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She came in search of the family she’d always wanted—and found the kind of love she’d never dared to imagine. When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until Cooper Robinson, local sheriff’s deputy, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard. She wasn She came in search of the family she’d always wanted—and found the kind of love she’d never dared to imagine. When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until Cooper Robinson, local sheriff’s deputy, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard. She wasn’t the only one. But soon Cooper learns that the woman he’s more attracted to than any he’s ever met is his brother’s new girlfriend—and therefore unquestionably off limits. Yet, despite his best efforts, Cooper and Katie can’t seem to avoid running into each other. Or ignore the undeniable chemistry between them. As they grow closer, Katie shares the secrets of her past and the real reason she moved to their small North Carolina town. She also wins over Cooper’s welcoming and bighearted family. But they don’t know that her feelings for Cooper keep growing—all while she’s dating his brother. Soon the stakes of their emotional connection become higher than either of them could have imagined. Katie stands to lose the first family she’s ever had, and a scandal could doom Cooper’s campaign for sheriff’s office. Suddenly they find themselves on the edge of another precipice—and they’re forced to make a decision that could change their lives forever.


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She came in search of the family she’d always wanted—and found the kind of love she’d never dared to imagine. When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until Cooper Robinson, local sheriff’s deputy, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard. She wasn She came in search of the family she’d always wanted—and found the kind of love she’d never dared to imagine. When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until Cooper Robinson, local sheriff’s deputy, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard. She wasn’t the only one. But soon Cooper learns that the woman he’s more attracted to than any he’s ever met is his brother’s new girlfriend—and therefore unquestionably off limits. Yet, despite his best efforts, Cooper and Katie can’t seem to avoid running into each other. Or ignore the undeniable chemistry between them. As they grow closer, Katie shares the secrets of her past and the real reason she moved to their small North Carolina town. She also wins over Cooper’s welcoming and bighearted family. But they don’t know that her feelings for Cooper keep growing—all while she’s dating his brother. Soon the stakes of their emotional connection become higher than either of them could have imagined. Katie stands to lose the first family she’s ever had, and a scandal could doom Cooper’s campaign for sheriff’s office. Suddenly they find themselves on the edge of another precipice—and they’re forced to make a decision that could change their lives forever.

30 review for Riverbend Gap

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    This Hallmark movie worthy for sure. I loved the family dynamics. Katie was the best and of my the sheriff was swoon worthy. This is a must read and I can't not wait for the next Riverbend romance. 5 stars and this one you don't want to miss it's so good. I HIGHLY recommend. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. This Hallmark movie worthy for sure. I loved the family dynamics. Katie was the best and of my the sheriff was swoon worthy. This is a must read and I can't not wait for the next Riverbend romance. 5 stars and this one you don't want to miss it's so good. I HIGHLY recommend. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    The cover and the author made this an auto click request on Netgalley for me that I didn’t even bother reading the blurb and I was excited when I was approved. I should have read the blurb. While the book is well written (it’s Denise Hunter so no surprise there) the whole plot of the book—seriously, it’s basically cheating with a pretty package—is just not my cup of tea.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is a contemporary Christian romance that I found quick and easy to read. It starts out in an edge of seat beginning when Katelyn Loveland swerves to miss a deer on a mountain road only to wind up close to the edge of a cliff. Deputy Cooper Robinson is riding his motorcycle and sees the skid marks and follows to where Kate is hanging precariously in her car. He is able to get help for her but the two spend some tense time together and are drawn to each other. Unfortunately what they did not This is a contemporary Christian romance that I found quick and easy to read. It starts out in an edge of seat beginning when Katelyn Loveland swerves to miss a deer on a mountain road only to wind up close to the edge of a cliff. Deputy Cooper Robinson is riding his motorcycle and sees the skid marks and follows to where Kate is hanging precariously in her car. He is able to get help for her but the two spend some tense time together and are drawn to each other. Unfortunately what they did not realize is that they are connected by Cooper's brother Gavin. Kate is dating Gavin and a college friend and coworker with their sister. What a mess ensues as the two fight their attraction. Gavin is recovering from two losses and is coming out of depression, thanks to his relationship with Kate. This is an emotional story that is much deeper than this short description as Kate has no family to speak of and is drawn to the Robinson family. She and her brother grew up in foster care and she moved to the town to try to connect with her biological mother. Riverbend Gap is a small town with a quick and nosy grapevine that spreads gossip, sometimes mean and false, making things worse. The main characters are likable and the setting is nice, right on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. This is a great read for those who enjoy romance with tension and a thread of faith. