On Ice by J.D. Faver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I just finished On Ice by J.D. Faver, about a woman, Rene, who runs from her abusive husband with her two children up to a tiny town in Alaska called Sad Horse.
Rene is hired as a teacher by a tall, bearded, Grizzly Adams type man who’s the love interest. The people there are warm and welcoming. Each one is a true character, which reminded me of Northern Exposure.
As Rene struggles to assist her children in adapting to this sleepy town, she can't help looking over her shoulder for her abuser. At the same time, the town's people seem to fold her into their arms.
Sad Horse seems to be made for Rene. This is where she is needed and accepted. She can't help comparing this life that she is making for herself with the isolated home her husband forced on her.
Unknown to Rene, her sister and her family are being harassed by her abusive husband, Mark. The sister can’t step a toe outside without coming face to face with the smirking Mark.
J.D. Faver does a great job of ramping up the tension. The husband eventually catches up to her, and the climax had my heart pounding.
The only negative about this book was the editing: Missing commas, dropped words, some telly phrases and slight POV shifts.
Even though the editing bothered me a bit, it still didn't take away from this engaging story and I found myself really rooting for the heroine.
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