I first read a shorter version of this story in a novella collection titled Candy Cane Kisses, which featured novellas by several different authors. Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful was the first novella in the collection and was definitely my favorite of the group. However, when I heard that the author had released an extended edition of this story, I decided to purchase it because I was eager to know what details were added to the story. I am so glad that I did!
I am also very happy that I made the decision to purchase the Audible version to go along with the ebook. It was truly a wonderful audiobook! Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful was a joy to listen to. The narrator did a fabulous job with the various character voices. His reading of them was so believable! And the story…well, it was just perfect.
I felt like this edition gave me a real understanding of the way CJ and Hannah bonded during their time as smoke jumpers, as well as an even deeper look into the thoughts of these two characters. They both developed feelings for each other as time progressed, yet throughout the various parts of the story, CJ and Hannah battled tremendous doubts. Whether it was doubting their personal worthiness or whether the other could have any feelings for them, there was great emotional turmoil!
The details that were shared within the flashbacks were wonderful and I absolutely loved the epilogue! The author added this to the extended edition and it rounded out the story so nicely. I thorougly enjoyed this addition to the Montana Fire series, and recommend this book and all of the stories from the series.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
She kept him alive in his darkest hour…
CJ St. John never dreamed his epic summer as a smokejumper would end with a harrowing plane crash—one that crushed his pelvis and rendered him nearly an invalid. He wouldn’t have made it through the dark night of pain and danger without brave fellow smokejumper Hannah Butcher. In fact, if he were to admit it, he probably fell in love with her that night.
He gave her the courage to reach for her dreams…
Hannah Butcher had dreamed of being a smokejumper for years—but dreaming and doing are vastly different. During rookie camp, she would have given up if it hadn’t been for CJ St. John urging her on. She probably fell in love with him then—but especially when he held her hand and kept her calm during their terrifying survival.
A winter storm awakens their memories—and fears…
When Hannah discovers that CJ plans on skipping out on their mutual friends’ wedding, she knows he’s been lying to her about his recovery—and determines to give him the same stubborn encouragement he’s given her by forcing him to attend. But when a blizzard detours them, and worse, they’re run off the road, they’ll have to face their darkest fears to survive. A Christmas story about the miracles that happen when the weather outside becomes frightful.
Note: If you picked up this title in the Candy Cane Kisses Christmas Anthology, this is an extended version! Discover how CJ and Hannah fell in love…and continue their story after the storm is over!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I’m a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I’m an adventurer — having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that’s why my characters can’t sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another — they’re too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!