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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,162 ratings  ·  295 reviews
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In an effort to survive an unthinkable predicament, a city girl returns to her small-town roots in this suspense-filled, tissues-required romance by USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson.

In the wake of her husband's tragic death, Lee is pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a dangerous loan shark wi
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Published April 12th 2011 (first published March 30th 2011)
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Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sara Gould
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
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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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
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
McGuffy Morris
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
May 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Marni Mann
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lynn Hill
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome story. I have never read this author before but I really like the way she writes.. she keeps you totally involved in the story. It is exciting and touching and tender. I will be reading the second book very soon. Thank you!
Christine Nolfi
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A poignant portrayal of loss expertly blended with redemption, renewal and the love that makes everything possible. If you enjoy contemporary women's fiction, Riversong won't disappoint.
Bambi Rathman
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Riversong is the first book of the River Valley series. I opened the book up and was into the story so quickly. This is a journey that took me on a ride that left me wanting more of Tess Thompson's story telling talent. She writes in such descriptive passages that it took me into the book and I felt like I was there. I like the way she can spin words into a visual like in this passage: "There was an undeniable energy between them, but he moved toward the attraction with the lightheartedness of t ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do you do when you have lost everything and have some very unsavory characters after you because of something someone else did? You return home and that’s exactly what Lee does. Heartbroken, scared and alone, Lee decides to refurbish her mother’s home and while she’s at it she better get a job too. Lee’s hometown is also looking to refurbish its image. With a wonderful cast of characters, can Lee finally find a place to be truly happy, never feel alone again and maybe find love?

Tess Thompso
Lee Tucker was not born with a silver spoon! Her grandparents died when she was young and her mother was an alcoholic who cared more about booze than Lee
Lee leaves town to make a better life , right before high school graduation, she gets herself through College and Wharton and earns herself her MBA and forms a successful business with her husband. Her husband committed suicide leaving her alone, pregnant and in debt to the wrong people.
Lee returns home to fix up her mothers house thinking she
Sally Mccoy
Nov 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed one of the author’s other books and so I bought this one. It has been a huge letdown. The story is contrived and predictable to the point of being trite. The characters are living in a small Oregon town and suddenly there are financial resources for building a high-end restaurant. I live in Oregon. It is not a wealthy state. A gourmet cook just happens to have car trouble and becomes the cook. The hero of the story is a perfect person. The heroine goes from having a small
Coffee with Lacey
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a series by Tess Thompson. She is again, one of the nicest authors I met back in February. Her demeanor fits the books. Very charming.Riversong has a cast that is very . . . Interesting, to say the least. A drunk, a feisty older lady neighbor, a handsome country crooner, a hippie-ish carpenter, a lonely single mother with a child who has a dirty mouth, a waitress you can see in a 50s diner that is a tough cookie, a drug addict/dealer, a quiet "chef in the making", and a ...more
Alisha Collins
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Riversong by Tess Thompson is the first book in the River Valley Series.
It starts out after Lee’s husband has committed suicide leaving Lee alone, pregnant and in debt for a million dollar loan that she had no idea he had borrowed from a loan shark. Desperate and scared Lee escapes to her old hometown to try to fix up her old family home to sell to try to raise the money to pay off the loan.
We get to enjoy watching Lee blossom into a confident business woman and fall in love during the story.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I actually stumbled upon the 2nd book in the series first (it was a free ebook) I hate when I do that! Because I enjoyed it so much I went and bought the series (I’m reading the 2nd book again).

Poor Lee and the life that she was dealt! Not to mention the loser that of a husband! Then Tommy comes along (my favorite part) and the rest is history or so they say. This story is totally relatable (not the loser husband part but other parts). Life can be so hard at times (for all of us) but Lee didn’t
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Nice Surprise

This is the first Tess Thompson, and the first kindle I have read. It's been a nice surprise. I had a hard time putting it down .Every time I started to take a break, something interesting would happen.
The characters are well developed, and very likeable (except the ones you're not supposed to like). I've already started looking for more by Tess. She's a gem!

Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
River Song is a story about returning home. Lee returns to River Valley to hide from a problem her husband created before he died. I love how Tess writes Lee's views of the town as a child, and how being an adult changes Lee's perspective on her home town. Lee and Tommy's love story is told but what stood out to me more was how lee becomes a part of the River Valley community.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll have to say at first this book was dragging. But as the story moved along I started to feel something for Lee. Started to feel sorry for her, as it seemed she got dealt a bad hand in life. But then things started to come around. All she needed was to trust herself and open up to new things. Glad things worked out for her. She really needed it.
Jenn Bentley
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on this book from the first page. Tess has a way of creating characters that you immediate become attached to and I’m so glad this is a series so I can read more about the “family” that is Riversong.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
What do all the characters on Riversong? They were all given a second chance to be happy.
The unexpected death of Lee's husband sends her running back to her hometown. She is forced to rebuild her life. After only a few weeks she must rely on those she now considers family to save her life!
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't finish it. half way thru I got bored and could figure out what was happening next.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
The most ridiculous storyline, the worst writing, cringeworthy dialogue...
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