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I have been a Denise Hunter fan for many years and never miss one of her books. This was no exception. Written well with a wonderfully crafted story, she brings us the first in a new series set in the small town of Riverbend Gap. I enjoyed every minute. Looking forward to seeing more in the series. My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not required to leave a positive review. The opinion here is expressly my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    With shadows of While You Were Sleeping, this romance is filled with tension and people trying to do the right thing and finding grace when they can't. It's about finding a home and restoration. And the romance is plagued with angst and sweet resolution. With shadows of While You Were Sleeping, this romance is filled with tension and people trying to do the right thing and finding grace when they can't. It's about finding a home and restoration. And the romance is plagued with angst and sweet resolution.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    It's the start of a new series by author Denise Hunter! That's something to be happy about! The first meet between Cooper and Katelyn is a doozy and enough to spark all kinds of emotional connections. Hanging off the side of a mountain in a car will do that to you. Even though Cooper is all in emotionally, he knows he can't pursue Katelyn. It's the slowest burn romance ever because nothing is happening physically or verbally for most of the book. The attraction and growing feelings of love are al It's the start of a new series by author Denise Hunter! That's something to be happy about! The first meet between Cooper and Katelyn is a doozy and enough to spark all kinds of emotional connections. Hanging off the side of a mountain in a car will do that to you. Even though Cooper is all in emotionally, he knows he can't pursue Katelyn. It's the slowest burn romance ever because nothing is happening physically or verbally for most of the book. The attraction and growing feelings of love are all internal. Katelyn has a lot going on in her personal life. Her brother's death, a move to a new town, a new job, her search for her birth mother, a brush with death. That's a lot, right? Katelyn has such a strong desire to be a part of a family and to belong. To be wanted. It really pulled at my heartstrings. I loved the setting of this book, the history surrounding it and how the community is such a big part of it all. It ALMOST makes me want to hike the Appalachian Trail. But not quite. haha. I'm not a hiker. I'm looking forward to the next book! Content: peril, kissing. - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    A new series from Denise Hunter with a new family and set of siblings. I really liked the setting of the small town of Riverbend and the connection to the Appalachian Trail and its history. Katie and Cooper meet under extraordinary circumstances when her car veers off the road and ends on hanging on the cliffside. He happens to drive by and helps rescue her. The time they have talking and sharing in this situation makes for a strong bond between them that's hard to deny. When they find out she's A new series from Denise Hunter with a new family and set of siblings. I really liked the setting of the small town of Riverbend and the connection to the Appalachian Trail and its history. Katie and Cooper meet under extraordinary circumstances when her car veers off the road and ends on hanging on the cliffside. He happens to drive by and helps rescue her. The time they have talking and sharing in this situation makes for a strong bond between them that's hard to deny. When they find out she's actually his brother's new girlfriend, they try to stay in the friend zone despite the mounting attraction. I'm excited for the rest of the series. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Katelyn Loveland is heading to meet her boyfriend's family for the first time when she veers off the road and finds herself dangling off a cliff. When local sheriff, Cooper Robinson comes to her rescue, a bond quickly forms between them. Imagine her surprise when she discovers that Cooper is her boyfriend's brother. Katelyn grows to love the family and the last thing she wants is to hurt anyone's feelings. Yet, Katelyn and Cooper can't seem to avoid one another, growing closer with each encounte Katelyn Loveland is heading to meet her boyfriend's family for the first time when she veers off the road and finds herself dangling off a cliff. When local sheriff, Cooper Robinson comes to her rescue, a bond quickly forms between them. Imagine her surprise when she discovers that Cooper is her boyfriend's brother. Katelyn grows to love the family and the last thing she wants is to hurt anyone's feelings. Yet, Katelyn and Cooper can't seem to avoid one another, growing closer with each encounter. Katelyn had another reason for moving to the small North Carolina town She is hoping to reconcile some wounds of the past, allowing her to find a path forward. As things heat up between Katelyn and Cooper, can they temper the attraction between them, or are they destined to be together? Another sweet Christian Roman from Denise Hunter, can't wait to read the next installment in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    DNF at 34%. I just really couldn't get into the story. I hate love triangles and really didn't like Kate at all. Also, I felt the quality of the writing was a little less than what I expect from this author. DNF at 34%. I just really couldn't get into the story. I hate love triangles and really didn't like Kate at all. Also, I felt the quality of the writing