Riverbend

Riverbend

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by Tess Thompson
     
 

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Just as Annie Bell�s reputation as one of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest grows to new heights, she receives a threatening phone call from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Marco is out on parole and hungry for revenge, blaming her for his ten-year imprisonment. Fearing for her life and that of her young son, Annie reluctantly accepts help…  See more details below

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�Tag. I found you.�

Just as Annie Bell�s reputation as one of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest grows to new heights, she receives a threatening phone call from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Marco is out on parole and hungry for revenge, blaming her for his ten-year imprisonment. Fearing for her life and that of her young son, Annie reluctantly accepts help from Drake Webber, a cold and wealthy recluse hiding a dark history of his own. Supported by the gang of misfits from their restaurant Riversong, Annie forges ahead despite her growing terror that Marco will appear at any moment and make good on his threats.

Author Tess Thompson reunites the colorful cast of endearing small-town characters from her bestselling novel Riversong and takes you on a journey that will renew your faith in love, friendship and the power of community � even in the face of seemingly insurmountable grief and fear. You�ll find yourself once again cheering for the residents of River Valley, especially the big-hearted and compassionate Annie Bell.

Escape with a blend of love, laughter, friendship, suspense and gourmet food while remembering it�s never too late for second chances.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016497440
Publisher:
Booktrope
Publication date:
05/10/2013
Series:
The River Valley Collection , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
271
Sales rank:
178,885
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011, she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a bestseller.

Like the characters in Riverbend, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.

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Riverbend 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In Riverbend, the second book in The River Valley Collection, author Tess Thompson once again weaves an entertaining tale that transports the readers back to the small town of River Valley, Oregon, where they revisit with the unforgettable townsfolk and follow the story of Annie Bell. The reader was introduced to Annie Bell in the first book of the collection, Riversong, where she is the gourmet chef at the restaurant. Now in this book, Annie's abusive past is catching up with her when the restaurant's success is in the media, drawing danger and drama her way. With a continuity of characters (old and new) and subtle revisiting of the storyline from the first book, the author weaves an intriguing story filled with flashbacks to Annie's traumatic past with ex-boyfriend Marco, who resurfaces in an attempt to get revenge and destroy her new life. Annie sought to create a new life for herself and her ten year old son Alder in River Valley, now with their life in danger, she finds refuge and love with the mysterious wealthy recluse Drake Webber. Both Annie and Drake are hiding dark secrets from their pasts, and as their relationship develops, they slowly realize they are falling in love with one another. The story is filled with enough secrets, danger, suspense and romance that keeps the reader guessing and turning the pages. Once again author Tess Thompson has written another heartwarming story filled with romance, secrets, drama and suspense that keeps the reader wanting more. Riverbend is a wonderful story of community, friendship, hope, love, and the ability to overcome even the most traumatic of life experiences. Fans of The River Valley Collection will get another visit to this wonderful Oregon town with the story of Drake's sister Bella in the third book of the collection, Riverstar, that will be released on August 28, 2013!
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Book-WomanRS More than 1 year ago
Loved the story - friends, lovers, creepy ex. This one has it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book...love this author!!...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The heroine is anorexic. The hero has panic/anxiety disorder. Ex-husband abusive. Very difficult to find the romance in this story. 
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Riverbend takes you back to River Valley and the charming misfits at Riversong. Annie is a wonderful character that fits right in at Riversong. With the added suspenseful element, this story takes a darker turn when Annie Bell must take measures to protect herself from an angry and vengeful ex. Along with the ragtag team at Riversong Annie learns that friendship, community, hope, and love can just about conquer anything! Riverbend is the second installment in the River Valley series and endears its characters even closer to our hearts! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Dalene_65 More than 1 year ago
First I would like to thank the author Tess Thompson for this book for an honest review.  I have not read Riversong yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading Riverbend.  Annie was young and to get away from her home situation jumped into a relationship with Marco who ends up be a very abusive man.  When she finds out she is pregnant she makes a decision to get away from him for good and he ends up in jail for trying to beat her to death and drugs.  She ended up in Riverbend when she got into a relationship with another man that was mentally abusive.  She left him but stayed in Riverbend and has a very colorful group of friends.  Marco received ten years in prison.  Annie was happy taking care of her son and being a chef and partner with Lee in their restaurant.  Drake is a man who Annie runs into and is asked to come cook meals once a week because he plans to become a recluse.  She accepts and on her first day she gets a call from her ex Marco.  Annie is now terrified and also worried how all her friends will react because she never told them about Marco.  Her friends rally to help protect her and the safest place for her and her son to stay is with Drake.  Annie and Drake both have their own past demons to overcome as they fall in love.  I applaud Tess for taking on and doing a good job writing about abuse and how people react and deal with it.  It takes some a long time to learn to trust people.  Great job Tess keep up the good work.