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Riversong (River Valley #1)

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Author Tess Thompson assembles a colorful cast of endearing small-town characters and takes you on a journey that will make you believe in the possibilities of life - even in the face of overwhelming adversity and unimaginable grief. 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 h ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published March 30th 2011 by Booktrope Editions
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Tamara
Jul 24, 2011 Tamara rated it did not like it
I was hoping for a story similiar to Home is Where the Heart is or Whistlestop Cafe and instead got an unbelievebale plot - the mafia wants her to payback her dead husband's million dollar loan for a start-up computer company but can't figure out that she might have fled to her home town? With no restuarant experience - she opens a fine dining restaurant in a destitute Oregon town and saves the town by becoming a tourist draw? Maybe I am just too cyncial to enjoy what was meant to be sweet story ...more
Sara Gould
Queriendo encontrarme una lectura fácil y entretenida, me topé de bruces con lo que necesitaba: novela light, previsible, tierna a ratos y con una protagonista para darla de comer aparte (y con un cantante mexicano maravilloso y muy sexy, también). Y vamos, lo que dice goodreads: it was ok. Ya está, no tiene más. Muy amena de leer, a ver si encuentro a buen precio el resto de libros de la saga para leerlos también.

(Seguro que el argumento os suena, es de telefilme de la 3 que no puede con su vid
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Donna
Feb 18, 2017 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Riversong, Tess, an amazingly beautiful story! I've always had a close relationship with my Savior and several people always come to me asking me questions and sometimes the " why does God allow things to happen" especially when it comes to grieving, And I can't always answer, but I always say " one things for sure, we'll have the answer when we get there" when Tommy told Lee "life isn't understandable, " only God understands and we have to wait until the end, where I ima ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I really wanted to like this book. I did. The premise was interesting, but once I got into it, I realized it was just a teensy bit far-fetched. What businesswoman in her right mind doesn't seek protection from law enforcement when she discovers her husband left her over a million dollars in debt to the mafia? And what businesswoman in her right mind "hides out" in her hometown? What criminal organization in the world can't find someone in their freaking place of birth?

I tried to set all of that
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Kathleen
Jul 22, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 p ...more
Ritesh
May 26, 2013 Ritesh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a good read, but nothing to get thrilled about or get goosebumps for. The flow of the story is medium paced, it does not get you on the edge of your seat nor does it make you bored of the whats happening. It does not grip you in to attention with what is going to happen, nor does it leave you discouraged to read further. There are no surprises or page turners in the story.

You know from the beginning that the Lee is going to go in to hiding to escape from thugs and you also know that
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Cocktails and Books
As a kid, I hated when an adult would always point out a morale to what every story I was engrossed in, whether it was TV or a book. When your nine, you really don't want your parents having the sex talk with your after watching an episode of Joanie Love Chachi. So now being the adult, I find myself doing the same damn things to my kids and asking them what they learned from that episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air or Sponge Bob. I cringe each time I do it, but sometimes you can't let those littl ...more
Lynelle Clark
What a wonderful story...I simply loved it.
It took me awhile to get to this book and with all that is going on in my life I couldn't spend so much time with it but when ever I had a moment I would read this delightful and inspiring story.
The author's well described story took you right into the pages and you could experience all the scenes, smells, colors and atmosphere with the main character.
The plot was heart warming, touching you deeply as you tag along with Lee as she tried to pull her life
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Jessica
Jul 01, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
This was one of those free (or incredibly cheap) Kindle downloads that had a promising plot description, so I decided why not?

Lee Tucker is left pregnant and broke after her husband kills himself. She owes about $700,000 to a loan shark (or rather, her husband did) - the kind that won't let you get away with not paying - so she escapes to her mother's run-down house in small-town Oregon. Hoping to refurbish the house and sell it, all while hiding from the loan shark, Lee doesn't anticipate the t
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McGuffy Morris
Jun 03, 2011 McGuffy Morris rated it it was amazing
Lee Tucker is a woman who has never had it easy, and never taken anything for granted. Even as a girl, she struggled with serious life issues, without parental support. As soon as she is able, she leaves her past behind for a new life in a new place.

