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Pub Date 12 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 12 Oct 2023
Thomas Nelson--FICTION, Thomas Nelson
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.
- Charming contemporary romance
- Stand-alone novel featuring characters from the Riverbend Gap Romances
- Perfect for fans of Rachel Hauck, Robin Lee Hatcher, Sherryl Woods, and Brenda Novak
- Book length: approximately 80,000 words
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs
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This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. Thanks to the publisher and the author. This is a well-known and popular author who has written another story that is captivating. The characters are realistic. The novel moves quickly. Enjoy
This is book four of the Riverbend Romance series. Recommend reading the first three books of this intriguing, captivating series.
Upon the death of her mother, Charlotte Simpson, along with her stepsister, Emerson, inherit Wildflower Falls, the ranch that has been in the Simpson family for three generations. Emmie is more interested in her job at the local bakery than working on the ranch. Charlotte’s plans are to increase business by expanding services and building a big, new barn. Having never had a ranch employee before, Charlette need help to keep the ranch going and to help with potential new business. She hires Gunner Dawson, horse trainer, who comes with high praises. He arrives on a motorcycle withal his possessions in one duffle bag and agrees to stay six months.
Charlotte grew up only with her mother, never knowing who her biological father is. Although she questioned her mother multiple times, she would never give her any information. After the death of her mother, she finds some newspaper articles, a photo and a few other items that lead to a conclusion just who her father could be. She investigates further though she risks jeopardizing friendships and even creating dissention amount a beloved family.
This heartfelt story is another example of how Denise writes stories that somehow turns ashes into gold and grab your heart from the beginning. There are unexpected situations, and some surprises as I continued reading this beautifully written story straight through until the end.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I received this copy of Wildflower Falls from NetGalley. Wildflower Falls is the 4th book in the Riverbend Romance series. Charlotte just inherited the ranch she grew up on. Her mom has passed and Charlotte is try to make the ranch into a horse training and boarding ranch Alain with her sister Emerson. Charlotte has recently discovered that her biological father is Gavin and Cooper Robinson’s father. They do not know about Charlotte. For the ranch to expand she has hired Gavin to build a new stable. While she is snooping out Gavin working on the new stable, Gunner rides up on his motorcycle for a job interview. Gunner has everything he owns on the motorcycle. He drifts from one job to the next. He will only be in Riverbend until October. Charlotte hires him as the ranches new trainer. The ranch starts to expand, and the sparks fly between Charlotte and Gunner. How will Charlotte tell her brothers about her? Will she meet her biological father? Will Gunner stay? Read this book to find out. I loved this one from start to epilogue. It was another great read by Denise Hunter.
I was thrilled when Denise Hunter returned to Riverbend. The continuation of the series was flawless. Charlotte and Gunner were endearing and realistic. I read this in one tear filled day because I couldn't put it down. You will still enjoy the book if you're new to Riverbend, but you should try the whole series.
Here I thought Denise Hunter’s Riverbend Romance series was all wrapped up after the 3 books featuring each of the siblings, only to find out there’s fourth book about a fourth sibling!! There’s a different kind of tension in this book, since the fourth sibling isn’t known to the others. How does she get to know them, and when does she tell them how she’s related to them? Hunter handles the tension well, although it does cause the book to be a bit more “angsty” than the others. I’m glad there’s more to read about Riverbend Gap, plus updates on the characters from the first 3 books. And if you’re a horse lover, there’s lots of horses in this one!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #WildflowerFalls #NetGalley
I think this is the last one of the series. They're all standalone romances, but you'll get more out of the stories since the characters appear several times throughout the series.
It was great catching up with the other characters and families and see what they were all up to.
Charlotte an Gunner are perfect for each other: she has a horse ranch and he's the horse trainer. She hires him to get the training program going, and he's only supposed to stay for 6 months, but when Charlotte confides in him, their friendship starts growing.
Both Charlotte and Gunner have a lot going on, and despite knowing his stay is temporary, they start falling for each other. He's there for her and she's there for him as well.
The theme of family, friendship, and loyalty is big, just like in the other stories. A lovely read!
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
Wildflower Falls is another excellent book in the Riverbend series by Denise Hunter. This book will pull you in from the first page and you'll once again be visiting the Robinson family. With her mother's recent death, Charlotte discovers she may have a family she didn't know about. As always, Ms. Hunter has packed this book with family drama, secrets, and new beginnings. I loved the small-town feel of family and friends helping each other. Thanks to the author Denise Hunter, publisher Thomas Nelson, and NetGalley. I received a complimentary copy of this ebook. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Denise Hunter does it again! She is unstoppable and writing some of the best, most heartfelt romance on the market these days. Her romances are sweet, tangible, unputdownable, and full of substance. She is original, meaning each of her stories is different (no formulaic patterns here), yet all are good. This book will satisfy any romance reader, and I feel that this one is my new favorite! Ten Stars!
Another win for Denise Hunter and Riverbend Gap! Gunner and Charlotte, two hurting souls, connect over their love of horses and their need for closure in their lives. Will that be enough for a lifetime together? You'll have to see if/how they can overcome their grief and move on together. Recommended.
Back to a small town and a surprise finding.
I enjoyed this story a lot.
The reality is how to handle certain situations where there feels like it is a no win situation. The damage and demons from our childhood that take years to heal from and still may trigger us our entire lives.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. My opinions are my own.
Wildflower Falls is the fourth book in the Riverbend Romance Series. It is about Charlotte, a horse ranch owner, whose mother recently died and left the ranch to her and her sister. She is in need of help and is thankful when a top-notch horse trainer, Gunner accepts a job there. In addition to the stress of running the ranch Charlotte has also recently found out that the Robinson brothers are her biological siblings and is trying to figure out how to tell them in addition to trying to discover who their father is. Gunner, of course, aids her on this quest. Sparks quickly fly but will Gunner, who is constantly on the move to new places, stick around to start a life with Charlotte? It is a romance of course so I'm sure you can figure that out but the journey to get to the happily ever after is definitely worth the read.
I found both main characters to be lovely and great to read about and loved how their romance developed overt he course of the book. I also loved getting to join up with the Robinson clan again and spend some time with those characters. This is a lovely. light read.
Wildflower Falls is book four in the Riverbend Series by Denise Hunter. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend reading the entire series, you will fall in love with each person in this little town.
Charlotte Honeycutt and her half-sister, Emmerson inherited the Stillwater Ranch in Riverbend Gap when their mother passed away. She left them the ranch and an envelope full of secrets. Charlotte grew up on and loved the ranch and worked hard to do everything she could to keep it in the family. Emmerson wanted out, she wanted to sell the ranch and become a baker, which caused much tension between the sisters.
While going through their mom’s personal belongings, Charlotte found pictures of her half-brothers that she did not know she had, which led her on a search to find her biological father. Her brothers were very well known and successful men that lived in Riverbend and had been raised by their mom and stepfather. Charlotte wanted to find her father before letting her brothers know that she was their sister.
Gunner Dawson, a horse trainer, was hired temporarily at the Stillwater Ranch to help Charlotte get a training program with the horses started. He vowed to not get involved with Charlotte, his boss, but it was hard while spending so much time with her at work and helping her with her search for her father. He had to keep reminding himself that he was only working on the ranch for a short time and would be leaving to pursue his dream job in another town.
Will Gunner and Charlotte fall in love? Will she find her father and tell her half-brothers who she is? How will her sister feel about Charlotte looking for her father and finding out that Charlotte has brothers, will she feel left out? Read Wildflower Falls and you will not be disappointed.