was a little less than what I expect from this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Oh..my stars! Swoony doesn't begin to describe Riverbend Gap! All the stars to Denise Hunter on this one! Riverbend Gap centers around a love triangle and honestly it's a storyline I usually shy away from. But it's Denise Hunter, and if anyone can make me like this type of storyline Denise can. Not only did she make me like it, I loved it! Denise weaves quite the believable tale starting with Kate Loveland skidding off the road and literally hanging off a cliff while on the way to a dinner with he Oh..my stars! Swoony doesn't begin to describe Riverbend Gap! All the stars to Denise Hunter on this one! Riverbend Gap centers around a love triangle and honestly it's a storyline I usually shy away from. But it's Denise Hunter, and if anyone can make me like this type of storyline Denise can. Not only did she make me like it, I loved it! Denise weaves quite the believable tale starting with Kate Loveland skidding off the road and literally hanging off a cliff while on the way to a dinner with her boyfriend Gavin's family. Cue the cute Deputy Sheriff Cooper, who just happens to be riding by, to the rescue. All manner of high voltage chemistry between Kate and Cooper ensues. They are constantly being thrown into each other's company and the connection they feel, although they try to deny it, only grows stronger each time they're together. Most readers would say given this scenario they should just stay within the boundaries of family first and hands off, but Denise's masterful storytelling convinced me this type of attraction could happen leaving Kate, Cooper, Gavin, and the entire Robinson family to deal with the fallout and aftermath. Riverbend Gap is a fantastic love story, but it's so much more than that. It's the story of a young woman's search for identity and worth after feeling rejected all her life. Kate also deals with the loss of the person she was closest to and all the grief associated with that. I felt all the emotions of her loss and her journey to love and acceptance. I love a good quote and my favorite in Riverbend Gap is, "If anyone understands the need for grace it's someone who's been on the receiving end of it more times than she can count." That's one of the inspirational lessons of this story, extend grace to others just as we've had grace extended to us. Riverbend Gap is funny, endearing and will twist a reader's emotions every which way before you breathe that sigh of relief that all will be well for the characters you've come to love. I enjoyed this book so much I've already added the second book in the Riverbend series, Mulberry Hollow to my must read list for next year. Take a bow Denise Hunter, you've written one swoony heartwarming story! I appreciate Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley, making a copy of Riverbend Gap available for review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a nice, easy romance read! Katie and Cooper are in uncharted territory as they realize that Katie is dating Cooper's brother. This aspect for me was a little difficult to wrap my head around. I enjoyed how much Cooper's family rallied around each of the family members and was there for them. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The opinions are my own. This is a nice, easy romance read! Katie and Cooper are in uncharted territory as they realize that Katie is dating Cooper's brother. This aspect for me was a little difficult to wrap my head around. I enjoyed how much Cooper's family rallied around each of the family members and was there for them. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Each and every Denise Hunter book I pick up always works its way straight into my heart. She has the most amazing way of creating utterly relatable characters that leave their mark long after the book is finished. This one is no different. Well worth picking up. Thank you Netgalley, for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    Deputy Sheriff Cooper Robinson comes across an accident. A car is preening on the brink of falling off of a cliff. The problem is there is still a passenger inside. After nearly hitting a deer, Katie Loveland's car swerves out of control and perches on a tree hanging over a cliff. Cooper talks with Katie until help can come, trying to keep her calm. But in the process, he feels something is special about Katie, an instant connection. They are able to share and communicate easily. The problem com Deputy Sheriff Cooper Robinson comes across an accident. A car is preening on the brink of falling off of a cliff. The problem is there is still a passenger inside. After nearly hitting a deer, Katie Loveland's car swerves out of control and perches on a tree hanging over a cliff. Cooper talks with Katie until help can come, trying to keep her calm. But in the process, he feels something is special about Katie, an instant connection. They are able to share and communicate easily. The problem comes when Cooper tries to return Katie's phone, he finds out that Katie is his brother Gavin's girlfriend. I loved this story in all kinds of way. It was sweet how Cooper and Katie tried to refuse their feelings for one another. Yet they are constantly being thrown together. Neither one of them wants to hurt Gavin, yet they are magnetically drawn. And in the small town of Riverbend Gap the rumor mill is alive and well. Riverbend Gap is a clean Christian romance by Denise Hunter. Ms. Hunter is such a skilled story teller, being able to bring her characters to life. She can convey their feelings and deep emotions. You really start pulling for the Katie and Cooper. I loved the dialog between them, all the way to the end. I am looking forward to reading the next book, whether it is Gavin's or sister Avery's story. Riverbend Gap is an exciting place to visit. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Bochman

