Riversong by Tess Hardwick
Women’s Fiction Book Review
Riversong by Tess Hardwick is an amazing page-turner that will have you staying up way past your bedtime just to read a few more paragraphs! We get a glimpse into Lee Tucker’s harsh small-town Oregon upbringing with an alcoholic mother and absent father. She feels invisible and unloved and spends her time planning an escape.
After high school she finally has a chance to leave the small town behind and heads to Seattle where she works hard to create the life of which she had only dared to dream. Her determination pays off and she achieves all that her heart desired – wealth, stability, respect, and control are all hers. That is, until her world is suddenly shattered.
Her husband unexpectedly commits suicide before she can tell him that she’s pregnant and she is left with an obscene amount of debt of which she had no previous knowledge. Her creditors are shady, violent, and demanding. When she is unable to pay them off her only choice is to run; right back to the place to which she’d sworn she would never return.
Upon revisiting her old home, the memories of her late mother and lonely chill of the past flood her. She determines to do whatever it takes to fix up the homestead and sell it to pay off the goons that are after her, and then get out of there as fast as she can. She never expected to find family, friendship, acceptance and love, but that is exactly what she gets. It is her willingness to look again at the small town and her past that allows her to find true love and forgiveness.
This book really tugs at your heartstrings! Anyone who’s ever felt like an underdog will cheer for Lee as she makes her way through dangerous encounters, steamy love run-ins, and bold business deals. I don’t think there’s a woman alive who can’t relate to her on some level. This is a perfect Summer read and will have you dying to know what happens next.
Tess Hardwick lives in Washington, but like Lee, she is from a small southern Oregon town. She is a novelist, playwright, blogger, and mother.
Riversong was published in April 2011, and in October 2011 it became the #1 Nook Book of the week! Tess is currently writing a 1930’s historical fiction inspired by her great-grandmother. You can purchase Riversong on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.