Thank you @harlequinaus @romanceanz for sending me a copy of Riverstone Ridge in exchange for an honest review.
An authentic and heartfelt story about uncovering who you truly are and where you belong from bestselling Australian author Mandy Magro.
After making a mistake that felt like the end of the world to her teenage self, Nina Jones fled the small town of Huntingvale. Now sixteen years later her beloved adoptive mother, Bea, has passed away, forcing Nina to return and decide whether to sell her family home, Riverstone Ridge. But even though Bea can’t be there to help her through it all, she’s left Nina five letters, one sent a week, to finally share the secrets she’d been unable to reveal in life.
For Logan Steele, Nina’s return is the catalyst he’s needed to finally move beyond his tragic past and start living again. But only if she stays. When mysterious and increasingly worrisome accidents start happening around the homestead, both Logan’s cop instincts and his protective feelings toward Nina spur him to investigate. Will he be able to piece together the puzzle of the past in time?
And with dark family secrets emerging from Bea’s last words rippling into the present day, how will Nina find the courage to be truthful to the one man who has always held her heart?
Riverstone Ridge follows the life of Nina, a woman who loses her much loved adoptive mother, Bea. When Bea passes Nina returns to the small town she grew up in and must face her fears, the tragedies of the past and uncover family secrets. Her world is turned upside down.
Nina is a beautiful protagonist. I really enjoyed her character; her strength and determination. Whilst dealing with grief, Nina finds romance from her past. Logan, local police officer knows grief all too well and provides comfort to his friend. Magro writes with sincerity and allows the reader to feel the characters’ pain. Their grief is not brushed over and the characters connect due to their past, present and pain.
I love that Bea left letters for Nina to read. Due to her awareness of her illness she was able to do this, which is lovely.
I did feel the amount of drama in one story was a little too much for me, most likely due to focusing on my own grief lately. I could have read about Bea and Logan and feel it would have been an enjoyable novel without the additional mystery. The characters were well developed and the small town vibe had a lovely feel.
I would recommend reading this romance novel, as the writing is enjoyable.