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Friday, February 17, 2017

5/5 Review: Mulberry Moon by Catherine Anderson






After a career on the rodeo circuit, Ben Sterling longs to settle down on his farm and start a family like his brothers. He’s searched all over for the woman of his dreams. Yet the only one to spark his interest is the new owner of the local cafĂ©. Getting her attention, however, won’t be easy.

Sissy Sue Bentley has worked hard to make it on her own, and she doesn’t need another man in her life. From her alcoholic father to the men she’s dated, who were after only one thing, they are nothing but trouble. Except Ben keeps showing up whenever she really needs help. Sissy struggles to deny her growing feelings for him—but soon Ben’s tender concern has her hoping for a happier future. Then her past comes barreling back into her life, and it will take more than the love in Ben’s heart to hold them together.

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Whenever I pick up a Catherine Anderson book I know I will have a wonderful time revisiting friends in Mystic Creek. She never disappoints me! In this awesome installment, life in Mystic Creek is about the romance of Ben Sterling and Sissy Sue Bentley.Ben Sterling is an ex rodeo star who is ready to settle down on his farm. Sissy Sue Bentley has worked hard to make it on her own, and she doesn’t need another man in her life. As crises continue to arise, she comes to rely on Ben’s support…and waits for the other shoe to drop. Because there is no way he wants only for which he asks—her love.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this town and felt like it was a place that I would love to visit. Sissy Sue, the heroine, seemed like a very nice person and one that anyone would like to know. However, I really didn't bond with her like I did with Ben. From the very first, I felt for Ben who just wanted a family. I loved how the relationship between Ben and Sue unfolded slowly and cautiously and didn't resort to the "love at first sight" and "immediate sex" that too many books are now calling romance. Too many times when the "hot romance" book ends I am left wondering how long the couple will actually be together. With this book, you somehow know that the answer to that question will be....forever.

Catherine Anderson is a great writer, able to make you laugh and cry as you read her stories. The emotions of her characters are real, the relationships ring true and the interspersed descriptions of Mystic Creek will transport you there for a great romantic escape! Give yourself a treat and grab a cup of hot cocoa and settle back with the folks from Mystic Creek! You won't regret it!