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Sheriff Rodd Durand is perplexed by the break-ins and has his own theory, including a suspect. His close contact with Wendy makes his suspicions hard to deal with since his growing attraction to her could be terminated if he is right.
Winter's Secret, book one in the Northern Intrigue series, is an excellent suspense story with a good hook and an interesting twist sure to hold a reader's interest. Ms. Cote continues to hone her craft and gain fans.
From the Author
In the summertime, the north woods is a paradise of spring-fed lakes, tall pines, and sunshine. But after a snowmobiling trip one January, I found winter is completely different. Winter that far north so near Canada can be, at times, dangerous. I chose Wisconsin in winter as the setting for my first romance-mystery story because it was the perfect place to challenge my characters as they struggled against the elements and elusive evil.
In Winter's Secret, Rodd and Wendy had to learn to trust the Lord before they could accept God's gift of love. As my editor said, "Rodd had to learn to trust the Lord in the present, and Wendy had to learn to trust the Lord to clean up the past."
- File Size : 3167 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 232 pages
- ASIN : B006R7FXFW
- Publication Date : December 25, 2013
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #408 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The mystery was intriguing, and the characters had a lot of depth to them. I was trying to solve the mystery and piece together all the small town relationships. I connected with the main characters and liked that they had a colorful history with good and bad points. They had flaws and strong attributes.
The setting and atmosphere was nicely described. And sheesh, do I understand lake effect! I remember the November we had a unbelievable amount of snow.
Full disclosure, when I hit about 40% my interest had hit its end. At that point I was ready for the story to be wrapping up, and clearly I wasn't close. At 50% I skimmed until I hit 80% and picked up there. I still wanted to know how it all played out and whodunit. I just think that as someone who doesn't read this genre, I could've had this cut in half and been happier. I think people who do like clean, contemporary mystery/romances should give this a shot. I'm betting they wouldn't mind the length as much as I did.
Two thirds of the book focuses on a love relationship, which is fine, but it is center stage, not the mystery. (I was looking for more mystery.) This love relationship seems from my point of view somewhat unrealistic. Two people meet, want nothing to do with each other, with anyone, and before you are halfway through the book they believe they have found their soulmates? It had obscure medical and police procedures – why no research done on these subjects? There are many grammar issues, which should have been addressed by an editor (and an over use of adverbs). SPOILER: The author adds a new subplot at the end of the book, which makes no sense, does not add anything to the conclusion of the story; it just leads the reader down a “bunny trail” of distraction. On the other hand, is it to get you to read the next book? Either way, not a fair way to treat your readers!
There were a few likable characters in the book, one I especially liked that was a support character – that is the only positive thing I can bring away from the experience.
I always feel bad when my review seems overly critical, but I must be honest. It was a difficult read to get through for all the above-mentioned reasons. In the end, I should have just stopped reading after a few chapters.
Thank you Lyn cote for creating a wonderful image in the characters through out this book. Thank you for creating a Suspenseful thriller and still putting God and morals written throughout the narrative. In this present moment in time with so much sexuality and vulgar language, it is refreshing to find an author who will go against the norm in her writing.
Thank goodness I found this book. You are one of my favorite author. BRAVO and God's blessings on you.
From the very first page of the Prologue, Sheriff Rodd Durand shows himself a strong, reliable lawman who believes his job is to protect and serve. It angers him when those who are weak are targeted by the criminal element. His years in big city law do not prepare him for small town undercurrents, when he comes home to take over his uncle’s farm and take on the job of local sheriff. Wendy Carey’s family has always been the talk of the town, but she is loved and supported far more than she knows, due to her own personality and character traits. Small towns are full of warmth, humor, gossip, bitterness, churches, and more. Wendy is fighting her relative’s reputation and shameful lives and Rodd is fighting a mistake he made his first year as a cop.
This lovely romance when they get together, shows how God, when He is allowed and invited to become involved in His children’s lives, will bring together men and women who complement and lend strength to one another, encouraging faith in our Heavenly Father. They learn to believe in each other and to depend on God. This book has it all, God’s love for us and His provision, split families, small town relationships, crisis and tragedy.
Top reviews from other countries
Also the switching between character views in the same scene (Rodd to Wendy to Rodd to Wendy etc) was frustrating, as was Wendy's saintly character that was only lacking a halo. Nobody's THAT perfect. In fact the only thing that genuinely moved me in this book was someone's dog getting killed....