Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Love, danger, and history collide in Riverbend, book one of the Riverbend Trilogy. 22 year old Lena Woodruff begins her battle with her own grief over her father's tragic death as she manages to navigate through a web of love and mystery, dating back to America's earliest days. More
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Words: 38,790
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301732111
About Andrea Goodson

Andrea Goodson was born in 1982 and had a love of and fascination with writing since she was very young. Always imagining ways in which the world could be different, she began to write short stories when she was very young. It wasn't until many years later that she put pen to paper and began to work on what has become her first novel, Riverbend, part one in a trilogy. Upon completion of that work she found that writing was something she felt meant to do and would never be able to give up. Using her own experiences with hardship and tragedy, Andrea uses her writing to reach others in an effort to show the world that we need not be victims of circumstance. Her main characters endure many conflicts yet find the courage and strength to better themselves. .


The Riverbend Trilogy Book Trailer
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Review by: Ruby Chua on Feb. 22, 2013 :
This book is a great page turner that I completed within a day. The story started with Lena coming back home and revisit sorrows that she kept within her for years. I like that the story was direct with sufficient details, especially on the character development without feeling draggy. Even though the ending is a cliff hanger, I am still looking forward to the next book to read about Lena's adventure!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jonel Boyko on Jan. 12, 2013 :
Ok, so I definitely did not leave my chair once while reading this novel. It was brilliant. I fully admit that I spent the 1st chapter wondering “what the hell happened in the past” but the rest of the book kept me captivated within its pages. Goodson has a way with words and manages to work mystery and intrigue into her work without it becoming apparent.

The descriptions and settings in this novel are great. They are real places that you feel like you could visit, or have visited. She uses her descriptions in a way that you can picture the setting for the novel very clearly. At the same time, she never gets longwinded or boring.

I think what really got me with this novel was the fact that the historical, anthropological, and archaeological facts present in the book are based in reality. Goodson took the time to research this before writing. It is not simply made up information that she tries to pass off as fact. She weaves an amazing tale around these facts, but what they are is still fact (with a twist or two, of course).

The characters are also heartwarming. You have a main character that is afraid to love because she lost her father coupled with her high school sweetheart who will still do anything for her. You can’t beat that, especially when Goodson takes the time to develop her characters into real people. I was, of course, left with the question “what is Richard’s deal?” Is he up to something or is he simply a skeazebag?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ann Fabrizio on Nov. 16, 2012 :
This was an excellent read by a debut author! The author has developed her characters just enough in this first book in a trilogy that it leaves the reader craving more. She deals with the issues of grief and loss of a loved one, allowing her readers to truly feel the pain her main character has endured. The author has worked hard to incorporate regional history into her story and has created a setting that is ripe for the mystery and suspense that her character finds herself involved in. All in all, an intruiging page-turner that ended leaving me wanting more!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alison Wyatt on Nov. 06, 2012 :
I could not put this book down. The descriptions are perfect, the characters are relatable and the plot is intriguing. I can't wait for the second book of the trilogy to be released!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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