Riversong by Tess Thompson
Book 1: The River Valley Collection
Publication Date: March 30, 2011 - 1st Publishing / January 15, 2013 - 2nd Publishing
Format: eBook - 278 pages / Kindle - 578 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
BUY THE BOOK: Riversong
Lee Tucker is the kind of woman you find yourself rooting for long after the last page is read. When her husband commits suicide, he leaves her pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a loan shark. Out of options, she escapes to her deceased mother's dilapidated house located in a small Oregon town that, like her, is financially ruined, heartbroken and in desperate need of a fresh start. Lee's resilience leads to a plan for a destination restaurant named Riversong, to new chances for passion and love, and to danger from her dead husband's debt as her business blooms.
A surprising mix of romance, humor, friendship, intrigue and gourmet food, Riversong entertains while reminding you of life's greatest gifts.
My Book Review:
Lee Tucker is a woman who has had her share of hard times growing up with an alcoholic mother, and as soon as she was able, she left her past behind for a new life in Seattle. Years later, just as she thinks she has found happiness as an adult, tragedy strikes. Her husband Dan, overwhelmed by the one million dollar debt that he has kept hidden from her, runs from the loan sharks and commits suicide. Dealing with the loss and the debt that Dan has left in his wake, Lee also realizes that she is pregnant. With no option left, Lee has no choice but to return to her childhood home of River Valley, a small town in Oregon. Lee's negligent mother has succumbed to alcoholism and has passed away, leaving behind a legacy of sorrow and a house in ruins. All Lee has is that house, she decides to fix the house up and sell it in order to pay off the debt. Lee's return to the small town she never felt comfortable in, now offers her a new start. Hoping to turn her life around, Lee accepts a job as the manager of Riversong, a struggling restaurant, and is determined to make the restaurant a success.
Riversong is a heartwarming tale about one woman's journey of second chances at coming home, rebuilding her life, and finding love and happiness.
In her debut novel, Tess Thompson has written a very entertaining novel that is full of lovable small town folk, friendship and love, it is a wonderful story of renewal and hope, with a heroine you can believe in. The story has a little bit of everything: there is romance, crime, intrigue, drama and suspense that keeps the reader turning the pages. The characters are realistic, they are ordinary people facing the same sets of circumstances in life that you may come across. The author gives the reader a gentle reminder that sometimes love is right there in front of your face, that family and friends are found in the most unlikely places, and you can go home again!
Riversong is a poignant portrayal of loss, hope, second chances, redemption, renewal, strong bonds of friendship, and the power of love that makes everything in life possible.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
Riverbend by Tess Thompson
Book 2: The River Valley Collection
Publication Date: May 19, 2013
Format: Paperback - 272 pages / Kindle - 496 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Romantic Suspense
BUY THE BOOK: Riverbend
“Tag. I found you.”
Just as Annie Bell’s reputation as one of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest grows to new heights, she receives a threatening phone call from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Marco is out on parole and hungry for revenge, blaming her for his ten-year imprisonment. Fearing for her life and that of her young son, Annie reluctantly accepts help from Drake Webber, a cold and wealthy recluse hiding a dark history of his own. Supported by the gang of misfits from their restaurant Riversong, Annie forges ahead despite her growing terror that Marco will appear at any moment and make good on his threats.
Author Tess Thompson reunites the colorful cast of endearing small-town characters from her bestselling novel Riversong and takes you on a journey that will renew your faith in love, friendship and the power of community – even in the face of seemingly insurmountable grief and fear. You’ll find yourself once again cheering for the residents of River Valley, especially the big-hearted and compassionate Annie Bell.
Escape with a blend of love, laughter, friendship, suspense and gourmet food while remembering it’s never too late for second chances.
My Book Review:
In Riverbend, the second book in The River Valley Collection, author Tess Thompson once again weaves an entertaining tale that transports the readers back to the small town of River Valley, Oregon, where they revisit with the unforgettable townsfolk and follow the story of Annie Bell.
The reader was introduced to Annie Bell in the first book of the collection, Riversong, where she is the gourmet chef at the restaurant. Now in this book, Annie's abusive past is catching up with her when the restaurant's success is in the media, drawing danger and drama her way.
With a continuity of characters (old and new) and subtle revisiting of the storyline from the first book, the author weaves an intriguing story filled with flashbacks to Annie's traumatic past with ex-boyfriend Marco, who resurfaces in an attempt to get revenge and destroy her new life. Annie sought to create a new life for herself and her ten year old son Alder in River Valley, now with their life in danger, she finds refuge and love with the mysterious wealthy recluse Drake Webber. Both Annie and Drake are hiding dark secrets from their pasts, and as their relationship develops, they slowly realize they are falling in love with one another. The story is filled with enough secrets, danger, suspense and romance that keeps the reader guessing and turning the pages.
Once again author Tess Thompson has written another heartwarming story filled with romance, secrets, drama and suspense that keeps the reader wanting more. Riverbend is a wonderful story of community, friendship, hope, love, and the ability to overcome even the most traumatic of life experiences.
Fans of The River Valley Collection will get another visit to this wonderful Oregon town with the story of Drake's sister Bella in the third book of the collection, Riverstar, that will be released on August 28, 2013!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
BUY THE COLLECTION: The River Valley Collection
Book 1: Riversong
Book 2: Riverbend
Book 3: Riverstar - (publication date: August 28, 2013)
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