Denise Hunter is one of the best story tellers. I get so wrapped up in her stories that I want to meet the characters and I don’t want to put the book down until it is finished. Her books are always clean and inspirational. She also includes discussion questions for book clubs.
I thank NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book.
I adored Denise Hunter's Wildflower Falls. I thought it was a fabulous addition to the Riverbend series. I am giving it five stars.
So good to be back in Wildflower Falls and with the Robinson Family. This story centers around Charlotte, who isn't a member of the Robinson family. She runs the local stable and hires on Gunner to work on training the horses. These two characters are really enjoyable as they go throughout the story. As a reader, one of my favorite parts of the Robinsons is their closeness as a family, it makes me long for that!
Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.
Another great read from Denise Hunter! Denise Hunter is my go to author for a feel good relaxing book and Wildflower Falls is no exception. I enjoyed how this one tied back into her last series. The plot is predictable but the characters and romance are sweet. Wildflower Falls is my favorite out of the Riverbend series!
I received an e copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson.
I really enjoyed all of the family drama going on in this book. Both Gunner and Charlotte have had family issues in their past, but don't a lot of people? Seeing Charlotte working to get her horse ranch going and all the work she put into it was great. Her sister also plays an important part in the ranch, but uses her own strengths for this. What a great trip back to Riverbend Gap and all the people there!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is the first book I read from Denise Hunter. I did not know this was book 4 in a series and although you could perfectly read it as a stand-alone, I think reading the whole series will give you a bit more insight.
Charlotte and her sister Emmie inherit a horse farm after their mother passed away. Charlotte is very invested in the horse farm. Her hard work to keep the farm is admirable. Charlotte hires Gunner (a horse trainer ) on a temporary basis to get the training program up and running.
Charlotte had found out some family secrets and is on a journey to find out who her biological father is (and more, but no spoiler alert here).
When Gunner gets involved a friendship grows. Will Charlotte find the answers she is looking for? Will she and Gunner be together? These questions will get you stuck to the pages! It's so easy to relate to Charlotte and I love her development throughout the story. Gunner is incredible and after you learn about his childhood trauma, you can do nothing else than feel for him and hope with every word you read that they will end up together.
This was a beautiful read where all kinds of emotions will flow through you. I'm a big horse lover and adore small-town romance stories, so I will definitely read the rest of the series.
I love everything about every book I've read by Denise Hunter. What a gifted storyteller! She makes her characters come to life, and her settings are as vivid as a movie in my head.
WILDFLOWER FALLS is the fourth novel in the Riverbend Gap series by DENISE HUNTER. I have read and enjoyed all the books in the series so far, but this one is my favourite, largely because of the horses and the whole country scene, the subtle Christian message and the author’s descriptions of the characters’ emotions. It is a story based largely on family dynamics, which I found very interesting. There is also an exciting romance …
I highly recommend Wildflower Falls as a most enjoyable and inspirational read.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Thomas Nelson. The opinions in this review are completely my own.
Wildflower Falls by Denise Hunter
Pub Date: Sept. 12, 2023
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is the fourth book in the Riverbend series. Please read them in order for a more enjoyable experience.
Hunter has done it again!, great book I am happy to recommend.
Hunter is a wonderful storyteller. I love the characters in this series, her books are always clean and inspiring.
There are also book discussion questions included if you want to use it for book clubs.
I was lucky enough to have had the chance to read and review the previous titles in this series and I’m so glad because I just loved the entire series.
Wildflower Falls is book 4 in the Riverbend Series by Denise Hunter.
I was so happy to be back in Riverbend Gap with Charlotte and Gunner.
What a fun, sweet, wonderfully crafted story!
I love the small-town setting. Avery and Wes were intensely relatable characters, an excellent romantic tension between out characters and their story was wonderfully crafted. Extremely likable and believable, I couldn't help but also fall in love with them both. Dealing with personal issues of their own and finding each other was so freaking sweet.
Talk about a swoony romance, and powerful emotions this book had it!
Denise brings us the fourth book in a beautiful series set in the small town of Riverbend Gap.
A sweet and thoughtful contemporary read that has an emotional rich story.
Looking for a series that’s worth reading? Pick up this series from the beginning. Riverbend Gap, Mulberry Hollow and Harvest Moon are all great stories.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
Thank You NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!
What a wonderful story with so many emotions. There is frustration when Charlotte is caught between a rock and a hard place, trying to find her biological father and family, staying true to herself, trying not to hurt anyone but ending up hurting everyone in the process. There is the love of family, support when Charlotte needs it the most, and forgiveness. This is a heartwarming story well worth reading. It is the fourth book in Denise Hunter’s Riverbend Gap series. Wildflower Falls can be read as a stand alone but I recommend the entire series.
Denise Hunter surprised us with a fourth edition for the Riverbend Romance series. This wraps up the story of the Robinson siblings, only to find a fourth one.
When Charlotte Simpson's mother passed away, she and her step-sister inherit the horse ranch her mother ran. Charlotte's mother would never reveal who Charlotte's biological father was. But it was Charlotte's deepest desire to know who he was.
Gunner Dawson takes the temporary job as the horse trainer. He travels from one job to another. Never letting the grass grow under his feet. But when he meets Charlotte, he somehow lets his feelings get in the way when sparks start to fly.
This is a stand alone story, but it does touch on the other stories along the way. There are so many emotions going on. Charlotte is trying to not hurt anyone, but it is hard not to hurt everyone. Family, compassion, forgiveness, and a romance round out this tale. As always Denise Hunter is a master at writing well rounded characters. Her stories never disappoint.
I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own
I’m so glad Denise Hunter wrote this fourth book in the Riverbend series. While it could be read as a stand alone, the first three books are also excellent and give a full picture of the Robinson family. This book is emotional and deals with such issues as family, decisions and their consequences, loss, acceptance, and most of all, love. It’s an entertaining story with delightful characters, it’s heartwarming, and a great read. I’m hoping Ms. Hunter will decide to write Emerson’s story because I’d really like to be able to ”visit” all of the Robinsons again! I highly recommend this compelling read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
From the very first line, "Charlotte Simpson had never stalked a man before.", to the heartwarming epilogue, Denise Hunter is at the top of her romance writing game. I will automatically read anything that has her name on it, such is my confidence in her ability to charm and entertain through a well written story.
Wildflower Falls is full of wonderful characters in a setting that begs a visit. It was a delight to return to Riverbend Gap to spend time with the Robinson family we know and love. The choices Charlotte and Gunner make will determine their future and I enjoyed my ringside seat as they worked towards their happy ever after.
I'm so looking forward to the next Denise Hunter book! Wherever she takes me, I'm all in! I appreciate Thomas Nelson making a copy of Wildflower Falls available for review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.
Wildflower Falls is the 4th book in the Riverbend Gap series but it can stand alone. This is such a heartfelt and emotional novel about family. I loved Charlotte and Gunners story. They have felt major losses in their lives making them easy to sympathize with and hope for the happiness they certainly deserve. The theme of surviving various trauma is woven through the book as we learn the backstory of several characters. Denise Hunter wrapped her story up with a satisfactory bow of an epilogue. I loved it. Recommended to fans of the series and the author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
What a sweet story full of restoration and second chances and redemption. If you love horses, love a good love story in which love is fought for this one's for you! Also full of family healing and forgiveness and mystery.
I received an arc from NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
Wow this book is filled with loss, finding family and relationships. You will go on a journey with Charlotte and the Robinsons and also Charlotte and Gunner.
An easy but emotional read and one that will make you feel blessed for the relationships you have in your life.
Definitely will be recommending this series.
