Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Bestselling author Tess Thompson 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. More

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About Tess Thompson

Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011, she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a bestseller.

Like her main character in Caramel and Magnolias, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella, and their puppy Patches. Tess is working on her next novel and regularly blogs about her journey as a mother, author and friend at tesswrites.com.

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Gayle Duckart reviewed on on July 5, 2013

Worth four stars...good beach read
(review of free book)
Ginny Gallagher reviewed on on July 1, 2013

***Original Review posted on GinsBookNotes .com 7/1/13***
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.
(review of free book)
Kristy Hoover reviewed on on June 29, 2013

Bits of the storyline feel unrealistic, yet the characters learn realistic life lessons. Sometimes the biggest obstacle in our life is the inability to openly speak our truth. This is a sweet love story filled with likable characters and an enjoyable read. (I pictured Von as Mike from Breaking Bad)
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