Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review: Riversong by Tess Thompson

River Valley Series

By: Tess Thompson


Riversong (The River Valley Collection #1)

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.

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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My Review:

I really love to read books in a series so I jumped at the chance when this one came across my email.

I immediately felt such compassion for the heroine, Lee, and all the she had to endure from day one.  Losing her husband, finding out about his secret life and the debt that he'd left her with.  How does one even deal with that, thinking you knew someone only to lose them then find out such madness during your grieving.  Add to that finding out that she's pregnant and I wanted to jump into the story and help this poor woman out.  Thank goodness after fleeing from the debt collectors and such, she at least has a house to go to that's all hers. And how clever to go hide in the one place the loan sharks should have known to look in first but didn't, her home town. 

I find it delightful to read books that put the characters in everyday real-life situations and Ms. Thompson portrayed Lee beautifully!  I love her enthusiasm at taking over the Riversong to make it successful.  A little charm and some great food goes a long way!

With much pleasure, I look forward to reading the next book in this series and highly recommend book 1 of the River Valley series.  

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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