I've come to rely on Denise Hunter for enjoyable clean romance, and I was thrilled to receive the e-galley for WILDFLOWER FALLS.
The Appalachian small town setting is rendered beautifully, and the horse farm is cinematic as well. Right away we sympathize with Charlotte's struggles to keep the farm going and make additional money. I also appreciated Charlotte's disagreements with Emerson, which seemed realistic.
Gunner is a great character, and it's fun to see how Charlotte and Gunner develop a relationship. Gunner's backstory felt a little flimsy/cardboard, but overall his actions were believable.
At times - I believe around the 30/40% mark - the pacing drags a bit. I think this novel could've been tightened, making a shorter better-paced book.
However, these minor comments did not detract from enjoyment of the book. Denise Hunter continues to be a top favorite in this genre.
Received complimentary e-galley in exchange for review; all opinions are my own.
The fourth and final installment in the Riverbend Romance series, Wildflower Falls is a delight. The story follows Charlotte as she works to revitalize the horse farm her mother left her while also dealing with a surprising discovery about the father she never knew. Gunner is a nomad horse trainer who commits to six months of helping Charlotte, only to discover he fits in Riverbend and with Charlotte more than any other place he's ever drifted through.
Wildflower Falls is a book about family more than anything else. The characters explore what it means to be a family, because that looks different for different people, and how significant and impactful the love and loyalty of family can be. It's truly heart-warming to watch Charlotte wade bravely into some messy family drama and do her best to navigate it so as not to hurt anyone. She doesn't do it perfectly, but it's touching to see the grace and forgiveness extended by her siblings in a tough circumstance.
Charlotte and Gunner's romance was just right. There was the perfect amount of chemistry and push/pull as they tried to figure out what they each wanted and needed. It has a sweet ending that I really enjoyed.
Even though Wildflower Falls is part of a series, it works just fine as a standalone. You'll enjoy seeing some repeat characters if you've read the other books, but you won't be confused if you start here. I love Denise Hunter and am happy that this most recent release of hers was as good as I've come to expect.
This is the 4th book of the Riverbend Romances and each one is better than the last. If you haven’t read them, you need to. This story focuses on Charlotte, who after the loss of her mother finds out a secret about her life. Will it bring new family into her life or will she lose the only family she’s ever known? Add to the mix, a new handsome stranger Gunner who comes to work for her and you’ve got the makings of a great story.
I started it yesterday afternoon and only put it down to sleep, then work. It kept me entertained til I had to find out what happens.
Set in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, NC, Wildflower Falls by Denise Hunter nabbed my attention from the start. Then, being a fan of the series Heartland, I could easily fall in love with the plot. Add in scarred characters, secrets from the past, reliance on God, and a little romance (okay a lot), Denise Hunter has hit it out of the ballpark!! Loved this book.
A copy was provided in exchange for my review but all opinions are my own.
Denise Hunter all delivers a great read. Wildflower Fall is a well written romance. The plot,and characters are well developed. I definitely recommend this book. I received an advance ebook from Netgalley. This is my unbiased review.
Wildflower Falls was a refreshing read. I loved the setting, the characters had great personalities, and the ending was excellent. Definitely a book I recommend.
Wildflower Falls is all about Charlotte and Gunner's story plus we still see quite a bit of the Robinson gang that we've come to know and love in the previous books in this series. It's all about family...which isn't always easy but family is such a blessing. Charlotte meets Gunner when he comes to work on her horse farm set in idyllic Riverbend Gap, North Carolina. They have both had issues with their pasts that they need to work through. It's definitely a journey but a good one at that!
I heartily recommend Wildflower Falls. It is a clean, Christian romance that will pull you right in and you won't want to leave! You really can't go wrong with a book by Denise Hunter. I've absolutely loved this whole Riverbend series.
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review. All opinions are my own.
Publication date: 12 September 2023.
Wildflower Falls (Riverbend Book #4) by Denise Hunter is another great addition to this series!! Highly addictive and recommended. I loved reading this book. Author Denise Hunter knows how to tell a story that keeps your interest throughout the whole book.
Charolette is trying to keep her family ranch and trying to start a new business at the same time and also figure out who her real father is while getting to know her brothers without seeming like a stalker. Gunner is there to help her get started in her new business of training horses, doing trail rides, and teaching ridding lessons as a stepping stone to a bigger job with race horses in Kentucky. Their feelings slowly change towards each other but they have a difficult time that they must navigate to their HEA.
A beautiful, heartwarming story about healing, restoration, and family. Denise Hunter expertly weaves the story together to not only make you feel every emotion the characters experience, but also to make you feel as if you are a part of the story by losing yourself within the pages. I found myself laughing, crying, and even angry at different parts throughout the story. It is filled with lovable, enduring characters that make you want to know more about them.
While this book could be read as a stand alone, it is book four of the series. I highly recommend reading all the books. I absolutely love the Robinson family and this has quickly become one of my favorite series!
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
I thoroughly enjoyed this!! Can I just say how much I loved how they met? It was hilarious!!The sister relationship melted my heart and found family is one of my favorite tropes! I liked all the characters and the lessons they learned and how they grew.
There was a scene at the end with Gavin that I was hoping would happen and it did and it made my day!!
I received an eARC from Netgalley, all opinions are my own
My thoughts: WIldflower Falls is the 4th book in this series, but it easily stan ds alone. I enjoyed getting to know Charlotte and Gunner and their struggles and history. The black moment was fairly obvious, I saw it coming a mile away, but it had a satisfactory ending. There isn't much of a faith message in this, (if there was one, I missed it) but it was definitely a clean read. Fans of Denise Hunter will devour this book and be anxious for more in this quaint little town on the Appalachian Trail. I love Denise Hunter's books, she is one of my favorite authors so if you like romance you will want to read this book and this series. I was given a copy free and all opinions are my owns.
After reading and falling in love with the characters of the first three Riverbend Gap series, I was thrilled when Denise Hunter wrote and continued the series with this fourth book. Each book in the series is a stand alone, but they each touch on the other stories/relationships along the way — I highly recommend reading them in order. In this book, the author introduces us to a new sibling of the beloved Robinson family. It’s a sweet story, of forgiveness, restoration, second chances, and of course romance. While I love Denise Hunter and will read anything she writes and absolutely love this series, this one could’ve used more character development; it felt a bit rushed and wrapped up too quickly. Overall I enjoyed it and look forward to reading Hunter’s next book.
Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for this advance copy read. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
If you’re ever wanting to reach for a contemporary romance, Denise Hunter never disappoints. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book in this series. I love how she’s not afraid to delve into tough and emotional and awkward moments. In this story, the main character, Charlotte, has a lot going on and I felt like everything was delt with in a true and realistic way, especially her relationship with her sister and how that played out—very well done. The story never got stagnant and never lagged in the middle. I loved the ranch and the horses and how Gunner came into the story—he was a wonderful leading man. His story pulled at my heartstrings. All of it came together wonderfully.
It would be important to read the prior three books in the series before reading this one. All of them are worth it!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Another wonderful, small town story that will warm your heart. Charlotte is trying to save the family horse ranch and hires Gunner as a trainer to help. Both have some painful memories to deal with but together, hopefully they will find a lasting love.
Family secrets, heartbreak, sweet romance, some surprises and small town coziness, along with love for horses kept my interest from the very beginning. Wonderful, believable characters and well described scenery. I found at times, it was hard to put it down and had to keep reading to see how this would turn out.
I was fortunate to be able to read an early copy of this book!
