Snowy River Man by Lizzy Chandler #Review

Snowy River Man by Lizzy Chandler #ReviewSnowy River Man by Lizzy Chandler

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Escape on February 1, 2015
Pages: 163
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars  

It was the title…le sigh. Ever since a certain movie released and had such sweeping scenery, music, and storyline, I have been enchanted by this region of Australia and the rugged life there. I didn’t even give the blurb more than a glance which as many know, this is so unlike me. Thus, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but still ended up with an interesting light romantic suspense and a brooding second chance romance that kept me reading through one sitting.

The story opens with Jack and his son at the rodeo. Jack takes his ride and afterwards discovers Nick missing. It turns into a desperate all-out search for a child. Jack is frantic. He loves his son and fears. Into this atmosphere walks a woman from his past. The sight of her makes him angry and her claim to have a psychic ability that allows her to find Nick is the only thing that keeps him from driving her away. What does she want from him? If it’s what he thinks it is…but no, not that. Through his anger and fear, the attraction is still there.

Katrina has visions that lead her to lost children and she has worked with the police before, but this time it is the hardest decision she has ever made to involve herself. Jack broke her heart and now she has a vision of his son. He is hostile and she can’t figure out what he has to be angry at her over. Then after a few encounters, he suddenly changes his mind. He wants her to stay and help with Nick, he wants to know what she remembers of the past and wants to know about her gift. She senses something momentous coming and even if instinct tells her to run, her heart wants to find out if there is still a chance.

This story is a contemporary romance with suspense and paranormal elements. The setting of the horse ranch is well drawn and definitely a plus. It is told in alternating view points between Jack and Katrina. The reader is privy to so much more than the characters as a result because the story is a journey of two people who have to unwind the deceptions and misconceptions of the past if they are to have any peace with their future. They are both equal victims to someone else’s machinations, but that doesn’t change the impact of the consequences falling on them. I think that is what really drew me in.

The suspenseful story plot is full of red herrings and a few possibilities for what is going on. Was Nick in danger from someone? Who let the stallion go and is undercutting Jack’s bid for the proposal? Is the old man living on the property innocent? What of Jack’s wife’s family? So many things swirling to keep the reader guessing.

Then the romance. It was hard and would get worse before it could get better because of all the things from the past. Jack has the dilemma of what to do with the knowledge when he learns the horrible truth. He has to protect his son, but what of Katrina? He hurt her once and the truth- though none of that was his fault- will likely devastate her. He doesn’t want to lose this tentative second chance, but he knows he will and it already hurts.

All in all, it was a good story. I was engaged in it from the beginning and didn’t want to stop reading. The ending is rushed though it is complete. It doesn’t promise more than it should based on where things are left. I would recommend it for those who like their romance on the sweeter end, who like mild suspense, and don’t mind the psychic element.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Oh interesting. I never would have guessed the para elements from the cover. I do love reading those though. Thanks for the heads up on this one.

    • I enjoyed the blend. There are psychic gifts involved and I don’t read many with that type of paranormal so I liked it.

  • oh wow!! I have to read this one now…I mean with a title like that would grab my attention because quite frankly one of my favorite movies is Man from Snowy River..and I like that it has paranormal elements to the story.

    • That is exactly how I reacted, Renee! It became a must read when I saw the title.

  • Aaw, I hate when the endings are rushed:( That’s never any fun!

    • Fortunately, it was a complete ending and the rest of the story developed nicely.

  • Sounds like a fun romance with soem suspense and paranormal elemetns thrown in. I was actually a bit surprised when I read about the visions, as there aren’t many contemporary romance which work in a subtle paranormal elements like that. I am curious why Jack is so angry at her at first, but later changes his mind. And that’s too badd the ending felt a bit rushed, but sounds like it was still a good ending.

    • It was a good story and the paranormal elements were blended nicely. Oh his reasons for changing his mind are a doozy. It went fast at the end and I wanted more explanation, but there truly was enough to get the idea.

  • Hmm, interesting romance with a twist of the heroine having psychic abilities.

    • Yes, that was fun. I haven’t read a romance with a psychic in a while and I liked that nuance.

  • Lindy Gomez

    The whole psychic ability aspect of the story interests me. Plus, I enjoy sweet romance and suspense. To bad the ending was rushed, but it sounds like all in all you enjoyed this story. Great Review Sophia!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Definitely an overall really good read, Lindy. The ending was complete, but in comparison to the rest of the story, it really hurried. The psychic element was really a nice piece to this one.