Where Rivers Part

Where Rivers Part

by Kellie Coates Gilbert


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Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions—and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust—not least of all her own father.

Kellie Coates Gilbert's emotionally complex and gripping novel fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive those who have hurt us most. Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this story will sweep readers relentlessly along until the satisfying conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800722739
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Series: Texas Gold Collection Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal and the author of A Woman of Fortune. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband.

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Where Rivers Part 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Where Rivers Part is the story of Dr. Juliet Ryan who is hired by bottled water company as their quality assurance director.  Shortly thereafter, several people including children become ill and the sickness is traced to contaminated water from Larimar Springs.  The story takes many twists and keeps you in suspense as to how the water was allowed to reach the market.  You will sympathize with Juliet and her father when Juliet's mother dies and want to shake them when they can't reach out to each other in forgiveness.  This is a very emotional book that will keep you turning pages.  I recommend this contemporary book to others. I received Where Rivers Part from a New Releases giveaway.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this book by Kellie Coates Gilbert. Where Rivers Part is her second in the Texas Gold series. I felt her writing was deeper and stronger in this one. The characters were so well developed and stayed true to themselves. There are some surprises that make the story reach farther into your heart. What happens to Juliet could really occur and that's what I like. The characters must deal with reality and you go with them. Would you do what they did, say what they say, and change how they change in the story? Will Juliet's mother's faith make an impact on her life? Will she want it? Why would she when she has everything she has ever wanted.  Read to discover how Juliet's life takes twists and turns as she learns who she can trust. I'm glad I did! I received a copy of this book from Revell through Net Galley and have given my honest review.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
I loved Book 1 in the Texas Gold series and enjoyed this one every bit as much.  It is a wonderful combination of corporate intrigue and family drama that definitely kept me turning pages to see what was going to happen next.  It is also a heartwarming story showing that healing can come through forgiveness and relationships can be restored.  This is another book from this author that I definitely recommend.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Dr. Juliet Ryan is a well known scientist and has quite the lucrative, yet weighty job, at a bottled water company where she makes sure the water is safe. Her biggest thorn in her side in the scientific community is none other than her own father. When her life begins to unravel both in her family and in her job, she seeks out her father to help her through the murky waters.  Pro's: A very well written story in Gilbert's Texas Gold Collection. A story about finding oneself, finding God, and finding out family runs thicker than water. I was anticipating this to be a more fluff book, but was greatly surprised that the romance aspect was low, the fluff was not present, and it was not so overly spiritual where you wanted to skip the "churchy" parts. An excellent story with deep roots running through it to keep you reading. You also do not need to read the 1st book in this collection as this is truly a stand alone novel. Con's: None other than having to wait until her next book comes out! Recommendation: If you are looking for a story with a bit more depth and meat to it, this one is for you!  Reveal Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. The opinions expressed are my own.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
They say that truth is stranger than fiction. But when you combine the truth with a bit of fiction you can come up with a fascinating story. That is exactly what Kellie Coates Gilbert has done. She took her experience with the Jack in the Box food poisoning case and let her imagination come up with an enthralling what if story. Where Rivers Part is labeled as contemporary fiction, but as the story proceeds along it picks up elements of suspense and mystery. I enjoyed A Woman of Fortune, which was the first book in this collection, but I do believe I liked Where Rivers Part even more.  Kellie uses the main character Dr. Juliet Ryan to explore the topics of deep deception and the overriding need to forgive. She uses very real and painful circumstances to tell a story that is sure to hit a nerve with most of us. Without trust in others what do we have?  Here's a little warning . . . after the very satisfying ending there is a teaser for the next book in the collection. I knew better than to read it, but I did and now I'm stuck anxiously waiting!  I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
KathleenFriesen More than 1 year ago
