Book Review: Mulberry Hollow

Happy Monday, Friends!

Let’s kick off this week with a book review of Mulberry Hollow by Denise Hunter. It’s book two in the RIverbend Gap series, and one I think can stand on its own. However, a series is always best read in order in my opinion. It releases tomorrow so preorder today if you haven’t yet done so.

About the Book

Contractor Wes Mathews is nearly finished hiking the Appalachian Trail in honor of his recently deceased best friend when he falls terribly ill. He stumbles into the nearest town and soon finds himself indebted to the beautiful young doctor who owns the clinic. In lieu of payment, he proposes a trade that will keep him in town—and away from obligations to his best friend’s sister—for several weeks.

But as Avery and Wes spend time together, their friendship begins moving into unexpected territory. Soon they both begin to question their plans for the future. But will Wes be able to let go of the debt he owes his best friend? And will Avery find the courage to risk everything for love?

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My Thoughts

Denise Hunter has given us another great read. From the opening chapter where we get a glimpse of Wes Matthews and what’s driving him to finish the Appalachian Trail in honor of his best friend, to the capable and dependable heroine, Avery, I was hooked.

Both Avery and Wes have a perception and a plan of how their life should look. It was interesting (and sometimes entertaining) to watch those plans go up in smoke. Isn’t that how it always happens?

More than that, I loved watching the sparks fly and there was one particular scene that had me swooning and cheering in delight. I can’t wait for book three. I have a feeling that’s going to be a doozy in all the best ways.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

About the Author

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 40 novels, three of which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories, peopled with layered characters who struggle with real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

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