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Deep River Promise

(Alaska Homecoming #2)

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Welcome to Deep River, Alaska

Damon Fitzgerald's only desire is to get back to LA and out of the tiny Alaskan town he's somehow inherited. But first he has to keep a promise he made to his old army buddy and look out for his friend's son. That would be a whole lot easier if the kid's mother wasn't the mayor of Deep River...

Astrid James didn't ask to be mayor of Deep River b
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Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 30th 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Maria
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
4.5 stars.
“Deep River Promise”, by Jackie Ashenden (Sourcebooks Casablanca), is a fabulous, well written story about second chances, with wonderful multidimensional characters.
Damon is protective and tender, kind and decent; he has some alpha tendencies but not over the top, he just balances the right amount of virility, confidence, wittiness and smartness with a surprisingly gentleness and sensitivity (he’s amazing dealing with teenag
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Donna Repsher
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Deep River Promise is the second novel is Jackie Ashenden's Alaska Homecoming series, and having enjoyed the first book in the series, I was eager to read this one too. As always with Ms. Ashenden's books, this was a well-written, deeply emotional romance that draws the reader in, not only to the story and its well-defined characters, but to the fragile and harsh beauty of the setting as well. Although this novel can be read as a standalone, I will strongly suggest that you read the first novel ...more
Sandy S
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
DEEP RIVER PROMISE is the second instalment in Jackie Ashenden’s contemporary, adult ALASKA HOMECOMING romance series focusing on three friends who inherited the small town of Deep River, Alaska when their best friend died in a place crash. This is bush pilot Damon Fitzgerald, and Deep River Mayor and librarian Astrid James’ story line. DEEP RIVER PROMISE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalment is revealed where necessary.

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Susan in Perthshire
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read the first in the series and thoroughly enjoyed it, and the second, (Damon and Astrid’s story), is even better.

Whilst I imagine this can be read as a standalone, I found that the knowledge I picked up from book 1 gave me a greater understanding of the problems the residents of Deep River were experiencing.

Damon and Astrid were beautifully drawn characters, both with tragic pasts which influenced their behaviour now. Connor, Astrid’s son was an equally well drawn character and getting to
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Darcy
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, e-book, romance
This one starts out a bit slow, but builds from there. Damon settles into Deep River for a few days to help Silas with their inheritance, but he also has a secret that Cal left for him to take care of, looking after his son. Things get a bit sticky for Damon as he bonds with Connor and gets to know Astrid and a couple days becomes a couple more, and a couple more. In the meantime Damon helps the town as they find their footing going forward with the new owners and by the end realizes all that he ...more
Anna
Mar 19, 2021 added it
A sweet and pretty steamy small-town romance set in Alaska, with a “city boy” in contrast to a lot of other Alaskan romances I have read. Our main couple comes from two different pasts tragic and hard in different ways and strikes up an instant connection. Our main heroine is a single parent, and her fifteen-year-old kid is also a main character of the storyline. The main storyline of the book is around the small town and how to lure more tourists there to make the town more money and confrontin ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it
awww. its a heartbreaking emotional story.. But as we know with Jackie we always get some off the charts hotness and chemistry that will help with the tears.



rcvd an arc at no cost to author..(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
Bobbie
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series about a small village in Alaska, and I did read the first book. To me, It was an ok read, but I didn’t really feel invested in the characters until close to the end of that book. However, this was a totally different read for me. The characters jumped out of the page from the first and by the time we got to the HEA, I was not only thoroughly invested in Damon, Astrid, and Connor, but in all the people of Deep River, as well as wanting to see what would happ ...more
Vikki Vaught
Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the electronic copy of Deep River Promise by Jackie Ashenden. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this book prior to publication. My opinions are my own and nothing has influenced my rating.

Deep River Promise is a well written romance novel with engaging characters and an emotionally charged plot. The pacing pulled me in from the opening scene and kept me enmeshed until the last. After all, how does one resist a nude male on a balcony!

Astrid Jame
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Barbara Powell
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet, well written and not overly cheesy story about finding love when you least expect it and second chances to get things right.
Damon is a good man. Kind, decent, confident, and maybe a tad overprotective but in a good way lol. He comes to Deep River after his best friend dies and in his will asks him to take care of some things that he left unfinished. So Damon heads to deep river to handle the things with every intention of going back to his life and his mother in LA, who is str
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Shirley Frances
Damon and Astrid's story was a sweet, emotional yet steamy small-town romance. I enjoyed the range of emotions the author bright to the page and mix of elements that made up the story. Unfortunately, I didn't know this was the second book in a series so I felt a little bit lost in the beginning and like a missed an important part of the story. However, as the story progressed the author explained everything that had happened previously.