Denise Hunter never disappoints! 'Wildflower Falls' is a heartwarming story of love and overcoming loss. The depth of the characters is profound as they reveal their struggles that seem overwhelming and find loving solutions in each other. I'm looking forward to more, especially with Charlotte's sister.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Wildflower Falls by Denise Hunter. I really liked the story of Gunner and Charlotte. The story has mystery, kindness, love, and compassion . I love stories about horses. I liked Charlotte search for her father.
I was so excited to see a new book in this series, all so good you never wanted them to end, and then there is this one! Now this can be read alone, but you will want to read how the other siblings got together!
This is Charlotte Simpson's story, reeling from the loss of her Mom, and finding some surprising information, something she had asked about but never received any answers.
Charlotte is trying to keep the generational Horse Ranch afloat, she found her Mom had taken a second loan, and has hired a new trainer, Gunner Dawson, he has told her he can only stay a few months, but she has gotten raving reviews about him.
There is an instant attraction between these two, but she has been hurt and he has past losses that make him flee from caring!
I loved being reunited with this family, and the updates, but this is a twist on siblings and it was such a great read! You will be page turning for answers!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
The way Denise Hunter weaves a story draws me in, which made Wildflower Falls a delightful read. The hero and heroine, Charlotte & Gunner, are such wounded, yet lovable, characters. They both have unmistakable strengths and traumatic weaknesses. Their deep backgrounds not only build a great story, but create a powerful ending. This masterpiece is a must-read page-turning romance. Grab your copy today!
I level this sweet story about finding new family members and chasing your dreams while finding love!! Cant wait to read her sisters story (hoping one is coming)!
Do you enjoy heartwarming, small-town romance stories?
Denise Hunter impresses once more in her romance novel, “Wildflower Falls.”
Hunter opens this stand-alone romance with Charlotte Simpson learning to run the horse farm, organizing the building of a boarding barn, and hiring a horse trainer after her other’s passing. As if this wasn’t enough to deal with, she discovered a secret that her mother had been hiding. Sharing the secret has two possible outcomes: 1) she could receive the emotional support that she’s been needing or 2) she could rip apart a family and cause trouble in Riverbend Gap. Hiring Gunner Dawson proves to be both a godsend and a source of frustration. Can he help Charlotte get the farm back in running order? Can he give her the emotional support she needs?
I loved the sibling tension, the slow-burning sweet romance, and solving the mystery. Hunter’s exploration of redemption, forgiveness, and family is wonderful.
My reaction to this book surprised me as I’m not a romance reader. I binge-read this one afternoon on the deck (binge reading - not something I expected to do with this genre) and wiped away a tear or two…This book came to me at just the right time, it deeply affected me and I’m prompted to search out this author’s backlist.
One of the best romance novels I’ve read.
If you love horses, sweet romance, small-town stories and sibling rivalry, this is one you’ll want to pop in your beach bag!
I was gifted this copy by Thomas Nelson and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
Oh, how I love returning to Riverbend Gap!! Denise Hunter knows how to create a small town with a cast that draws you in for more. Wildflower Falls is the fourth in this series and I adored it!
Charlotte is trying to ensure her family ranch stays afloat. She’s not looking for drama, in fact, she’s looking for her biological family. I won’t say much there because there’s a lot to be discovered and experienced in your own as Charlotte makes her discoveries. However, the Robertson clan shows up in full force. Then there’s Gunner. HooWee! There’s some chemistry between the lone ranger and the boss lady. Gunner works his magic on the ranch and the horses and Charlotte works her magic on Gunner. I love how they compliment each other and commit to serving the needs of the ranch and the community. I genuinely loved how Charlotte navigated a truly tough situation and Gunner stepped in to help. The Robertson clan will win you over as well!
Enjoy your trip to Riverbend Gap, even if it’s your first time reading a book in the series, you can jump right in.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and all opinions expressed are solely my own, freely given.
I have long been a fan of Denise Hunter and I truly enjoyed this book as well. In fact, when I found out that this book was part of a larger series, I went back and found all of the earlier books and got caught up in the storyline so that I could fully enter into the world of these characters. As always, Denise Hunter delivers a story that is well worth reading and provides wholesome clean romance you can truly feel good about!
I am a fan of Denise Hunter and this book is a perfect example of why. She writes with so much emotion that I am immediately drawn into the story. Her characters are fully formed people with good qualities as well as flaws. Her plots keep me interested and I want to immerse myself in the story and not return to the real world until after the last page.
This book is the fourth in the Riverbend series. I have read the other 3 books and recommend that you read this entire series because it is so enjoyable, but I do believe that you could read each book independently. Characters from previously books appear in this one, but background is given so a new reader is not confused.
This book is a Christian based romance, while it is not over the top, but a constant presence, where the characters talk to God and ask for guidance and strength. I believe this also comes through in the plot where the characters have disagreements, or differences in how they want to live, but these situations are handled in a mature loving way. I wish the real world was like that.
I am definitely a person that is drawn to a book by its cover. I adore the book covers for this series. They are so beautiful and give the mood of the story.
Wildflower Falls is an excellent continuation of the Riverbend series. This book focuses on Charlotte, who is trying to expand and save her family’s ranch and Gunner, who has been roaming from place to place for years, not settling in one area for very long. It is about home and family, whether it is your blood family or the one that you make for yourself.
I recommend this book and the entire series. Honestly, I have enjoyed all of Denise Hunter’s books that I have read. I am so happy that I found her at a book convention a few years go. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson – Fiction and NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own, and not influenced by receiving the advanced read copy.
This was quite a story. Two young women that had inherited a farm that one of them had no interest in. raising or training horses. Charlotte loves her horses and hired Gunner to help train. There were alot of sparks between these two, but he was very adverse to settling in one place. The most important story was after her mother died, she found an envolope that told of her real father. She was shocked and realized she knew his kids and would have more relatives other than her only half sister.
It was a good story that kept me intertained
I got this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review
Back in Riverbend Gap, where we meet Charlotte who is co-owner with her sister Emmie of their family's farm. Being the 3rd generation to inherit this farm, Charlotte is determined to bring it in the black and have it be self sustaining. Emmie's interest is very minimal. Charlotte hires on Gunner and the tale takes off from there. Both work hard to bring more awareness to the ranch. Thing is, Gunner is only available short term, and she's trying to find family she never really knew about. I love the work with the horses as depicted in this story. We see the rest of the Robinson clan, as well as meeting Brianna. Fun, surprise conclusion to this series and I'm so glad the author took us back there.
A complimentary copy was provided by Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. A review was not required and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
When Charlottes mother passes Charlotte knows what her future holds :saving the horse farm and making it what she and her mom had always dreamed . Her sister, Emmie has a different plan to work in a restaurant and follow her own dreams .
At this same time Charlotte is given a lead to her biological father and biological half brothers. She wants to find them and have that close ness that she never had .
Honestly I felt for Emmie during this time when Charlotte is finding her biological family as Emmie has been her sister (through marriage ) for a long time . Emmie feels excluded and unwanted . I hope we eventually get to read Emmies story and that she finds peace and happiness.
Into this stressful period comes Gunnar , a very successful horse trainer , who will help the farm become successful due to his skill with horses .
Gunnar has no interest in a long term relationship but love has a way of slowly changing his heart . Family , love , community , and faith are in every page of this book. Love comes . It was a delightful book that I could not put down. Beautifully written ! A must read .
Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review .
When I started reading and realized Denise was bringing horses back, I literally released a WHOOP! Those who’ve read her Big Sky series will understand my joy in how well she writes these beautiful animals. And if you haven’t read that series yet, what are you waiting for? But back to Wildflower Falls. This book was filled with wonderful characters, complex relationships, romance, and faith. What more could you want?
