I'm one of those readers who dives into a novel and reads it within a day or two. Sadly, this one took me the better part of 7 days, as I forced myself to push on through some of the slowest reading I've encountered in a long time. Not only did the story begin and progress in a boring snail-like fashion, but the author kept flipping from past tense to present tense, which grated on my nerves. Spoiler alert: What bugged me the most was the way the story crawled until the last few chapters when she suddenly decided she was in love with the man she'd been battling with since she arrived there a whopping month or so earlier. Within a day after that love was declared, she introduced himself to her mother as her fiance! Say what????? In the meantime, this super handsome, super well-to-do man- who's been courting her all along- was tossed to the wayside because her cantankerous co-worker, - whose face was disfigured through 3/4 of the book and gave her the creeps up until the time it looked good again and she discovered he was handsome- called her "darling" and said he loved her. Other than fight with her through the entire book, all he'd done with her was to take her grocery shopping! Oh yeah, he dove into the rapidly flowing river to keep her afloat, after she fell in, until the guy who was courting her arrived with a motor boat and saved them both. So why did I keep reading? Good question. I guess I like to finish what I start. I gave her 2 stars instead of one because she had a good idea for a story... she just executed it very poorly. I didn't question what awards she's won before I read this book, but I do now.
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