Years later, just as she thinks she has found happiness as an adult, tragedy hits her again. Her husband, overwhelmed by debt he kept hidden from her, and running from loan sharks, commits suicide. Dealing with the loss and the debt he left in his wa
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Amy
Oct 07, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel leaves much to be desired.

To start, it is cheesy. Any romantic or emotional scenes are described in such a cheap way, I feel I can't relate to them at all. I actually skipped most of these. The author adds a lot of character description about 3/4 of the way through the novel, which to me seems like very poor structure. At a few points, Hardwick goes on for PAGES describing a character reminiscing or having an internal struggle. Once again - skipped. A few comments from other reviewers
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Heartofkenna
May 01, 2012 Heartofkenna rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: the optimistic romance-loving sort
Shelves: 2012
This book was alright, it was a little slow and forgettable but still moderately enjoyable. There were times I felt interested in what was happening but I didn't get that need-to-know feeling that an amazing book gives. (view spoiler) ...more
Kristi Cramer
If I suspend my disbelief for all the far-fetched elements of the story, which I pretty much could while I was reading it (it only caught up with me if I stopped to think about details), I can say I enjoyed the story. It was kind of like reading a fairy tale with an element of suspense.

It was a little heavy on the details for me - in a suspense story, I don't care about dewdrops on daisies, and that is my major complaint. The story just moved too slowly.

I was on the fence about Lee. I could ki
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Marni Mann
Apr 20, 2011 Marni Mann rated it it was amazing
Tess Hardwick's novel, Riversong, is a beautiful story about love, struggles, empowerment, and redemption. I instantly fell in love with the characters, the small town charm, the gripping plot, and the details so well described, I felt as if I was watching a movie. I look forward to reading her next novel and secretly hope, it's the sequel to Riversong.
Kristine
Apr 22, 2012 Kristine rated it did not like it
No idea how I ended up reading this book. Pretty terrible all around; quite honestly I hated almost every main character and somehow managed to develop zero sympathy for any of them in the tragic messes that were their lives. Also, there were a number of blatant typos. Wish I hadn't read it, but at least I didn't pay for it I guess.
Alison Scheppel
Feb 12, 2017 Alison Scheppel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a happy book. Easy reading and likeable characters. Can't wait to tackle Riverbend.
Isi
Feb 04, 2013 Isi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I picked up this book because I needed something easy and happy to read during the exam period. I read the first pages and I knew it was what I was looking for, and I also have to say romance is one of my favorite genres.

In the prologue we meet Lee Tucker, an eighteen-year-old girl who is looking forward to the end of the summer to leave her little village in Oregon and her alcoholic mother and go to the city to study art.

Just in the next chapter sixteen years has passed, Lee is pregnant and her
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Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* .
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Riversong is book one in the River Valley series and is a Contemporary Romance written by Tess Thompson. I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review through Tasty Book Tours .

3.5 Small Town Stars!
Lovely Little Romance About Starting Over and Second Chances!

The Review:
I had a hard deciding on a rating this one. It was charming and cute with loveable characters and a nice story yet it folded in on itself a bit. I love c
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Christina  Torretta
I love Tess Thompson’s writing. She has a way with words that just pulls you into the story and grips you until you are so involved that there is no way to close the book. Or in my case turn off my Kindle. Her writing is very eloquent.

She would gaze at the stars until the night’s vast sky enveloped her and she became a star herself and was at peace in that moment of connection to teh largeness of the universe. but today it did not comfort her. Today, it amplified her feelings of isolatino from
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Julie Burns
Read for Readingcafé ......

Riversong
River Valley – Book 1
Released: January 13, 2013

Description:

Author Tess Thompson assembles a colorful cast of endearing small-town characters and takes you on a journey that will make you believe in the possibilities of life – even in the face of overwhelming adversity and unimaginable grief.

