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When her grandmother passes away, Zoe Collins goes back to Copper Creek for the services with her daughter and boyfriend. She finds out she inherits the family peach orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now she must decide if she should continue pursuing a life of fame with her music career or stay and settle down to run the orchard. The confusion really sets in when her first love comes back into her life.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Blue Ridge Romance
"Hunters snappy dialogue and heartwarming prose will appeal to fans of Jan Karon and Mark Simses." Booklist review of Sweetbriar Cottage
Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore shed never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoea peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that shes the only person in town who doesnt expect her to give up the life shes established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years?
Cruz Huntley never quite got over his first love, Zoe Collins, the little sister of his best friend Brady. Not when she cheated on him during their "break," not when she took off to parts unknown with good-for-nothing Kyle Jenkins, and not even nowfive years later.
As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoes head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isnt sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities . . . and her first love.
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her Facebook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter.
"Hunter is an internationally bestselling author with numerous awards to her credit. She writes stories from the heart. This is an exceptional book by an inspirational author." --CBA Market Magazine
Hunter's latest is sure to please her fans, as well as readers seeking an immersive romance, well-drawn characters, and a satisfying ending. A good choice for admirers of Susan Anne Mason's "Courage To Dream" series. --Library Journal
"Diverse characters, a Southern setting and electric chemistry will keep readers emotionally invested." --RT Book Reviews
"With a subtle faith thread and a touch of danger and suspense, this must-read romance stirs a touch of heat into a sweet story of self-acceptance and rekindled love. Blue Ridge Sunrise is sure to please fans of Hunter's previous work. Recommended!" --USAToday, Serena Chase
"Hunter’s snappy dialogue and heartwarming prose will appeal to fans of Jan Karon and Mark Simses." --Booklist review of Sweetbriar Cottage
'Hunter's latest is sure to please her fans, as well as readers seeking an immersive romance, well-drawn characters, and a satisfying ending. A good choice for admirers of Susan Anne Mason's Courage To Dream series.'
'This is an exceptional book by an inspirational author.'
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent RomanceDecember 12, 2017IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Zoe Collins is back in Copper Creek for her grandmothers funeral, accompanied by her musician boyfriend and four-year-old daughter. Shes only planned to stay the dayshe and Kyle have to get back to Nashville for a concert, and she has no desire to reconnect with her father. But her plans change when she finds out shes inherited Grannys peach orchard, the only place shes felt at home since her mother died.
What no one has told her in the five years shes been away is that the orchard manager is Cruz Huntley, her first love and Gracies father. Now the two are thrown together as Zoe tries to save her family orchard, against the advice of everyone elseespecially Kyle, and her father. And it seems someone is prepared to do more than tell her running the orchard is a stupid idea.
Someone seems prepared to go to great lengths to ensure she gives up and goes back to Nashville.
Zoe and Cruz were both great characters, and I wanted them to get back together right from the start. It was good to see a romance where the couple isnt apart for the whole novel. I think thats why I like romantic suspense, because of the way the external suspense plot serves to both bring the characters together and keep them apart. Blue Ridge Sunrise did a great job in this regard.
There were lots of great lines. Unfortunately, I cant share most of them because they might give something important away (although I did share the opening line last week as part of #FirstLineFriday). Lets just say the writing is excellent, and there are many nuggets of truth hidden in Blue Ridge Sunrise. Like this line at the top of this post.
The other thing I liked
While there is a happy-ever-after ending (this is a romance. There has to be a happy-ever-after ending), the ending isnt all roses and pink unicorns. Relationships are messy, and cant always be tidied up nicely to fit a 80,000 word novel (or however long this is).
Blue Ridge Sunrise is the beginning of a series, so Ill be looking forward to seeing some of those relationships develop and improve in future novels. As an aside, while its the beginning of a series, its the same setting as Denise Hunters last book, Sweetbriar Cottage, and there are a couple of references.
