Friday, October 6, 2023

WILDFLOWER FALLS by Denise Hunter, Reviewed by Kim and Rebecca

Wildflower Falls by Denise Hunter is a sweet romance with well developed characters and a nice family centered storyline. Riverbend Gap, a small town in North Carolina, is the perfect setting for not only this story, but the entire series.

I really liked Charlotte and Gunner and how their relationship slowly developed. There were no big misunderstandings, just them getting to know each other. That being said, I would’ve liked the story to focus a little bit more on their romance. Gunner’s history really made you understand him and his choice to protect himself by living a solitary lifestyle. I loved how him falling for Charlotte helped him see why his choice to live this way may not have been the correct one. I also loved reconnecting with the close-knit Robinson family.

While Wildflower Falls is the fourth book in the Riverbend series, I think you could easily read each story as a standalone, but as usual, it’s better to read them all to get to know the entire family. Wildflower Falls is, by far, my favorite of the series as I had a couple of issues with two of the other stories. That being said, I’m looking forward to whatever Denise Hunter writes next!
•I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is a clean read. 4 stars.

"If I never have it . . . I can't lose it."

What a lonely sentiment, but it has worked so far for Gunner Dawson, whose renown as a horse trainer gives him the opportunity to travel widely and settle down nowhere. Was that about to change? His temporary job at the small up and coming Wildflower Falls Stables seems like the perfect opportunity to gain experience on the ground level of a local operation, but the lingering allure has more to do with the stable owner than the beautiful setting and quaint community atmosphere.

Charlotte Simpson has a lot on her plate, both personally and professionally. Her mother's death left her and her sister with a picturesque horse ranch boasting loads of potential, but barely enough capital to meet expenses. As if that wasn't concerning enough, it was the information about a father Charlotte never knew that sent her heart racing . . . does Charlotte have a family much closer than she imagined? Divulging her search could dramatically upend a lot of people's lives, while the one person who is sticking by her side is a man she has just hired and barely knows . . . but wants to.

"Would he give up his roaming ways?"  . . . "She longed for roots, and he didn't want to be tethered by relationships or towns or jobs."

What a charming romance! Placing her well defined characters from previous books in the series against the backdrop of a community where every reader wishes to reside, the author drafts a emotionally compelling plot that paces perfectly within its layers. I absolutely loved it!

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
He’s here to train her horses, and then he’s moving on. She’s keeping her true identity a secret. But their spark complicates both of their plans.

When her mother’s death leaves Charlotte Simpson bereft, she hopes the Robinson clan will accept her as one of their own and help fill the void. But a startling discovery dashes her hopes and leaves her wondering if she will ever know the father she’s always longed for.

Horse trainer Gunner Dawson has experienced profound loss and intends to avoid it. So he lives on the move without forming close bonds or putting down roots. When Charlotte hires him to work with her horses and help expand her ranch, he commits to staying for a few months. But he doesn’t count on getting caught up in Charlotte’s search for her biological father. Or on falling in love—with Riverbend Gap or with Charlotte. This time, he’s not sure if he’ll be able to move on—or if he even wants to.

The queen of heartwarming, small-town love stories returns to Riverbend Gap with a deeply satisfying tale of love’s healing power.

Charming contemporary romance
Stand-alone novel featuring characters from the
Riverbend Gap Romances
Perfect for fans of Rachel Hauck, Robin Lee Hatcher, Sherryl Woods, and Brenda Novak
Book length: approximately 80,000 words
Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Thomas Nelson Publishing, September, 2023
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