Published: Thomas Nelson
Date: 19th October 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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 their 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 secrets from 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.
Riverbend Gap is a warmhearted Christian romance about family and love. Family that has been dysfunctional in the past for some characters and family that is healthy and whole and loving.
Katelyn is wounded by her past but someone who is making a good life for herself. She has come to Riverbend Gap for a specific reason, dear to her heart and her past. When she is welcomed into the Robinson family’s circle she delights in it. Avery Robinson is her best friend, Gavin is the man she is going out with and Cooper is the brother she actually finds she is falling for! Awkward!
Riverbend Gap is a town along the Appalachian Trail, and I found myself reaching for a map to show me its amazing extent. Riverbend Gap people look after those who walk along the way and they also rely on them to bring their town to life.
The plot moved along nicely, the characters were great, the tensions felt real and the mystery of a little bit of deceitful play as Cooper vies for Sheriff added interest.
And we got our hard won happy ending.