Steady as the Snow Falls…
Hired by a stranger to write his life story, Beth Lambert arrives at a seemingly abandoned house in the hills near her hometown. She knows the rumors, she knows it is dangerous and unwise. But she needs the money. And she needs to prove that it isn’t a mistake to think she can make a career out of a dream.
Inside the house of emptiness and coldness, she finds a man with curt words and haunted eyes. He is eccentric, odd. Brutish, even. He scares her, and he intrigues her. When she learns who he is, she wants to run. But there is the money, and there is the dream, and eventually, there is simply Harrison Caldwell. The haunted man with the black, ugly truth.
Steady as the Snow Falls was a heartfelt and relevant story, exploring a topic that is not often put into the spotlight in any novel, much less a romance. Told from the perspective of Beth, a young woman trying hard to move on with her life and take back control of it, this story unfolds gently, and for this it was a winner for me. I have read some criticisms of this book that stated it took too long for the romance to develop. I disagree. The timing was perfect. If you actually consider that the romance was not the point, but the result, then the timing takes on a new significance. To me, the authenticity of the story would have been challenged had the author rushed on this. The build-up was wrought with some beautiful moments, and on a whole, this was a very emotional read sprinkled with gorgeous prose and vivid descriptive language.
The other aspect of the story, Beth’s ex-boyfriend Ozzy and his relentless and insidious stalking of her, was also handled well. Too often a line is crossed but not crossed enough in a stalking situation. The author depicted Beth’s fear and helplessness so well, along with the arrogance of Ozzy, a man who truly believed he was entitled to do whatever he felt like at any time that suited him.
With a good ending that I struggled not to cry over and some rather thought provoking material to contemplate throughout, Steady as the Snow Falls is a great read that I recommend highly. Well done to Lindy Zart, I will be looking out for more of her books.