by Tess Hardwick
Lee Tucker is a woman who has never had it easy, and never taken anything for granted. Even as a girl, she struggled with serious life issues, without parental support. As soon as she is able, she leaves her past behind for a new life in a new place.
Years later, just as she thinks she has found happiness as an adult, tragedy hits her again. Her husband, overwhelmed by debt he kept hidden from her, and running from loan sharks, commits suicide. Dealing with the loss and the debt he left in his wake, Lee also realizes that she is pregnant.
She has no choice; Lee is forced to return to her childhood home. Her negligent mother has since passed away, leaving behind a legacy of sorrow and a house in ruins. All Lee has is that house. She must go back to where she started, to the town she never felt comfortable in. In a strange twist, it is the place she left behind that now offers a new start. Pulling herself together again, survivor that she is, Lee throws herself into making the restaurant named Riversong, and herself, a success.
Tess Hardwick has written a very entertaining novel. It is full of lovable small town folk, friendship and love, renewal, hope, and a heroine you can believe in.