By sheer coincidence, I was enjoying Dancing in the Moonlight by RaeAnne Thayne when I received A Cold Creek Secret from Tell Harlequin. It says a lot about Thayne as a writer that I did not need any breathing time in between them. Nor is this the first of the Cold Creek stories I’ve read. I recognized the town and the people, which means the earlier books lingered in the back of my mind, a clear sign of Thayne’s ability to suck you into the world she creates.
The characters in A Cold Creek Secret are vivid and tortured by their own experiences, which makes them deep. At the same time, they’re thrown together in plausible circumstances.
I loved watching how Mimi saw herself transform over the course of the book from a worthless socialite to someone with a lot to give. And how Brant’s preconceptions were blatantly wrong despite being based on his observations, but Mimi believed them to be true as well.
At the same time, the story wasn’t one sided. Mimi helped Brant see what the ranch and his town meant to him, as well as giving him a reason to fight for survival at a time when he thought his death inevitable.
Thayne’s books, and this one is no exception, help put faces on the men and women who are involved in the current war effort. Whatever you might feel about the need for the war, Cold Creek brings home the individuals who are making individual choices that have little to do with politics and policy, and everything to do with belief and duty.