Overall, recommended for those who enjoy Christian romance with a faith focus, and plenty of suspense.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Blue Ridge SunriseNovember 28, 2017Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Blue Ridge Sunrise is the first book from Denise Hunter's whole new series, Blue Ridge Romance. I read this book in one sitting. I loved it so much, I did not want to put it down. I felt an instant connection to Zoe. I knew what she was going through - the heartache, past secrets and regrets. This is a wonderful story of forgiveness, letting go, and moving on, while in a beautiful setting.
I most definitely believe this is a must read and highly recommend it.
5 plus stars.
I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Susan Barrett5 Stars Out Of 5Great BookNovember 25, 2017Susan BarrettQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Blue Ridge Sunrise is the latest novel by Denise Hunter and is the first in the new Blue Ridge Romance series. As a Georgia girl myself, Im lovin these books set in my home state! While this is in its own series, I was delighted to find references to the characters from Sweetbriar Cottage and The Wishing Season. Like any other by Ms. Hunter, I gobbled this up in practically one sitting; it did not disappoint!
Zoe has always felt out of place in her own family. She went off to pursue music instead of a law degree, fell for the farmer as a teen instead of a rich young businessman or something, and had a baby at nineteen. Having now returned to her hometown after the death of her grandmother and inheriting her grandmothers peach orchard, what will she do with her second chance? Will she stick with her current overprotective, abusive boyfriend, or is there a second chance with her first love? Will she settle down and run the orchard or continue to pursue fame?
Although this had some similar vibes to Becky Wades Meant to Be Mine, it became its own story. Once I got the characters straight, it was fairly predictable, but still worth reading. It was cute, it was suspenseful, it was southern. And it oozed charm. The setting drew me in, obviously, but I stayed in the story because I fell for its characters. (Having just bought a bunch of peaches to enjoy while reading this story didnt hurt either.) I really, really enjoyed seeing the characters grow and come out of their shells, learn to forgive and to let go of the past. This is a story with a lot of heart that you should not miss! 5 stars!
Thank you to Net Galley and to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion which Ive done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Story of Second ChancesNovember 20, 2017Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Denise Hunter writes stories that I have a hard time setting down. They capture me! That was definitely the case with Blue Ridge Sunrise. The story centered around two people who loved each other, but were seperated years ago because of misunderstandings and lies. I enjoyed reading about Zoe and Cruz both in the present and in the past. They made mistakes, went too far physically, and ended up hurting each other. I really enjoyed seeing them make their way back together again and set right what had gone so wrong.
I thought that the author handled the difficult topic of a controlling and emotionally abusive partner very well. I was a bit surprised by the way events unfolded with the abusive ex-partner, Kyle, but I was satisfied with the way it played out.
Although this was a clean story, there was mention of the characters having become physically intimate in the flashback. It is only stated, not explicitly described. There are also a couple of references to the fact that Zoe was intimate with her ex-boyfriend Kyle. There was a light faith thread to the story, however, it leaned more toward clean fiction than inspiration fiction in my opinion. I enjoyed this novel and look forward to the next in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Interesting Love Story - My Review of Blue Ridge SunriseNovember 19, 2017EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Denise Hunter
I really enjoy the writing of Denise Hunter, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review another book from her.
Blue Ridge Sunrise tells the story of a young woman who inherits an orchard from her grandmother. This book is a love story and so much more. This is a story of family and fighting for a better future.
Who This Book is For:
Anyone who is looking for a love story with a little more to it will enjoy this book.
What I liked:
The characters in this book are likable and fun to read about.
The story was interesting and different from a lot out there.
The chapters are short and easy to get through.
There aren't any boring parts in this book.
What I didnt like:
The only thing negative that I have to say is that if you are looking for something that really has a message to it, you will not get that in this book.
Overall, I thought that this was an interesting and enjoyable book.
I give Blue Ridge Sunrise 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.