Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Wildflower Falls by Denise Hunter: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

He’s here to train her horses, and then he’s moving on. She’s keeping her true identity a secret. But their spark complicates both of their plans.

When her mother’s death leaves Charlotte Simpson bereft, she hopes the Robinson clan will accept her as one of their own and help fill the void. But a startling discovery dashes her hopes and leaves her wondering if she will ever know the father she’s always longed for.

Horse trainer Gunner Dawson has experienced profound loss and intends to avoid it. So he lives on the move without forming close bonds or putting down roots. When Charlotte hires him to work with her horses and help expand her ranch, he commits to staying for a few months. But he doesn’t count on getting caught up in Charlotte’s search for her biological father. Or on falling in love—with Riverbend Gap or with Charlotte. This time, he’s not sure if he’ll be able to move on—or if he even wants to.

The queen of heartwarming, small-town love stories returns to Riverbend Gap with a deeply satisfying tale of love’s healing power.

Denise Hunter is the internationally published, bestselling author of more than forty books, three of which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won the Holt Medallion Award, the Reader’s Choice Award, the Carol Award, the Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking chai lattes, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana, where she and her husband raised three boys and are now enjoying an empty nest and three beautiful grandchildren. DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: @AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: @deniseahunter.

Wildflower Falls is the fourth book in the Riverbend series. While there will definitely be some spoilers from previous books and you might have a better understanding of the Robinson siblings if you've read those first, I do think this one would be able to be read as a standalone as well. That said, this is a great series and one I would absolutely recommend reading in it's entirety anyway! 

The thing that I have loved most about this series is that they show us that love stories can be both messy AND beautiful. These stories tend to start in unusual and even painful ways... and yet, amidst that we are given beautiful love stories. Wildflower Falls was no exception. Right from the first pages, I was drawn into their story. (Seriously, this opening was just absolutely fantastic... and I loved it!) Both Charlotte and Gunner were beautifully written characters who had so many layers and challenges to work through and I loved getting to watch them work through it all. The chemistry between them was absolutely fantastic... and my goodness, that first kiss!? So good! I really just adored these two together. Throw in some family drama and elements of faith and this was a beautifully written story that I absolutely couldn't get enough of! 

If you enjoy Christian romance, this book and series are not to be missed! I've not read a Denise Hunter book that I haven't enjoyed, but this series is definitely my very favorite from her! 


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