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My Way To You

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Having read a few books by this author, I was delighted to get to read the first book in a new series. I wasn’t disappointed, if anything this was far better than I had expected. A story of overcoming battles, by persevering no matter what is thrown at you. What made this story even more believe able is that the author disclosed that part of this story was based on some real life experiences. It’s been a while since I have read any books in this genre, so this made for a nice change, it is uplifting, and a pleasure.

This author just has a knack of writing believable characters, that draw you in, and you feel like they are your friends by the end of the book. You are rooting for them, they are likeable, relatable.

After her parents had died two years earlier,26 year old Parker Sinclair’s life changed dramatically, she had to leave school and her future plans to take care  of her younger sister Mallory and her brother Austin, as well as all the responsibilities of running a household. They live in California but when a wildfire nearly destroyed their family home. Parker worries about and obsesses over the threat of mudslides when the winter rain comes.

After the wildfire Parker meets Colin Hudson who is a supervisor of the public works department.. He devises a plan that should help calm some of Parker’s fears. From then on Colin and his men begin shoring up the land around her home. The problem is Parker is not used to relying on anyone for help. But it’s not long before a mutual attraction starts to flicker between Parker and Colin. But when the rains come and the mudslides are worse than they expected. Can Parker let Colin help her? 

The main focus of the story is on the struggles that Parker’s family face after the wildfires, and then the further disasters from the rain. It’s also about accepting help when it’s needed. Not being too proud to try and do it all alone. Parker is a strong independent woman, she has had to be, she takes no nonsense from anyone. Colin is a good guy.

At times this is heart pounding, with the action, the struggles faced from the weather, but a beautifully written plot, very descriptive prose, I can’t wait to read book number 2 now. 

I would like to thank #netgalley and #MontlakeRomance for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest fair and unbiased review.
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I enjoyed reading the first book to a new series. Seeing these characters come together and survive the devastation has you rooting for them.  I look forward to reading about the rest of the characters. They are all likable and you can relate to them. The only problem I had was I felt like the description of Mother Nature and the problems in the book was too much. While I love details I felt so lost at times . While I understand the importance of it to the book and the author I just felt it took away from the book.
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In Catherine Bybee’s new series, book one has given us a powerful story of one woman who has to keep her life together in the face of many challenges that come her way

Parker Sinclair has been living life that any one in their early ‘s would be doing, until tragedy struck and she was charged with raising her two younger siblings, giving up her education and finding a job that was not really to her liking but she had to put food on the table and pay the bills. She was doing okay until a new disaster struck and she tries to hold everything together. She is not one for asking for help, but sometimes you have to bit the bullet and let some in, or someone’s in. Parker is very strong willed, but County worker Colin Hudson is a fixer, and he tries his best to help Parker with all the challenges she is facing at the hand of Mother Nature. You can’t fight Mother Nature without help, but Parker is doing her best not to reply on the people who love her. 

Colin Hudson wants nothing more than to take the burdens from Parker Sinclair, but she fights him every step of the way. As they both struggle with their own challenges, the Hudson family comes into help. From Colin’s mom Nora to the new renter Erin of the guesthouse that Parker needed to help out with expenses, to the crew who work for Colin. As Parker struggles to be independent and not rely on others, especially Colin, all of these people who help, become special to Parker and Colin in particular. She finds that he gives her strength and how much she needs him to be her rock and show her that she can still be in charge of her life, but with the help of people who love her, she finds that she can still be the strong person she is, but that help is always around her from the man that will keep her safe from fires and floods no matter what because while Mother Nature rages outside, she is busy making sure that the powerful feelings that Parker and Colin have will result in love and a future together. 