    The thing I love about Denise Hunter, is that I can always count on her to deliver a stirring but clean romance that holds my attention at every turn of the page. Her latest novel, Riverbend Gap, is a testament to her skillful storytelling ability. I adored the complexity of the characters, the situations they struggled through, and the message of healing and forgiveness. Hunter wove all these elements with expert care, creating a story that came alive before me. As this is only the first book i The thing I love about Denise Hunter, is that I can always count on her to deliver a stirring but clean romance that holds my attention at every turn of the page. Her latest novel, Riverbend Gap, is a testament to her skillful storytelling ability. I adored the complexity of the characters, the situations they struggled through, and the message of healing and forgiveness. Hunter wove all these elements with expert care, creating a story that came alive before me. As this is only the first book in Hunter’s newest series, I know I will fall more in love with her characters as each book releases. This book is a guaranteed win! I strongly recommend each and every one of Hunter’s books. I received this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "How could one little kiss cause so many problems?" It didn't start out that way. . . .but it did start . . . with a harrowing cliffside car accident and a knight-in-shining-armor deputy who literally talked Katelyn Loveland off the edge of disaster. . . . . only to find out that Cooper Robinson was her boyfriend's brother. Talk about coincidence. "Why couldn't he have met her first?" Cooper would never even consider hurting his brother Gavin, so dousing his fire of attraction to Katie was the fir "How could one little kiss cause so many problems?" It didn't start out that way. . . .but it did start . . . with a harrowing cliffside car accident and a knight-in-shining-armor deputy who literally talked Katelyn Loveland off the edge of disaster. . . . . only to find out that Cooper Robinson was her boyfriend's brother. Talk about coincidence. "Why couldn't he have met her first?" Cooper would never even consider hurting his brother Gavin, so dousing his fire of attraction to Katie was the first order of business, except that she kept showing up on his radar. Circumstances kept throwing them together, she was so easy to talk to, and his family absolutely adored her. Of course they did. But eventually things came to a head, and boy did they ever! A sweet love triangle of a story, by definition somewhat predictable, but written by an accomplished author who knows how to begin a story and definitely how to end one!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kay Defreese

    You've read books that end on a cliffhanger. Well this one literally starts on a cliffhanger. Katelyn is on her way to visit Gavin and his family and skids off the road and her car is hanging on the edge. One wrong move could send her over.. Cooper Robinson comes her and keeps her calm while waiting for more help to arrive. He is immediately attracted to her. Later he finds out that this girl is his brother's new girlfriend. The more he is around her the more attracted he is to her. There is a c You've read books that end on a cliffhanger. Well this one literally starts on a cliffhanger. Katelyn is on her way to visit Gavin and his family and skids off the road and her car is hanging on the edge. One wrong move could send her over.. Cooper Robinson comes her and keeps her calm while waiting for more help to arrive. He is immediately attracted to her. Later he finds out that this girl is his brother's new girlfriend. The more he is around her the more attracted he is to her. There is a chemistry between those two that is not in her relationship with Gavin. He finds himself falling in love with her but he feels in his heart that he can never have her since she is in a relationship with Gavin. I enjoyed this story as I have all of Denise Hunter's books. I'm looking forward to reading the story of Cooper's other siblings. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Laverdure

    RIVERBEND GAP is the first book that I read by this new-to-me author Denise Hunter. I was in the mood to read a romantic story, so I chose this one. Even if it was predictable, I enjoyed it. It's a clean romance, so if you are expecting more romance, then pass on this one. If you don't mind a touch of religion, it's a heartwarming and feel-good story. Riverbend Gap tells the story of Katie and Cooper who met by chance. Katie needs to stop questioning her past, move on and make a fresh start! Whe RIVERBEND GAP is the first book that I read by this new-to-me author Denise Hunter. I was in the mood to read a romantic story, so I chose this one. Even if it was predictable, I enjoyed it. It's a clean romance, so if you are expecting more romance, then pass on this one. If you don't mind a touch of religion, it's a heartwarming and feel-good story. Riverbend Gap tells the story of Katie and Cooper who met by chance. Katie needs to stop questioning her past, move on and make a fresh start! When her car veers off the Appalachian Mountain road, she is rescued by a handsome and gentle local sheriff's deputy Cooper. It's love at first sight! But, what they don't know is that Katie, is his brother Gavin's new girlfriend. Katie and Cooper spend moments together and start sharing secrets, but they don't want to hurt his brother's feelings! What will they do? Emotional moments and many highs and lows will help them to make a decision concerning their love for each other. