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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

At River's Edge - Giveaway and Review

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Mariah Stewart launches her latest novel in the Chesapeake Diaries series, At River's Edge! If you love romance stories set in a small seaside village, much like Debbie Macomber's Cedar Creek series, you will definitely want to grab these. This is her seventh novel in the series and like most readers who become addicted to their favorite author's series, I am thrilled that Mariah didn't stop at the standard three novels in a series. And before you ask, yes there is going to be an eighth novel which you get a sneak peek at when you get to the end of this one. You can read these as stand alones, but in order to understand who all the characters are that are referenced in these novels, you will want to start at the beginning. I have listed them in order at the conclusion of this review for your reference and buying list.

In At River's Edge, we are introduced to Sophie Enright who is a hard working and successful prosecutor for the DA's office who literally had the world at her fingertips. Great job, Chris, a man who she had fallen in love with, and was in the beginning stages of taking that next step when she found him with someone else in the backseat of his car in the parking ground of the law firm they both work at. Now thrown for a tailspin and having to face him and her every day at the office, she is looking for a change of pace. Perhaps even a change in career and place to live, so she takes some time off of work and heads to visit her brother, Jessie who lives in St. Dennis to spend some time getting a different perspective on what to do next and to spend time with him before his wedding to Brooke.

Jesse tries to convince Sophie to join the family law firm Enright and Enright who have been practicing law in St. Dennis as far back as any of them can remember. With her uncle and grandfather having retired, Jesse has more than enough cases for her to join the firm.Only she's not sure if she wants to continue in law or try something else, like running a diner, if she can find a building she can rent that is affordable, something she has always LOVED doing since she spent her summers working as a short order cook, but Jesse thinks she's crazy to try anything like that.  However when an abandoned piece of property that used to be a former restaurant comes on the market, perhaps Sophie's dreams are just beginning to fall in place after all.

I received At River's Edge by Mariah Stewart compliments of TLC Book Tours and Ballantine Books for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. It's hard not to rush through this book because you just want redemption of some sort for Sophie after everything she has gone through with Chris, that you are turning pages as fast as you can. Yet at the same time, the story is so good you don't want it to end. Ah power struggle until the next book comes out in the Spring of 2014. There are such a host of secondary characters like the mysterious ghost of Rose, Sophie's grandmother that died twenty years ago that still frequents the house her grandfather lives in alone. Her fragrance of gardenia's is always present when she is near even though no gardenias are present in the house or in the garden, and it provides a sense of lasting romance that carries over from Sophie's grandparents and hoping that she, too can find love that transcends the passage of time like they have. A poignant love story of what all romance is about and just in time for Valentine's Day. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait for On Sunset Beach in the Spring! A must read for romantics at heart.

For more information about At River's Edge, Mariah Stewart or where you can pick up a copy of this book today, please click on the links below:

You can find Mariah Stewart on Facebook to stay up to date with all her latest novels.

To read more reviews on At River's Edge, please visit TLC Book Tour's website. 

Now for the best part, thanks to TLC Book Tours, they are providing a giveaway copy of At River's Edge to one lucky follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart. Here are your guidelines to enter:

1. "Like" my Facebook page Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a resident of the US or have a US Shipping address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. Leave a comment below telling me why you would love to win a copy of At River's Edge. Don't forget to include your email address. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

I will notify the winner by email when the giveaway ends on February 14th. 

For those of you that want to pick up the novels in the Chesapeake Diaries Series, here they are in order:

#1 - Coming Home
#2 - Home Again
#3 - Almost Home
#4 - Hometown Girl
#5 - Home for the Summer
#6 - Long Way Home
#7 - At River's Edge


  1. I am captivated with your review of this novel which interests me greatly. I follow on Facebook. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. I love the premise of the story, can't wait to read it.


  3. I would love to win a copy of the story it sounds like a great read!

  4. I need a good Valentine's Day read to take me away.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  5. Thanks for this give-away. I would love to win it as a Valentine's gift to myself since my sweetheart is no longer to give me gifts. It sounds good and might decide to buy the preceding books if I can find them on sale. I have liked your FB page and live in the US. The book sounds really good. Need to find out how the restaurant bsiness goes. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  6. Yay for a fantastic addition to this series! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for being on the tour.


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