Thank you Netgalley for giving me the chance to read and review this wonderful first book in this new series.  
I could not put this book down and I know the fans of Catherine Bybee are going to love it. I can’t wait to for the next book.  Bring it on!!!
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I had the privilege of reading an ARC of Catherine Bybee's My Way to You, the first book in her new Creek Canyon series for an honest review. I can honestly say that it was one of the most enjoyable books that I have read recently and I am honored that I was able to read an ARC of this amazing and personal story. My Way to You is a beautifully written story about perseverance and dealing with all of life's shortcomings. I loved every page and could not put it down! One of my favorite parts of the story was the author's note, where Catherine discloses her own real life experiences that lead to her writing such a personal story. I am truly in awe of Catherine for writing such an amazing personal story and her ability as an incredible storyteller. I love how Catherine develops her characters in such a way that you fall in love with them and care about them much like a good friend. My Way to You is the story of Parker Sinclair, who is the twenty-six year old guardian of her younger sister and brother and Colin Hudson, the supervisor of the public works department. Parker's parents died two years ago, she left school and her future, to return home to take care of her siblings and all the responsibilities of running a household. A California wildfire nearly destroy the family home, where Parker lives with her sister, Mallory and brother, Austin. After the wildfires, Parker obsesses over the threat of mudslides that could come with the winter rains. Colin Hudson meets with Parker after the wildfire and devises a plan to calm some of Parker's fears. Colin and his men spend weeks shoring up the land around her home. Parker is not used to relying on anyone for anything. It is hard for her to accept all the help that Colin offers. Before long, sparks are igniting between Parker and Colin. Then the rains come and the mudslides are worse than anyone anticipated. Parker has learned to make many life choices alone, it is hard for her to count on Colin to be there. My Way to You it filled with outstanding characters, wonderful descriptions of the landscape and the setting, and incredible plot twists. I loved Colin’s Mom, Nora, and the life lessons that she passed along to Parker. I felt like I was really related to her. I love that Catherine Bybee always writes about strong women. My Way to You is filled with the bittersweet and poignant moments, that I have come to love and expect in Catherine Bybee's books. My favorite line in the book is "Time for a new chapter". I love that Parker got her happily ever after even if she didn't even realize that she wanted one. Catherine introduced the characters for her next book in the series, Home to Me. Cannot wait to see how the romance between Parker's renter, Erin Fleming with all her secrets and fears, and Colin's brother Matt develops.
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First, I enjoyed this Bybee read. She is a talented author and that shines through here. It was haunting/devastating to learn, from a first-hand account, how ravaging the wild fires we hear about on the news are for the people living through them. I’m an east coast girl, so hurricanes, not wild fires are what I’ve seen and lived through. That being said, IMO this is a bit more women’s fiction than it is romance. I don’t generally like women’s fiction, I like a lot more romance and sexy times in my “for entertainment” reading. Also, I live a women’s fiction sort of life everyday so why read about it. I would only recommend My Way to You to readers who enjoy women’s fiction and/or prefer a 90:10 story to romance ratio.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Parker Sinclair has been struggling to keep everything together since the death her parents left her to bring up her brother and sister. She is relieved when their home is saved during the wildfire that sweeps through the region but is acutely aware that is has left the property at serious risk of flooding. Hope arrives in the form of Colin Hudson whose responsilibity is to try to prevent flooding from damaging the surrounding properties. This story describes the long hard slog that people in this position have gone through in recent times. Well written but a bit heavy going due to the subject matter. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this story. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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My Way To You is a very well written romance.  Great plot with believable characters. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series.  I received an arc from the publisher and Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
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I can't tell you how much I loved this book. A great beginning to a new series from Ms Bybee.  I couldn't put it down.  Parker a really strong woman had to grow up fast and take care of the sister and brother when their parents past. Colin is a public works supervisor.  He's trying to save Parker's property and neighborhood.  Colin really has to work for Parker's affection.  This book has it all. Drama, romance, lots of action. A fiction embellished on true facts.  Fascinating.
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5 Star Review My Way To You (Creek Canyon #1) by Catherine Bybee

I was excited when I learnt that Catherine Bybee had a new series releasing and although this book is a bit of a departure from previous books I have read by her,  as always the heroine of the story Parker Sinclair is a strong and resilient women. 

Parker’s life has not been easy, having to look after her younger siblings when her parents died, she never got to graduate college and has no real skills. To say that their lives have been difficult is a massive understatement and when faced with the latest blow, a fire that almost destroyed their home and a mudslide that might, she is at her wits end. Colin Hudson’s job as a public works supervisor is to protect property from further damage. His job is made harder by Parker who refuses to relinquish control. 

Colin is attracted to Parker, a woman he knows has been through so much and yet is determined not to give in. All he wants to do is help and protect her but it is hard going. My Way To You is a heartfelt story that is emotional and at times gut wrenching. It is also a sweet story about love and overcoming obstacles that life puts in your path and in doing so allowing oneself to open up to the possibility of finding love and happiness.

