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Blue Ridge Sunrise

(Blue Ridge #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,568 ratings  ·  297 reviews
Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town
Paperback, 323 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Thomas Nelson
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Denise Hunter No, I am not! I always go to the areas where I'm setting my books, however, to do my research. I stayed in Ellijay, Ga, and visited the surrounding…moreNo, I am not! I always go to the areas where I'm setting my books, however, to do my research. I stayed in Ellijay, Ga, and visited the surrounding communities, talking with locals, etc. I had previously visited the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina. (less)

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Oh, no. How hard is it to admit, "Hey, I sinned, and I have consequences for what I did"?? Instead Zoe spends much of the book pitying herself for the raw deal she got in life. She has a live-in boyfriend who's abusive and doesn't "value her as a person"....well, girl, if you toss yourself away on not one but two guys, without even asking for a ring first, he's not going to value you very highly. Easy come easy go in her case. No wonder he scoffs at her faith...and somehow she is supposed to ...more
Deanne Patterson
This book claims to be Christian fiction but it's not. With it's premarital sex and lack of faith elements it's just a contemporary fiction book. I simply could not warm up to or identify with the characters in this book especially delusional Kyle. I wanted to like it because I had been looking forward to it but unfortunately couldn't. Sweet little Gracie aka Bella now I liked her and the ending was a lot of tension which was pretty good as well. Overall though I couldn't make a good connection ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Always eager to dive into a new Denise Hunter novel, I'm sad to say this one missed the mark for me. Reunion romances are all well and good, and this one had all the usual sizzle and heat fans expect from Hunter, but I felt like Hunter already did this Safe Haven-esque plot -- and did it better -- in Falling Like Snowflakes. I just never really connected with or cared about Zoe or Cruz, never felt like I was really in their heads, experiencing the story right along with them.

More than that,
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am Denise's biggest cheerleader. I own every book she has ever penned. And every one of them or fabulous and always leave me wanting more. The only problem that I have is she does not write fast enough for me. With that said...

Blue Ridge did not disappoint it was a true Hunter book.

Well developed characters, Cruz, Kyle and Zoe are ones you will connect with they are so real.

You are never going to want to leave Copper Creek. But will Zoe want to leave is the question?

The plot is so well thought
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I checked this book out of the library to read because I have the second book, Honeysuckle Dreams, to review. I have previously read 2 of Hunter's books and enjoyed one and found the other okay. This book was definitely a disappointment, and it was a misnomer to label its genre as Christian Fiction. Thomas Nelson Publishing has apparently been trending toward more edgy content in their Christian Fiction. I don't need to have pushy or preachy in my Christian Fiction, but I do believe that the ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-read
Blue Ridge Sunrise is the start to Denise Hunter's new series and I have such conflicting thoughts about it. Not the series, just this particular story.

It started off so well and I thought I was going to love the book, but the redemption/forgiveness/repentance part of the story I kept hoping to see never really seemed to happen (or at least I didn't pick up on it). This really just felt like a clean-ish mainstream novel and if it wouldn't have been labeled Christian Fiction I probably would
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, I decided to throw my neatly ordered to-read list out the window and read Blue Ridge Sunrise way ahead of schedule. I simply couldn't resist the promise of a Denise Hunter romance or (let's face it) that cover.

Returning to her hometown and confronting her past was never on Zoe Collins' to-do list. But the death of her beloved grandmother has finally brought Zoe home, bringing along her young daughter and boyfriend Kyle. When Zoe discovers that her grandmother has left her a peach farm, Zoe
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I can’t think of a book that I have gone back and forth so much on as I did this book. For awhile I was really loving it. Then I was really annoyed at a turn of events. Then I loved it again. Then I was annoyed again. Then it picked up a little bit again at the end.

I was immediately drawn in to Zoe and Cruz and their second-chance romance storyline. As with most of Hunter’s leading ladies, I found Zoe kind of hard to
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Denise Hunter used to be one of my favorite authors, I've read every single one of her romances she's written over the years. I've heard that Thomas Nelson is becoming more edgy and that is apparent with the last few romances Ms. Hunter has put out.

Zoe is a wild child. The book starts when she's fifteen and she's got the stuff and is hot to trot. She has Cruz lusting after her, but he's her brother's best friend. When Brady goes off to college, Cruz promises to keep his eye on her... and he
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I'm from Georgia, so I could picuture the scenes and smell the peaches in the orchard. Loved the characters and the little bit of Nashville thrown in. Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the ARC.
Yvette - Bookworlder
The first in Denise Hunter's new Blue Ridge Romance series had me feeling a little off kilter as a reader. Somehow having what is usually a painful past that a character is looking to put behind them was more immediate than I've typically found in Christian fiction, resulting in a book that felt more like general women’s fiction with a few nods to faith thrown in.

While the portrayal and references to infidelity, pre-marital sex, pre-marital cohabitation were done in a way that is pretty
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and really liked Cruz and Zoe. I am looking forward to Brady and Hope's story next.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
From the cover I was expecting a fun, cute romance. Instead, "Blue Ridge Sunrise" by Denise Hunter is a romance with a lot of deeper issues being explored; such as family drama and dealing with past mistakes. The first half of the book is dealing more with Zoe, our main female protagonist, returning home and facing her past. Because of this there are flashbacks to Zoe’s past; a lot of which were bad decisions she had made. I didn’t enjoy the first half as much because there is more mature ...more
I seem to do this... buy one or two books of a series and read them out of order. I read Blue Ridge 2 and 3 earlier this year, so I figured I'd finish it off by reading the first one in the series since I enjoyed the others.

Well, this one? Not so much. I honestly felt uncomfortable all the way through it. So, so, so many things wrong.

