Publication: January 2016
The New York Times bestselling author of Silver Thaw returns to Mystic Creek for a new novel about a love that inspires the courage to start over…and the strength to reclaim a dream.
When Taffeta Brown was viciously betrayed by her wealthy husband, she lost everything—including custody of their daughter, Sarah. Now that Taffy has moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, to start over, she unexpectedly meets the one man who might help her get Sarah back.
Barney Sterling, a local lawman, finds himself drawn to the lovely, guarded Taffy, but he’s stunned by her proposition—that they marry immediately to improve her chances of regaining custody of her daughter. Barney takes marriage too seriously to commit himself to a woman he hardly knows. Yet soon his sympathies fall with the desperate Taffy, and pretending to be in love becomes the easiest part of the plan. But they have no idea what they’re up against, or what they’re willing to risk to make a miracle come true in Mystic Creek.
I received an arc from First to Read in exchange for a review. New leaf is a roman. Although I like to read romans, I find that there are a lot of different types of romans. My preferred kind is the type of roman where there is a happy ending, but the road to romance is a rocky one. I like the sharky comments of the main figures and lots of humor during the ride. New leaf is not that kind of a romance unfortunately. Although Catherine has done a fine job in creating a wonderful and heartbreaking story about Taffeta and her daughter Sarah, the story was too sweet for my likings. And also a little bit unrealistic in some areas. For instance, the way Barney agrees to marry Taffeta just to help her regain custody? I think I still have to meet the guy who will agree that easily to something this big. Heck, I can’t even get someone to get me a cup of coffee, let alone marry me! And Taffeta just blurts out the question and Barney is just like “okay”?! (For good measures: he thinks about it for a day, but still…). And the language Sarah is using? Some of it was definitely well done, but some was a bit over the top. Of course children will copy the vocabulary of the adults they live with, but I doubt the usage of certain phrases at the age of five. But yes, I did enjoy the book. It was an easy read. Light and fluffy, just to make you feel good. So if you have some time on your hands and you enjoy the reading of a sweet and romantic book, I would recommend New leaf. Be sure to brush your teeth afterwards. It also doesn’t matter if you didn’t read the first part of Mystic Creek. The story can be read stand alone. So three point five stars out of five for Catherine Anderson.