Renee Kumor has lived in North Carolina for over thirty years. The setting for the River Bend Chronicles series reflects her early life in Ohio and her later years in western North Carolina. She was a stay-at-home mom for several years developing a personal ethic of community service. Through the years as her children aged, she became active in the political and non-profit life of the community. She began writing a political opinion column for the local newspaper, but retired from writing when she announced her candidacy for local political office. After eight years as a county commissioner, she returned to non-profit service and began writing a monthly column for the newspaper on non-profit management and service issues. Renee has been married to her husband for forty-four years. They have four children and four grandchildren.
River Bend is alive with spring blossoms and Lynn Powers is doing her best to trade, barter or steal samples of some of the best perennials for her garden. Dusty, her husband, interrupts her spring fever as he draws her into helping with his new assignment. He has been named to a local county board by the sheriff to work with early release felons...
Lynn Powers is facing the month of May caught up in the activities driven by a son who is graduating from high school. But that doesn’t stop her from becoming embroiled in mayhem as she discovers an elderly black woman who has been assaulted. Throughout the story Lynn and her family learn about the history of many people in town.....
It’s the beginning of a new year. Lynn Powers is still recovering from witnessing her friend Susan Carmichael die in an explosion. Polly, Susan’s teenage daughter, has agreed to stay in River Bend for the rest of her freshman year of high school. She is having some difficult periods of adjustment. As Lynn and her friends cope with Polly....
By Thanksgiving life in River Bend has turned as bitter as the weather. A detective has been shot, three children are found abandoned and one local politician is killed in a deadly car bombing. The usual family holiday cheer is dampened as Dusty works to protect three small children from child traffickers while hunting a bomber. River Bend is in turmoil.
The gang in River Bend find themselves dealing with aging parents and with a local nonprofit taking advantage of the elderly in the community. As Piper’s father undergoes knee surgery, her mother, Glenda, is left alone at the farm seeming to suffer from a mental decline. Lynn and Dusty discover a dead man on the farm and the folks in River Bend become concerned with the community’s elders safety.
In many communities, a lot of service is delivered by nonprofit staff and volunteers. In fact, many of us find ourselves ready and willing to support an array of local nonprofits because of the work they do in addressing concerns close to us.
This book does not address issues that relate to multimillion dollar agencies, but to the challenges faced locally by staff and board members.
Renee Kumor enthralls readers of her popular romance series -- The River Bend Chronicles -- drawing them into the lives and loves of the inhabitants of this all-too-familiar small town. This volume includes the first four books in this delightful series: Small Town Secrets, Taking A Chance, ‘Tis the Season, and An Act of Charity.
This holiday season in River Bend includes family gatherings, snowmobile races, and a little romance. And murder. Lynn Powers and her family begin celebrations for Christmas with the first big party, Dusty’s birthday. However, on Christmas Day Dusty is called to a murder scene where a young man is found dead in his bathtub. And Pam finds a hit-and-run victim, is she under suspicion?
Sonny Bosco, one of the actors who came to River Bend for a community project last spring, stayed to die. She is surrounded by friends to help her passage. A sick child is also facing death as his mother, an environmental attorney, and her team investigate water quality issues on the river. An environmentalists is murdered at the same time detectives find another body. River Bend at its best.
Jason is a victim of a fight in the park and is thrown into a fishing boat and set adrift on the river. Dusty organizes a search for the youngster. During this hectic period, Sean Hennessey returns to River Bend to claim his inheritance. Sean becomes a suspect in Dusty’s investigation. Lynn is injured in a truck accident. And sons reconcile with their parents. A typical happenstance in River Bend.
In this fourth book in the River Bend Chronicles, Lynn Powers and Dusty Reid have broken off their engagement to the consternation of both families. But Lynn gets drawn into a murder that requires Dusty’s intervention. Two actors are found dead in two days. During the investigation, Dusty pleads with Lynn to elope, but the killer has other plans for Lynn. Murder and marriage; what a combination!
In this third book in the River Bend Chronicles, Lynn Powers, a fortyish widow with a teenage son, continues to build her new life in River Bend. It’s two weeks before Christmas and the holiday season is going full tilt -- except for Lynn and her son.
This story weaves through the Christmas holidays and the bodies start to pile up.
This second entry in the popular River Bend Chronicles gives us a growing relationship between Lynn Powers and police detective Dusty Reid -- along with two murders. It begins with a battered woman being taken to the local woman’s shelter, and Lynn recognizing her as a potential donor to the River Bend Philanthropies. What’s going on in this peaceful little town?
An introduction to the River Bend Chronicles series, you will encounter fascinating characters, three murders, a marriage, and the beginning of a romance between Lynn and a detective known as Dusty. The story takes place over several weeks from May to August.....