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    I so enjoy reading Denise Hunter’s books. I know once I pick one up, I’ll just disappear into the world and characters she has crafted and I know that I will love every word. And that’s exactly what I got in Riverbend Gap. This book is the first in a new series (yay) that follows a family (yay, yay) living in a small rural town along the Appalachian Trail (more yay). Honestly, between the amazing romance, stunning scenery so beautifully described, the drama and tension and the great writing, I j I so enjoy reading Denise Hunter’s books. I know once I pick one up, I’ll just disappear into the world and characters she has crafted and I know that I will love every word. And that’s exactly what I got in Riverbend Gap. This book is the first in a new series (yay) that follows a family (yay, yay) living in a small rural town along the Appalachian Trail (more yay). Honestly, between the amazing romance, stunning scenery so beautifully described, the drama and tension and the great writing, I just loved this book. Katelyn Loveland has a new job, new last name, new boyfriend and a new house. Moving to Riverbend Gap was her new start. But she’s also determined to get some closure from her past. The first step is scattering the ashes of her beloved younger brother. Then, she needs to find her biological mother and learn why she and her brother spent most of their lives in foster care. Not part of the plan was avoiding a deer and almost plunging to her death over the side of a mountain on the way to meet her new boyfriend’s family. When Cooper Robinson, Deputy Sheriff, comes to her rescue, she is relieved and grateful. The tense moments they share forge a deep connection. The only problem is that he is the brother of her new boyfriend. As circumstances through Cooper and Katelyn together again, it’s hard to ignore the deepening feelings between them. Sometimes you need a book that just carries you away and Denise Hunter writes those books. This is my not-so-guilty pleasure, my escape. I am so glad there are going to be more books in this series as I can’t wait to see more of our main characters from this book and continue the journey with the Robinson family. Despite the tension caused by Katelyn falling for her boyfriend’s brother and the scandal caused when someone releases fake statements about Cooper and try to derail his run for Sheriff, this is actually a relaxing read. No, really. It is. There was plenty of drama to keep me hooked, but I mostly enjoyed the times when Katelyn and Cooper connect - as genuine friends - and share their past, their hurts and their dreams for the future. They have such a genuine connection and chemistry it’s hard to deny they are the perfect match. The book is also a little heartbreaking, as Katelyn takes the blame in the fall out between Cooper and his brother, but it’s also a story about forgiveness. Beautiful story, I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I just wish these books were not so good, so I could slow down and savour them a little more. Maybe I’ll just need to reread it. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I think this is the second book by Denise Hunter I've read this year. She writes light romances with mostly believable characters and incredible settings. In Riverbend Gap, she takes on the culture of the Appalachian Trail and its hikers. This book won't take long to read and that is one of its better qualities. I am the wife and mother of long distance hikers, and I have learned quite a bit about the culture as well as the support that goes into undertaking a hike on one of the long trails in t I think this is the second book by Denise Hunter I've read this year. She writes light romances with mostly believable characters and incredible settings. In Riverbend Gap, she takes on the culture of the Appalachian Trail and its hikers. This book won't take long to read and that is one of its better qualities. I am the wife and mother of long distance hikers, and I have learned quite a bit about the culture as well as the support that goes into undertaking a hike on one of the long trails in the US and around the world. Denise has done incomplete research on the trail and its attributes. Katelyn (Katie) Loveland has grown up in foster care since she was five years old and is moving to Riverbend Gap, North Carolina, to take a new job with her best friend, Avery Robinson. She has some secrets she hasn't revealed to anyone why she is moving to the small town, one of which is that her birth mother lives there and she wants to find out what was so much more important than taking care of her and her brother. She has also the task of spreading her brother's ashes on the trail. As Katie is approaching town, a deer runs in front of her and she loses control of her car. Soon after her car goes over the embankment, Cooper Robinson comes upon the site and finds Katie in a rather precarious position. Neither of them know that Katie's current boyfriend is Cooper's brother, Gavin. This is where the book goes sideways for me. The attraction between Katie and Cooper nearly tears Cooper's family apart, and to a degree it does tear Cooper's family apart for a short time. The tension in the book is exacerbated by Cooper's run for county sheriff and his opponent's shenanigans to keep him from winning. That would have been enough for the book to have held my interest. What Denise got right about hiking the Appalachian Trail: The hiker towns depend on the business of the thru-hikers for a large part of their revenue. The residents of the hiker towns, for the most part, love the hikers and often provide Trail Magic or act as Trail Angels for them. Water caches are extremely important for the hikers. Trail Names are one of the most fun parts of hiking. If a hiker gets a trail name on one trail, it carries over to the other trails the hiker pursues. My son is Pathfinder, my husband is Wayfair. It is bad form for hikers to give themselves a trail name. There is usually a reason for the Trail Name--that's one thing Denise got right, down to the last detail. What Denise missed: Thru-hikers for the most part choose to hike NoBo (NorthBound--Georgia to Maine), but there are a significant