Quinn's Christmas Wish (Bandit Creek Book 7) Kindle Edition
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Then Jazira comes along. She is an eleven-year-old girl turned into a very large wolf after having drowned in the town's flood the previous year. She is saved from Lost Lake by Samuel and then befriends Quinn. The two quickly become the best of friends, but things turn sour when the townspeople want her dead. Jazira quickly settles in your heart and you find yourself rooting for her.
There is one minor character I enjoyed that makes repeated appearances, named Jack, who is constantly drunk, and spews out 'warnings' or 'predictions' by spitting his whiskey in the snow and looking at the pattern. This lovable village shaman is just another dimension the author has added to a charming story filled with emotion.
The antagonist is the rich and powerful Mr. Ellis who wants Amanda as his wife. He's even willing to have his son beat up Quinn to make Amanda agree to this arrangement. So you can imagine what he thinks when he finds the very handsome...didn't I say that before? Yes, I did, as I was saying...very handsome Samuel standing in Amanda's house. The relationship develops at warp speed between Amanda and Samuel, but we have to remember that we are dealing with a novella. On the other hand, Samuel and Quinn develop a male kinship with one another, which adds to Quinn's character. We can see that, although he is twelve-years-old, he is much more mature for his age.
The author has succeeded in writing a beautiful story, in which the reader is easily pulled in, and before you know it, it is quickly over. I'm clamoring to know more and the author does mention she wants to write a follow-up. I sincerely hope that she does. This was a remarkable and truly enjoyable read. Do yourself a favor. Make a cup of hot chocolate, grab a warm blanket, sit back and enjoy an afternoon reading.
I give this a fabulous five snagged stars.
I own an e-book copy and this book was chosen for Snagging an Author reviews.
I was intrigued with Jazira and with Quinn right out of the gate. There was no lapse in reading and the feeling where you wonder so often - 'is it going to get somewhere?' Not the case here! I was immersed into the story and found that I had to keep going back and picking it up every chance I could until I found the hours ticking well past 3:00am.
Set in the world of the early west when trappers and settlers forged new lives. I became immediately connected with Quinn and his mother Amanda. The tale was rich with descriptions that drew me into a world both believable and yet not that surreal for a paranormal. If it wasn't for Jazira - I would have thought it to be a wonderful and heart warming historical romance. Yet..., there she was - Jazira. Her plight more than once gave cause for my heart to skip a beat or two and as I do not want to give anything away in this wonderful tale; can only say I was very pleased with the outcome and yes, there were a few nice surprises. Bandit Creek does indeed keep you guessing.
As a reader who wants to be carried away and lost into the depths of tales of love, suspense and intrigue, I would be remiss if I did not say that this story warmed my soul on a cold prairie night.
I also really enjoyed the bond that developed between Quinn and the she-wolf that he found in the woods, and the dedication that the she-wolf showed to his family.
(Small spoiler) The 10% of the book that I didn't care for.
I'm not a big fan of *lust at first sight* type of stories. I believe it's more romantic if the characters invest time getting to know each other, forming a bond that can be built upon. That's why I was disappointed that Amanda and Samuel slept together barely 24 hours after they met. It seemed rushed, like a sex scene was thrown in just for the sake of having a sex scene in the book. In my opinion the story would have been more romantic if that part had been left out.
I liked a lot all the characters and especially the sweet relationship between Quinn and Jazira; and hope the author will write a sequel about them as adults.