And my fault for not going to reviews written by GR friends to see their thoughts. Totally forgot Hannah reviewed this. And now that I finished it, I looked back
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
One thing I love about Denise Hunter is she knows how to write books that get into the gritty parts of life that aren't so pretty. Her books bring out the not so pretty and the sometimes hopeless parts but she also shows how those not so pretty things can turn into beautiful things through love and faith. Hunter's books always feel like a journey that end in the best sort of satisfaction for me.

Cruz and Zoe have quite the history. It unfolds slowly throughout that book as the two try to navigate
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Blue Ridge Sunrise is the first book from Denise Hunter's whole new series, Blue Ridge Romance. I read this book in one sitting. I loved it so much, I did not want to put it down. I felt an instant connection to Zoe. I knew what she was going through - the heartache, past secrets and regrets. This is a wonderful story of forgiveness, letting go, and moving on, while in a beautiful setting.
I most definitely believe this is a must read and highly recommend it.
5 plus stars.
I received this book
Fiction Aficionado
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This was one of those reads that was just ‘okay’ for me, and I’ve had a little trouble putting my finger on the reasons why. Firstly, although I was generally sympathetic towards the heroine Zoe, I found it difficult to empathise with some of her decisions—or perhaps more to the point, to understand what motivated her to be strong in some circumstances, but weak in others. Secondly, I wasn’t convinced that Zoe had grown much in this area by the end of the book, as one of her poorest decisions ...more
Sadie VanderKodde
My rating system looks something like this:

5 stars: Holy cow. I can't breathe. That was amazing.
4 stars: I liked it. No complaints, but not heart-stopping.
3 stars: Good, but have some issues with it.
2 stars: Pretty bad.
1 star: Awful.

I think Blue Ridge Sunrise falls at about 3.5 with this rating scale. I liked the story and Cruz as a leading man. But Zoe was annoying and hard to root for. I'm also in agreement with many other reviewers that the faith elements in this book were very weak. I hate
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of Denise Hunter, but this one left me disappointed. Lots of non-Christian living taking place in this book by all the characters. God was there, but not really a major player. And the entire plot with the orchard and a barn and a fire... I feel like I've already read something extremely similar. I didn't dislike it enough to turn me away from Hunter, but definitely disappointed. *I received a complimentary copy of this book*
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! What a beautiful story... I was drawn in from the moment I started and couldn't put it down. There was so much more to this than just a love story. It touched deep places in my heart. Highly recommended.
Aug 09, 2017 added it
I really enjoyed this book. It has just the right amount of romance and suspense!
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Rating 3.5 Stars

The insecurities went core-deep and he wanted nothing more than to assure her of her value.

A good old fashioned love story with misunderstanding as the driving force. Zoe Collins has restless heart. She loves to sing and she is in love with Cruz Huntley. At 19 she runs away from home pregnant and singing with the band all over the country. Her manager and new boyfriend Kyle is now controlling her life. She is called home 5 years later after the death of her grandmother. Her
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Denise Hunter is one of my must-read authors. Her books routinely make my yearly "best books" lists, and I often stay up far too long while reading her books.

That's why I was so disappointed when her last book, Sweetbriar Cottage, didn't land for me. Of course, I still had hope for the books to come, and, thankfully, my hope wasn't misplaced, as Blue Ridge Sunrise is wonderful!

One of my favorite aspects of Hunter's novels is the chemistry between the main characters. In Blue Ridge Sunrise, Zoe
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rated, reviewed, georgia
Blue Ridge Sunrise is the first of the Blue Ridge Romance series but we did meet some of the characters in Sweetbriar Cottage. The story takes place in Cooper Creek, Georgia in the northern part of the state in the mountains. Like all small towns, everyone knows each other and there is the sense of community.
When Zoe Collins returns home for her grandmother's funeral, she had no idea that Granny would leave her peach orchard to Zoe. Zoe always loved the orchard and working during the harvest
I enjoyed this novel because I thought the author did a good job of creating several real characters and scenarios. You have the narcissistic, manipulative abuser and the single mom who had been putting up with a controlling man because he took "good" care of her and her daughter, which does happen. Also, in real life, even Christians have premarital sex or cohabitate, so I wasn't shocked about this. Besides our protagonist is only just coming back to herself; to her first love, a truly good ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
According to the other reviews I feel differently, as I feel this is a story of a prodigal daughter who is trying to get her life on track after foolish mistakes and risks taken. Is it it true to life...yes. Not everyone lives a Christian life from birth and have to find their way back to their roots and need love and understanding, not harsh holier than thou judgement. I loved this book and felt it was well written and realistic. I could identify with the abuse and how Zoe ...more
Denise Hershberger
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. full review to come release week.
Kara Linaburg
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Denise Hunter literally makes my heart swoon with her characters and plot and kisses and then inspires me as well.
I needed this reread in my life.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Denise Hunter is one talented author whose wonderfully descriptive prose immediately assaults the readers' senses as we journey to the foothills of Copper Creek, Georgia—with its fresh air, pine forests, the glorious aroma of hyacinths, and small hometown feel. After five years of being gone, Zoe Collins returns for her grandmother's funeral with her jerk of a boyfriend, Kyle, and I emphasize the word JERK! Cruz Huntley, Zoe's first love, notices her spunk and zest for life has dissipated and ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE Denise Hunter's books and her latest, Blue Ridge Sunrise, was no exception. It had everything I've come to expect from Denise Hunter...real life characters, an element of faith expertly woven into the story and character's lives, swoon worthy romance, and some surprises that will keep you wondering what's going to happen next. I enjoyed getting to know Zoe and Cruz and could almost taste the peaches.
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 30 novels, three of which have been made into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

Denise and her husband live in Indiana, where they raised three sons, and are currently

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