September 12, 2016
We meet the Robinsons again - Cooper, Gaven, and Avery - Dad, Jeffrey and mom, Lisa. All have grown in their lives and are now married and have children. Gaven and Wes are doing well, running the construction company. A local ranch owner, Charlotte Simpson started building her horse business. She is adopting horses that need care or training. Several owners are boarding their animals there. She is building a larger barn to house more horses. It’s coming along nicely. She put the word out that she needed a ‘whisperer’ to work with the ‘green’ horses that have been injured or abused. Ad answered by Gunner Dawson, a man who has spent years across the US training horses at many exclusive ranches. His goal was to try his skills at a smaller ranch in the country. The Stables at Wildflower Falls was just what he was looking for and hoped he would be hired. His plan was to work and live there for 6 months or so on a trial basis to see how his expertise worked with rural farm owners. Of course he is great looking and Charlotte was impressed by his charm and seductive looks.
Wildflower Falls will be published by Thomas Nelson on September 22, 2023. I was able to read and review Denise Hunter’s latest novel via NetGalley. Another excellent, delightful romance in her Riverbend series. This is a perfect book for those who would like a family oriented story with an exemplary romance. Hunter always seems to please her readers with a superb story. Do Enjoy!
Loved being with Charlotte on her journey of finding out more about her past. I really don’t know how I would feel in her situation or how I would handle it. This story line is great and you may have a few feels as you read. The characters, many who have gone through situations themselves, are wonderful. I would love to make a trip to Riverbend Gap and hang out with them. How fun would it be to live in a town on the Appalachian Trail? Just think of the interesting people you would meet, just like in this series. I received this book from NetGalley, but my opinion is my own.
Charlotte Simpson never knew who her father was; her mother has passed and now she finds a envelope. She is set to discover who her family is now. She's running her family ranch and is hiring a new trainer.
Gunner Dawson takes the 6-month job until his new job starts. Gunner has no family and doesn't want to be tied to any person or town.
When Charlotte and Gunner meet you can feel the sparks. She tells him of the hunt for her family and he offers to support her hunt.
The pictures of the Robinson family have her thinking they are her brothers and Jeff is her father. Is she a product of an affair?
Wildflower Falls is the 4th book in the series A Riverbend Romance, but it can easily stand alone. I loved this sweet clean romance, a little bit of cowboy and mystery. I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happens.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
What an awesome story! Wildflower Falls by Denise Hunter is the story I wasn’t expecting since the three Robinson siblings had theirs in the first three books. So is a surprise but a jewel no less. Charlotte Honeycutt is one of the two owners of the Stillwater Ranch after her mother’s death. She finds out life changing news but still has some investigating to do to find out all the details. Horse trainer Gunner Dawson comes to work on the ranch for six months, joining Charlotte in her search for the truth. What a marvelous team they make!
A story of discovery, putting the past behind you so you can live in the present happily and one of finding family. Family is not always biological but also one of the heart, which is important to Charlotte, especially concerning her sister Emerson. There are strong Christian faith elements but not overly so. Romance relationship is also an element but it is balance perfectly with family relationships.
Wanting to read a clean, sweet but not covering up the mistakes that are made in life then Wildflower Falls is the book for you. I loved it. This is a series that has been great but also keeps getting even better if that is possible. Now that I have met the characters, Charlotte Honeycutt, and her sister Emerson, I greatly hope that Emerson gets her story too in the future.
The publisher through Net Galley provided a complimentary digital copy. I have voluntarily decided to read and review, giving my personal opinions and thoughts.
“Wildflower Falls” by Denise Hunter
An emotion filled Roller-Coaster Ride.
Loved this story.. and yes, I shed a lot of tears. AND, I smiled a lot, too. There are some thought filled Discussion Questions you may want to ponder, when you have finished reading the story. This is a sweet clean contempory romance that I belive is a "Worthy Read". Happy Reading ! !
Note: This review expresses my honest opinion.
I received an ARC of this story from the publisher.
Love this series. Some heartbreaking moments. Several heartwarming ones also. A wonderful couple. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
This book had a great beginning. It had me laughing right away with the awkwardness of it. There were also moments that made me cry. I loved the range of emotions.
I loved seeing the Robinson clan again and learning more about their family's beginnings. I appreciated how Jeff laid two cents down on a table when he wanted to give advice to his kids and how it was up to them to pick them up if they wanted to hear it. I love books with strong, realistic families.
It was fun seeing all of Charlotte's plans coming together to try to make her horse ranch profitable. I've always loved horses so seeing Gunner making progress with some horses and how he did it was really fascinating to me.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Loved it! What a wonderful summer read. I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet and poignant story about family, and taking a chance on love. Charlotte and Gunner are some of the most lovable characters I've read about in a long time! And it was great to see appearances by many of the characters from previous Riverbend Romance series. I highly recommend Wildflower Falls.
Thank you to Net Galley for allowing me to read an early copy. All opinions are my own.
This is another beautifully written story by Denise Hunter. Charlotte and Gunner are two strong yet vulnerable people who find one another's hearts on the horse ranch that she and her sister have inherited. Charlotte is working with everything she has to save the ranch as the third generation of owners. Her half sister, Emerson, seems to be pulling against her while pulling away from the ranch itself. Realizing she needs to offer specialty training for vulnerable and abused horses the older sister hires a professional horse trainer, Gunner, who has a stellar reputation.
Charlotte is carrying a secret. Among her mother's private files she finds paperwork that leads to the possibility of her own biological brothers and father. Carefully she seeks to learn the truth.
This is a great story about family, loss, home, secrets, devastation, and so much more. I received this advanced reader's copy from the publisher and NetGalley. It works as a stand-alone but I do recommend the other books in the series because it's such a wonderful set of characters and storylines. The Robinson family is a special centerpiece of the books. I did read Wes and Avery's story in the past and loved it also. I really like that I was able to see Emerson's side of the story in this book.
I recommend this book for readers who enjoy a clean, yet stirring romance that feels part of an emotional life filled with realistic challenges story.
Wildflower Falls, by Denise Hunter, is the fourth book in the Riverbend Romance series. This is a wonderful and surprising conclusion to the series. This story takes over after the third book, so it is best to read this series in order to fully understand the characters. This author gives background information for the wonderful characters, so it can easily be read as a stand alone story as well. The relationship between Charlotte and her sister is very realistic. Gunner is a well known horse trainer that has signed on to work for Charlotte for a short time between jobs. He does so much to help with the horse farm and help her develop new programs to make the farm profitable. It is easy to see the struggles both felt when it was his time to move on.
Charlotte has never known her father, after her mother’s death she find papers that makes her feel Mr. Robinson is her father. I enjoyed how she and Gunner worked together to find her real father. I especially enjoyed the connection between her and the Robinson family and how welcoming and helpful they were towards her.
I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.
Denise Hunter has become one of my favorite go to authors. I love that her books are clean romance. This is a must read whether you are on the beach or curled up by a fire you won't be able to put it down. Charlotte's world has been turned upside down with the death of her mother. On top of trying to make a go of the horse ranch she inherited she discovers her mother had an affair and the man she thought was her dad is not her real father. On a quest to find her true father and get to know her siblings she enlists the help of Gunner. Gunner is the horse trainer she recently hired. He is willing to help but has made it clear he is not the staying type and already has a new job lined up in Kentucky. She can't afford to get too close to him and face more disappointment.
