Saturday, June 7, 2014

Down By The River: Book Review

By Lin Stepp

Published by Kensington Books

My Thoughts:  This is a lovely, inspirational, feel-good, Christian novel. Down By the River is a light-hearted, non-sappy, just enough real life family drama and light romance. The story line is about a second chance at a new life and love for a widow as she steps out of her comfort zone, stands up to her self consumed grown children, moves away and reopens a Bed and Breakfast in a small community in the Smoky Mountains and rediscovers herself, her talent, her strength, her ability, her dependence and love.  I enjoyed this book, no illicit sex, blood and violence. There are no scripture quotes throughout the book, just a story about life and the characters allowing themselves to listen to the voice and direction of God.  A good light read. 

Publisher's Synopsis:  Set against the backdrop of Tennessee’s breathtaking Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp’s Down By the River is a warmhearted novel that proves it’s never too late—or too early—for a fresh start…

While on a visit to the Smokies, Grace Conley makes a stunning decision: she’s going to walk away from her busy life in Nashville to move to tiny Townsend and open a bed-and-breakfast. There’s a beautiful old inn for sale along the Little River that will do perfectly. Of course, Grace’s family is scandalized. After all, she’s a middle-aged widow! And as a career homemaker, she’s always been available for babysitting, chauffeuring, and generally being the peacemaker among her grown children. Has Grace lost her mind? She begins to wonder the same thing once she finds herself attracted to the local ladies’ man. But the surprises don’t stop there…
To further complicate her move, Grace’s daughter, Margaret, has grudgingly come to live with her. Having just graduated from college, remote Townsend is not where she envisions her future. Yet the handsome young minister next door is convinced he and Margaret are meant for each other. As life choices abound, soon both women will discover that the biggest decisions require confidence, a sense of humor—and a deep, abiding faith.
A special thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley, for an advanced reading copy, 
in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.