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Summer by the River Kindle Edition
About the Author
Laura Jennings is a professional narrator and voiceover artist with an MFA in creative writing. Her intrinsic appreciation of the techniques that comprise storytelling allows her to analyze the underlying moods and currents of a book and bring them into her interpretation of it. An avid reader, she enjoys a quiet lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest with her loving husband and aged beagle, Dottie. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08DHHD1LX
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 2, 2021)
- Publication date : March 2, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2252 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #750,440 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Josie Waterhill, our heroine, lives in a midwestern (Galena, Ill) town with her 6-year-old daughter, Zoe. Josie, who arrived 5 years before totally broke and, on the run, but had the fortune of meeting Myra, who owned a mansion, and offered her a job. Now all these years later, Josie runs the historic tea house that she helped build for Myra, who is getting up in age. Josie is happy with her life, especially loving her daughter Zoe, and Myra; until she meets a journalist, who makes her nervous.
Carter O’Brien, our hero, is a journalist, who comes to Galena to interview Myra, in helping him find information from many years ago about his grandfather & and their possible history. Myra is thrilled to be able to investigate the past and work with Carter, offering him to stay a lot longer to write the story. But Josie, having run from a violent life as a young girl, wants nothing to do with him, even if they both begin to feel an attraction to each other. Josie also worries about Zoe, who is becoming too attached to Carter, as a father figure.
What follows is a wonderful story that has romance, mystery, suspense, intrigue, as we learn more about the past memories of Josie, Myrna and Carter’s fact-finding information. I loved the addition of thecute dogs and a cat, especially Buttercup, who was a big rescue dog, as well as Myrna’s long time dog, Tidbit; later on there will be a cute rescue cat. Though they were the backdrop of the story, it was fun, as well as Zoe’s antics.
As we reach the last third of the book, Carter and Josie allow themselves to act on their feelings, but she is afraid he will eventually leave them; especially since she is still not comfortable about revealing her past life. Myrna knows everything, but Carter needs to find out for himself. Which he does, and the past comes flooding back. What will Carter find? Is Josie’s life in danger?
Summer by the River was so well written by Debbie Burns, with a couple we wanted to root for, a friend so great like Myrna, the fun times with Zoe and the dogs, as well as learning all about Josie’s life years before. It was such great story that kept my attention from start to finish. Summer by the River was a story of family, love and trust, as well as a captivating read. I suggest you read this wonderful boo
Summer by the River is quite different the other books I’ve read by Ms. Burns. The pacing pulled me in from the first page and kept my attention to the last. This amazing novel had a great deal of substances and plenty of deep emotion.
Josie Waterhill is an endearing heroine with plenty of depth to her character. Her protective nature comes through from the start. Her care for her adorable daughter Zoe and her elderly landlord and friend touched me deeply.
Carter O’Brien is an amazing hero. I loved his patience with Josie and his deep affection for Zoe. He has all the characteristics I love most in a male leading character. He uses such a gentle approach in getting Josie to open up to him.
The romance between Josie and Carter is strong from the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed the love that develops between them. He’s keenly aware that Josie is a package deal, and his love for Zoe is easily seen early on. The love scenes are not graphic and very well done, and I really wanted them to find their happy ending.
If you enjoy novels with plenty of depth to the characters and a plot with substance beyond the usual romance, then you will love Summer by the River as much as I did. Ms. Burns has fast become an auto-buy author for me. I don’t see that another book is planned, but I hope she writes Sam’s story. I’m sure it would be outstanding. Happy reading!
Josie's life gets more difficult as the years go on, and she is forced to run for her life. She eventually winds up in Galena, a small river-side town in the Midwest, out of energy, money and the ability to go any further. Luckily, she is befriended by a local businesswoman, Myra, who takes her home and she never ends up leaving. Over the next few years, Josie and her daughter Zoe live a nice life with Myra, helping to run her tea garden business.
Carter comes to town because Myra wants to research and document an event from her past, and the sparks begin to fly between Josie and Carter. Josie is torn between her developing feelings and her need to protect herself from her own past. I don't do spoilers, but please read this book and follow Josie and Carter's story, and meet a cast of characters from Josie's past as well.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book, but my opinions are my own.