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for this advanced review copy. In return, I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Gunner Dawson is one of the best horse trainers in the country. He is in great demand but he decided to take a simple job in Riverbend Gap. He shows up a day early at Wildflower Falls and the moment he sets eyes on Charlotte Simpson, he knows he's met the one. Only he's a rambling man and never stays in one place for very long. Between the two of them, the plan is to get the ranch in shape. So with training and pony rides is a start. Charlotte has other problems on her plate. Her mother left a key to a box which contains information on who her real father is. She can't let it go that she might be related to Riverbend royalty. On top of that, her sister Emmerson is feeling like an outsider and wants out. How does she begin to stop juggling everything? With the help of Gunner, some things are settled. It seems Jim Robinson has the perfect cure. I love his penny trick. Family, no matter how you come by it, is the best.
I absolutely adored this book! I'm so glad that I discovered Denise Hunter's books. She writes some of the sweetest clean romance books, and Wildflower Falls definitely fits the bill! It's the fourth book in the Riverbend series, and unless you will be upset about knowing who married whom in the previous books, it can be read as a standalone. Wildflower Falls is the first I've read in the series, and I enjoyed it tremendously!
The characters come to life on the pages of Wildflower Falls. I loved Charlotte, swooned over Gunner and quickly became invested in all of the characters' lives and how they intertwine.
The shocking news about Charlotte's biological father and brothers and how she handles it is very realistic. When Charlotte's mom died, she took the secret of her biological father with her. I'm about the age Charlotte's mom was, so I'm sure she thought that she had plenty of time to talk to Charlotte about all of it. However, Charlotte has to find out from items in a safety deposit box.
Charlotte's dilemma concerning the entire situation was very difficult. I don't know how I'd handle it if I were Charlotte or if I were the one receiving the news about a sister I never knew I had. I became really emotional during the reveal because this book feels so real! I laughed and cried a lot during the book, so get your tissues ready if you're an emotional reader!
I highly recommend Wildflower Falls to clean romance lovers!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
My second Denise Hunter book and it won't be my last. I truly love her characters and written style. I lost myself in this book and found the characters to be relatable and believable, which is a make or break point for my enjoyment. The story touched me and I recommended the book to several friends.
I thought this series had ended with the stories of the three Robinson siblings and was happily surprised to find this continuation of it. I like this series a lot and always enjoy a trip back to Riverbend Gap, North Carolina with wonderful characters and a great setting where the Appalachian Trail runs through the small town. Apparently, there is a fourth sibling that no one knows about. Charlotte Simpson never knew her biological father but when her mother died, she discovered some pictures and newspaper clippings that gave her a hint but nothing definite. Charlotte is in a hard position to find answers and doesn't want to hurt other people in the process. Thankfully, she has a new horse trainer on her horse ranch to help with the ranch and he has a great listening ear and is willing to help her. Gunner Dawson carries his belongings on his Harley and has no roots, no family. He is there at the ranch for six months to help get Charlotte's training program up and running, including training a replacement and then he is off to work a Derby ranch in Kentucky. This book is full of questions, concerns, emotions, good and bad, and also new beginnings, and possibilities of more plus chemistry! Sweet story of forgiveness, grace, and trust.
I received a copy for the purpose of an honest review. These are my thoughts and opinions.
I fell in love with this book right from the very beginning. It really hit things off when Charlotte is caught spying (with binoculars) on a handsome guy working on her new barn by the guy she is hoping to hire. She has many more adorably uncomfortable moments in which her blush gives her away.
The characters all seemed like someone I'd want to sit down to dinner with. The story is really well rounded with lots of family, past and present conflicts, hopes for the future and the slow romance between Gunner and Charlotte. Just a really good book all the way around!
Thanks to Thomas-Nelson Fiction and NetGalley for the gifted copy. All thoughts are my own.
I’ve never really particularly been a horse-lover, or cowboy-themed story fan. Wildflower Falls, by Denise Hunter, may have changed that for me. This story was everything I love in a romance. It was an absolute joy to read and ticked all the boxes for me: clean romance, light faith element, likable characters, clear communication (for the most part and understandably so), found family, recurring characters from previous stories, and a cozy setting.
Wildflower Falls is the fourth book in the Riverbend Gap series and though I have loved all of these stories, this may be my favorite. These stories are all inspiring, feel-good, and heart-warming to read…the perfect pick-me-up in story form. I always love reading series in order so you understand the subtleties and backstories of the extra characters, but these can be read as stand-alones, if you prefer.
Wildflower Falls is set in the country, alongside the mountains of North Carolina, bordered by the Appalachian Trail. Charlotte Simpson is trying to honor her late mother’s wishes to keep her horse ranch alive and thriving, even though it’s an uphill battle. Charlotte loves the ranch and it’s legacy and is willing to dig her heels in and do the work. In order to assist her efforts, she hires Gunnar Dawson, a short term horse trainer who is highly skilled, truly gifted, and not hard on the eyes, but he is also a committed nomad, adverse to settling down.
Gunnar and Charlotte, slowly form a friends-to-something more connection, while struggling to work through their own haunting issues from the past. Simultaneously, Charlotte is facing resistance from her half-sister, Emerson, who wants to create her own life apart from the ranch, and feels threatened by Charlotte’s new search for her birth father. As Charlotte discovers a surprising connection to the Robinson brothers, who are conveniently building a new barn on her property, she is also faced with an impossible dilemma.
This plot has many meaningful facets and subplots. The characters, and the connections and interactions between them make for a captivating story. The themes of moving on from heartache of various kinds, as well as a second chance at love is touching and inspiring. The aspect of found family and community is impactful. This story is a treasure and was a pleasure to read.
Wildflower Falls, by Denise Hunter, introduces Charlotte Simpson. She is living in Riverbend Gap with her mother and younger sister; however, after her mother’s sudden death, Charlotte must find a way to hold onto the family ranch. This effort is complicated by the fact that she discovers a photo of her birth father in her mother’s paperwork. Now Charlotte must find out where this man is actually living!
When her new ranch hand, Gunner Dawson, shows up Charlotte is pleasantly surprised. Not only is he a great asset about the ranch but he is also a perfect sounding board as she continues to work through thoughts about her birth father. After Charlotte learns she has two half-brothers, who are part of a leading family in town, she is not sure how to approach them. Things get even more complicated when Charlotte learns her brothers have no relationship with their father due to his past alcoholism!
When challenging situations crop up in both Charlotte and Gunner’s lives, you wonder how this tale will ever come to a good conclusion by the final page!
I just love getting into a new Denise Hunter book. This one I polished off in one day! Wildflower Falls is such a GOOD story. The once absolutely horse crazy girl I was relished a story set on a horse ranch complete with foals being born and a traumatized gelding learning to trust again. And the grown-up romance reader I am now absolutely fell in love with Charlotte and Gunner. Such a lovely romance that developed organically and beautifully, wrought with internal and external challenges leading to the perfect happily ever after. Denise Hunter always leaves me feeling like I have a front row seat to watch my new friends fall in love. My heart broke and was put back together in all the best ways in the pages of this story. And of course I loved being reunited with the Robinson family. This was the perfect conclusion to the series.
I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. I also purchased this book for my keeper shelf. I was not asked to leave a positive review. My opinions are my own.
Oh the bliss of reading a book written by Denise Hunter. She has a enchanting way of writing that will appeal to readers even if they are not romance lovers. She always adds a little air of mystery so that it is not all butterflies and roses. We are back in the charming town of Riverbend Gap, North Carolina. Charlotte Honeycutt is trying to save her mother's beloved ranch, Stillwater Ranch. It was her mother's wish that she and her sister, Emerson, keep the ranch in the family. Money is tight, but she has ideas. One of which is hiring horse trainer Gunner Watts. She gets a little more than she bargained for in Gunner. He is a very talented horse trainer, but he is also kind, compassionate and easy on the eyes.
