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Author Tess Thompson assembles a colorful cast of endearing small-town characters and takes you on a journey that will make you believe in the possibilities of life - even in the face of overwhelming adversity and unimaginable grief. Lee Tucker is the kind of woman you find yourself rooting for long after the last page is read. When her 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 24mm | 381.02g
  • Seattle, WA
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1935961144
  • 9781935961147
  • 2,893,904

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3,158 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
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1 2% (53)

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Lee Tucker's life goes from ordinary to complicated when she learns she's pregnant right before her husband commits suicide and leaves her with a large debt to a loan shark. She goes back to her home town to try to raise the money to pay off the debt by helping open Riversong, an upscale restaurant. Even before the story starts, you know Lee has a hard life. The book description clues you in right away. What it doesn't tell you is that Lee's hardships started way before her present situation. She grew up with an alcoholic hoarder mother who basically left Lee to raise herself. She was a social outcast who didn't fit in at school. All of this contributes to an immediate feeling of sympathy for Lee and what you know she is going to go through. I found it easy to root for her, although her strength also translated to stubbornness in that she wasn't willing to ask for help, even when it would makes things easier. There were no surprises in either the storyline or characters. This story followed standard romance book requirements. This did not detract from my reading enjoyment though. It was nice to be able to relax into the story, knowing that good triumphs evil and love conquers all. If you are looking for a light weekend read, this is definitely a book to consider.show more
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