This book was well written, with characters who have flaws and are not afraid to show them, this story will get to you in many ways.
 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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This book should probably come with a disclaimer for Ms. Bybee's fans.  It isn't the anticipated romance that she is so gifted and famous for.  Although there is some romance in it, the story fits much more closely in the women's fiction genre. The reason is that the plot revolves around one woman's plight with saving her house, and her family against the fires and floods that hit her area and her home.

It's an extremely enlightening look at a subject that very few get the opportunity to be educated on but so many (especially in California) experience.  The writing is engaging and flows nicely with the author's lovely stamp of skill and warmth.  Because so much is focused on the disasters, preparing for, warding against and cleaning up after, however, the story tends to plod along at a slow pace at times.  At time, there really isn't a whole lot of plot outside of this focus which, while interesting,  creates an educational feel rather than a novel vibe.

Still, Ms. Bybee's gift comes through in her characters, wraps the reader into their lives and keeps one rooting for their success until that last page is turned with a sigh and a smile.
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I found this author through a friend and I'm so thankful!   This story is perfectly paced, interesting relationships and has a plot that I couldn't stop reading. How exciting to know yet again I love a Catherine Bybee book!!
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Catherine Bybee has well earned her spot on my favorite authors-to-read list.  I crave more to a story than just the couple getting together, and she delivers every time.  There was so much heart in My Way to You.  I just fell in love with all of these characters and the struggles they were going through.  

Parker Sinclair is one tough chic. I want to be her when I grow up.  Everything that she and her siblings have gone through would test the toughest of characters and she shined.  After reading this book, I feel incredibly lazy compared to her.  I feel like I need to get up and get to work because I admired her tenacity and her work ethic.  She was just an incredible heroine and I can't say enough about her.

Collin Hudson is the type of guy any woman would be lucky to have in their life.  His parents taught him right on how to treat others.  He was a mature, responsible man who just wanted to take care of those he loved.  He was exactly the right guy for Parker.  They may have butted heads a bit but it was just the right amount to show that these characters were flawed like the rest of us, but not too much to turn you off as a reader. 

There were also some pretty amazing side characters that I'm going to assume will eventually have their own book in the series.  All I can say is, I can't wait!  I loved this book and will be counting down the days for the next book in the series
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Catherine did not let me down.  I have enjoyed a couple of other of her books in the past and this just adds to the list!
Parker, having the responsibility of raising her younger siblings, feels that she can't rely on anyone but herself.  
So when wild fires almost destroy her home, she does not want the help of Colin, who is employed by the Public Works department, and is only doing his job.  Parker doesn't want or trust his help.  She feels that she must be responsible for everything.  She has trouble letting go and sharing any responsibility.
Through all the discord, they begin to see the merits of working together and begin to care for each other.
They will go through much before they can be together.
I highly recommend the purchase of this book.
Thank you Catherine Bybee, Montlake Romance and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest feedback.
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I absolutely adore Catherine Bybee and try to gobble up anything she writes.  

My Way to You is the first book in a new series.  Parker Sinclair hasn't had the easiest life and it takes a drastic turn when she becomes the guardian to her little brother and sister.  Her new priority is making sure her siblings are okay.   Her new situation gets worse when a wild fire almost takes out their home.  

Often we hear about the wild fires but we don't hear about the aftermath and all the things that come with it, like flooding. 

Colin Hudson’s job is a public works supervisor and in charge to help save the homes from the potential flooding could take out the homes near by.  Here he meets Parker Sinclair whom has the strength of a warrior and the heart to go with it.  

I adored Colin and Parker together and I liked the strength of Parker and her love for her siblings and wanting to keep her family together.  

This story had drama and not much suspension as her usual stories BUT there were some good hints of a suspense brewing behind the scenes Parker's friend.  

Can't wait for more from this author and this series. 

3.5 stars!
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There is no research better than first hand experience. From the beginning, the horrendous descriptions of the damage caused by first the massive fire & then the floods & mudslides felt personal. As you find out at the end of the story, the author lived through scenes similar to these. Only a brave & strong person could do it basically on their own. Parker was just such a woman. From having to leave college to come home & raise her brother & sister to doing everything she could to rescue their property, she never gave up. 