number who choose to hike SoBo (SouthBound--Maine to Georgia). Resupply packages are more often the way hikers get their food supplies. There are a number of hikers who will resupply in the towns, but sometimes that just isn't always possible or even feasible. Getting to towns with the post offices for picking up resupply boxes is vitally important. My biggest criticism is that the relationship with Cooper and Katie didn't have to destroy Cooper's family the way it did and the book would have been just as compelling to read. Three stars. Thomas Nelson Fiction and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Riverbend Gap is the first book in a new series by Denise Hunter. This book is set in the Appalachian mountains in a town that is on the Appalachian Trail. Katelyn Loveland misses a deer on the road, but her car is hanging over a cliff. Deputy Cooper Robinson happens upon her and rescues her. There is an immediate attraction for both of them. But it happens to turn out that Katie is Cooper's brother's new girlfriend. This book made me think of the movie Dan in Real Life. Which was super cute. I' Riverbend Gap is the first book in a new series by Denise Hunter. This book is set in the Appalachian mountains in a town that is on the Appalachian Trail. Katelyn Loveland misses a deer on the road, but her car is hanging over a cliff. Deputy Cooper Robinson happens upon her and rescues her. There is an immediate attraction for both of them. But it happens to turn out that Katie is Cooper's brother's new girlfriend. This book made me think of the movie Dan in Real Life. Which was super cute. I'm not one for love triangles as a general rule, but Hunter weaves this story into a really enjoyable read with a sweet ending. I look forward to the next two stories featuring Avery and then Gavin. *I was given a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers and this is my honest opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    I'm not one to read the back cover of books so when I asked to read this on NetGalley, it was with no preconceived notions. Then a friend shared the premise and I hesitantly began to read the book. What I Liked Riverbend Gap deals with a sin that's not often talked about, at least not from the sinners' perspective. Usually you read about the victim and how they overcome the wrong done to them. I liked the twist. I liked the emphasis on grace and forgiveness. Far too often, I think people preach fo I'm not one to read the back cover of books so when I asked to read this on NetGalley, it was with no preconceived notions. Then a friend shared the premise and I hesitantly began to read the book. What I Liked Riverbend Gap deals with a sin that's not often talked about, at least not from the sinners' perspective. Usually you read about the victim and how they overcome the wrong done to them. I liked the twist. I liked the emphasis on grace and forgiveness. Far too often, I think people preach forgiveness without living it out. I also liked that this is a series because series are often some of my favorite sets. I'm intrigued to find out the rest of the siblings' stories and how Ms. Hunter will tell them. What I Didn't Like There were times I felt the heroine could have prevented so much from happening if she just spoke up. Yet, if she had, would we have learned the lessons in the book? It's a conundrum that made me think so bonus points to the author. Overall, I'll be moving on to book 2 once it's released. *I received an ARC copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sunnie

    This book grabs you from the very beginning and starts out with quite a "bang". It's the first book I have read from this author. She's excellent. It won't be the last book I will be reading. I enjoyed the conflict that arises and I kept wondering how they would resolve the problems, which were many! There were several smaller story lines that appear throughout the book to keep you on your toes. It was a very interesting book. It was a clean romance with lots of interesting turns. I really enjoye This book grabs you from the very beginning and starts out with quite a "bang". It's the first book I have read from this author. She's excellent. It won't be the last book I will be reading. I enjoyed the conflict that arises and I kept wondering how they would resolve the problems, which were many! There were several smaller story lines that appear throughout the book to keep you on your toes. It was a very interesting book. It was a clean romance with lots of interesting turns. I really enjoyed it. I received an ebook copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kirby

    Denise Hunter has long been one of my favorite authors, and I always look forward to her new book releases. Unfortunately, I didn't realize going into this one that it's largely about cheating, and that is not my cup of tea, and this ended up not being at all what I was either expecting or hoping for. As with every one of this author's books, I did appreciate the vivid storytelling, and the setting that truly comes to life on the page. Hiking is not something that's too big in my area of the worl Denise Hunter has long been one of my favorite authors, and I always look forward to her new book releases. Unfortunately, I didn't realize going into this one that it's largely about cheating, and that is not my cup of tea, and this ended up not being at all what I was either expecting or hoping for. As with every one of this author's books, I did appreciate the vivid storytelling, and the setting that truly comes to life on the page. Hiking is not something that's too big in my area of the world, so I loved learning about the culture of it, and hearing the stories about the many communities that depend upon the travelers coming to their trails for their livelihood. I also loved the emphasis on family being so much more than just blood relations, and the way that faith is intermixed