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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.'
Amanda B5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!March 12, 2018Amanda BQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Each time Denise Hunter releases a book, I know I'll love it.
With that being said, Hunter's book seem to be getting more and more edgy for the Christian Fiction genre.
Zoe and Cruz have a long history, but since Zoe was Cruz's best friend's little sister, they never openly pursued a relationship. Their relationship was kept secret, and Zoe left town. Cruz never got over Zoe, so when she returns to take possession of the orchard she inherited, both are faced with big decisions.
Hunter deals with sweet and precious second chances and unconditional love, while wrestling with the realistic consequences of past sin. While we all have to deal with consequences of sin, I feel like the character's faith was definitely watered down, and could have been handled in a more positive way.
I felt the relationship between Zoe and her ex, Kyle, was a little over-the-top dramatic, but then again, there are crazy people in this world, so it could happen. The tension was also necessary from a literary standpoint, so I understand why it was handled the way it was.
I can't wait for the next book in the series!
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review, which I have provided here.
Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5BLUE RIDGE SUNRISEMarch 9, 2018Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4BLUE RIDGE SUNRISE by Denise Hunter. Thomas Nelson Publisher
Expectation of others believe Zoe was born to run the orchard, she had a life before returning to Copper Creek. Same with her love life, now she is having to deal with her first love Cruz and her boyfriend Kyle. Tension is on the rise, and fills the pages. You get to know the characters they are well described, you wonder about the outcome. Her books are filled with good details and plot, that dont disappoint readers. Given ARC by Thomas Nelson , for my voluntary review and my honest opinion
Loraine3 Stars Out Of 5Writing is really good but I didn't like the way the backstory was handled.March 7, 2018LoraineQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is the first book that I've read by this author so I went into the story with an open mind. I love Hallmark movies and the "high school sweethearts - breakup - find themselves back together again - throw in a struggling orchard" felt kind of like a Hallmark movie storyline. I was a little thrown by the flashback/backstory of Zoe and Cruz's relationship, which begins just after chapter six and is about ten chapters. Perhaps if the backstory was at the beginning of the book and then we caught up with them years later, I would have liked it better. This way felt disjointed to me and I think it kept me from being to invested in their story. Full review at my website. 2 1/2 out of 5 stars. I received this book in a giveaway. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Courtney4 Stars Out Of 5A Pleasant and Enjoyable ReadJanuary 26, 2018CourtneyQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I jumped at the chance to get an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review... and then it took me a long time to get into it. Some of the plot elements and settingsusedin this book are very similar to another novel I had just read, and I didn't like the feeling of unoriginality. Setting that aside, the characters in this book are likable and engaging and I found myself really rooting for them. This story is about longing for something just out of your reach. It's a story of heartache and loss...of redemption and transformation. It's a story of healing and self-discovery. It's a story of family, love, and home.
bookbloggerWestern MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Sweet but predictable romanceJanuary 20, 2018bookbloggerWestern MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter
Zoe is living her dream of being a musician when she is called back home by her Grannys death. She has been gone for five years and plans to attend the funeral one day and return to Nashville the next. However, her Grannys will holds a surpriseshe is now the owner of the family peach orchard. In a surprising turn of events, she decides to stay and run the orchard in Grannys memory. She hopes to avoid the man who broke her heart five years ago, but as it turns out, he is now the orchards manager. Can the orchard survive and can Zoe remain there with the painful memories of her first love?
This is not the type of book that I usually read, but how could I resist when I took part in a survey to determine the books cover? It was an easy read, not really a surprising one, but I did enjoy it. Although I didnt identify much with Zoe, the plot twists did make me want to find out what would happen to the characters. The author left room for another book, perhaps featuring some secondary characters.
If you enjoy a pleasant story line with a not-too-surprising ending, I think you will enjoy this book. I received a free copy from the fiction guild and this is my honest review.