"Fabulous addition to the wondrous Mystic Creek series."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted March 11, 2018
You know there are times when you don't know whether to
laugh or cry. Well be prepared to do both reading SPRING
FORWARD -- the latest -- number four in the Mystic
Creek series by Catherine Anderson. Catherine Anderson
has a long stream of successful novels to her name. I've
already had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first
three of the Mystic Creek novels. There does appear to be a
central theme in this series about women and children who
find themselves in extraordinarily vulnerable positions.
SPRING FORWARD begins with providing small glimpses into the
mind and heart of a young woman who now as an adult is still
living with a dark cloud over her head. This is why she
can't move toward a personally satisfying future.
SPRING FORWARD captures the moments when the characters have
time to look beyond their past and hope for a happy, secure
Neither Tanner Richards nor Crystal Malloy has much time to
look for that future. They are both consumed with getting
through each day. Tanner's work as a delivery man provides
him with a working wage -- enough to raise his two children.
It also allows him some freedom to spend time with them -- a
very important aspect of this single dad's life. Crystal's
schedule at her popular salon barely leaves time for
essentials. And now Crystal has to face some new
responsibilities that revolve around her grandfather Tuck.
Neither really had their eyes or hearts set on anything
remotely resembling a relationship or even dating for that
matter. But Crystal and Tanner have something they share --
a love and respect for Tuck. And they are both facing
escalating concerns regarding Tuck's dog Rip. To say that
Rip is a handful is a gross understatement but you could
accurately say that Rip is undoubtedly one of the stars of
SPRING FORWARD. Catherine Anderson's portrayal of a
miscreant beer drinking dog is at time hilarious and at
SPRING FORWARD is quite a story. Catherine Anderson once
again proves her prowess as a master storyteller. Between
Tuck and his shenanigans and Rip with his, Crystal and
Tanner have their hands full. But SPRING FORWARD is a love
story and so hold onto your hats while Catherine Anderson
wields her mighty pen to make that happen. Do you believe in
miracles? This amazing author actually proves that she does
-- and she fully believes in the power of love. Each
installment in the Mystic Creek series is independently
fabulous. But if you have the chance definitely put the
first three on your must-read list. Enjoy.
The New York Times bestselling author returns to
Mystic Creek, Oregon, with a story about finding an
unforgettable love just around the corner. . . .
When a favorite customer on his delivery route needs a
favor, Tanner Richards agrees to help without a second
thought. The last thing he expects is to face off against
the man’s spitfire granddaughter.
Crystal Malloy is near her breaking point. Her beloved
grandfather constantly skirts the rules at the retirement
center where he’s recovering from surgery. She’s caring for
his escape artist dog, even if it means abandoning her salon
customers, and she has no time for a romantic attraction to
the handsome new stranger.
After Tanner’s reassigned to Mystic Creek, Crystal can no
longer ignore how much she misjudged the man’s good
intentions. She has known too much sorrow to easily open her
heart, but she can’t deny that Tanner and his children could
gift her with a happiness beyond compare—if only she can
forgive herself for the past and accept that she’s deserving
of such a love.
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