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Riversong (The River Valley Collection Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tess Thompson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (554 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Lee Tucker’s 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.

Author Tess Thompson (formerly known as Tess Hardwick) 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.

A surprising mix of romance, humor, friendship, intrigue and gourmet food – Riversong entertains while reminding you of life’s greatest gifts.

Editorial Reviews


"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." - MamaNYC

"A powerful piece of survival fiction, this evokes the feel of a rural American town." - Romancing the Book

Product Details

  • File Size: 2365 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935961144
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope (April 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riversong August 14, 2011
Lee Tucker is in disbelief after her husband commits suicide. The disbelief doesn't just come from his death, but also what comes after the funeral. Turns out her husband had made a few deals, worth one million dollars in loans, and now the loan shark is after Lee to pay that money back. After Lee discovers she is pregnant, and in no way able to repay her husband's debts right away, she flees to her mother's house in a small Oregon town. Her hometown is filled with ugly memories, including an alcoholic mother who never seemed to care for Lee. Since her mother succumbed to the alcoholism, and her house was left Lee, she decides to fix it up and sell it to pay the remaining debt. After a wonderful neighbor helps Lee get settled back into her childhood home, she finds a job as a business consultant at a struggling restaurant. While there, she is met with cold shoulders and hostility by the owner's son, but pushes on with determination to make the restaurant succeed- and hoping her life will finally turn around.

The heroine in Riversong by Tess Hardwick can be described as resilient and determined. You learn right away about her horrible childhood with a sad excuse for a mother, and understand why she sometimes carries a chip on her shoulder. I was rooting for Lee the entire way throughout the book, and she is someone you want to see catch a break in life. This is Hardwick's debut novel, and I feel she is an author to watch for. I enjoyed all the restaurant scenes and how hard Lee worked to make it a success, and the stories of other residents among the small town will make you smile while pulling at your heart. There were a few grammatical errors in there that I caught, and sometimes I wondered why the loan shark didn't think to first look at her hometown for her, but overall, I really enjoyed a beautiful story with a smart heroine to connect with.
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86 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect story April 11, 2011
I had such great fortune to come upon this wonderful novel. The story was simply engaging, creating a world in which I was able to delightfully lose myself. I found the storyline to be quite empowering and hopeful, as it encapsulated a world filled with struggles and redemption. I did not want it to end.
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100 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book April 10, 2011
By Maria
What a great book! The characters are so vivid and real and the storyline grabs you from the beginning. I had a hard time putting it down. It's the kind of book that, when you're finished reading, makes you sad that it's over and makes you want to read everything else that the author has written. I highly recommend this book. It would be a great addition to anyone's beach bag this summer!
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101 of 125 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors December 23, 2011
Downloaded the sample (the first 3 chapters) because of the overall level of the reviews and the fact that it's set in the Pacific NW. Nothing against the northeast and the south; those places may have more history and skeletons in the closets, but I've read enough novels set in those places lately. Nice to see something set close to home.

But ... ugh. After reading the sample I don't think I'll be able to tolerate all the grammatical errors, especially after reading other reviews from people who've made it halfway through the book and then put it down for the same reason. "The Tucker's part of the road" ... "a nervous tick" ... "Mariner's cap" ... "don't care one wit". All this in the first few pages of a book featuring a major character who is an English teacher (and in chapter 1 makes a show of correcting the protagonist's grammar), no less!

There's also a significant (to us Northwesterners) factual error at the beginning of chapter 3, completely misplacing the zone of sparse radio reception between Puget Sound and Portland.

I don't know; maybe if the Kindle Edition were a buck, like so many other lightly edited self-published novels on Amazon, I'd go for it. All the settings in the sample are familiar to me, and so far I'm intrigued enough by the characters and the story to read more. But the number of errors in the sample alone is about as bad as I've seen, even among the $0.99 thrillers, to the point that I consider the book to still be in draft form. Honestly, Ms. Hardwick, I hope you will pay a struggling English-major friend for a few hours of their time to catch the glitches. Your book would be worth a lot more. Personally, I'm not inclined to pay $3.99 unless it's cleaned up.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration April 10, 2011
By Natalie
Riversong is a remarkable debut novel for Tess Hardwick. This warm-hearted, compelling book is an enveloping saga of human resilience. Hardwick's real achievement is her knack for storytelling - she has carved her story with vivid grace and crafted a superbly plotted, and compulsively readable tale that triumphs. In short, Riversong is an inspiration. Tess Hardwick is a delightful new voice in fiction - one that is well worth listening to.
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63 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumbing Down October 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The premise of the book was enticing, and I wanted to enjoy it, but I repeatedly hit editorial speed bumps that grated on my nerves. I finally gave up. Life is too short to deal with someone else's careless work.

Whatever happened to the era of taking pride in the production of a high quality product? Why is it now acceptable to produce a product that is full of errors? Are there no sufficiently educated friend-editors in the author's world?

If an author can't produce a quality product on all levels, they shouldn't publish. Give readers that much respect, please. It makes self-published writers look bad...and it also speaks to how careless Amazon/B&N/etc., are getting with their recommendations.
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More About the Author

Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. Her first novel, "Riversong", became a bestselling ebook in 2012, reaching #1 on Nook and spending 35 days in Amazon's Top 100. Riverbend and Riversong, also Amazon bestsellers, continue the tale of life in fictional River Valley, Oregon. The Legley Bay Collection, named for the fictional Oregon coast town of Legley Bay, includes "Caramel and Magnolias", followed by "Tea and Primroses," released February 16, 2014.

Like her main characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess is from a small town in Southern Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella, and two kittens, Midnight and Mittens, that Santa brought for Christmas. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.

Tess is working on her seventh novel and regularly blogs about her journey as a mother, author and friend at

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