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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review of Tess Thompson's Riverbend

"Tag. I found you."

Just as Annie Bell's reputation as one of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest grows to new heights, she receives a threatening phone call from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Marco is out on parole and hungry for revenge, blaming her for his ten-year imprisonment. Fearing for her life and that of her young son, Annie reluctantly accepts help from Drake Webber, a cold and wealthy recluse hiding a dark history of his own. Supported by the gang of misfits from their restaurant Riversong, Annie forges ahead despite her growing terror that Marco will appear at any moment and make good on his threats.

Author Tess Thompson (formerly Tess Hardwick) reunites the colorful cast of endearing small-town characters from her bestselling novel Riversong and takes you on a journey that will renew your faith in love, friendship and the power of community - even in the face of seemingly insurmountable grief and fear. You'll find yourself once again cheering for the residents of River Valley, especially the big-hearted and compassionate Annie Bell.

Escape with a blend of love, laughter, friendship, suspense and gourmet food while remembering it's never too late for second chances.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  I haven't read Riversong yet, but I wasn't a bit lost, Ms. Thompson told this story so well that I could enjoy it without having read her previous novel.  Annie never realized that her past would catch up with her, but it did and in the process she finds love.  She thought there wasn't anyone out there for her and Drake thought he could never love again.  I highly recommend this book.  I couldn't hardly put it down because I so wanted to know what Drake's secret was, why he was so sad, and why he wanted to become a recluse.  Tess Thompson is an exceptional writer and I can't wait to get the chance to read her other books, great job Ms. Thompson. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Tess Thompson

Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2000 she wrote her first full-length play, My Lady's Hand which subsequently won the 2001 first place prize for new work at the Burien Theatre. Her first novel, "Riversong", became a bestselling ebook in 2012, reaching #1 on Nook and spending 35 days in Amazon's Top 100.

Like her main character in "Caramel and Magnolias", Tess is from a small town in Southern Oregon. She currently lives in near Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella, and their puppy Patches. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.

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

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