Colin was sent in to devise & execute a plan to keep the inevitable mudslides & torrential rain from washing everything that survived the fire away. It was his first time being in charge & he couldn’t believe his boss was handicapping him before he even started. Then he saw Parker. The attraction was instantaneous & overwhelming. He had to work slow to gain her trust & respect. 

This was a highly emotional, well written story. The author infused the heroine with such strength & character, she’s someone I’d love to know in real life. Every time something else happened, she’d get through it one minute, one hour, one day at a time. Those that didn’t listen to her because of her age, didn’t realize she’d been forced to mature beyond her years. Her beauty & personality shows through the mud & despair. Colin had to learn that she’d had only herself to depend on for years so it would take time for her to realize she had help. This isn’t strictly a romance but it’s more than just woman’s fiction.
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Extremely good book.  It was as if it was happening in reality as the main character deals with a wildfire, almost taking her home and property.  It reminded me of the fires in the West.    Parker has had enough dealing with the grief of losing her parents and taking on the task of raising her siblings.  A public works gentleman tries to help her but she throws up fences wanting to do it all herself.  Will she finally give in and realize she can't do it all alone and allow Colin into her life?   I wish to thank  NetGalley for giving me access to an ARC .  I enjoyed this book very much.
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I loved this book. Parker is a very strong and determined woman. She has been through so much in her life. She was going to school and living her life when her world as she new it came crumbling down around her. She goes home to take care of her brother and sister and then disaster strikes again. Through it all she stands tall and strong trying her hardest to keep everything together. Then Colin comes into her life. He was everything she needed even if she did not realize it right away. I love how Catherine Bybee wrote this story. I love the depth in which she wrote the characters. I could not put this book down once I picked it up. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. Thanks Net Galley.  I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This is the first book in a new series by Catherine Bybee - and she really writes great series! I’m a big fan of her writing though this book had a different feel from the usual series, with more of the focus on the setting of the California wildfires which had a character of it’s own. I did slightly miss the ‘sizzling romance’ being the main part of the book but the story felt more realistic for this and was a more mature read.
Saying that, I still loved the book and, as usual, the characters were brilliantly written. I can’t wait for the rest of the series, especially Erin’s story.
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Bybee does it again by creating a story with both heart and passion. With wildfires currently  raging in California, this book is particularly timely. Parker Sinclair takes over running the family home and raise her siblings after the death of her parents. This book is about the heroism of first responders as much as it is about the love of family and relationships.
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I received an advanced reader copy to leave an honest review of this book.  I have read most of Catherine's most recent works and have been pleased with all of them.  She has a great writing style, does her research and does a great job keeping the reader enjoyed.  I've always loved the plot lines and how she mixes a real story or drama with the romance.

This book follows Parker, a 26 year old down who is the sole caretaker of her two siblings and a 5 acre property, and Colin, a county public works supervisor.  Parker's put her life on hold after her parents died to care for her two older siblings; she also has to care for the house they all live in left by their parents.  When a California wildfire wipes out all the vegetation in the canyon around her house, her land becomes the only place the county can use to try to keep the rain and mudslides from taking out her neighbors farther down the wash.  In enters Colin, a young supervisor for the county who is overseeing the job of fixing the problem caused by the wildfires.  Slowly a relationship blooms between the two even though Parker is a bit oblivious at first.  The biggest obstacle they have is Colin wants Parker to trust and rely on him right away but Parker has been on her own and controlling everything for so long she doesn't know how to do that.  Once the rain starts to fall and the real action starts, they'll have to work together to save other homes, rely on each other and figure out how to make everything work.

Overall this was a great read.  I will say that I really enjoyed the book but at times I did have a hard time picturing how the property was laid out and how the culverts, wash, basins, etc. utilized by the county to stop the mudslides all looked.  Some things got a little confusing for me with that aspect as I just couldn't picture how it all worked.  But I really enjoyed the story and how everyone dealt with the aftermath of such a huge event.  

I also recommend reading the acknowledgment after the story.  It is really interesting to read how this affected the author and really puts in to perspective that even though this is a work of fiction, it mimics real life very closely.
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