Riverbend Gap Denise Hunter

Riverbend Gap

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.


Lake Season. Denise Hunter. #TLCBookTours

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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date: 12th November 2019
Source: TLC Book Tours via NetGalley Banner



Lake Season is the first book in a new series by Denise Hunter set in Bluebell NC. A family of three – two sisters and a brother work to bring to reality their parents dream of opening a bed and breakfast place near a lake. Unfortunately their parents  never could realise the dream themselves as they lost their lives in an accident.

Molly the elder of the girls is a book lover and swoons whenever she hears the name of a certain male author. Unbeknown to her said author is struggling to meet his latest deadline and is in her town looking for a muse and inspiration. But… he keeps his identity secret and writes under a different name. Both of them have a few family issues, yet on the whole are well adjusted young people.

As they put the final touches to the house a letter from the sixties is found in the wall. (The building in one of its former lives was a Post Office). This letter sets Molly off wanting to find out about Lizzie and the man the letter was written to.  By this time Adam (the author) has arrived at the bed and breakfast and he helps. And so begins a journey that will led them to some surprising news and as well, along the way they grow as people.

So there is a pleasant setting, a mystery, some identity deception and kind warm hearted characters. The story pans out satisfactorily and of course – happily! Those looking for a gentle, heart warming romance would certainly enjoy this book.

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