What do you do when everything you believed true turns out to be false? Who do you turn to? Who can be trusted? Author Kellie Coates Gilbert draws us into the turmoil that rocks Juliet Ryan’s world – and her life. Juliet’s character is drawn like a finely detailed etching, and even though her world of laboratories and boardrooms is unfamiliar territory for me, I felt as though I knew her well. And I felt her shock as her precise world unraveled.  Where Rivers Part kept me riveted almost the entire way through the book. I recommend this book and give it four stars.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series and absolutely loved it, much to my surprise. So I wasn’t sure if this book could measure up. Much like the first book (A Women of Fortune), Where Rivers Part took me about fifty pages before I got into it but once I was in…I was in. This was a book that I had to make myself stop reading so I could sleep. There is so much deception going on and you don’t know who Juliet can trust. Juliet is one tough girl. She doesn’t really need anyone, or does she? As things unravel in her world she realizes how being alone really isn’t okay. Yet everyone she thought she could count on is letting her down. She doesn’t know if she really believes in God but when push comes to shove will she finally let him in? The backstory, the many twists and turns will have your engrossed in this book. This book is really a stand-alone and does not need to be read with the pervious book. However, Kellie is such a wonderful author I highly recommend reading both :) A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Another must read from Kellie Coates Gilbert! I first fell in love with Kellie Coates Gilbert's writing when I read her book Mother Of Pearl and I have been hooked, even addicted, ever since. She has such a way of transporting her readers so thoroughly into the lives and hearts of her characters. The suspense angle in Where Rivers Part was great! And I really enjoyed guessing who was in on it all and who wasn't. There were some people I had pinned but also some real surprises. I had some reservations about trying out Women's Fiction, I thought it would probably just be fluffy and maybe even a little sappy. Kellie Coates Gilbert more than proved me wrong. These stories are both entertaining and a powerful tool for sharing the power of love and forgiveness. In Where Rivers Part Juliet's life falls completely apart, anything that can go wrong, does. She has several choices to make and all of them life-changing. When the dust settles where will she stand? Another great thing about this book is the gorgeous cover! It really draws the eye and inviting you in to partake of the delightful story within the pages. I really can't say enough positive things about Where Rivers Part, it is a suspenseful story, and a tale of human relationships. Kellie Coates Gilbert has a definite must read in Where Rivers Part! (I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Juliet Ryan knows that she has let her strained relationship with her father color most of her adult life. Refusing to forgive mistakes he has made, Juliet stays as distant as she can, fully knowing that her decisions hurt her mother.  To add to the friction, both Juliet and her father have risen to places of national recognition in their careers as scientists in the food safety arena.  When Juliet chooses to take a position within the corporate world, her father is quick to criticize her decision, citing industry's pattern to take shortcuts and place profit over safety.  Juliet takes another view, knowing that policies and procedures put in place by scientists like herself can keep the public safe. When an e-coli outbreak hits the community of San Antonio, Juliet never believes she or the bottled water company she works for will be involved, especially since she has recently instituted even more rigorous protocols.  Soon, in the midst of a complicated subterfuge, Juliet will realize that the only person she can trust is her father.  I think that Kellie Coates Gilbert is ready to take a spot among the best Christian legal suspense writers. Her characters are well drawn, she manages to keep readers on edge throughout, yet there is a realism that can be lacking in suspense books.  This book reads like a Grisham novel with a message.   I love this description from late in the book; it is Juliet's wake up moment. She'd entered the lobby doors of Larimar Springs for the first time believing she'd landed a job fit for a queen, never realizing the kingdom was filled with fire-breathing dragons.  Or that she'd walk out months later nearly burned.  She glanced in her rearview mirror, making sure the dragons had turned around to follow her.  p. 265 If you like legal suspense stories, then give Gilbert's latest a chance.  I found it a fast, entertaining read.  Gilbert's personal background as a legal investigator and a trial paralegal brings a realism to her writing.  I received a copy from Revell Reads for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Very fast moving story.  It really kept my interest.  It is hard to imagine that corporations can be that bad but I know it is true.  Loved the small romance and the suspense.  I look forward to another book in the Texas Gold series.  I received this book from the Revell reads program for a fair and honest opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Where Rivers Part is Kellie Coates Gilbert’s second book in her A Texas Gold Novel series. I do not think they follow each other in anyway as each story is about a woman who is going through some pretty serious circumstances. In this second novel we meet Dr. Juliet Ryan, who is focusing her career on providing safe drinking bottled water for millions of people through the company she was recently hired. Working for Larimar Springs provides her an opportunity to climb the corporate ladder and to show her estranged scientist father that she can make a difference in providing corporations with a way to make food and safety more important than the bottom line. However, when people start getting sick and dying from a pathogen in Texas, all fingers begin pointing at some unsafe food product. Everyone, including Juliet and her father, are put on high alert and Juliet realizes more than ever how alone she really is. I really enjoyed this second book in the series, I think even more than the first. It was interesting to see the behind the scenes and workings of a corporate business. Not only that, but there was an air of mystery as Juliet begins to uncover some shady business dealings and in her own personal life learning to forgive. I look forward to the next novel in this series. I was provided this book for review by Revell and the opinions are my own.