Book Review: Riverbend Gap

Hello Everyone,

Such a pretty cover!

Title: Riverbend Gap

Author: Denise Hunter

Series: Book 1

Genre: Christian fiction, Romance

Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.

Page Count: 400

Goodreads Summary:

She came in search of the family she’d always wanted—and found the kind of love she’d never dared to imagine.

When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until Cooper Robinson, local sheriff’s deputy, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard.

She wasn’t the only one. But soon Cooper learns that the woman he’s more attracted to than any he’s ever met is his brother’s new girlfriend—and therefore unquestionably off limits. Yet, despite his best efforts, Cooper and Katie can’t seem to avoid running into each other. Or ignore the undeniable chemistry between them.

As they grow closer, Katie shares the secrets of her past and the real reason she moved to their small North Carolina town. She also wins over Cooper’s welcoming and bighearted family. But they don’t know that her feelings for Cooper keep growing—all while she’s dating his brother. Soon the stakes of their emotional connection become higher than either of them could have imagined. Katie stands to lose the first family she’s ever had, and a scandal could doom Cooper’s campaign for sheriff’s office. Suddenly they find themselves on the edge of another precipice—and they’re forced to make a decision that could change their lives forever.

My Thoughts:

I wanted to like this, but I just am not a fan of christian fiction. The romance and all was fine but going into this book blind was not a good idea for me.

My Review:

I’ll be the first to say, I am not a Christian fiction reader. I’m not religious in the slightest. I picked this up because I wanted a good romance for Valentine’s day, and this had a good romance but the religious bits just weren’t for me. I also picked this up for the Appalachian mountains, as I love books that feature any sort of mountain terrain for romance novels. The writing was quite good, and I did like the characters, but it felt a bit… lacking in what I was wanting for a romance which is a “me thing” and no fault of the authors whatsoever. But I did enjoy this book, despite that it wasn’t what I thought. Fun, fast paced read, and I may or may not pick up the sequel.

My Rating:

⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: The Trouble We Keep

The Trouble We Keep

Hello friends,

The Trouble We Keep by Cara Devlin is a historical second chance romance. It has a strong start, and keeps up the pace throughout the entire book. I liked the main character, Emma, as she strives to survive pregnant, alone and searching for her wayward brother. While this was christian fiction, it didn’t have hardly any of the religious praying going on that I’m used to in christian fiction, and read more like a romantic western than anything else, a fact that surprised and delighted me. The little bit of christianity I did see wasn’t overpowering in regards to the story, and tied in neatly with the era that the characters were in.

I loved the author’s writing style of this; how it flowed, and made the characters have real depth to them. Jo, Ms. Lewis, and Dean all felt lifelike. I loved the survival elements, how realistic everything read. I sat and read this in two hours, and am now definitely adding this author to my favorites list, and searching out for more of her books.

If you’re looking for a good survival story about strong female characters determined to survive no matter what even while pregnant, then I suggest reading this. Emma doesn’t back down from a challenge, and she definitely gives as good as she gets. My hat goes off to the author-if I had a hat like the fine ladies in this book that is. Five stars, and my thanks to the publisher for granting me an arc of this delightful novel.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book