Charlotte's world was rocked when her mother died suddenly, but she was even more shocked when found an envelope addressed to her giving her information about her biological father. She is shocked to find out that she has brothers in the town she loves so much. Charlotte and Gunner are haunted souls for different reasons. Gunner is a drifter. He carries everything he owns on the back of a motorcycle. His time at the ranch is limited.
Someone broke Charlotte's heart, and she still wears the scars.
This was such a delightful story with wonderful, three dimensional characters. Everything that will make a book come to life happens in this book. Wildflower Falls is a beautiful place where there is, of course, a waterfall. Denise Hunter's description of this place sounded like heaven on earth. Charlotte was my favorite character as she struggled to make sure everyone else was happy. She never thought of herself.
Denise Hunter's books are filled with her signature heart and this comes across the pages as she fills your heart with hope.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson Fiction and NetGalley for this ARC. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
When Charlotte discovers she has two brothers, Gavin and Cooper Robinson, she's eager both to get to know them and to find her father. Getting Gavin to build the new barn on the ranch she inherited from her mother helps with the first part, and Gunner, her new horse trainer, seems eager to help her with the second. A childhood tragedy taught Gunner not to allow himself to get attached to anyone or anything - and he's had a fine life moving around regularly doing what he loves best: training horses. But there's something about Riverbend Gap - and Charlotte - that's making him start to break all his rules. Can Charlotte manage to find her father so she can forge relationships with her brothers on an honest footing? And can Gunner convince himself to really give love - and Charlotte - a chance, or are they both doomed to broken hearts?
This is a delightful, touching and at times heart-wrenching book, but overall a story of hope, family and growth. It was great to see Charlotte gradually finding and developing relationships with her family - and watching Gunner work to overcome his past. The redemption of previous 'bad' characters is also wonderful when done well (as here), so that was an added bonus. I also loved the way the ending beautifully tied up not just the book but the series - though it's definitely sad to have to say farewell to Riverbend Gap. At the same time, this can be read on its own without the previous books (though, fair warning: you're likely to want to read Cooper, Avery and Gavin's stories afterward anyway). All in all, a great book, highly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I was so glad for another chance to “visit” Riverbend, NC in this new installment of the Riverbend Romance series by Denise Hunter. The book told the story of a man and woman who had suffered the losses of their families and chose to handle their pain in very different ways. They met when Gunner came to work at Charlotte’s farm as a horse trainer for six months and the author wove their two lives together into a romantic tale filled with hope, faith, forgiveness, and new beginnings. I was both touched and inspired as they worked through their fears. Highly recommend! Although this book is part of a series it can be read as a standalone. However, I think readers would enjoy and appreciate the story more by starting at the beginning of the series. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and this voluntary review contains my honest opinions.
Although I loved the book, I hate to see the series End. Charlotte is the third generation running the family ranch. Her mother's death 6 months ago floored her but she's bent in expanding the ranch in her mother's honor. To that end she's hired a horse trainer. He plans on staying 6 months, before taking a job in Kentucky.
There's sparks between Gunner and Charlotte from the moment they meet and they realize being boss and employees doesn't lend itself to a relationship. She starts dating the local vet, who's 10+ years older than her. She's also discovered information in a locked box left by her mother , leading to the identity of her birth father. Gunner helps her to research and confront a local man, all while keeping her secret.
As they grow closer with the expanded work on the ranch they also enter into a committed relationship with the understanding that notice is given if either wants out. She's been left behind in s previous relationship and he's afraid of commitment due to a devastating fire resulting in his parents death when he was 9.
There's mystery and romance along with family angst across many levels. You'll laugh and cry along with the characters as they deal with life, love, and family commitments. Although part of a series this book can be read as a standalone book.
Although I received a free ARC ebook from net galley and the publisher, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
When Charlotte's mother passes away, she and her sister, Emma, inherit the ranch. Charlotte discovered in the safe deposit box an envelope with her name on it. There are newspaper clippings, and pictures, so Charlotte has to figure out who her biological father is. She figures out her siblings, but then she realizes that the boy's father is really their stepfather.
She hires her brother to build the barn she needed to expand the ranch. He didn't know she was his sister. She needed to find out who her biological father was.
She hired Gunner to help her with the horses. He had his own demons so he moved around a lot.
Charlotte has her hands full with all she is trying to accomplish. She is focused on what she wants, and doesn't see how it could affect the people she has come to love. But, she has to follow through with all that she has started.
When the day comes that what she started is coming toward completion, we see what happens. The book is a story, that unfolds as we read, and it will keep you reading.
I received an ARC from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley.
Charlotte Simpson is searching for her father while also trying to save her family’s ranch. Haunted by his past, Gunner Dawson is just passing through—a temporary horse trainer determined to stay on the move. But the healing power of love and forgiveness has a way of changing everything.
Once again, Denise Hunter delivers a novel that tugs the reader from heartbreak to a heartwarming, Hallmark-worthy happily ever after. Though part of a series, it reads beautifully as a stand-alone novel. For a sweet escape, I highly recommend Wildflower Falls!
*Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Charlotte and her sister Emily inherit the family ranch. Charlotte has always loved the ranch, while Emily is more self-centered and spoiled.
Charlotte's mom has passed away. Charlotte never knew who her birth father was. Her mom eventually married a man who came with his young daughter, Emily, and treated Charlotte as his own.
Now, that her mother has passed away, Charlotte would like to know who her birth father is/was. Her mom left papers for her with some pictures. Charlotte was able to quickly surmise who her biological brothers are. How should she go about this? One has a construction business and she hires him to build her new barn.
She, also hires Gunner as her horse trainer. Somehow, she has him involved in her search for her biological father. She discovers the man she though was him is not.
A rather emotional story of Charlotte's quest to find him and what she discovers and the emotions that are uncovered once she does.
I was given an advanced ecopy by the publisher, Thomas Nelson through Netgalley. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review. All thoughts are my very own.
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!
**I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All opinions are my own.
I’ve enjoyed the Riverbend Gap series and was happy that Hunter added a fourth novel. I liked the heroine, Charlotte Simpson, so much. She was such a good person who had a ton of love in her heart. The hero, Gunner Dawson, was an interesting character who kept his heart guarded. I liked him but he was harder to warm up to. He was marked by tragedy, and seeing his heart change was one of the nicest parts of the story. And, as a bonus, I was able to catch up with the Robinson clan. There is a fantastic redemption thread that offers a nice conclusion to the series. Hunter delivers again with Wildflower Falls. I appreciate receiving an advance copy from Thomas Nelson and did purchase the paperback for my Denise Hunter Collection.
Denise Hunter has concluded her Riverbend Romance series with a resounding success in Wildflower Falls. I don’t think Hunter has ever delivered a disappointing book, and this latest novel is testament to her stellar storytelling ability. This romance between Charlotte and Gunner was fast-paced with complicated family dynamics, personal struggles for healing and belonging, and plenty of layers to add depth to this fantastic story. A true delight to read and genuinely heartwarming, this book contains all the elements of a sweet contemporary romance. I recommend each and every one of the books in this series!
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I love the Robinson family and was so happy there was another book in this series. Charlotte has a lot on her plate. I really feel for her during this story for so many reasons. Gunner was such a great guy with some baggage he was carrying around. Together these two were amazing. I loved how they helped each other and how the wonderful people of Riverbend Gap supported and loved them.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Netgalley and this is my honest review.
