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a walk through the pages4 Stars Out Of 5blue ridge sunriseNovember 7, 2017a walk through the pagesQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Denise Hunter's latest book is named, Blue Ridge Sunrise. On the opening pages, you find Zoe Collins heading back to her hometown of Cooper Falls, Georgia, with her young daughter, Gracie. The reason for her return is, unfortunately, to attend her grandmother's funeral. Zoe had left town five years ago, both to pursue her music career in Nashville and to hide the fact that she was pregnant!
Zoe soon learns that Cruz Huntley, a friend from her past, is managing the peach orchard, that her grandmother left to Zoe in her will. In light of the fact that Zoe and Cruz would most likely be seeing each other on a daily basis, Zoe knows that she must reveal her secret to Cruz. He is the father of her daughter, Gracie! Once both Zoe and Cruz are able to handle this revelation, they find another problem waiting for them. Due to the current financial state of the orchard, Zoe is planning to host a big sale at the local Peach Fest; however, as she looks out, over her property, one evening before the sale, she sees her barn ablaze. It is being consumed by fire!
As Zoe, Cruz and local officials attempt to discover who is at fault; unfortunately, they discover a man from Zoe's pas,t whom she would rather forget. Hold on, through this fast-paced ending, when you will discover who is attempting to bring Zoe to her knees!
Angela SuzanneAge: 18-24Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Blue Ridge SunriseNovember 4, 2017Angela SuzanneAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I had mixed feelings about this book. At points I liked it, reading about Cruz and Zoe getting another chance. But at other points, I didn't really like it, as scenes moved from one to the other so quickly. Because a chunk of the book was written when they were in high school or just out of high school, it felt more like a young adult novel to me. Even for the rest of the book, they were in their early to mid-twenties. The faith aspect of the book was very minimal which was alright except that it felt nonchalant and only cropped up when the characters were in trouble mostly. However, I liked that I got to see their past relationship instead of just reading about it from what they reveal in the present.
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great StoryOctober 31, 2017Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Blue Ridge Sunrise, by Denise Hunter, is book one in A Blue Ridge Romance series. Zoe left home five years earlier and joined a band with her current boyfriend Kyle. Kyle, Zoe and her young daughter returned home for her grandmother's funeral. They had not planned to stay, but when the will was read, Zoe found out she was the new owner of her grandmother's orchard. After a disagreement, Kyle left and Zoe was alone in Copper Creak with her daughter. She had no vehicle and no money.
When Zoe decided to run the orchard, she found out the orchard is financially hurting and her ex-boyfriend, Cruz, is now the manager. In an effort to turn the orchard's finances around, Zoe and her crew clean up a building and converted it to a shop. Just as it was getting ready to open, the shop burned and Zoe is suspected of burning it for insurance money.
This is a really good story. It is fast paced and had a lot of action and suspense in the story. The story also has a little romance without getting overwhelming. The parts in the story that I really enjoyed were the memories Zoe had of her grandmother. The other things that stands out in the book is when Zoe realizes that her life cannot be planned by any man, or even herself. God is the one that has plans for her. I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary fiction stories will enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Characters need to grow up big timeOctober 30, 2017Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Blue Ridge Sunrise
Blue Ridge Romance #1
By Denise Hunter
Five years ago Zoe Collins made a decision that she has had to live - one that took her away from her family and Copper Creek. But when Granny dies unexpectedly Zoe is left feeling the loss in ways she never expected. But Granny knew that Zoe needed to return to the place that she once called home and leaving the peach orchard that Zoe used to love working on to her just might be what is needed to bring her home for good.
But returning to Copper Creek means facing her past and the pain that she left behind and facing Cruz Huntley once again. And then there is Gracie the daughter that no one in Copper Creek has ever met. Can her daughter help her reconnect with her brother and her father or will this be yet another wedge to drive them further apart?
