Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: Riverbend by Tess Thompson

River Valley Series


By: Tess Thompson

Riverbend (The River Valley Collection #2)

"Tag. I found you."

Just as Annie Bell's reputation as one of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest grows to new heights, she receives a threatening phone call from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Marco is out on parole and hungry for revenge, blaming her for his ten-year imprisonment. Fearing for her life and that of her young son, Annie reluctantly accepts help from Drake Webber, a cold and wealthy recluse hiding a dark history of his own. Supported by the gang of misfits from their restaurant Riversong, Annie forges ahead despite her growing terror that Marco will appear at any moment and make good on his threats.

Author Tess Thompson (formerly known as Tess Hardwick) reunites the colorful cast of endearing small-town characters from her bestselling novel Riversong and takes you on a journey that will renew your faith in love, friendship and the power of community - even in the face of seemingly insurmountable grief and fear. You'll find yourself once again cheering for the residents of River Valley, especially the big-hearted and compassionate Annie Bell.

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My Review:

What a great read!  This is the second book in The River Valley Collection and I'm really loving this author and the town.  I think Tess Thompson hooked me in with Annie's little boy she's trying to keep safe.  As a mom, there is nothing more important!

I really like how this author has created very passionate characters and a believable story line with true-to-life situations and fears.

I usually like to reference different scenes & such in my reviews but you know what?  Not this time!  Go buy the book, oh heck with that, go buy the series!  You won't be disappointed.

Tomorrow I'm reviewing book 3 :) and after reading these books, I sure hope things continue in River Valley!

Ms. Thompson, you rock!

Author Info:

Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011, she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a bestseller.
Like the characters in the River Valley collection, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.
Tess is working on her next novel and regularly blogs about her journey as a mother, author and friend at

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  1. Thank you so very much for this. YOU rock!! Can't wait to see what you think of Riverstar. xoxo

  2. It sounds like an interesting read. Your review was great. I do like believable story.