By the River by Jennie Hansen (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

By the River
By the River
by Jennie Hansen
Adult LDS Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 221 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Covenant Communications

It was supposed to be a relaxing early morning run, but the path along the river trail quickly turns into the scene of a nightmare for recent college graduate Kira Paxton. An unintended exploration of a secluded riverbank leads to a gruesome discovery that sets her on a collision course with danger: it is the body of a young woman. In shock, all Kira can manage to do is scream . . . From the moment Ford Kettering hears the cries for help along the trail, he is drawn irrevocably into a mystery in which he plays a shocking role. Ford, a local high school teacher, had a recent classroom clash with the victim—now, he’s a person of interest. As Ford and Kira bond over their shared ordeal, they work together to prove Ford’s innocence—and soon, their attraction is undeniable. But it seems that Kira’s nightmare is far from over. What begins as a series of close calls and acts of vandalism soon escalates, putting Kira’s own life in jeopardy. It appears that Kira saw something that day along the trail, something that has made her a target. With Ford’s help, she is determined to track down the killer—before she becomes the next victim.

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My Review

BY THE RIVER was a crazy roller-coaster of events, suspects, and danger. The romance developed quickly, but once that's accepted, it moves at a great pace. It also didn't take over the story. The level of suspense was perfect. There was a constant feeling of danger through the entire story. It never let up. There was also no clear villain or reason that was easily figured out until you're in the middle of what's going on. Throw in a very overprotective and wealthy father, some gang-related crime, and a murder and you have a suspenseful story that keeps the reader engaged.

I would have liked a little more development initially in the romance. I also would have liked the way that some people reacted or what happened to feel more authentic. Some things just didn't quite make sense to me or work for me. 

Overall, THE RIVER was a suspenseful story that held its mysteries until the very end. There was a sweet romance, some friendships, and family relationships that added to the story.

Content: Some expected violence due to the genre - considered clean.

Source: I would like to thank Covenant Communications for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

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Jennie Hansen graduated from Ricks College in Idaho, then Westminster College in Utah. She has been a freelance magazine writer, newspaper reporter, editor, and librarian.
Her published novels fall in several genre categories including romantic suspense, historical, and westerns.

She was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and has lived in Idaho, Montana, and Utah. She has received numerous first and second place writing awards from the Utah and National Federation of Press Women and was the 1997 third place winner of the URWA Heart of the West Writers Contest. She also was a recipient of the Whitney Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008. She currently writes a weeky review column for Meridian Magazine.

Jennie has been active in community affairs. In addition to ward and stake responsibilities in the LDS church, she served a term on the Kearns Town Council, two terms on the Salt Palace Advisory Board, was a page for the Utah State Legislature for two sessions, and was a delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services.

Jennie and her husband live in Utah. Their five children are all married and have provided them with thirteen grandchildren. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, and camping.

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