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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Review: Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter

Book Description " Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d 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 Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s 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 now—five years later. As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoe’s head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isn’t sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities . . . and her first love."

Blue Ridge Sunrise is the first book in the Blue Ridge Series, the newest series by Denise Hunter.  If you read Sweetbriar Cottage, you will recognize Noah and Josephine who appear briefly in this book.  It is the first of three books in the series.  I love to read books that are in a series. it gives you so much more time to really delve into the different characters in the book. I have read many of Denise Hunter's books and always enjoy her type of Christian romance.  Her characters generally have some problems that are not easily resolved, keeping the reader engaged in the book until the very end.  In Blue Ridge Sunrise, Zoe runs away, heart broken and hiding a secret, but when circumstances bring her back she knows has to face her past and tries to build a new life.  But she faces many stumbling blocks along the way.  Along the way she realizes she has been trying to do things in her own power and has not relied at all on God.

I could not put Blue Ridge Sunrise down.  I thought it was a wonderful book that kept me reading until the end.  There was a bit of suspense that you don't find in all of Ms. Hunter's books, and I could not wait to see how everything would be resolved.  I loved the characters and the story. Up until I read this book, Falling Like Snowflakes was my favorite book by Denise Hunter, but now I'm not sure which I liked better!  I am giving it 5 stars on Amazon. I can't wait until the next book in the series, Honeysuckle Dreams, that will be released in May.  It will focus on Zoe's brother Brady and her friend Hope.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC regulations.

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