Riversong

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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. When her husband commits suicide,he leaves her pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a loan shark. Out of ...

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Overview

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. When her 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.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935961147
  • Publisher: Libertary Co.
  • Publication date: 3/30/2011
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 390,480
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Tess Thompson (formerly Tess Hardwick) is a novelist and playwright. She has a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2000 she wrote her first full-length play, My Lady’s Hand which subsequently won the 2001 first place prize for new work at the Burien Theatre. This is her first novel.
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  • Posted June 9, 2011

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    A promising debut

    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.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    Great Read

    could not stop reading this book.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Good story, easy read.

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Great Read!

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    Mediocre at best...

    Although the plot was ok, the writer clearly lacked in a lot of places. There were several transitional problems (moving from one scene to the next), the grammatical and typographical errors were numerous, the introduction of new characters was awkward (Maria comes to mind), the sex scenes were blaise (ok, to be fair, I only read the first sex scene...those who can't write it, shouldn't), at one point she's describing 4 feet in shoes, but we don't get to know who the other person is until 4 paragraphs in, some things were totally beyond the realm of believability (I mean, seriously, who's going to pile flammable materials as high as a house [if they could even reach that far...seriously??] and then light it on fire? Stupid, stupid, stupid), and there's wayyyyy too much backflow of information. We don't really need to know that Tommy was married twice, do we? Overall, a very slow-moving book with emphasis on too many things at one time. Not worth more than the $2.99 for the nook book, and whoever priced a hand-held copy at $16.95 is quite delusional.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    Meh.

    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.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    Beautifully worded, great storyline!

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Good romantic story

    About a strong-willed woman who changes her own life for the better after her husband commits suicide.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Better than expected

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Eh...

    Not sure where all the glowing reviews are coming from or what you people normally read but this is just an ok story, very amatuerish and almost as though she has never written anything in her life. I am still attempting to fight the boredom and get through it though.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    thought it would never end

    book was slow, boring, and predictable ....YAWN

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Avoid at all cost!

    This is my first review and I felt that strongly about the book that I had to comment. I found the misspellings and syntax errors so annoying as to distract from the plot. Speaking of which, at times it was so formulaic it was painful to read. The writing was unimpressive and lackadaisical.

    It is rare I do not finish a book once I start it. It was challenging to reach that last page!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I loved this story!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Good read

    I really enjoyed this book...was disappointed in not being able to find more books by Tess Hardwick.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Needs a good editor!

    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?

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Review

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    I found the book to be very nice indeed, I can't wait to see wha

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

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    Loved It

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    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Romance, renewal, suspense, and deep friendships

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

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    book sucked--do not bother

    one star is too gracious for this book. the story did not flow well and was not clear at times. was very boring. wish i never got the book.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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