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Dark Mountains by [Meredith, Amanda]
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From the Author

I love being a mom and a wife. I've been married nearly 12 years to a man I would do anything for and have a son (11) and a daughter(7). 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 dogs gets what the family refuses to eat. And they never complain. 

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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: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Amanda Meredith; 2 edition (June 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQIJGM6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I was instantly drawn to this book after reading the author’s inscription on the cover: “Not every happily ever after comes easily. Some love stories are born in the dark”. I read the first two chapters at work during lunch. I went home from work and stayed up till 1 am to finish the novel as that was the inexplicable pull of Amanda Meredith’s words.
Most love stories elaborately set up the stage for the protagonists to meet and fall in love. What was refreshing in Dark Mountains was right from the time 5 year old Cole Andrews met Libby (Elizabeth Michaels) in their school bus, I immediately understood why they were destined together. Libby comes from a family where her father (Jackson) has physically abused her and her mother (Carol Ann) for years. At times I was frustrated to know why Carol would not take a stand, but at the end everything fell into place. In stark contrast Cole’s family – his parents Tim and Sheri, and his sister Emma Lou - show us what a beautiful family really is and they act as an incredible support system to Cole and Libby.
When Cole gets to know the ugly side of Jackson, he vows to himself to always protect her. There is one quote of Cole Andrews that will stay with me forever. “It changed the way I had looked at the world for most of my life and started me on a journey that would change who I was”. The darkness of Jackson always looms over their heads. But woven along this ugliness is Cole and Libby’s beautiful love that grows through the course of an adventure filled childhood and hormone charged teenage years and steadfastly blooms into a passionate tale.
Spanning two decades of their lives, Cole and Libby show us what commitment and true love all about.
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The story started a little slow.normally I will read the first chapter....if I like it I will proceed....if not I will go on to something else. I had a friend tell me to read all of it...which I did and I am happy that I did. The story picked up and I found I was looking forward to seeing how Cole and Libby were doing. I recommend reading this book.
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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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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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I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

This was a great love story. Cole and Libby meet at the age of four and become good friends that day. He knows she holds secrets but is never quite sure what.

Libby Michaels has had a rough childhood and hides the pain her Dad inflicts on her. Cole's parents know and take her in everyday after school. Libby and Cole do everything together.

After graduation and 9-11 Cole joins the military and it takes him far away from Libby. After several years apart he returns after almost losing his life. He is determined to protect Libby from her past. However, her past is determined to end both her and Cole. Just when you think things are going well for Libby and Cole they are forced to keep looking over their shoulder again.

One of my favorite scenes is when Cole shows her the surprise in the woods by their special spot. I absolutely loved he was able to make this happen without her even knowing he was doing it. Cole was usually there for Libby when she needed him. I was a sobbing mess when her past caught up with her and she was the one fighting for her life. Causing Cole and her to have reversed roles from when he was injured. Oh but the secrets that came out while she was hurt were shocking. I had a feeling there was something there but never could put my finger on what is was until the secret was out. What a twist that was.

To be able to see these two grow from childhood friends to what they are now was amazing. This was a testament to how love grows and evolves even through good times and bad. Cole and Libby both had their fair share of good times and bad times. In the end their love and strength got them through.
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