- File Size: 2611 KB
- Print Length: 245 pages
- Publisher: Dirty Dog Press (February 16, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 16, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079QXW734
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
River Home (Accidental Roots Book 5) Kindle Edition
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River Home is definitely a character-driven story. As a reader, I want to be drawn into the story, drawn to the characters, and feel like I know them intimately, personally – that they’re real, with real back stories, real emotions, real experiences – and this book delivered. This is the first work I’ve read of Elle Keaton’s, but her writing is so very good – and as an editor, I’m typically more critical than complimentary – that I feel comfortable giving her work a blanket endorsement/recommendation based on a single book.
What struck me most and drew me in was the crisp, clean writing, the true-to-life characters with their realistic and normal personification, from vulnerabilities originating in childhood to the long-term sense of unworthiness that respective relationships or non-relationships planted in their psyches, to the real persons their friends knew and appreciated. Keaton also grounded the major secondary characters into the story framework, a couple times in surprising and unsuspecting ways. She also portrayed these secondary players in such a way that they were more than fixtures or to advance the story along: the reader was given sufficient insight into these characters’ personalities, histories, and motivations to clearly understand where and how they fit. The plots and sub-plots did more than contribute to Miguel’s and Nate’s relationship, but to the surrounding characters and community, too – the coffee shop and its head barista, the human trafficking ring and a decade-old crime that has left its victims and survivors unsure how to return to living, a dysfunctional family drama linked by secrets, unexpected disruption and innocent victims in a sleepy vacation area, arguing brothers, future dreams fulfilled. There is certainly a lot happening in this patchwork of interwoven scenarios, just as in real life, and written and told by a less eloquent and engaging author would not have captured and retained my attention from cover to cover. (Plus, the change-up in terminology, expressions, and descriptions in the sex and relationship-building scenes were A+++.) And Nate “just knowing” how he felt about Miguel and willingly professing that? Thank you, Elle Keaton, for foregoing angst and betrayal and sharing a positive perspective on love.
River Home was like a brightly lit beacon. I always looked forward to picking up where I left off.
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I love this series by Elle Keaton, in fact it was one of my Best Reads of 2017 so when the opportunity to read the newest installment crossed my desk, how could I not jump at the chance? River Home is a perfect fit for the Skagit universe, not only do we get to know Miguel from Buck Swanfeldt’s Garage but we also get to meet Agent Nate Richardson working the case with Adam Klay. The characters are as appealing and engaging as ever, definitely fictional but with just the right amount of what I like to call "next door neighbor factor". I just wanted to wrap Miguel in one never-ending bear hug to keep him safe and loved but I also knew he had the strength to say "Bring it on!". As for Nate, well he screamed the classic case of needing to risk something before discovering how important it or they are to him.
As for the mystery aspect, Elle Keaton blends the case perfectly with the characters and romance between them. We get to see some of our favorites from previous entries that helped fill in their own lives as well as make Miguel and Nate's more rounded. Speaking of secondary characters who were main in the other installments, if asked whether River Home is a standalone I would say, yes technically. However, I am glad I have read them in order I just find the connections between friends to flow better which in turn just adds to the warmth and heart of the story but the case too just meshed better in my head. But, yes it could be read without having read the previous entries I just don't think I would recommend doing so.
River Home(the whole Accidental Roots series really) at its core is about friendships and love and reminding us that family does not have to be blood alone, or at all, its about heart and those who are there beside you that makes a family. Elle Keaton's Accidental Roots series is not only entertaining but it also reminds us what is really important in life and when you can blend those two factors together, you know you are reading something special.
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I have been curious about both Miguel and Nate since they each first appeared in the Accidental Roots series.Read more