Frozen Heart by Annabelle Blume
A decade surviving on her own. Three days with the enemy. Can love conquer all?
Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.
But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both the blizzard and the Affinity, makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?
Cressenda lives in the wilderness, alone apart from her two sled dogs, Tonk and Tilo. Every few months she makes the journey to the nearest settlement to trade for items she can’t make or find by herself. The journey is a dangerous one as she faces nature, animal predators and the reapers who track people like her who choose to live off the grid. Her latest trip is fraught with extra danger since she’s left it too late in the season. Winter approaches, she comes across a reaper and when she finally reaches the settlement things don’t go as she plans. If she’s not careful she’s going to end up in the system under Affinity control, and she’ll be forced to marry a strange man with no thought to love.
Frozen Heart is told in first person point of view.
Things I liked about this story:
1. The author hooked me straight in by putting Cressenda in danger and showing the reader how perilous her circumstances were living alone.
2. I sympathized with Cressenda’s plight and willed her to succeed. She was competent, brave, innovative, determined yet she is lonely for human company too. Her loneliness makes her vulnerable. She’s a good, well-drawn character.
3. It was easy to read and the writing pulled me forward.
4. Beckett, the hero is charming and protective and takes chances. He was perfect for Cressenda.
Things I didn’t like about this story:
1. I felt the resolution was predictable, but given the short length of the story this was inevitable. It will be interesting to learn if the author intends to write a follow up or other stories in this series.
Overall, I enjoyed Frozen Heart and will look for more from this author.
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This book was supplied by the author and Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an impartial review.