Both Damon and Astrid were great characters to get to know.
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Paula
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Alaska Homecoming by Jackie Ashenden so I was looking forward to reading Deep River Promise. It did not disappoint. The ending of the first book heavily hinted where the next book was headed with Damon Fitzgerald. It is not so much of a homecoming for him as it becomes finding home.

Deep River is as unique an Alaskan town as the people who live there are. Damon has no idea what he is facing as he arrives there. For his part, he does adapt with grace and
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Viper Spaulding
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a deeply moving story!

Damon has a promise to keep, even if it's twisting him every which way but loose. He needs to make sure that his late friend's son, Connor, is doing well, but Damon never counted on the intense attraction he'd share with Connor's mother, Astrid.

Both Damon and Astrid have secrets to hide and tragedies to get past, and I loved their sensual, emotionally-charged journey to their HEA. The writing is so beautiful, so vivid, you almost feel like you can visit Deep River on
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Wendy Loomes
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing heartfelt romance!

Jackie has done it again with the second instalment in This series. I loved this book and it only adds to the magic in Derp River. Damon is handsome, strong, alpha, closed off emotionally but deep down has a heart of gold and a willingness to care for others. He’s in Deep River to fulfil a promise, a promise he thinks can be taken care of quickly without any need to be really involved. Little does he know.
Astrid is a single mother who knows what she needs to do to take
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Kathleen Gray
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Astrid more or less fled with her son Connor to the small Alaskan town of Deep River but now, five years later, she's more or less the single person keeping it alive. Caleb, whose family owned the land, dies, tragically in a plane crash but he's left the property to Damon, Zeke, and Silas, his partners in an aviation firm. Damon, whose own child died years ago, had promised Caleb he would keep an eye on Astrid and now he's fulfilling that. These two don't get along well to start- Astrid sees Dam ...more
Lyndsey
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
*** I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***

I love Alaska romances! This is the first book that I have read by Jackie Ashenden, and I don't think it'll be the last. The plot of this book feels like it would be one of a historical romance (but it's set in present times): town in trouble, group of alpha male heroes, and beautiful single mother in distress. The book follows Damon and Astrid (and her son Conner) as they work together to save Deep River. There
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Penny Leidecker
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Alaska Homecoming series and it’s centered around Astrid, the mayor of Deep River, Alaska and Damon, one of the men Caleb had left the town to in his will. Damon comes to town to try to get out of Wild Alaska Aviation that Silas, Damon, Caleb, and Zeke started, when they left the military, and to give his ownership of the town back to Silas. Astrid has a secret, but Damon knows what it is. What is going to happen and will Damon find love like Silas did with Hope? N ...more
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Having loved the first book in this series, I was excited to read Damon and Astrid’s story. It’s a very satisfying, deeply emotional and at times profound story. Damon and Astrid have both suffered heartache and loss and are afraid to trust each other. Their chemistry just jumps off the page and there is almost an inevitability in the way they are drawn to one another. The underlying message, about the nature of love, is really quite beautiful and I found myself going back to reread and think ab ...more
Claudia Hecht
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing read

Just WOW!

I could not put this down once I started it, as Jackie's books tend to grab hold of you from the first few pages! And this one is no different. I was lost in Alaska all day.

Damon and Astrid are written so well that I felt like I was right there with them, listening to their words in person.
Several times I caught my breath at the perfect images conjured in these chapters. This is so well crafted and I enjoyed this one immensely. Damon's pain was tangible and so raw.
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Bette Hansen
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. As with all of Jackie Ashenden's books it is very well written with captivating characters and a storyline that grabs your attention from the very first page. The story takes place in a small Alaskan town with Damon working hard to get out of town as soon as possible and Astrid embracing her new home town with all she has. Obviously their attraction makes things difficult but are they willing to take a chance?? You will want to grab a copy and see. I highly recomme ...more
Lisa H
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Northern Exposure meets Hallmark

I found I rather liked Deep River Promise. Set in a small town in Alaska, Damon is so desperate to ditch and go back to LA. Astrid is the mayor with her son, Connor.
I liked how they had real problems and issues to deal with (Damon's aging mother, Caleb, Astrid's husband's death and her son Connor).

I feel like Jackie has found a fresh voice in this series (hey, I was an early reader) and found a niche that is just calling out to be turned into a Hallmark series o
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Amy Toward
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Alaska Homecoming series. This is a heartwarming romance that will suck you in from the beginning. All the characters are great and you will love them from the start. Jackie Ashenden knows how to write great love stories that keep you wanting more. I can’t wait for the third book!
Drw
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this better than the first book in the series because it brought more emotional depth to two adults with lots of childhood hurts than is typically found in romance series. Having said that it didn't neglect the sex and romance. ...more
Jennifer
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Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romanc ...more

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