Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Book Review ~ HOME TO RIVER'S EDGE by Nan Reinhardt

Home to River’s Edge (The Weaver Sisters, #1)
by: Nan Reinhardt
Series: The Weaver Sisters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 18, 2023
Publisher: Tule Publishing

She’s determined to start a new chapter, so why is she still drawn to a man from her past?

When Jasmine Weaver, the chief of staff to a powerful D.C. congresswoman, chose integrity, she didn’t anticipate ringing in the New Year disgraced, unemployed, and sleeping in her childhood bedroom. Now back in River’s Edge, Indiana, identical triplet Jazz has her sisters’ support while she plans her next steps. She agrees to lead the committee for their high school’s fifteenth reunion, never dreaming that her co-chair is the man who broke her teenage heart.

As the new CEO of Walker Construction, Elias Walker has taken the family business to new levels of success. He’s buried himself in work to ease the grief of losing his fiancĂ© several years earlier and wants nothing more than to be a carpenter again. Elias grudgingly agrees to co-chair the high school’s reunion committee, but when Jazz Weaver blows into town, suddenly anything seems possible.

These high school sweethearts have lived half their lives apart. Can they reinvent themselves back in the town where it all began?

I can’t explain how excited I am to return to River’s Edge, Indiana. I’m not one of those readers who can say that I’ve been reading Nan Reinhardt since she created the fictional town of River’s Edge with A Small Town Christmas, the first book in her Four Irish Brothers Winery series. But I am one of those readers who has fallen in love with the town and the people who live there. Home to River’s Edge is the first book in Nan’s Weaver Sisters series. This marks the third series where the city of River’s Edge and its citizens make up the backdrop of the story.

Jasmine (Jazz) Weaver is one of River’s Edge’s Weaver Triplets. Her family has been business owners and members of the community for a couple of generations. Jasmine’s love of her hometown and politics led her to the bright lights of Washington, DC and its politics, wanting to make a difference. For the past several years, she has worked as the chief of staff for a Congresswoman whom she had a tremendous amount of respect for. When Jazz’s sense of honor and loyalty is put to the test, she finds herself persona non grata in DC. With no job, boyfriend, or friends, Jazz does the only thing she can think of, return home to River’s Edge and her family to lick her wounds and figure out her next steps.

Elias (Eli) Walker has spent the last two years grieving the sudden and unexpected death of his fiancee. For Eli, life still goes on, even though his heart isn’t in it. He’s become pretty good at faking it until he makes it. As CEO of Walker Construction, a company started by his father and uncle, Eli and his brother and cousins have made it more successful than the older generation could have imagined. A big part of that success is because Eli pours most of his waking hours into his work.

This New Year’s Eve, Eli finds himself parked on the side of the road leading up to the shell of the house he and his late fiancee planned to build together. The house Eli hasn’t been able to go back to since her death. Eli made a promise that he would finish the house. He just needs a sign, any kind of sign that now is the time and he can do this. Eli’s sign comes in the form of Jazz rear-ending his car. Jazz, his former high school sweetheart who he hasn’t spoken to in fifteen years. As far as signs go, this is a pretty good one, and Jazz and Eli are just who the other needs right now. As they start seeing each other around town and spending time together, their teenage feelings soon become full-blown adult feelings. And together with the help of each other, they start to heal from the past.

Home to River’s Edge was one of those stories that hooked me and captured my heart immediately. I loved the main characters of Jazz and Eli. The emotions Nan brought out through their grief was like I was feeling that grief along with them. The secondary characters were just as great. I loved getting a glimpse of who some of the future series' characters are. It’s hard to put into words just how much I loved this story. If you’re a fan of small-town romances where you wish you could live yourself, then Home to River’s Edge is for you.

~ Favorite Quotes ~

“Sometimes doing something different can give you a new perspective.”

“You can change the outside, but most people stay the same inside.”

“It only takes one honest person who’s willing to stand up for what’s right.”

**Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.**

Rating: 5

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Meet Me in River’s Edge releases August 17, 2023

Nan Reinhardt is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet, small-town romantic fiction for Tule Publishing. Her day job is working as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, however, writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten and is still writing, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, woman in her prime. Nan lives in the Midwest with her husband of 49 years, where they split their time between a house in the city and a cottage on a lake.

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