throughout a large portion of the story. However, I just couldn't get behind the romance at all, and I'm sad to see this kind of scenario playing such a prominent role in a Christian fiction title. The part that bothered me the most is that Kate and Cooper seemed to only have a problem with their actions because of Cooper being Gavin's brother. The reader was left feeling like if Kate hadn't been dating Gavin's brother, then the cheating wouldn't have been an issue. Not what I was expecting or wanting from a contemporary romance, and definitely disappointing. Final Rating: 3/5. Thanks so much to Thomas Nelson for allowing me to advance read and review this! I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary advance reader copy of this novel from the publisher (Thomas Nelson) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Denise Hunter has been one of my long time favorite authors, so I am guaranteed to read everything she writes. The storyline was very intriguing, and while I’m not a fan of love triangles, this one was well written. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Inspirationalfictionreader

    This is a hard review for me to write because I really did enjoy many aspects of this story. I was engaged from the very first scene, which really made me like both main characters and want them to be together and I really liked the ending scene when things are finally resolved between Kate and Cooper. I also enjoyed their banter. I loved Cooper’s family and I am looking forward to reading both Gavin and Avery’s stories. What I struggled with is the love triangle. Admittedly, I am not a fan of l This is a hard review for me to write because I really did enjoy many aspects of this story. I was engaged from the very first scene, which really made me like both main characters and want them to be together and I really liked the ending scene when things are finally resolved between Kate and Cooper. I also enjoyed their banter. I loved Cooper’s family and I am looking forward to reading both Gavin and Avery’s stories. What I struggled with is the love triangle. Admittedly, I am not a fan of love triangles, but when it involves family, in this case two brothers, I just feel like it is a betrayal in so many ways and the longer it went on the harder it was for me to keep reading and feel comfortable. While both characters felt what they were doing was wrong, they kept doing it. There was a point in the story where I felt it would’ve been better for Kate and Cooper to not be together. I also felt like things wrapped up a little too quickly and too neatly. I usually really enjoy Ms. Hunter’s books, this one just missed the mark for me. I am sure others will enjoy this story though. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne Wolters

    This is an absolutely delightful, captivating story! I have read most of Denise Hunter's book, and loved everyone. She's really hit it out of the park with this one. It is a heartwarming story of families - which isn't always the one you are born into. Katie is on the way to meet her boyfriend, Gavin's family for the first time when a deer is suddenly on the road in front of her. She misses the deer by inches, however, she over-corrects and begins spinning and goes through a bush and suddenly the This is an absolutely delightful, captivating story! I have read most of Denise Hunter's book, and loved everyone. She's really hit it out of the park with this one. It is a heartwarming story of families - which isn't always the one you are born into. Katie is on the way to meet her boyfriend, Gavin's family for the first time when a deer is suddenly on the road in front of her. She misses the deer by inches, however, she over-corrects and begins spinning and goes through a bush and suddenly the car makes a jarring stop . After discovering her head is bleeding, she reaches for her phone that ended up on the passenger side floor and the car shifts forward. Why is the car unbalanced and what is happening she asks herself. Along the road Katie just traveled Cooper Robinson, an off-duty sheriff deputy, riding his motorcycle, notices skid marks and that something disturbed the gravel on the shoulder. He also notices a bush is flattened. He guesses there's been an accident so gets his phone to make a call and there is no cell service. He finds Katie sitting in he car with the front tires over the edge of a cliff and the front of the car pointed downward. A passing motorist agrees to call for help. Cooper stays with Katie, encouraging and comforting her as they waits for help. Cooper is quite taken with the sweet Katie, who is new in town, and makes plans to see her again when this trauma is over.. Katie also feels a strong connection to Cooper after sharing such a scary experience with him. By the time Katie is rescued, cleaned up and her head stitched up, she finally gets to her boyfriend's parents' house. What a surprise to find Cooper is there too and is Gavin's brother. She has only been dating Gavin a couple months and was excited to meet his family. Katie grew up in the foster system so doesn't have a family of her own. She moved to the small town of Riverbend Gap because she suspects that her birth mother possibly lives there. Many unexpected developments occur as this heartwarming, intriguing story unfolds. It grabbed my heart right from the start and even when the last page was turned, I found myself still thinking of the people who live in Riverbend Gap, a small town right off the Appalachian Trail. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patty Montoro

