- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Booktrope Editions (March 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935961144
- ISBN-13: 978-1935961147
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 671 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,168,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Riversong Paperback – March 30, 2011
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"This book really tugs at your heartstrings! Anyone who's ever felt like an underdog will cheer for Lee as she makes herway 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 onsome level. This is a perfect Summer read and will have you dying toknow what happens next." - MamaNYC
"A powerful piece of survival fiction, this evokes the feel of a rural American town." - Romancing the Book
From the Author
It's been over five years since "Riversong" was first released. Since then, I've written nine more novels. They're all special to me, but a writer's first book is like their first-born child--they have a special place in your heart. In addition, mastering the craft of storytelling is like parenting. We learn along the way what to do and not do, while accepting our lack of perfection.
Of all my books, I can remember exactly where I was when I wrote certain passages. I had young children then and fit writing in when I could. Sometimes it was in the car waiting for them to finish ballet class. Other times, it was at five a.m. when the house was quiet and my mind uncluttered. I wasn't sure what I wanted or expected from a writing career, other than to finish a novel. Just finish! When it was done, I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to write another. Happily, that wasn't the case.
I've grown a lot as a writer in five years. However, "Riversong" is from my heart--born of blood, sweat and tears and a whole lot of courage. Most people in my life laughed at me when I confessed I was writing a book. Some to my face, some behind my back. It was hard to break through all my self-doubt, not to mention that of family and friends. But I did. I know now that part of my journey as a woman was to break past my fears and to listen to my heart. When I accepted myself for who I truly am, many things fell into place.
Like Lee in "Riversong", we've all had horrific tragedies, and yet we persevere. With our messy, broken hearts, we move forward. We forgive, we heal, we fight--for a second chance, or a new life, or to find love once again. This book is about that kind of courage. Lee and her story were inspired by all the real women I've known throughout my life that rise from the ashes to live again.
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I was lured in from the very first page in the prologue. Oh and by the way, I don't usually read book blurbs or reviews because I hate spoilers, so I really had no idea what I was in store for and was pleasantly pleased the further I got into it and I couldn't put it down. At first, I thought it was a YA romance, but then realized it wasn't. But that's okay. I love YA too. I loved the way Tess Thompson built Lee's character in the prologue. She made me fall in love with her from the beginning, then continued to pull me in with the suspense of everything and I found myself rooting for Tommy and adoring Lee. Though, I'll have to admit, there were times I wanted to shake Lee and tell her to wake up, but I knew she would eventually.
If you like a bit of suspense mixed with some good old fashion small town romance, you will love this book as much as I did.
Love this story.
I believe that Tess Thompson does a beautiful job of telling a story of perseverance, hope, healing, community, and love in her first book in the River Valley series, Riversong.
Her main character, Lee Tucker, was an only child raised by an alcoholic mother in the small town of River Valley, Oregon. She was forced to take on adult responsibilities and never really enjoyed her life. At 17 she is offered a college art scholarship, she takes it and leaves her mother and River Valley behind.
Fast forward 20 years and Lee is a successful married business woman when her world is rocked by her husband's suicide, an unexpected pregnancy, and a loan shark looking to collect on her husband's million dollar debt. Lee escapes back to her hometown in hopes of renovating and then selling the family farm so that she can pay off the debt and remain alive.
One of the things that I really enjoyed was that the characters emotions are true to life. The guilt and what if's that Lee experiences after her husband's suicide and her needing to know the details of how he killed himself are so spot on. Also, when you take into context her childhood and the caretaker role she played to her mother, you can understand how she so easily became complacent in her married life.
I read some reviews that thought book was too "preachy" in parts. I did not find this to be true. There are a couple of characters that have a strong relationship with God and the conversations that Lee has with them relay their faith but again I felt this reflected true to life circumstances if one were to encounter a similar personality in their own life. I guess what I am saying is yes there are mentions of God and faith but it fits in with the character and feels authentic to the story line.
There were some plots in the story that were a little unrealistic. Such as, Lee returning to her hometown to hide from the loan shark enforcer guy. That does seem like the first place they would check but it was something I just shrugged and looked past because it didn't distract from the over all story.
If you enjoy a heartwarming tale of perseverance and hope and like to be left with the warm fuzzies when you end a book then I think you would enjoy Tess Thompson's, Riversong.
It took me awhile to get to this book and with all that is going on in my life I couldn't spend so much time with it but when ever I had a moment I would read this delightful and inspiring story.
The author's well described story took you right into the pages and you could experience all the scenes, smells, colors and atmosphere with the main character.
The plot was heart warming, touching you deeply as you tag along with Lee as she tried to pull her life together after a great loss, many emotional heartaches and the beginning of new life.
From the beginning the name of the book had my attention and reading it and learning the origin of the name it made so much sense and said so much in the one word. Riversong implies new beginnings, the bubble of new life, a place where everything was possible-you can hear the "water" rushing over rocks as it makes its way thru the earth - all symbolic of the story and Lee's life story.
Really a great book that I enjoyed thoroughly.
Oh, and Tommy...my, what a man. He was sincere, truthful and in love from the moment they met and through out his support and love was what pulled Lee thru.
Ellen, she was a beacon in a very dark place, fulfilling her role beautifully as mother, friend, adviser and support system. She was literally a lot of powder in a small package with a heart of gold. I just loved her.