The Silent Woodsman by Cat Treadgold is the first book in the Olympic Peninsula series and a heart-pounding romance that will have readers on the edge of their seats as they read in anticipation for what happens next. A book that is hard to put down because it is emotional intense and suspenseful.
This novel follows two complex characters who meet in a remote cabin during a thunderstorm. Ali Ryan doesn't believe that her twin brother, Liam, actually died in a bombing in another country. She can still sense him. She wants to understand what is happening to him. Hiking through the Hoh Rain Forest in the Pacific Northwest, she gets lost during a thunderstorm and weary, she falls at the door of a cabin in the heart of the forest. She notices that the cabin is occupied by Joe Bob Blade, a burgeoning icon in country music and a beautiful man recovering from vocal cord surgery — but she has no idea who he really is and Joe keeps it that way. They only communicate through writing as Joe is forbidden to utter a word. The sparks take off as they spend more time together, but Joe resists. When they return back to the civilized world and apart, they are unable to forget the two days they spent together. By writing a song to find Ali — which becomes a top hit — can Joe succeed to connect with the woman who walks his thoughts indifferently?
The Silent Woodsman is a fascinating tale that brims with charm and Treadgold has the extraordinary ability to infuse life into the setting, creating imagery that is rich and a culture that creates nostalgia in readers. The characters are complex and adorable. Each of the main characters deals with a sophisticated situation. Joe is recovering from a surgery and feeling inadequate, unable to use the one gift that makes him come alive — his voice. Ali is confused about the destiny of her twin brother. The attraction between the two characters is deftly handled and it forces readers to keep on turning the pages. There is so much to relate and the story's emotional depth makes it a success and a great read for any fan.