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Juliet is quickly making a name for herself in the corporate world. She's in charge of quality control at a plant that provides water to millions of people. But when e coli is traced back to her plant she realizes she's in over her head. She's not exactly getting along with her father and her boyfriend isn't who she thought he was. She needs to quickly figure out who she can trust before she and an entire company are brought to their knees. I read the first book by this author and liked it. So I thought I'd try this one. It's not your typical Christian fiction. So anyone looking for a slightly different feel will really enjoy the plot. It was a little dry for me, though. I just couldn't get interested in the characters. The author did a great job of portraying the drama and tension that goes with this type of plot. I think some of that tension is what made the book less enjoyable for me. The entire book felt stressful. But the visuals were great and the ending was nice and realistic. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Lamar Springs Corporation has recently hired Dr. Juliet Ryan as their quality assurance director and she is very passionate about food safety.  She is hoping to prove herself in the quality assurance field as being reliable and knowledgeable, while advancing her career and making a name for herself.  Juliet is also out to prove to her estranged father that not every corporation is concerned about profits at the expense of quality.  That is until her world comes to an abrupt halt.  Even with all her conscientious efforts, Lamar Springs is caught in the midst of a scandal causing many people to become ill.  In her quest to determine the cause of the illnesses, she uncovers some unsettling information.   She is no longer sure whom to trust and she is not on speaking terms with the one person that can help her.   I liked how the author centered the book around the theme of water, tying it in with many aspect of the book such as the location, product of the corporation and Juliet relationship with Jesus, as the living water.  Juliet was a strong yet broken heroine, showing many vulnerabilities and flaws.  Yet, she never wavered in her determination to do the right thing in the mist of a crisis.  The plot was intriguing and well thought out creating suspense for the reader. The relationships in this story are very complex, creating the themes of betrayal and forgiveness.  The author was obviously very knowledge about the setting and plot because she included many details and descriptions that really enhanced its believability. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a book of suspense and/or mystery. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. 
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A great look at corporate plots and schemes. The author does a masterful job of introducing her main character, Dr. Juliet Ryan. She starts with a layer that presents her career prowess. During this phase she sneaks in a very brief glimpse at Juliet’s family relationships. After she finishes building that aspect of her character Juliet is at home for dinner with the family. The glimpse we saw earlier is beautifully expanded on, and we are given a peak into her spiritual beliefs. I was so caught up in meeting Juliet I was surprised to find that I hadn’t even read 20 pages of the book by this point. I was definitely ready to see what problems Juliet had to face and how she handled them. The story development was equally well handled. I was drawn into to plot and very involved in seeing how Juliet handled the problems she faced in the corporate world that she lived in. The only thing that I was a little uncomfortable with was the hints into her personal relationship outside the office. This is the only thing that gave me any pause and caused me to take off one star from my ranking. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust--not least of all her own father. _______________ Kellie Coates Gilbert writes a novel that will take readers into a world that they are probably not very familiar with.  A world of water safety and regulations and corporate scandal.  We take our safe drinking water for granted and in this novel author Gilbert will take readers into a world where they can appreciate all they have to eat and drink safely. Dr. Juliet Ryan is a strong woman.  The character is one of strength, but as the reader gets to know her you can see her vulnerability, especially in her relationships with others.  This book has some intense scenes and past memories.  While this is not a romantic book the stories lines of love and betrayal and forgiveness there. Those themes are in the parental relationships, friendships, and business relationships.  Juliet must deal with grief past and present and she navigates the turbulent corporate scandal that is also destroying those she loves. Readers who want a novel that will guide them into a corporate world and also a deal with the affects of parental relationships will enjoy this read.   I received this book free from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Where rivers part, gives the general description of Dr Juliet Ryan, she can go to either side or walk down the middle. Dr Ryan has made it to the top, and is now in a corporate job in quality control at a big water bottling company. She is on the other side of the river from where her father stands, he is also Dr Ryan, and he is fighting for more quality control over the food industry. He also feels she sold out, but then they have been at odds for many years, over a family matter. Her Mother who is a Christian has offered her husband forgiveness, where her daughter has not been able. At first I was wondering if this was a Christian book, but came to realize as I continued, yes it was, and we were being given great examples of people of faith helping to lead those in need. Juliet seems to end up in the middle of the river, and having trouble staying afloat. She gets mired into a corporate scandal and lives are in danger, how is she going to survive, will her boyfriend that helped get her the job be able to help her now. There are so many people here with different areas of concern, and you will not know who is going to be thrown under the bus. Will Juliet ever come to grips with taking God’s forgiveness and offering it to her Dad? Will the corporate world be her beginning or her ending? Is she the answer to the problems, or is she the scapegoat? Wow, you are about to step on a great reading roller coaster, and you will not regret a moment of it, except maybe the last page. I received this book through Revell’s Blogger’s Book Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.