But Zoe is determined to keep the legacy left to her regardless of pressure from her boyfriend, Kyle, to sell. But with loans to pay back and a not too great growing season can she hope to hold the orchard? When she is offered a possibility to make a greater profit on her harvest Zoe sees hope for her future, but first, she must confront the secret that drove her from home.
Now Blue Ridge Sunrise as a title has such a beautiful sound to it and one would expect a story equal to such a title. Zoe is her own worst enemy, yes her dad has problems with her, but she is (or was) someone who decided what she wanted and when she wanted it. In fact, Zoe's very stubbornness is what finds her in her current situation separated from friends and family and kowtowing to a real jerk of a boyfriend. Worse she comes home and continues keeping secrets that are a further wedge in her already fragile relationships. And Zoe is somewhat manipulative, disregarding the opinion of others, and determined to do things her way. I can't say I feel too much empathy for Zoe, she more than anything annoys me. Cruz is okay, but he is too easily manipulated by Zoe. Yes, both of them are young but time doesn't seem to mature them too much in the five years between Zoe's escape and return. I think, character-wise, I prefer Zoe's brother Brady, who I hope gets a bigger role in the next book.
Don't get me wrong the book isn't bad, it's just that the two main characters just really annoy me with their hard-headedness. A whole lotta trouble could have been avoided if they could have talked and listened. And did I mention I love the cover - I would love to step into said orchard and pick a few. Now one thing this book lacks is reference to God or faith so if you are looking for Christian fiction (as the Library of Congress cataloging data states) you will be disappointed in this Thomas Nelson offering.
I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher through BookLook Bloggers with no expecations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Nice writing but I didn't love the charactersOctober 26, 2017daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0When I selected this book, I knew who Denise Hunter was as an author, having read her books previously. My gut said that in the past I enjoyed her writings, so I took a chance on this story.
Zoe Collins left home, vowing never to return. The only reason she has returned now, with her daughter and boyfriend, is that her granny has died. Her granny has given her the orchard, so now Zoe must decide what to do with it. Stay and make a go at it, or continue to pursue her dream of singing.
Meanwhile, we have Cruz Huntley, who has always loved his best friend's little sister. They were together, but during a break, he was led to believe that she cheated on him. For him, that was enough. Then, she was gone. Now, she is back and he has to figure out what to do with the charging emotions within him, every time he sees her.
As for my take on the story, I enjoyed the story, in fact, I started it the night before and finished it today. A one day marathon read. While I enjoyed the premise of the story, I just felt there was a lot of things happening within the story and pieces that didn't quite mesh with me.
Issue one: the story of Zoe and Cruz. Their relationship they kept from other people, in fact, the majority of people didn't even know they were dating. From what I gleaned, they had never dated openly. And yet, Zoe returns to town and they automatically know that they still have feelings. At this point, I was wondering if the feelings were for the person, or the sexual chemistry that was building up within them. That is the one part of the story I really didn't like. She, at 19, was just so immature. I didn't like her. The author had her as a free-spirit, but I saw her as a tease and a flirt wanting only one thing.
Cruz, we discover has always found Zoe attractive, and a weak moment led him to a path where he probably shouldn't have gone.
I'm not sure if I would really characterize this as a Christian book. There are threads of Christianity, but when you match it up to your typical Christian theme, it doesn't tick off the boxes. Yes, they went to church, but there wasn't really anything to those instances, other than a meeting place. There wasn't the usual conversations about God.
The main characters I had more interest in was Hope and Brady, two people I'm guessing will have a part in a future book. As for Zoe and Cruz, I never really got to like them as individuals. Plus, to me the book had so much going on, and yet just seemed to either quickly tie up ends or leave other ends hanging. Such as Zoe and her wishful singing career. Then the Rusty Nail, and the potential there.
I would classify this book more as a clean fiction book, with hints of Christianity. If you go in expecting a heavier does of Christian tones, don't expect it. That way you won't put your hopes up too high.
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