    First I love Denise's books. Her stories are always positive and give me hope. Kate is dating Cooper's brother. Kate has trust issues and fear of rejection. Kate and Cooper have baggage from their past. Childhood wounds go deep for both of them. After his childhood past Cooper just wants to be respected. Kate and Cooper have chemistry. Neither of them wants to risk heartache. Kate is strong and resilient. Cooper is honorable. Kate finally opens herself up to Cooper. This book is wonderful start First I love Denise's books. Her stories are always positive and give me hope. Kate is dating Cooper's brother. Kate has trust issues and fear of rejection. Kate and Cooper have baggage from their past. Childhood wounds go deep for both of them. After his childhood past Cooper just wants to be respected. Kate and Cooper have chemistry. Neither of them wants to risk heartache. Kate is strong and resilient. Cooper is honorable. Kate finally opens herself up to Cooper. This book is wonderful start to this series. My favorite quote from the book. Sometimes family is not the situation you are born into but the people who have chosen to love you along the way. Very excited for the next book in this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis Jones Pisanelli Reviews

    If you're a fan of Denise Hunter, you certainly have something to look forward to. Riverbend Gap is book one of a new series A Riverbend Romance. I was totally immersed in the first book and can't wait for Mulberry Hollow the next installment to the series! There were so many characters in this book that were fighting against where they came from. Whether it was an alcoholic father, a drug addicted mother, the loss of a parent or a split family. They were all in some ways successful in overcomin If you're a fan of Denise Hunter, you certainly have something to look forward to. Riverbend Gap is book one of a new series A Riverbend Romance. I was totally immersed in the first book and can't wait for Mulberry Hollow the next installment to the series! There were so many characters in this book that were fighting against where they came from. Whether it was an alcoholic father, a drug addicted mother, the loss of a parent or a split family. They were all in some ways successful in overcoming the odds and yet there were still times the past would rear it's ugly head. The romance at the center of this book was faced with impossible odds. I can't tell you how that worked out. My heart broke many times and soared with hope many times during this read. I came to care for these folks and you will too. This author writes the best characters. They are flawed and perfect at the same time making them believable. This book is one of those satisfying reads that will color your world for days after you finish reading it. It puts a good feeling in your heart and hope for this world. I can't stop thinking about these characters. I think you're going to love this book as much as I do. I received a complimentary copy of this book from #ThomasNelson, #FirstEditions and #Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    3.5 stars This is a difficult review to write because I have been a long time Denise Hunter fan, but I did not love this one as much as her others. It has all the things that I love in her books such as well developed characters, great dialogue, and a fabulous setting. That is why I cannot call this a bad book. I just had some personal issues with the plot line that involved a love triangle between a girl and the brother she was dating while she was falling in love with his brother. I am not a f 3.5 stars This is a difficult review to write because I have been a long time Denise Hunter fan, but I did not love this one as much as her others. It has all the things that I love in her books such as well developed characters, great dialogue, and a fabulous setting. That is why I cannot call this a bad book. I just had some personal issues with the plot line that involved a love triangle between a girl and the brother she was dating while she was falling in love with his brother. I am not a fan of love triangles in books in general especially when I think both guys are good guys as they were in this book and I felt like it was taken too far. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Happy Saturday!!! The sun is out and today feels like a great day! The beginning of the week was a rough one that put me to the test and I really needed a guaranteed feel good book. So where did I turn? The Riverbend Gap by Denise Hunter is the first book in a new series that came out at the end of October. In this book there’s a girl on her way to meet her boyfriend’s family. On the way there she tries to avoid hitting a deer and skids to the point where her car is about to go over a cliff. In Happy Saturday!!! The sun is out and today feels like a great day! The beginning of the week was a rough one that put me to the test and I really needed a guaranteed feel good book. So where did I turn? The Riverbend Gap by Denise Hunter is the first book in a new series that came out at the end of October. In this book there’s a girl on her way to meet her boyfriend’s family. On the way there she tries to avoid hitting a deer and skids to the point where her car is about to go over a cliff. In comes the sheriff deputy to the rescue. They have the best meet cute. Only problem… her boyfriend and him are brothers. ❤️Review❤️ This was definitely the pick me up that I needed. It was sweet, slow burn, and had enough elements of depth to keep it interesting. Normally I don’t love when characters are in a relationship and are tempted away, but this felt so natural and organic that it didn’t feel problematic. I loved the look at romantic relationships, friend relationships, and familial relationships. It helps to make it feel more than just another generic romance. I can’t wait to return to this small town for the next book in the installment. Shhh I already have it preordered! 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Bookstagram #ChristianFiction #RomanceBooks #ContemporaryBooks #FallReading #ComfortReads #5StarReads #BooksBooksBooks #EBooks #KindleBooks #LibraryBooks #BorrowedBooks #FavoriteAuthor #DeniseHunter

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