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An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5I've liked others by the author betterOctober 12, 2017An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3During the story we get a fairly long flashback sequence of Zoe and Cruz's relationship, including the answer to the fairly big question of how Zoe ended up with Kyle instead. I definitely liked Zoe's adult self better than her irresponsible teenage self, though I didn't ever really connect with her--maybe it was too many personality changes (between the beginning, the flashback, and the end). Who I really liked was her best friend Hope--I'm glad to see the next book will feature her! She makes a great best friend, and I look forward to learning more of her story. And, for that matter, I really liked Zoe's brother (particularly as a great candidate for Hope).
While this isn't a thriller, there is some suspense towards the end. Apparently I psyched myself out (probably from reading too many actual suspense novels) into thinking that the obvious villain couldn't possibly be behind the arson; I had another perpetrator all picked out, motive determined and everything--but it turns out that I far, far overthought things.
There wasn't much of a faith message in this book, especially not compared to certain others by the author, though the characters (especially their poorer choices) felt realistic to today's society. It definitely was not my favorite of Hunter's novels, but still a solid romance.
Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for a free e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Finding Your True Self with Second ChancesOctober 11, 2017SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Denise Hunter has long been one of my favorite authors. The way she is able to draw me into a storyand a groupis a gift. Blue Ridge Sunrise, the first book in the Blue Ridge Romance series, is no exception.
When Zoe returns to town and learns she has inherited her grandmothers peach orchard, for the first time in a long time, she has options in her life. No longer will she have to rely on a man who has manipulated her for years. But working in close proximity to Cruz Huntley is more than she bargained for, especially with the secret shes kept from him.
Zoe is an interesting character. As a teenager, shes fearless and carefree. As an adult, shes stifled and unsure.
This is a book about second chances. About finding yourself again when youve lost your way. Second chances at love and friendship. Second chances with family. And while not all of those second chances work out exactly like Zoe would like them to, she lives a better, more fulfilling life by the final pages of Blue Ridge Sunrise.
***I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
dianaFlowW Columbia, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Denise Hunter Rocks!September 7, 2017dianaFlowW Columbia, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Denise Hunter is one talented author whose wonderfully descriptive prose immediately assaults the readers' senses as we journey to the foothills of Copper Creek, Georgia -- with its fresh air, pine forests, the glorious aroma of hyacinths, and small hometown feel. After five years of being gone, Zoe Collins returns for her grandmother's funeral with her jerk of a boyfriend, Kyle, and I emphasize the word JERK! Cruz Huntley, Zoe's first love, notices her spunk and zest for life has dissipated and the fact that she lets herself be controlled by Kyle is disturbing.
Zoe makes some of the worst decisions ever, but I totally "get" her. Sometimes when a young woman grows up with a controlling, cold father figure she tends to make a lot of misjudgments in her life. When the hunky (and I emphasize the word HUNKY) Cruz learns Zoe's secret, will the tension rise between them even more? And will another of Zoe's foolish decisions put her life and those around her at risk?
This book got many mixed reviews mainly because of a lack of a spiritual thread and so I kept my eyes peeled for that while reading. God is mentioned many times and reconciliation with Him is found for one of the characters. Cruz also makes mention of the fact that he didn't know where he would be without God. I wonder if these reviewers read the same book as I because I found it heartrending, funny, romantic, suspenseful...all the things that make up a wonderful "I can't put down" novel! I read this in two short evenings and loved it! Denise Hunter has written another winner in my book! (Pun intended!)
Crystal3 Stars Out Of 5PredictableAugust 10, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Zoe Collins and Cruz Huntley did not expect their paths to cross again until Zoe returns to her hometown to mourn the death of her beloved and spirited grandmother. Five years have passed since Zoe left Copper Creek and Cruz-her first love- in haste after Zoe's determination to keep her romance with Cruz a secret causes a rift between the couple. Her impulsive decision to join a band as a back up singer instead of facing her problems has now led her down the path of being a single mom, feeling trapped in an abusive relationship, and struggling to gain the confidence she once had in order to accept the challenge of continuing the peach orchard business left to her by her grandmother. As Zoe and Cruz reconnect and Zoe breaks away from her abusive boyfriend, past hurts are resolved and their romance is given a second chance.
Blue Ridge Sunrise provides the reader with a sweet "second chance romance" story line filled with hope and forgiveness. Although I enjoyed the story, I was a bit disappointed at how predictable it was. I quite literally wasn't surprised by any of the events laid out in the plot. I kept waiting for that "surprise" element to unfold in the story, but unfortunately, it just didn't happen.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.