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by Tess Thompson

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When Lee Tucker�s husband commits suicide, he leaves her pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a loan shark. Out of options, she escapes to her deceased mother�s dilapidated house located in a small Oregon town that, like her, is financially ruined, heartbroken and in desperate need of a fresh start. Lee's resilience leads to a plan for a destination restaurant…  See more details below


When Lee Tucker�s husband commits suicide, he leaves her pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a loan shark. Out of options, she escapes to her deceased mother�s dilapidated house located in a small Oregon town that, like her, is financially ruined, heartbroken and in desperate need of a fresh start. Lee's resilience leads to a plan for a destination restaurant named Riversong, to new chances for passion and love, and to danger from her dead husband's debt as her business blooms.

Author Tess Thompson assembles a colorful cast of endearing small-town characters and takes you on a journey that will make you believe in the possibilities of life � even in the face of overwhelming adversity and unimaginable grief. Lee Tucker is the kind of woman you find yourself rooting for long after the last page is read.

A surprising mix of romance, humor, friendship, intrigue and gourmet food � Riversong entertains while reminding you of life�s greatest gifts.

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The River Valley Collection , #1
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Riversong 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 256 reviews.
jmccannAZ More than 1 year ago
While this isn't a genre I typically read, I enjoyed many elements of Riversong, a promising debut novel by Tess Hardwick. It has a cast of quirky small-town characters, a swift-moving plot, and an even mix of romance and angst that chick lit fans will enjoy. At the same time, the book features occasional snippets of prose that are achingly beautiful and powerfully written, on par with the best in women's fiction. The book does contain some typographical errors and, if you're a stickler for that, you will find it distracting. Still, Riversong is a solid debut overall, and I look forward to reading future books by Hardwick and seeing how she grows into her literary voice.
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
could not stop reading this book.
Kristi Kisselburgh More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. The story is easy to follow, and is great for light reading. Although, there is quite a few grammatical errors, it doesn't take away from the story. I would not recommend for someone under 18 due to some slightly detailed sexual scenes. I would read Tess' next book.
ggallen More than 1 year ago
I am drawn to stories of a resilient heroine who can face an awful situation and work her way through it. Tess Hardwick has created beautiful characters who do just that in this wonderful debut novel. It goes to show that men can be pulled into these stories just as much as female readers as I had a tough time putting it down while reading it on my vacation last week. I came across Ms. Hardwick on twitter and I'm glad I did. Looking forward to more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book left me with a good feeling. I enjoyed the characters. The way this group of people become friends and help out was warming. She makes you want to move to a small town.
Uainejade More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in quite a while. Ms. Hardwick creates her characters in a way that makes them feel real, as if you might run into them when you turn the next corner. Her descriptions of the story's location are so attractive you want to pack your things and move there, and the plot is so engaging that I didn't want to put the book down. At the end of the story I had happy tears and was left feeling inspired, that we can conquer all the problems in this world if we just work together. I am wholeheartedly looking forward to her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was a good one....but this is NOT...I repeat, NOT a Christian book....not for one minute. Nasty language, sexual content....do not be deceived....this is NOT Christian fiction. PERIOD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About a strong-willed woman who changes her own life for the better after her husband commits suicide.
EMG-MI More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be very nice indeed, I can't wait to see what more she will write in the future, I was pretty bummed out that I couldn't find another book to order of hers. I loved the relationship she had with Tommy, and felt the frustration that she would not tell him the truth. It gripped my attention and I loved every minute of it...Tess Hardwick, give us somemore to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The well-developed, memorable characters take you into their lives with grace and intimacy. Romance that is not trivial, life issues that ring true, and just enough suspense to keep the pages turning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story!
Connie Drake More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book...was disappointed in not being able to find more books by Tess Hardwick.
vicgup More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading this book because the charactors were so real and the story line had enough romance and suspense to keep things interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed the story. However, I am one of those people who is distracted by missing words, grammatical errors, typos, and bad transitions. Anyone know how I can sign on as an editor?
Amanda2581 More than 1 year ago
Great story that keeps you wanting to read! Love, friendship, and suspense help make this a great read
Abigail Smith More than 1 year ago
Somethinh is very strange to me in the way rhis author writes. Perhaps it has a rushed feel, however, she had to cover a great amount of time in only so many pages... it was just mediocre to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, but all the complaints about this book being FULL of typos and grammatical errors, I didnt see one typo or one grammar error! Instead i saw a great book. Oh, and Cindi was written with an i all the way thru! Haha Guess the grammar nazis were wrong again, or were just too anal to read and enjoy and great book. Next time try not to grade the book, just let go and enjoy the book. I'll bet you will find more enjoyment that way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I'll start off saying that I really did enjoy this book. That said, it was the kind of book that you read, then process, and pick up again. It didn't bother me to put it down, but I looked forward to picking it again. Does that make sense? I liked the characters, the story flow, and the overall plot. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story very much. It would be great to take to the beach.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got some laughs, sighs, and happy feelings reading this. Would love to see a sequel.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Books blog Reviewed by Maria Review Copy Provided by Contest Win A powerful piece of survival fiction, this evokes the feel of a rural American town. Lee Johnson nee Tucker couldn’t have found herself in a worse place. Her husband just committed suicide leaving her to face a ruined business, a heap of debt and a loan shark. Oh and did I mention the unplanned pregnancy? A practical woman, who came out of the backwoods of rural Oregon to entrepreneurship in big city Seattle, she knows what she has to do. Get off the radar, buy some time and somehow raise the money to pay the debt. This means returning to River Valley, a town which holds few happy memories. There’s a piece of property there with her name on it, the legacy of the depressed, drunken mother who raised Lee alone. Lee’s entrepreneurial spirit lands her a position as a consultant to a local businessman, who wants to bring his restaurant up to city standards to attract tourists. The establishment, ‘Riversong’, becomes a metaphor for Lee’s life. How she makes peace with her past, discovers her true identity and builds up her life again, while helping others to do the same, makes compulsive reading. It’s a story of hope, of renewal, of second chances and the fact that God and life and love can be found in the murmur of a river….. There’s a strong message here. Small towns and communities are not dead places, but teeming with life and potential, providing an attractive alternative to the urban jungles which cities have become. The prose is simple, yet laden with gems of meaning. I felt a buzz while reading this one and yes, I would read it again. Favorite Quote: This morning I sat on my deck and listened to the sound of the river, which I’ve come to think of as alive, because it’s ever changing, like us. This time of year the water’s still pretty high and, if you listen carefully, you can hear the current moving towards the ocean, the sound almost imperceptible because it’s so quiet – a low steady drone punctuated with burbles over rocks and the gush of the mild rapids just down from my swimming hole. The sun was warm on my back and I sipped an expresso I had made for myself with a smidge of half-and-half, just the way I like it. I felt abundant and at peace and grateful – this surge of wholeness that I know is God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an easy read,but it was written nicely to pull you in and get you wanting to make sure it ends right. Really enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.