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Riversong

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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 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 (formerly known as Tess Hardwick) 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.
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 (formerly known as Tess Hardwick) 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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Publish date: Mar 2011
Added to Scribd: Jul 21, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781620150191
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rtb_3 reviewed this
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Posted on Romancing the Books blogReviewed by MariaReview Copy Provided by Contest WinA 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.
nightprose reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Lee Tucker is a woman who has never had it easy, and never taken anything for granted. Even as a girl, she struggled with serious life issues, without parental support. As soon as she is able, she leaves her past behind for a new life in a new place.Years later, just as she thinks she has found happiness as an adult, tragedy hits her again. Her husband, overwhelmed by debt he kept hidden from her, and running from loan sharks, commits suicide. Dealing with the loss and the debt he left in his wake, Lee also realizes that she is pregnant. She has no choice; Lee is forced to return to her childhood home. Her negligent mother has since passed away, leaving behind a legacy of sorrow and a house in ruins. All Lee has is that house. She must go back to where she started, to the town she never felt comfortable in. In a strange twist, it is the place she left behind that now offers a new start. Pulling herself together again, survivor that she is, Lee throws herself into making the restaurant named Riversong, and herself, a success.Tess Hardwick has written a very entertaining novel. It is full of lovable small town folk, friendship and love, renewal, hope, and a heroine you can believe in.
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