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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
When Samantha Taylor loses the last of her loved ones, she's certain she won't find happiness again. Her grandfather's will is read and she learns that he gave her the old cabin back in Misty Lake, Minnesota. Once determined to be rid of the place that holds so many memories, she finds she can't let it go. Sam quickly learns, however, that the place holds more past secrets than she believed as someone is intent on destroying her new home. The sheriff, Jake McCabe, finds himself drawn to Sam after their first unfortunate encounter. He's determined to keep her safe and learn more about her, for professional and personal reasons. As the attacks increase, Sam and Jake are only forced closer and Sam must question her views on life.
Misty Lake: Book One in the Misty Lake Series by Margaret Standafer was an absolutely wonderful whirlwind of a ride. I was sucked in quickly and just had to keep reading. The scenes were wonderfully crafted by the author and well written. The words jumped off the page and I could easily picture everything the author wanted me to see. The characters were so strong and lively but each had their own difficulties. The growing trust was wonderful to see and is something people outside fiction should learn. I thought I knew where Misty Lake was going but there were a few twists that had me stumbling, convinced I had missed something. I'm so excited to see where this series goes and happy to say that I have a new author to follow in Margaret Standafer!