Wildflower Falls is the fourth installment in Denise Hunter’s Riverbend series. This story indirectly involves the Robinson family as it focuses on Charlotte Simpson. When Charlotte’s mother unexpectedly passes due to an aneurysm, the horse farm that had been in the Simpson family for three generations is left to Charlotte and her step-sister Emerson. However, Emerson is not of the same mind regarding the farm as Charlotte and would sell right away. But Charlotte solemnly promised her Mother that she would keep the farm in the family and is determined to do so,
Without much discussion, Charlotte uses the life insurance money to build a new barn and expand the business to include horse training, boarding, and trail rides. With this goal in mind, Charlotte hires horse whisperer Gunner Dawson, who will spend over six months at the farm until he moves on to the next job, a highly coveted position training race horses.
As this is occurring, Charlotte is also dealing with an envelope found in her mother’s safe deposit box indicating clues as to who her birth father actually was. It is a burning desire for Charlotte to uncover this information and discover family ties so she won’t feel so alone in the world. When Gunner comes upon her with the information Charlotte confesses and Gunner moves in to help. But will the answers serve to help or hinder Charlotte, Gunner, Emerson, or the ranch?
This is such a good story of family, connections, and finding an unimagined future. I very much enjoyed this book, as I have the series, and do recommend it!
It's book four in the Riverbend series! I've been reading this series since the beginning and I love it. I would recommend reading this series in order. Backstory is so important with this one. But, I think it could stand alone, you just won't have as much depth of understanding with all the characters.
It was so good to be in this small town again, with this community and this family. I loved having all the characters I've come to know and enjoy around and involved in this story too. Charlotte is such a great character. She is so well rounded and hard working. She cares on a deep level and I loved her. Gunner has some heavy childhood trauma to deal with which we don't get the details about until pretty far into the story. The characters all felt authentic and real, dealing with the bumps in the road the best they can. And such a pretty setting, too.
The overall story is gentle in nature, flowing steady and sweet. I loved it.
Content: kissing. Loss of parents. Search for biological parent.
This is a heartwarming story that hooks you on the first page. It has wonderful characters, beautiful scenery and is full of emotions. I loved reading this book! It deserves more than 5 stars!
I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson--FICTION via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Charlotte Simpson never knew who her biological father was. She loved the parent she grew up with, but always was plagued by the unknown. When her mother passed, she left some clues for Charlotte that could possibly lead her to her father. But it wasn't as easy as she thought when she began to realize that friends may be more than friends. Meanwhile she's trying to get the horse farm left to her by her mother up and running including a new hand, Gunner Dawson, who becomes a lifesaver for Charlotte; but will he become more than a ranch hand?
Very enjoyable contemporary romance that focuses on two adults who are both dealing with past events that have changed their lives. The relationship between Charlotte, Gunner, and her best friends was all developed beautifully as both Charlotte and Gunner dealt with past problems and their growing relationship.
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Riverbend Gap Romance!!
Gunner is coming into town for an interview to be the trainer at Wildflower Falls - for six months. Charlotte is ready to expand the offerings at the stables with a new barn being built and a new trainer. With the death of her mother she has discovered a startling fact about her heritage. Charlotte’s sister Emerson has no desire to keep the stables, creating friction.
A story of horses, relationships and family at the edge of the Appalachian Trail. My first read from this author - and I really enjoyed it.
***** I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of this book *****
This is one of those stories that is completely relatable, whether with the main characters or one of the sub characters but either way I felt like someone will connect with one or all. I loved Jeff what and amazing man, he didn't have a lot to say but when he spoke everyone listened because it was something you needed to hear. I felt with Charlotte and even a little bit with Emerson they had away of taking what life dealt and putting a positive spin on it. They Bothe faced so much and yet they worked hard to leave their town in a better place. I felt so much for Gunner he loved so deeply and lost so much that the way the story played out was not a surprise but so emotional. Overall I really enjoyed this book with some tough subject that were talked about the author did an amazing job of balancing laughter in there as well. The author did keep this a clean read so it would be suitable for all.
I loved returning to Riverbend Gap for the story of Charlotte Simpson whose mother dies and her safe deposit box includes clues to the identity of Charlotte's biological father! Charlotte wants to make a success of the horse ranch that she and her step-sister have inherited but Emerson is not interested in the ranch. One of my favorite scenes was when her newly hired horse trainer, Gunner, catches her looking at a carpenter through her binoculars. What Gunner doesn't know is that Charlotte thinks the carpenter may be her brother and is trying to see if they look alike! Gunner and Charlotte both have childhood experiences to overcome but need to learn to trust. I recommend this romantic story by Denise Hunter to others. I received a complimentary e-book through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Riverbend series by Denise Hunter. I was under the impression that book three in the series, Harvest Moon, was the final installment, so when I heard that Hunter was releasing a fourth book I jumped for joy and then immediately went to NetGalley to claim a copy. Wildflower Falls is a great Contemporary Romance. I really enjoyed every second of this highly engaging read. As with the first three stories, I very much enjoyed being back in the small-town community of Riverbend. I wish it were a real place so I could visit. The people are so heartwarming and accepting and protective, and the town itself seems so quaint and beautiful. Characters are great, as per the norm for a Hunter novel. I really felt for Charlotte and the precarious situation she is placed in for about three quarters of the story. She really is an illustration of that saying between a rock and a hard place. It didn’t seem like she had very good options, as anything she did would hurt someone’s feelings. Yikes! But she handles everything as best she can under the circumstances. What I really love is how the “mature “adults in the story, namely Jeff Robinson, see how difficult Charlotte’s situation is and support her rather than get angry at her. I really gravitated towards the supportive nature of the secondary characters. It’s so refreshing to see characters see things from another’s perspective instead of instantly charging into anger. As far as the main characters go, I loved Gunner and Charlotte. Their chemistry is palpable. I was really rooting for them the whole time. They’re both a little damaged and a little lost. But together, they are a force of support, friendship, and love. I so enjoyed their journey to love! I also appreciated Gunner’s issues with stuff and people. Gunner had something truly awful happen to him when he was little and it traumatized him significantly. So much so, that he became an adult who refuses to put down any roots, has no real friends, and owns only that which can fit on a bag on his motorcycle. While it is true that less is more when it comes to stuff, the same rule shouldn’t apply to people. When you refuse to allow relationships to form because you fear possible loss, you end up alone. Does Gunner come to understand this premise? Well, you’ll just have to purchase a copy of this fantastic story to find out!
Wildflower Falls is another home run from Denise Hunter. This is Contemporary Romance at its finest, and I cannot recommend this book enough. Pick yourself up a copy ASAP!
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, via NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Awww yay, this story made me so happy! This is the fourth in Hunter's Riverbend Romance series, and I so enjoyed revisiting the Southern-USA town (especially now that I live down South! Aah!).
Being fourth, it does build a bit on those before it, and I recommend reading them in order. But you'll love them all--I sure did!
I especially loved the horse element in _Wildflower Falls_ (and, okay, the food; I didn't remember it being so prevalent in previous books, but MAN! It made me hungry!). My family can attest that I was "mildly" :D horse-obsessed growing up, and this just brought back all those memories! I'd be standing in line tryna get a pony ride now, too, if I could!
The characters, as ever with Hunter, are compelling and inspiring (and flawed, of course; all too relatable!). The plot really has a depth here I felt Hunter handled particularly well. It really got me thinking what I would have done in Charlotte's shoes; probably exactly what she did! And who wouldn't want to be part of the Robinson family (and, okay, live in Riverbend Gap)? Yes, please. :)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.