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Riversong (River Valley #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,415 ratings  ·  260 reviews
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
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Published March 30th 2011 by Booktrope Editions
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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.

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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
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
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
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
McGuffy Morris
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
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
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
I liked this book well enough to read it twice - and I NEVER read a book twice!

Lee Tucker has had a miserably tough life. After practically having to raise herself because her mother was an alcoholic, she marries a man who commits suicide five years into their marriage. After her husband is dead Lee discovered that she was pregnant - a HUGE surprise since she and her husband had only had sex only one time in about a year! Lee is torn over whether or not to terminate this pregnancy until her hou
Samantha Martin
Riversong is an inspirational story that shows how one women can rise from her own ashes and find happiness among sorrow. Lee is a fierce heroine that everyone can relate to. She has faced so much sadness and despair. She is pregnant, recently widowed, and has nothing in the bank, but instead of wallowing, she picks yourself up, returns to her roots, and turns her life around.

This story shows the beauty of redemption, the power of friendship, and the healing power of love.
I spent a lot of time scratching my head over this one, both during the reading and trying to decide how to rate it. Based on the synposis it seemed to have great potential and in some respects it was quite good. However, there were so many implausible and illogical plot points. I mean, wouldn't you change your name if you were running from the mob?! Would you go back to your own hometown to 'hide'?! Additionally, while ebooks are notorious for bad editing, this one was over-the-top. If I were M ...more
Marni Mann
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.
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.
Hilary Grossman
Riversong is the type of book that you can completely get lost in…. I felt completely transported to the small, rural town that Lee once called home and returned to in her time of need. While I didn't love Lee (probably because she kept her feelings so bottled up as a form of self protection) I completely understood her and related to her. From the first glimmer into her early childhood I was rooting for her to find the peace and happiness she deserved. The supporting characters were amazing and ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Lee Tucker's life goes from ordinary to complicated when she learns she's pregnant right before her husband commits suicide and leaves her with a large debt to a loan shark. She goes back to her home town to try to raise the money to pay off the debt by helping open Riversong, an upscale restaurant.

Even before the story starts, you know Lee has a hard life. The book description clues you in right away. What it doesn't tell you is that Lee's hardships started way before her present situation. She
Samantha Janning
Lee Tucker is in disbelief after her husband commits suicide. The disbelief doesn’t just come from his death, but also what comes after the funeral. Turns out her husband had made a few deals, worth one million dollars in loans, and now the loan shark is after Lee to pay that money back. After Lee discovers she is pregnant, and in no way able to repay her husband’s debts right away, she flees to her mother’s house in a small Oregon town. Her hometown is filled with ugly memories, including an al ...more
Julie Burns
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River Valley – Book 1
Released: January 13, 2013


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
Jul 14, 2013 Trisha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance fans
Well, this technically is a romance I guess, 'cause it did have a happy ending. But the happy ending wasn't just between the romantic pair, it was between our main character and the entire town she moves home to. And also between her and Ellen.

I really really loved this book, actually, and in fact when I started reading it I found myself almost sitting upright in bed going "HEY! This is good writing!" Unfortunately it was marred a bit by some formatting issues. Mostly there were typos and I thin
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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!

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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
Wonderful debut! Coming from the Pacific Northwest this book interested me from the beginning. However, I could NOT put it down. Lee Tucker is a well developed character and very likable. You see a lot of yourself in her, well I did anyway.

Lee's husband commited suicide after their latest game wasn't working. When Lee learns that her husband owed someone a LARGE sum of money and they want it NOW, her best friend Linus helps her sneak out of town to the small town in Oregon where she grew up. She
Kara Prem
This was a free book I downloaded over a year ago, and finally read. The story catches your atteniton, but then has a tendancy to wander. Overall the book is worth the read and a nice story of second chances.

We're introduced to the main character Lee, at the end of her senior year in high school. She doesn't seem to have any friends, and her mother is a hopeless alcoholic. Lee has saved enough money to go to college to study art, and has a kind older neighbor who helps her get out of town and pr

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
Cynthia Harrison

Riversong by #1 Nook author Tess Hardwick plucked a chord deep in my fiction loving soul.

When tragedy struck her family, young Lee Tucker was left alone to care for herself and her alcoholic mother in rural Oregon. Lee, with the help of an elderly neighbor who believed in her talent and intelligence, pulled herself up from those tangled roots to become a successful businesswoman in Seattle. After a stint with Microsoft, she and her husband start their own company developing computer games for ex
Beth Cutwright
I totally immersed myself in reading Riversong and enjoyed it immensely. I liked most of the characters and was drawn into Lee's world completely. Maybe it was her childhood that gave her the inner strength and determination to press on toward being self sufficient and strong. She certainly had no support from her alcoholic mother during her long and lonesome journey toward adulthood. But returning to her hometown to restore and sell her mother's house was the best move she had ever made. Discov ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Janet marked it as gave-up
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Reviewed by Maria
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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
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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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
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
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Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright. She has a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California.

After some success as a playwright she decided to write a novel, a dream she’d held since childhood. She began working on her first novel, RIVERSONG while her second daughter was eight months old, writing during naptimes and weekends. She considers it a small miracle and the good-nature o
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