Water of Life (Bourbon Springs, #9)

Water of Life (Bourbon Springs, #9)

by Jennifer Bramseth

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Widowed judge and single parent Cara Forrest lives a grief-filled existence, sustained by the light of her life, her young son. She has no time or inclination to lose her heart again—especially to the likes of Drake Mercer, the rakish attorney who appears in her court on a weekly basis. She knows that such a man has the power to sweep her away, just like the rapid waters of Old Crow Creek that cut through Craig County, Kentucky. Power that can bring life—as well as devastation.

But Drake is completely distracted by the sad and beautiful judge. After an intense encounter, he gently pursues Cara, and successfully makes his case for her heart.

But a fragile love is threatened by Cara's unexpected opportunity for higher office and false rumors about the ethics of their relationship. The choice is theirs: whether to be sustained by love or allow themselves to be pulled apart by the currents of doubt.

Water of Life is the ninth and final book in the Bourbon Springs Series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153369365
Publisher: unknown
Publication date: 11/12/2016
Series: Bourbon Springs , #9
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 215,402
File size: 740 KB

About the Author

Jennifer Bramseth is an attorney who lives in Kentucky next to a horse farm and within minutes of several legendary bourbon distilleries.

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Water of Life (Bourbon Springs, #9) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry,but this one didn't hold my attention. No real plot and too much angst.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished book 9 in the series and loved it just as well as the first book. The characters are interesting and likable. I love the way characters from the other books are in the stories. The interesting bits at the end about the bourbon trail have me thinking road trip. I would definitely recommend. Cherie W
Rosemary-Berea-KY More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book from Jennifer Bramseth and the last one in the Bourbon Springs series. This is the love story of Cara and Drake. Cara is a widowed judge with a young child. Drake is an attorney who is attracted to Cara and wants to pursue a relationship with her. Cara is also attracted to Drake, but is afraid to love again. She finally agrees to dating Drake only after she recuses herself from his cases. All is going well until there are questions regarding the ethics of their relationship when Cara applies for the Court of Appeals. There are some unexpected turns and twists along the way and we get to see characters from previous books and catch glimpses of them after their happily ever afters. I'm sad to see the series end, but I hear that there may be some appearances from characters and couples of Bourbon Springs showing up in the Bourbonland series! I received a copy of this book and I am voluntarily providing a review.
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
There was a certain sadness in reading this story knowing it was the last in the series...it was like saying good bye to good friends, even family. This story is a fitting end to the series, the myriad of different characters making appearances, being part of the story...it was wonderfully tied up, but left slyly open, with the wording at the end of the story, for a new series, with all new characters, but still in the spirit spirit Ms Bramseth is known to write in. Having read all the books in the series that led to this ninth one, the same uniqueness of character resided within the stories...through turmoil, character was recognized and brought to the forefront. The story, as those that came before it, built off the previous ending, capturing your attention, and emotions early on. The depth of Cara's suffering was so real that I could feel my heart break for her, then rejoice as she was finally rewarded with her joy so richly deserved. The same held true for Derek, his character had met with so much bleakness that it was fitting that his happiness was finally realized. Ms Bramseth is a richly gifted storyteller, with her characters coming to life through her words. These characters will be missed, but hopefully will not be completely gone from the new series, Bourbonland, due out next year. I have no doubt I will fall hard for the new series, and its characters, I'm just that sure of this author's abilities to lead me to a whole new world outside of Bourbon Springs. This book was provided by the author, I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Cara and Drake captivated me. Cara is an incredibly strong, career woman who is now a single parent. She is a district court judge with a wonderfully precocious 2 year old, Nate, who loves to explore. She struggles to give Nate wings while protecting him, especially after losing her husband. Drake is a lawyer, loves, and appreciates Cara’s strength. When an outing turns Drake into Nate’s hero, will these two find something new between them? Of course, life is never that easy as they face work challenges coupled with their own fears. I love spending time in Bourbon Springs. This cast of characters is a wonderful support network, it makes me want to live there just to hang out with everyone. Cara and Drake’s journey allows us to revisit old friends from this series and see how strong this community truly is. All the while I get the romance I need with just the right blend of sexiness, drama and fun.
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I have really loved this series and have read all the books. This book could stand alone thought I suggest reading the whole series because all the characters have been featured in all the books. This story is about Lawyer, Drake who was mostly featured in Pepper and Jons story as he had a major thing for Pepper. Cara, is the widowed single mother judge. We have not seen a lot of her in previous books except in passing and when her husband, Todd dies. In May before this book begins Cara and Drake were in his car together and had a big kissing session. Now its July and Drakes been asking her out for months. She finally agrees and that’s when the book begins. It profiles the dates, we get to know Cara and her mom and child. We also learn more about her marriage and the death of her husband. This book was sweet, romantic and I really enjoyed it. The first 50% is Cara and Drake falling in love. The second half is more about Cara’s career. She decides she wants to be a court of appeal judge after a judge retires. That brings some issues as when she started dating Drake and when she handled his law cases becomes an issue. Which brings in a man by the name of Garner. Garner is old money and he is Cara’s rival for the bench. He has also been around as he is Walker’s sister Nina’s ex. Somehow the author made me love Garner. Which is surprising as everyone who speaks of him says he is terrible. Even the way he dumped Nina is awful. But I have to say I cannot wait for the author to write his story….hopefully. I really enjoyed this story. Its one of my top 3 in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Bourbon Springs is a series I will look back on with fond memories. It was my introduction to an author that blends wise words and coming of age storytelling with relatable main characters and emotive tales. It's hard to say goodbye to what in my opinion is a profound body of work, but it's time to move on. So isn't it fitting that Ms. Bramseth centered the final story in this series around that very message. Cara has obtained much in her life. She has managed to carve out a great career for herself while finding love and starting a family. When tragedy bursts into her life, Cara loses more than just her soulmate, she loses pieces of herself along the way. What's a widowed single parent to do but pick up the pieces and try to keep going? As so often happens moving on requires some touch choices and surprising twists. The toughest decision of all becomes if she's ready to leave behind the memories of the past, in order to take a chance on a flesh and blood future. The one constant in life is change I'm ready to get to experience more wonderful characters and life lessons with Jennifer Bramseth. Water of Life is the end of something special but the beginning of something wonderful.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Cara and Drake are wonderful together and their story is a great way to close this series. There were times I wanted to smack Cara for putting her career’s future before her possibility for true love but her reasoning for the choices she made were usually in keeping with the future she envisioned for herself. I did feel sorry for Drake at times, though, since he was definitely a keeper! This was a complex story with deep things for both Cara and Drake to consider. The community interactions were fun to watch as was the courting and romance that took place between Cara and Drake. I am not as aware of what being a judge and lawyer in love with one another would entail but this book gave me a sense of how difficult such a relationship could be. I am hopeful that Garner and Nina will show up in Bourbanland, the new series mentioned at the end of this book. I really want to read their story and look forward to finding out what happens to all of the book-friends I have made in the Bourbon Springs series. Thank you to the author for the copy of this book. This is my honest review.