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
...more
Gaele
Sep 14, 2013 Gaele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I have had this title on my kindle for a while, in fact I purchased it over a year ago, and just never got that far down my pile of ‘my own reads’. But, when the opportunity to read this book for a tour appeared, I was still intrigued.

From the title I purchased, to the one I was given for review, many of the grammatical and punctuation errors were addressed: far better than some complaints I have seen, while still not a completely clean copy. Fortunately, the glaring issues were mostly few and
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Pam
Oct 01, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lee Tucker grew up in a small town with an agoraphobic drunk for a mother. Anxious to leave her house, Lee takes off for college early and heads to Seattle, following her dream to become an artist. Fast forward; Lee is now in her thirties and her husband just committed suicide. Turns out he secretly borrowed money from a loan shark and saw no way out; now that loan shark is coming after Lee for his money, money that she doesn’t have. To top it all off, Lee just found out that she is pregnant, so ...more
Noemi Betancourt
Jul 04, 2013 Noemi Betancourt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stacy Sabala
Oct 11, 2013 Stacy Sabala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review- Riversong by Tess Thompson

This is book one in the River series. We are introduced to Lee the main character. Lee grew up in River Valley with her alcoholic mother. She was a lonely child and an outcast as a teenager. She constantly had to care for her mother and never knew what her mother’s mood would be like. She lived in a constant state of chaos. She believed that if she survived until she was eighteen, she would leave and go to art school never looking back.
Her neighbor, Ellen,
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Romancing the Book
Jul 30, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog
Reviewed by Maria
Review Copy Provided by Contest Win

A powerful piece of survival fiction, this evokes the feel of a rural American town.

Lee Johnson nee Tucker couldn’t have found herself in a worse place. Her husband just committed suicide leaving her to face a ruined business, a heap of debt and a loan shark. Oh and did I mention the unplanned pregnancy? A practical woman, who came out of the backwoods of rural Oregon to entrepreneurship in big city Seattle, s
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Ginny  Gallagher
Jun 11, 2013 Ginny Gallagher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Original Review posted on Gin's Book Notes 7/1/13 http://ginsbooknotes.com***
I believe that Tess Thompson does a beautiful job of telling a story of perseverance, hope, healing, community, and love in her first book in the River Valley series, Riversong.

Her main character, Lee Tucker, was an only child raised by an alcoholic mother in the small town of River Valley, Oregon. She was forced to take on adult responsibilities and never really enjoyed her life. At 17 she is offered a college art s
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ChristineStraut
Dec 18, 2016 ChristineStraut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story line with a happy ending.

I gave a four star rating because it was a little predictable. The unexpected dilemma Lee finds herself in and the lessons in love and trust she learns will touch your heart.
Zili

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn't sure what to expect before I started reading Riversong - but after a few pages I was instantly drawn to Lee and her suffering. She suffers in silence as a child/teenager and never asks for help. Lee has fallen into the role of outsider. When the story picks up years later Lee finds herself in a whole heap of trouble.

Riversong is about perceptions and relationships. Tess Thompson very cleverly analyses
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Denise
Jun 19, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
Riversong
by Tess Hardwick (Goodreads Author)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Author Tess Hardwick assembles a colorful cast of endearing small-town characters and takes you on a journey that will make you believe in the possibilities of life - even in the face of overwhelming adversity and unimaginable grief.

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 shar
...more
Jennifer
Sep 07, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me qualify my review by saying that it is a 4 1/2 star rating. This as I didn't love it but I didn't just like it!

Why did I not love it, i'm not really sure to be honest but there was something just holding me back from going 'oh, wow'. It may be the, on occasions, preachy attitude about god. Now don't get me wrong, I have my own religious beliefs but find them out of place in books, I don't know why, but would like to say that this is purely my own view point on this. I would also like to s
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Tess Thompson is a bestselling novelist of romantic suspense. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. Recently she’s participated in obstacle course races, the hardest of which was the Spartan Beast in Sun Peaks, British Columbia. It was an awful experience that will soon be included in a novel. There was running. And climbing
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