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Riverbend (The Riverbend Trilogy #1)

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Nestled deep in Northwest Pennsylvania, amongst the thick forest of the Allegheny Mountains, is a quiet community named Kennerdell. The area is rich in Native American and European settlement history with few inhabitants and a charming culture. Growing up there was simple for 22 year old Lena Woodruff, full of happy memories and long, playful summer days spent by the ...more
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Published October 5th 2012 by Andrea Goodson Books
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Jonel Boyko
Jan 12, 2013 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing
Ok, so I definitely did not leave my chair once while reading this novel. It was brilliant. I fully admit that I spent the 1st chapter wondering “what the hell happened in the past” but the rest of the book kept me captivated within its pages. Goodson has a way with words and manages to work mystery and intrigue into her work without it becoming apparent.

The descriptions and settings in this novel are great. They are real places that you feel like you could visit, or have visited. She uses her
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Ruby Chua
Feb 21, 2013 Ruby Chua rated it it was amazing
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This book is a great page turner that I completed within a day. The story started with Lena coming back home and revisit sorrows that she kept within her for years. I like that the story was direct with sufficient details, especially on the character development without feeling draggy. Even though the ending is a cliff hanger, I am still looking forward to the next book to read about Lena's adventure!
Maria's Book Blog
May 23, 2013 Maria's Book Blog rated it really liked it
Typically I like to provide my own mini summary of a book when doing a review, but in this case I feel the synopsis provided is more than enough so I'll just get right to the point.

The first chapter was extremely intriguing and had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was causing all of Lena's pain and inner turmoil over going back home. She was obviously torn up over some horrific tragedy. I have to admit I kind of expected it to be over something other than the loss of her father. N
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Donna Porter
Sep 28, 2013 Donna Porter rated it really liked it
This was a good book, although I can honestly say it is not the type I usually read. I am glad I took the time to read this set. It centers on Lena and Will and the fact that they love history. Lena's father was into Indian history and was researching something he found when he died. Lena left home and didn't come back for two years, when she did she still couldn't get over the fact that her father was gone. She stayed with her mom, Mary, and her sister, Gabby. Lena soons learns that her father ...more
Cheyanne
Feb 04, 2013 Cheyanne rated it it was ok
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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was intrigued by the synopsis of the book. It looked to have great potential, but I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed with the story. Editing errors aside, I found the book to be a little slow for my taste. It felt like the entire book was all setup with very little action or climax. It seemed like part of a much longer story that got cut off before it ever went anywhere. (It is part of a trilogy so perhaps that’s ...more
Stacy
Aug 23, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
I have been stuck in a paranormal rut for a bit and was glad to have the chance to break it with this book. While there are some grammatical issues, I prefer to judge a book on content.

It took a minute for me to really get into it. But, I understand the need to really feel what Lena is going through. Her anxiety about returning to a place she was trying to escape. When I found out why she was struggling with returning to the place she grew up, I could relate and the book took off for me from th
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Ann Fabrizio
Jan 03, 2013 Ann Fabrizio rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read by a debut author! The author has developed her characters just enough in this first book in a trilogy that it leaves the reader craving more. She deals with the issues of grief and loss of a loved one, allowing her readers to truly feel the pain her main character has endured. The author has worked hard to incorporate regional history into her story and has created a setting that is ripe for the mystery and suspense that her character finds herself involved in. All in ...more
Kayla
May 07, 2013 Kayla rated it really liked it
Riverbend is a story about a broken girl who had left her hometown and is finally returning. Unbeknownst to Lena, this marks the beginning of her journey on piecing her broken life back together. Of course there is a yummy love interest, Lena's best friend Will. This book built the characters and really helps the reader develop a sympathy for each of the characters. Andrea Goodson really created a story that was worth reading!
Karen Hartman
Mar 04, 2013 Karen Hartman rated it it was amazing
Didn't understand at first why Lena was so reluctant to return home, but as the story unfolded, it became clear. Very quick read...the closer I got to the end, the quicker it went. I immediately downloaded Rapid Water to see what happens next. Thank you, Andrea, for a very riveting story!
Natalie Townson
Mar 10, 2013 Natalie Townson rated it it was amazing
this was a really great story, i really reccomend it, i cannt wait for book two i have downloaded it just need to strat it
Sabrina Olteanu
Nov 21, 2012 Sabrina Olteanu rated it it was amazing
The story starts with Lena Woodruff,a girl who lives in southern Georgia, and now has to deal with some truly hard problems. She managed to escape, to hide for two years from her problems, but now Lena has to face the people she missed but at the same time couldn't bear the sight off, she has to go back home in Cleveland. She has to tell the truth to her family. But there is a silver lightening there, she get’s to see Will, her best friend who really knows her and makes her see the reality of ...more
Linda
Aug 23, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
A couple of other folks have pretty much summed this up for me so given I hate to be redundant, this is probably going to be short.

The story has lots of potential, but the build up was a little slow. I love the historical aspects of the story. I'm not a huge history buff, but I do love reading about Native American history and adding in a mystery to boot just made the story more interesting for me. However, although I read this book fairly quickly, I did get a bit bogged down in Lena and her emo
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Justine
Oct 09, 2013 Justine rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Riverbend was week 11's read in the Sweet Sixteen Summer Splash Reading Challenge.
I initially had a hard time getting into this book. I felt like the beginning of the book had a lot of information to give the reader but it could have happened in a more exciting way. I enjoyed the historical aspects In the novel and I found them to be very informative. This book was very short and because of the slow start I had spent more time on it then I had wanted.
The characters are good. I feel like
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Sharilyn Dickerson
Oct 25, 2016 Sharilyn Dickerson rated it liked it
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I personally had a hard time reading this book in the beginning. I'm not a big history person and at times I felt like I was sitting back in my history class in high school. Most of the book was written with the character's thoughts. There wasn't a lot of interaction with other characters. The book was really short and the ending seemed to just cut off. I know it is the first book of a trilogy and I am hoping that the next book picks up steam. The main characters Lena and Will were very likeable ...more
Babus
May 26, 2013 Babus rated it really liked it
Lena has a secret and she is afraid to tell her family. She feels like she has disappointed them so many times that telling them she flunked out of college nearly 2 years ago seems like the ultimate betrayal. She returns home to Pennsylvania to spend time with the family and reveal her secret. While she is there, she reunites with her best friend, Will. What happens next is part mystery, part re-discovery of her past. She also finds herself finishing some of the research her father started. This ...more
Belinda
Aug 15, 2013 Belinda rated it it was amazing
Riverbend is the story about a broken girl who has left her hometown and is finally returning after being away for several years. Unknown to Lena, this is the beginning of her journey to piece her life back together. There is a yummy love interest in Lena's best friend from childhood - Will. This book builds characters and really helps the reader develop a caring for all of the characters. Would definitely recommend this book as a must read! Can't wait to read the next in this series
Andrea Goodson
Nov 15, 2012 Andrea Goodson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 31, 2015 Fiona Wilson rated it really liked it
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A bit short for my liking, and too much description before actually getting to the nitty gritty of the story. I am intrigued though to see where this story goes. What is the mystery her father uncovered before he died, and why is it so important. Straight on to book 2 for some answers, I hope
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The Riverbend Trilogy (4 books)
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  • Waking Tide
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